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Discovered by the Etruscans in the 4th century BC and sitting at the heart of beautiful and scenic Tuscany, Arezzo is one of Italy’s gems. There are many interesting architectural buildings here to see in this city, as well as many beautiful scenic surrounding villages and towns such as Montevarchi to the east and Monte San Savino in the the south. To explore as much of the area as possible book cheap car hire in Arezzo right here today with Carrentals.co.uk.
Tourists should definitely visit the 13th century Piazza Grande. This holds the Palace of the Fraternity of the Lay Brothers with its distinctive bell tower, a 15th century public fountain, and the Pieve de S. Maria with its bell tower of ‘one hundred holes’, as well as the reliquary of St. Donato dating from 1346. Outside the square another impressive sight is the 2nd century Roman Amphitheatre with its adjacent archeological museum. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art with its huge collection.
An interesting walking tour follows the Corso Italia, Arezzo’s main street since medieval times. It is rich in exclusive boutiques, elegant palaces, Gothic buildings and ancient towers. Walking on from here and crossing the Passaggio del Prato, an old ornate public garden, you come to the imposing stairway of St. Peter’s Cathedral, which contains artworks by Tuscan masters, and famous stained glass windows.
25kms (15.5 miles) from Arezzo on the SS73 is Monterchi, home of Piero della Francesca's Madonna del Parto, a rare fresco depicting the Virgin Mary nine months pregnant with Jesus. It's one of the earliest depictions of a pregnant Madonna, a subject exceedingly rare in Italian art.
Arezzo is famous for its gold shops and is also renowned for its antique furniture dealers. Food lovers can indulge in rustic dishes like filled pasta and various venison washed down with Arezzo chianti. For a treat visit the Caff dei Costanti and sample the exquisite ‘gatto’ sweet.
The nearest airport, served regularly by airlines across Italy and Europe, is Florence. Car hire at Florence Airport is also available from leading suppliers AutoEuropa, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, National, Sixt and Targarent. Search and compare quotes with us for more options on cars and their suppliers.
To drive to Arezzo, take the SS73 road from Siena and the Highway A1 from Florence and Rome. Regular train services run from Florence (40 mins) and Rome (2 hours) to Arezzo's train station located on the outskirts of the old town. Buses are a cheap way of travelling. Shuttle services operate from Florence Peretola Airport, and ATAM buses service the city of Arezzo.