The city of Arezzo, surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside, is situated in an advantageous position at the convergence of four valleys (Valdarno, Casentino, Valtiberina and Valdichiana). Known first as Arretium, the city has ancient Etruscan and Roman origins, although evidence shows that the area was inhabited as early as the Paleolithic period. This delightful historical city offers interesting possibilities for visits and holidays in Tuscany featuring history, culture, nature and good food.
Arezzo is the birthplace of Francesco Petrarch, and in the 14th century Bishop Guido Tarlati transformed the city was into a large cultural centre. Until 1700 the patronage of the Medici family increased its prestige and artistic beauty. Among the sights not to be missed during your tour of Arezzo is the parish church of St. Maria alla Cattedrale, the medieval church of San Domenico, containing works by Cimabue; the church of San Francisco with works by Piero della Francesca, among them the fresco cycle of "The Legend of the True Cross", a Renaissance masterpiece; the town hall and praetorian palace; the Renaissance loggias designed by Giorgio Vasari and the tower-houses in Piazza Grande; the splendid Medici Fortress; the Vasari House-Museum; the Diocesan Museum; the Archaeological Museum and Roman Amphitheatre, and the Civic Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Arezzo is also ideally located and well connected by road and rail for exploring Tuscany and visiting the major Tuscan historical towns, such as Siena, Florence, Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza and San Gimignano. Your vacation exploring Arezzo and its surroundings while staying at Hotel Badia di Campoleone will be a unique and unforgettable experience amid the glories of art, history and nature.
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