Arezzo is a beautiful city in Tuscany and probably the nicest alternative to Florence and Pisa, it is located in a beautiful area.
Arezzo will make you feel in Tuscany for real without millions of rude tourists around to bother you.
Giorgio Vasari and Piero Della Francesca are the artists that had most of the influence to the city. Beautiful arts, buildings, and paintings are available to visit and see.
The city center is absolutely amazing, once you will reach the main square you will get impressed by how nice certain foreshortenings looks like.
The hills around the city are typical of Tuscany and the monuments and museums will teach you a lot about the real Italian Arts.
Arezzo is also very famous for the goldsmithery industry, people is pretty rich and relaxed in this beautiful city.
Getting to Arezzo is quite easy, you can take the train or drive through the beautiful Tuscany hills from Florence or Siena.
Once you will get into the city you will start breathing a medieval atmosphere, you will get very happy to be in a place where tourists are not going to bother your visits.
Piazza Grande (Giorgio Vasari) is a very beautiful square in the city center, it is one of the most harmonious architectural squares in Italy.
The first weekend of each month there is a huge antique fair in this square! There are over 500 expositors and people from all over the world buying and selling some of the best antiques in the world.
Built on a steep slope, churches, historic buildings, arcades and ancient shops overlook its unusual trapezoidal shape.
If you like arts, painting and stunning buildings you should pay a visit to the Casa Museo di Giorgio Vasari.
This is the apartment of the famous artist Vasari, it is now owned by the state and many tourists are fascinating by this museum.
Also, the Basilica di San Francesco is a masterpiece of architecture and art. Here you will be able to see La Leggenda Della Vera Croce from Piero Della Francesca.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
The cities in the neighborhood of Arezzo are crazy good, I was going always to Anghiari for instance as a kid, Cortona and Camaldoli also are beautiful, and worth a visit.
In Camaldoli, you will find one of the nicest monasteries in the world.
Meanwhile, for the other cities in Tuscany, it’s easier to identify a typical dish like Florence has the Fiorentina, Livorno the Caciucco, etc…
In Arezzo, there are too many good plates that is hard to tell which one is typical.
Honestly, each time I go there my favorite dish is Bistecca con l’Acciugata it is a steak in a sauce of salted anchovies, capers, and extra virgin olive oil.
If you understand Italian and you want to try to make some other typical recipes from Arezzo, here is a good link.
I Grifi is something that you will be able to eat only in Arezzo, as disgusting as it sounds it is definitely something you will eat only there.
I Grifi are the lean and calloused parts of the Chianina calf snout, cooked in a pan with the onion, tomato, red wine, thyme, and cloves.
Some notable plates typical from Arezzo are:
Arezzo is not too far from Sestino, the kingdom of la Bistecca Chianina, if you are there at the end of July you should take a visit to the Sagra of la Bistecca Chianina.
Arezzo is a beautiful city, you should never visit Tuscany without passing by this gem.
The Colli Aretini (hills around Arezzo) are surrounding this city and they look so nice that you will never wanna leave.
The area around Arezzo is full of cities known worldwide for their history, beauty, and arts to see.
Some of the most interesting architectures and museums can be seen in the city center together with some awesome food that you will probably never forget.
If it happens that you are driving in Tuscany you should definitely spend some days in Arezzo and in the nearby cities like Anghiari, Camaldoli and many more.
Many Sagre and festivals are going to be celebrated in this city especially in the summer. Every first weekend of the month there is a worldwide known antique fair where you can buy crazy stuff.
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