Arezzo is a quintessentially Tuscan city, set on a hilltop in the east of Tuscany against the backdrop of rolling valleys carpeted by cypress trees and vines. The city is renowned for its prosperous jewellery industry, but also myriad of beautiful churches, historic centre and friendly locals – who emerge in the later afternoon for the ritual of passeggiata (a stroll). Life slows down in this Tuscan town, and a villa holiday in Arezzo promises the chance to relax and unwind in a truly beautiful, yet also exciting and well-equipped, setting. Surrounding the town are rolling valleys of the Arno and Tevere rivers, with their lush forests, olive groves, hilltop parishes and monastic settlements.
Things to do in Arezzo
Arezzo is a fantastic place for a villa holiday in Tuscany, offering the chance to be near a lively and historic town but also the rolling Tuscan countryside. With a rich Etruscan and Roman history, the town itself is full of attractions, from its churches and museums to the sloping Piazza Grande. The sloping Piazza Grande is one of the most beautiful piazzas in Tuscany, fringed by grand Romanesque buildings and playing host to a fabulous antique market that tumbles across the square each month. Climb to the top of the old town to see the hilltop Arezzo Cathedral with its 15th-century fresco of Mary Magdelene and the Basilica di San Francesco chapel. Dining in Arezzo is also easy, and there are plenty of fantastic Italian eateries to choose from – many in the shadows of the Fortezza Medicea. Your villa in Arezzo is also a great gateway to the wider Arezzo region, hiding charming hilltop villages like Anghiari and the Cortona – the setting for the famous novel and film Under the Tuscan Sun.
Below the historic centre, you'll also find a more modern Arezzo with great shops and facilities. Hire a villa in Arezzo with a private pool for the ultimate luxury villa experience, allowing you to enjoy relaxing days in your holiday home soaking up the fiery Italian sun.
History and Culture in Arezzo
It's easy to get your history and culture fix on a villa holiday in Arezzo, a city with Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance history and numerous historical sites. From your villa in Arezzo, it's an easy journey into the city's old town – occupying the upper section of the hilltop. Start your journey in the stunning Piazza Grande with its medieval and renaissance architecture, the home of the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieve church and the Grand Art Gallery. From there, it's just a short walk to the Fortezza Medicea, an epic defensive structure where you can walk the grounds and climb the battlements. High above the historic town is the Arezzo Cathedral which holds the remains of a martyred saint and a 15th-century fresco of Mary Magdalene by Piero della Francesca.
Family holidays in Arezzo
With our villas in Arezzo coming with private pools and offering fantastic views, it's easy to see how the city makes for a great family villa holiday. Secure one of our family villas in Arezzo with a private pool for the more relaxing villa holiday, giving you the freedom to relax in the sun as the kids splash around and keep cool. In town, families will love dining in Arezzo's fantastic Italian eateries, serving up classics like pizza, pasta and gelato and also Tuscan classics like roasted rabbit ragu and seasoned sausage and panzanella. A day trip to the nearby Pool Water Park Florida is also a must, a public swimming pool with diving and attractions and lounging space the whole family will love.
Adventurous activities in Arezzo
Sure, Arezzo has beautiful historic buildings and a cinematic hilltop location, but what could be more exciting than hiring a quad bike and going off-roading through the local Tuscan countryside? Adrenaline-seekers will be pleasantly surprised at the exhilarating activity on offer near their Arezzo villa, from high-octane quad biking to more subdued mountain biking in the nearby hills and on the banks of the Arno river – just a short drive from your Arezzo villa. One great way to spend an active day is hiring a bike and exploring all the charming villages that surround Arezzo, the most famous being Cortona, which fans will recognise as being the setting for the best-selling novel and 2003 film, Under the Tuscan Sun.
The large villas that we have in Arezzo are perfect for groups of friends looking to get away together.
Romance in Arezzo
From wandering the romantic streets of the historic city and enjoying sweeping views of the valley, to dining in romantic restaurants and exploring idyllic Tuscan villages, it’s easy to inject some romance into your Arezzo couple’s villa holiday. Journey to the hilltop village of Cortona to live your own romantic movie, or spend an evening in the Piazza Grande sipping on local wines. For a romantic day out from your Arezzo villa, visit Villa La Ripa, a stunning Renaissance villa and vineyard just outside the town with wine and olive oil tastings and lush Tuscan gardens to explore.
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