“Arezzo would be enough for the glory of Italy”. The words of the illustrious italian poet Giosuè Carducci summarize the richness and beauty of this city, with historical and artistic testimonies of great value, that make it as an unmissable tourist destination for those who stop in Chiana Valley (Val di Chiana). Arezzo, in fact, is located at the very beginning of this valley and represents one of the starting points for those who want to experience it through a form of slow and sustainable tourism. At the gates of the city is the "Chiusa dei Monaci" Sluice, which was one of the main structures in the regulation of the waters of the Chiana and in the drainage works. From here starts the bicycle path of the "Sentiero della Bonifica”, which leads to the Lake of Chiusi. Furthermore, the minor railway line starts from Arezzo and leads to Sinalunga, crossing the various municipalities from the Arezzo’s Val di Chiana.
The historic center allows you to experience a journey back through the centuries which, starting from the time of the Etruscans and the Romans, with a visit to the amphitheater and the Archaeological Museum, you can see the monuments and the masterpieces by some of the main artists from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The churches, for example, contain treasures such as the sequence of frescoes of “The History of the True Cross" by Piero della Francesca in the basilica of San Francesco. Also, the wooden Crucifix by Cimabue in the Basilica of San Domenico, the many terra-cotta sculptures by Andrea Della Robbia in St.Mary of Graces and in the Cathedral of Saint Donatus, which stands out, with its majestic bulk, at the highest point of the city, in front of the town hall.
A visit to the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art can deepen this artistic and cultural tradition. Arezzo was also the birthplace of great architects such as Giorgio Vasari, whose sign is clearly recognizable especially in Piazza Grande, the most famous place in the city. This is certainly one of the most evocative and scenic squares in Italy. It has a trapezoidal shape and a sloping pavement in red brick with limestone geometrical. The square includes buildings from various eras, such as the Vasari Loggia, the 13th century Romanesque apse of Santa Maria della Pieve, remains of the Communal Palace and the elegant Palace of the Lay Fraternity. Piazza Grande, among other things, it is currently the site of the two main events of the city: the Antiques Fair, on the first weekend of each month and the Giostra del Saracino ("Joust of the Saracen"), which takes place in June and September.