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The province of Arezzo

The province of Arezzo is located in East Tuscany and in the central part of Italy correspondingly. Such location results in the advantage of equable climate. The northeastern part of Arezzo is defended by the mountain ridges surrounding the Casentino Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of the peninsula which resembles an amphitheater. The Arno River crosses the center of the valley which keeps the unique fauna of the Northern Apennines. The National park (Parco Naz. delle Foreste Casentinesi-M. Falterona Campigna) was created in this place in order to preserve the treasures of the valley nature.

Nature's generosity boostered the development of  textile industry in Arezzo. The province specializes not only in textile, but also it is the main gold production area in Italy.

Yet, cultural values are the main attraction of the province. They have been kept in the cities and towns, castles and abbeys.


Famous people of the province of Arezzo:

Gaius Cilnius Maecenas  (70-8 BC) – patron of art whose family name became a common noun.

Guido d’Arezzo  (997–1050) –  musician who introduced the titles of notes and musical notation which has been used until now.

Francesco Petrarca  (1304–1374) –  humanist and poet laureated in recognition of his talent in the Capitolium.

Giorgio Vasari  (1511–1574) – architect and artist, author of the famous book “The Lives of the Most Eminent Architects, Painters and Sculptors”.


You can’t start describing Arezzo without having described the capital of province which gave her this name. Middle age traditions have found new life here. Twice a year the citizens of the city hold a procession in the streets with jugglers and equestrian shows which ends with the tournament of middle age knights. The Archeological museum in Arezzo keeps the memory of the ancient times. It was named after Maecenas who’s name became a common name for all the patrons of art. The collection of bronze statuett


Bibbiena is the most significant part of Casentino Valley. Because it is a virgin place and yet hasn’t been discovered by tourists....


Cortona has a unique geographical position. The city covers four terraces of Monte Sant` Egidio – the mountainside with almost 500 m slant. No wonder that city image is characterized by narrow and twisting alleys. That’s why it’s better to leave a car before entering the city, you are not likely to find a parking place here and more over it’s more pleasant to start discovering the city without a car. You’ll need a pair of reliable and comfortable shoes to cope with steep ascents in the city.


Poppi is a small cosy town in Tuscany situated around 40 km to the north of Arezzo. The town founded by Etruscans has been preserved in...

Arezzo castles

Castello dei Conti Guidi erected in XIII century is the most well-preserved mediaeval fortress in Arezzo. The bridge across defensive ditch...

Arezzo monasteries

The province of Arezzo is well-known for its superb religious monuments. The monastery of La Verna is the shrine of a world-wide scale....


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.