Top Events: In June and September Arezzo holds a medieval festival called the Saracen Joust, in which the locals dress up in medieval costume and four quarters of the town compete in the jousting tournament, as knights on horseback charge at wooden targets!
Arezzo holidays promise an incredible break in a unique and characteristic part of central Italy. The largest town in south-east Tuscany, Arezzo is an artistic and beautiful place with a difference. History comes alive in Arezzo, whilst retaining a fresh, urban feel, so you can fully enjoy the sights and entertainment this Italian city has to offer, from the medieval architecture and Old Quarter for history fans to the many goldsmiths and jewellers to keep even the most avid shopper happy!
The cathedral, known in Arezzo as the Duomo, the town hall and the Medici fortress are major landmarks in the town. Climb the cathedral steps and find masses of stunning paintings, sculptures and famous Guglielmo de Marcillat stained glass, shining under colossal arches. Explore the fortress that the famous Medici family built to protect the town, and discover the breath-taking views from the top, across the town to the nearby medieval ruins.
Visit the Romanesque church of Santa Maria della Pieve, housing an amazing experimental group of arches, an enormous and unforgettable bell tower, and significant sculptures including the Virgin between Two Angels and paintings including Pietro Lorenzetti’s Virgin with Child and Saints.
The Piazza Grande is the most noteworthy medieval square in the city, housing several Arezzo landmarks, including the Palace of the Lay Fraternity and a 14th century Palazzo, which mixes Gothic creations with famous, early Renaissance designs by Bernado Rossellino. Discover more than six centuries of architectural development in the square for a glimpse of the region’s rich heritage during your Arezzo holiday.
The region is well-known for its production of gold, and the UnoAErre Jewellery museum showcases the history of this fascinating trade and how it has helped to build the town. The region is also known for producing textiles, and is widely considered an art-lover's paradise.