1¼ hours from Palazzo Terranova
This city began in the period of the 4th and 5th centuries, when it developed as one of the largest centres of Etruscan civilisation (Arretium). Today the shape of it’s historical centre has remained unaltered, circled by a road perimeter running round the old 13th century walls.
If you happen to be in the area from the end of August and the start of September, you'll catch one of the most wellknown cultural manifestations held in the region, the Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen), which takes place in Piazza Grande. If you miss this, the antiques fair is held on the first weekend of each month.
Places of interest are the Church of S. Francesco is a 13th century Gothic construction. The church contains paintings by important artists such as Loretino d'Arezzo, Spinello Aretino, Niccolò di Pietro Aretino, and Piero della Francesca, some of whose most important works are in this church. Also the Pieve di S. Maria, the Piazza Grande, (also called Piazza Vasari), the Palazzo del Tribunale, the Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici, and the grandiose Palazzo delle Logge. The Duomo, an imposing Gothic construction that took two hundred years to build (13th-15th centuries) has many art works including a fresco by Piero della Francesca.
Directions to Arezzo
Head down the bottom of the hill and turn right. Follow this windy road through Morra, Volterrano, onto Castiglion Fiorentino. Before arriving at Castiglion Fiorentino, turn left at the sign marked SS71 Arezzo. Follow this road until arriving at an intersection with traffic lights and turn right. Continue along this road and follow all signs to Arezzo. Parking is best in the areas marked with a blue P.