40km, 1hr

The city of Arezzo is the capital of the Tuscan province of the same name.  The predominantly medieval centro storico is perched on a hill.  The city has a lively centre, without the overcrowding of Siena or Firenze in summer, and with plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and for al fresco at some great restaurants.

Highlights include the sloping Piazza Grande, including the quaint loggia designed by Vasari; the duomo (Cattedrale di Ss. Donato e Pietro); and – Arezzo’s greatest artistic treasure – the fresco cycle by Piero della Francesca, ‘La Leggenda della Vera Croce,’ in the basilica of San Francesco.

The lower part of city, around the railway station, is more modern.

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