Arezzo Province
Arezzo Province
Piazza Arezzo - Photo: Luca Aless
Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

Arezzo Province

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The province of Arezzo borders the region of Emilia-Romagna to the northeast, the region of Florence to the northwest, the regions of Marche and Umbria to the east and the province of Siena to the southwest.

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Arezzo Province
Province of Arezzo, Tuscany
The province is crossed by the river Arno and a small stretch of the river Tiber. The landscape is hilly, interspersed with deep valleys and the highest point is Mount Falco at 1,658 metres.

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Arezzo is the capital city of the Tuscan province of Arezzo and lies on the slopes of hill rising from the River Arno. The highest point is the original medieval town with the more modern areas of the city spreading out below it.

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Piazza Grande, Arezzo . Photo: EnlightenmentReloaded
The original town was well fortified with much of the original walls still standing and in excellent condition. Within the old historic centre the most important of the many piazzas is Piazza Grande which was once the market square. It is built on a slope and paved with red brick and limestone which creates an eyecatching geometric pattern. Around the sides of the square are some of the most interesting buildings in Arezzo.

These include The Bishop's Palace, Palazzo Cofani-Brizzolare, Torre Faggiolana, Fraternita dei Laici, Vasari Loggia, Il Palazzo Comunale and the Palazzo del Popolo.

Other buildings of interest in the old centre of Arezzo are:

The Cathedral, built in the 13th century and has some lovely medieval stained glass windows. The Gothic tomb of Pope Gregory X can be found there.

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The Cathedral, Arezzo - Photo: Phil Tazzini
Santa Maria della Pieve is a Romanesque church with a 59 metre high, large, square bell tower with two sets of mullioned windows. It was constructed in the 12th century and renovated a century later a façade of loggias with small arches supported by columns of different styles.

The Basilica of San Francesco was built in the Tuscan-Gothic style at the end of the 13th century and completed in the 14th century.

Chiesa di San Domenico was founded in 1275 and finally finished at the end of the 13th century.

Chiesa di Santa Maria a Gradi is a medieval church which was built at the end of the 11th century but was reconstructed in the 16th century.

The church of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest in the city having been built prior to the year 1000. It underwent reconstruction during the 13th century, was restored in 1538 before being totally rebuilt in 1705.

Fortezza Medicea, a fortress built between 1538 and 1560.

Palazzo dei Priori, built in 1333 but has been restored and renovated many times over the years.

Palazzo Camaiani-Albergotti which was built in the 14th century and completely renovated in the 16th century. It has an attached tower, 'Torre della Bigazza'.

Palazzo Bruni-Ciocchi, a Renaissance builiding which is now a Museum of Medieval and Modern Art.

Casa Vasari is a well preserved house which was built in 1547 by Giorgio Vasari and is now a museum.

There is a Roman amphitheatre and musuem.

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Roman Amphitheatre - Photo: Francesco Mulas
There are some other very interesting musuems in the city including:
Gaio Cilnio Mecenate Archeological Museum.
Civic Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
UnoAErre Jewelry Museum.

Cortona
Resting on a hilltop, 600 metres above sea level, Cortona is the second most important town in the province of Arezzo. The views from the town across the Valdichiana are stunning and from the main square, Piazza Garibaldi, there is a wonderful view of Lake Trasimeno.

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Cortona - Photo: Patrick Denker
Cortona is a beautifully preserved medieval town built on a gradient which means its narrow streets are steep and interconnected by steps. The main street, Via Nazionale, is the only one in the whole town which is flat.

The Italian musician Jovanotti (Lorenzo Cherubini) was born and raised in Cortona.

The main sites of the town are:
Cortona Cathedral which was built in the 11th century over the remains of an old Roman temple.

Santa Maria Nuova is a pretty Renaissance church which was built in 1550 just outside the town walls.

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Santa Maria Nuova, Cortona - Photo: LigaDue
Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio is another Renassance church built at the end of the 15th century.

Palazzo Casali houses the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca which has an excellent collection of artifacts from the Etruscan, Roman and Eygyptian civilizations.

Villa Bramasole was built in 1504 and was used as the location for the film 'Under the Tuscan Sun' which was shot in 2003.

Castiglion Fiorentino
A small walled town set on a hillside overlooking the Val di Chio. The original walls are well preserved with many of the gates, the best example being Porta Fiorentino, still standing.

There is an art gallery occupying a former church, a nine arch loggia built by Vasar in 1513 and nearby is Caltello di Monecchio.

Civitella in Val di Chiana
It is one of several Lombard fortress villages that occupied central Italy during the 6th and 7th centuries and is, perhaps, the best preserved of all of them.

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Civitella in Val di Chiana - Photo: Giovanni Baldini
The walls are still visible and there is also the remains of a walled castle which was built in 1048. This castle was used by the Germans as their headquarters during World War II and it was subsequently destroyed by allied bombing. Sadly, it has never been rebuilt.

Lucignano
Another pretty, pleasant and very well preserved walled medieval hill top village.

Poppi
The main point of interest here is the Castello del Conti Guidi which was mentioned as early as 1191. There are also several interesting churches, the Hermitage of Camaldoli, Palazzo Crudeli and the Carlo Siemoni Museum and Arboretum.

