Arezzo is a city in southwestern Tuscany with deep historical roots and impressive cultural heritage sites.
The city boasts 100,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Arezzo province.
Located on a hilltop 290 meters above sea level, Arezzo overlooks four valleys: Valtiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana.
Prehistoric age settlements are a testament to Arezzo’s ancient history, before the city developed into a major settlement of the Etruscan civilization from around 800 BC. The Etruscan people ruled central Italy between the Tiber and Arno rivers and developed a remarkably culture. Romans largely absorbed that rich culture upon annexing Etruscan lands to the Roman empire.
During the Middle Ages, Arezzo was an independent commune before becoming part of the Duchy of Tuscany. These days, the Saracino Joust knightly tournament still bears witness to those times and has been deeply ingrained in the city’s identity since medieval times. The Saracino joust takes place twice a year and attracts visitors worldwide, featuring locals dressed as knights and other historical costumes.
Arezzo’s urban landscape is shaped by its distinguished past that turns the city’s monuments into a tourist attraction: landmarks include the Roman amphitheater, the town hall, the Medici fortress, the Gothic cathedral, the basilica of San Francis, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Piazza Grande, the square that hosts the Saracino Joust every June and September.
Arezzo is a vital manufacturing centre specialised in the production of goods such as leather, clothing, furniture, food, wine, precision machinery and jewelry. The manufacturing of gold, tourism and services are considered vital for the local economy.
Throughout the year, the city hosts fairs, cultural events, music festivals and a colourful Christmas market.