Piazza Grande - Arezzo's historical centre

Arezzo is a city in Tuscany, Italy that was an important Etruscan town.


Arezzo's origins as a place of human habitation date far back into the Stone Age. Its history begins no later than the 4th century BC, when it was called Aretim and was one of 12 hill towns of the Etruscan League (the list also included what are now called Perugia, Chiusi, Cortona and Volterra). After the Romans took over Etruria, they called this city Arretium. In the 11th century, Arezzo was made a free commune, siding with the Ghibellines. Arezzo is also famous for Guido d'Arezzo, the Medieval abbot who originated solfeggio (the mnemonic music system known to many from the song in The Sound of Music that starts "Doe, a deer") at the Duomo in the early 11th century.

Nowadays, Arezzo is an agricultural trade centre; has machine, clothing, gold, and jewellery industries; and is a tourist centre.

Get in

By plane

Arezzo can be reached by flying to Italian major international airports in Rome or Milan, or to the two airports in Tuscany:

By train

Arezzo's train station, which is at the edge of the historic old town, offers frequent connections to cities like Florence and Rome.

By bus

There are bus connections with other important destinations in Tuscany, including Florence and Siena.

Get around

The Duomo

Arezzo's historic old town is small enough to explore on foot. If you have a rental car, you can park in one of the municipal lots for under €10 for the entire day, then walk up into the historic centre. Note that Arezzo is atop a steep incline, and you will feel as though you are walking uphill pretty much everywhere. Wear comfortable shoes.

ATAM runs the city bus service (there is also a "Centro Storico" line that covers the historic old town).

The taxi service is efficient and not too expensive.



Bas reliefs of noble coats of arms decorate the facade of this building


Of cultural interest

The Crucifixion by Cimabue in the Chiesa di San Domenico


Dates: Takes place on the first Sunday and the Saturday preceding it of every month.


Stained glass in San Francesco
Dates: The third Sunday of June and on the first Sunday of September.


Arezzo is famous for its cuisine too. The most famous dishes of Arezzo are Acquacotta, a bread soup made with porcini mushrooms and Ribollita, a bread soup made with many different vegetables. But you can also taste the wonderful Chianina Steak and all sorts of pastas. Arezzo's wines are also very much appreciated all around the world.


San Michele





The city walls



Tourism agency of Arezzo - Piazza Risorgimento, 116 Tel: 0575 23952/3 Fax: 0575 28042,

Information offices - Piazza della Repubblica, 28 Tel: 0575 377678 Fax: 0575 20839,

Centro Accoglienza e Informazioni Turistiche - Via Ricasoli Tel: 0575 377829

Go next

Cortona and Lucignano are both within a short drive. Florence can be easily reached by train, and Siena by bus or car.

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