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Arezzo - for city culture, uplifting art and shopping

  • Arezzo - for city culture, uplifting art and shopping

    Underrated Arezzo, 30 km north of Cortona, makes for a surprising day trip. The rolling countryside reveals pan-tiled farmsteads flanked by clusters of dark-green cypresses. Even more pleasurable is the city itself. Arezzo has not sold its soul to tourism. Despite its art-studded churches, tourism is muted in a hidden gem of a city that has, literally, built its fortune on gems. Gold, in particular, has brought wealth to Arezzo since Etruscan times and the city is still popular for lovers of fine jewellery. Arezzo was a major town in the Etruscan federation, thanks to its strategic position on a hill at the meeting point of three valleys. Today, it’s a wealthy commercial centre, dotted with jewellers, goldsmiths and antique shops.

    Arezzo’s main attractions are its magical main square and its churches, often linked to Piero della Francesca. Medieval monuments cluster to¬gether in the northern part of Arezzo, including the Duomo, sheltered by the encircling walls of the 16th-century Fortezza, now a park with fine views.
    But the best thing to do in Arezzo is simply to appreciate life in a Tuscan city that does not define itself by tourism.  Piazza Grande, the sloping main square, has been at the heart of city life since medieval times. The lopsided main square is a magnet for celebrations and strolls, as is the neighbouring Corso Italia. Compared with Cortona, this bold, café-lined square feels more peaceful. Admire the porticoes of the 16th-century Palazzo delle Logge Vasariane before retreating to a café, such as Caffe Vasari (at number 15). Come for the weekend antiques market, which covers the square and spills into the cobbled Corso Italia, the city’s main shopping street.

    Culturally, the city belongs to Piero della Francecsa, the artist who has most left his mark on Arezzo. For art-lovers, Arezzo’s star attraction is Piero della Francesca’s painstakingly restored fresco cycle in the barnlike Basilica of San Francesco.  If time, consider stopping at Castiglion Fiorentino on the way back to Cortona.

    Web: www.visitarezzo.com

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Make Your Own Wine: Combine Mixtures to Create your Perfect Wine (from Florence)

Experts will guide customers step by step, learning how to give a certain character to your very personal wine. Inside an ancient room under the '700 villa, our winemaker will describe the different characteristics of the 5 grapes sampled directly from the oak barrels.

- Private tour for couples and small groups
- Departure from an agreed meeting point or from your hotel
- Visit of the winery
- Meeting with the wine expert + Experience + Lunch
- Shipping of 12 wine bottles with custom labels
- Return to an agreed meeting point or to your hotel
- Languages: Italian and English

from 679,24 US Dollar

Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Siena: Tuscan Hills and Winery Lunch

Experience the beauty of Tuscany in style while driving a vintage Fiat 500, the most classic Italian car. After hotel pickup from Siena, start in Monteriggioni and cruise through the gorgeous hills of Chianti, stopping at a local winery for a wonderful Italian lunch with wine.

You’ll follow your guide in a caravan, with two adults per car. Numbers are limited to 10 on this full-day small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

from 100,41 US Dollar

Private Tour: Florentine Medieval Tower Visit

The Medieval  Florence is represented nowadays by still standing Towers-Houses located around the city. Inside these towers medieval families lived and also protected themselves from enemies. During the tour your guide will speak about the struggle and rivalry between the Guelph and Ghibelline, two very important political parties during the Medieval period.
Highlight of this tour: we enter a private Towerhouse, still owned by  the members of an ancient Florentine Family. They will show us in depth  how it was the life in the towerhouse during the dark age, its secret corners and passages and what where the strange tools we'll see for. We'll have an aperitif with them, whillst told misterious stories of the house and shown the private artworks they still own ! Very exclusive tour!

from 55,52 US Dollar

Private Shore Excursion from Livorno To Florence and Lucca

In Livorno port at disembark from your cruise ship meet our selected professional English speaking driver for your private shore excursion tour in Tuscany. At your arrival in Florence, the Tuscany art town considered the birthplace of Renaissance rich in art and architecture, you will have time to enjoy the highlights like: the Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its famous bronze gates called “The Gates of Paradise”. A stop in Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio and a walk to Ponte Vecchio, the famous Medieval bridge over the Arno River. You have free time for your shopping spree in the boutiques of the centre of Florence and for lunch on your own. A last breath taking view of the Renaissance town with a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo on the hills over Florence. On the way back to Livorno a stop in Lucca where you have time to visit the Napoleon Square, Duomo and enjoy a bike tour on the Lucca wall!.

from 118,13 US Dollar
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