Perched on top of a hill between Florence and Siena is Arezzo, the main provincial capital of eastern Tuscany. The historic heart of this small medieval town is a picturesque enclave of monuments, museums and churches while the newer parts close to the railway station throb to a livelier, more modern scene. Arezzo is known for its ancient artistic treasures and for being one of Italy’s leading centres for the gold jewellery industry. Sitting at the crossroads of four valleys, Arezzo is surrounded by beautiful Tuscan countryside offering lovers of the great outdoors numerous pursuits.HomeAway has a delightful range of holiday villas in Arezzo where guests can easily feel right at home. They feature all the creature comforts that anyone could ever wish for and ensure that every stay is an enjoyable one. These holiday properties are found in locations all over the Arezzo region, alongside Arezzo holiday apartments available with all mod cons. Some have fireplaces, perfect for those winter nights, whilst others boast swimming pools for cooling off in the summer heat.
-Museums: Arezzo is home to a clutch of fascinating museums. The Archaeological Museum houses mosaics, vases, funerary urns and other relics from Etruscan and Roman times and is situated alongside the Roman amphitheatre. The Diocesan Museum above the sacristy of the cathedral has a collection of religious objects that includes crucifixes from the 13th century and frescoes by Spinello Aretino.
-Art and culture: The artistic highlight of any visit to Arezzo is the Church of San Francesco. Inside is a Renaissance masterpiece, a set of frescoes by Piero della Francesca called ‘La Leggenda della Vera Croce’ ( or The Legend of the True Cross). Art from the Middle Ages onwards can be seen in the Museo Statale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna, housed in a 15th-century palace.
-Food and drink: Visitors with Arezzo holiday homes soon discover that the town’s restaurants love to show off the best of the area’s regional cuisines. These include sautéed chicken giblets, stuffed pheasants and acquacotta (cooked water), a classic soup with egg, cheese, tomatoes and fried onions.
-Outdoor activities: Unspoilt nature and verdant, cultivated countryside are hallmarks of Arezzo and there are myriad ways to enjoy the outdoors. They include walks and picnics by the River Arno and hiking, biking and horseback riding in Foreste Casentinesi Monte Falterona e Campigna National Park. During the winter some of the park’s paths can be traversed on skis. Families with children can make a beeline for holiday rentals in Costa Degli Etrusci where there are exceptional beaches.
-Festivals: The annual Wave Festival is a big draw in the summer. This free musical celebration features singers and groups from the Italian and international pop music scene and is held in July. The festival lasts for six days and there are a large number of musical events in venues all over town.
Tourists with holiday villas in Arezzo can enjoy its sights and sounds all year round as the town benefits from a warm, temperate climate. The hottest month is July when the temperature can reach 29°C. The coldest month is January with an average maximum daytime temperature of 8°C. Most months experience some rainfall, but even during the cooler winter many days experience at least a few hours of sunshine.
Arezzo is well connected to the rest of Italy and Europe by Tuscany’s main airports of Pisa and Florence. The town is also served by the region’s principle highways, and it is on the railway line between Florence and Rome. The railway station is in the lower part of town, a short walk or bus ride away from the historic centre.