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Poppi Castle
Caprese Michelangelo
A small village which is famous for being the birthplace Of Michelangelo. It has a Michelangelo Museum and Library. The church where Michelangelo was baptised is the 13th century St John the Baptist Church.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 22,990 km²
      Population: 3.6 million
      Density: 157/km²
      Capital: Florence

      National Parks:
      Tuscan Archipelago
      Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, and Campigna
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      • Anghiari
        Arezzo
        Badia Tedalda
        Bibbiena
        Bucine
        Capolona
        Caprese Michelangelo
        Castel Focognano
        Castel San Niccolò
        Castelfranco di Sopra
        Castiglion Fibocchi
        Castiglion Fiorentino
        Cavriglia
        Chitignano
        Chiusi della Verna
        Civitella in Val di Chiana
        Cortona
        Foiano della Chiana
        Laterina
        Loro Ciuffenna
        Lucignano
        Marciano della Chiana
        Monte San Savino
        Montemignaio
        Monterchi
        Montevarchi
        Ortignano Raggiolo
        Pergine Valdarno
        Pian di Sco
        Pieve Santo Stefano
        Poppi
        Pratovecchio
        San Giovanni Valdarno
        Sansepolcro
        Sestino
        Stia
        Subbiano
        Talla
        Terranuova Bracciolini

    • Firenze
      • Bagno a Ripoli
        Barberino di Mugello
        Barberino Val d’Elsa
        Borgo San Lorenzo
        Calenzano
        Campi Bisenzio
        Capraia e Limite
        Castelfiorentino
        Cerreto Guidi
        Certaldo
        Dicomano
        Empoli
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        Figline Valdarno
        Firenze
        Firenzuola
        Fucecchio
        Gambassi Terme
        Greve in Chianti
        Impruneta
        Incisa in Val d’Arno
        Lastra a Signa
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        Marradi
        Montaione
        Montelupo Fiorentino
        Montespertoli
        Palazzuolo sul Senio
        Pelago
        Pontassieve
        Reggello
        Rignano sull’Arno
        Rufina
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        San Godenzo
        San Piero a Sieve
        Scandicci
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        Sesto Fiorentino
        Signa
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        Vaglia
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        Gavorrano
        Grosseto
        Isola del Giglio
        Magliano in Toscana
        Manciano
        Massa Marittima
        Monte Argentario
        Monterotondo Marittimo
        Montieri
        Orbetello
        Pitigliano
        Roccalbegna
        Roccastrada
        Santa Fiora
        Scansano
        Scarlino
        Seggiano
        Semproniano
        Sorano

    • Livorno
      • Bibbona
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        Marciana Marina
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        Rio Marina
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        Rosignano Marittimo
        San Vincenzo
        Sassetta
        Suvereto

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      • Altopascio
        Bagni di Lucca
        Barga
        Borgo a Mozzano
        Camaiore
        Camporgiano
        Capannori
        Careggine
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        Castiglione di Garfagnana
        Coreglia Antelminelli
        Fabbriche di Vallico
        Forte dei Marmi
        Fosciandora
        Gallicano
        Giuncugnano
        Lucca
        Massarosa
        Minucciano
        Molazzana
        Montecarlo
        Pescaglia
        Piazza al Serchio
        Pietrasanta
        Pieve Fosciana
        Porcari
        San Romano in Garfagnana
        Seravezza
        Sillano
        Stazzema
        Vagli Sotto
        Vergemoli
        Viareggio
        Villa Basilica
        Villa Collemandina

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        Casola in Lunigiana
        Comano
        Filattiera
        Fivizzano
        Fosdinovo
        Licciana Nardi
        Massa
        Montignoso
        Mulazzo
        Podenzana
        Pontremoli
        Tresana
        Villafranca in Lunigiana
        Zeri

    • Pisa
      • Bientina
        Buti
        Calci
        Calcinaia
        Capannoli
        Casale Marittimo
        Casciana Terme
        Cascina
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        Castellina Marittima
        Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
        Chianni
        Crespina
        Fauglia
        Guardistallo
        Lajatico
        Lari
        Lorenzana
        Montecatini Val di Cecina
        Montescudaio
        Monteverdi Marittimo
        Montopoli in Val d’Arno
        Orciano Pisano
        Palaia
        Peccioli
        Pisa
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        Pontedera
        Riparbella
        San Giuliano Terme
        San Miniato
        Santa Croce sull’Arno
        Santa Luce
        Santa Maria a Monte
        Terricciola
        Vecchiano
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        Volterra

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        Pistoia
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        Quarrata
        Sambuca Pistoiese
        San Marcello Pistoiese
        Serravalle Pistoiese
        Uzzano

    • Prato
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        Poggio a Caiano
        Prato
        Vaiano
        Vernio

    • Siena
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        Buonconvento
        Casole d’Elsa
        Castellina in Chianti
        Castelnuovo Berardenga
        Castiglione d’Orcia
        Cetona
        Chianciano Terme
        Chiusdino
        Chiusi
        Colle di Val d’Elsa
        Gaiole in Chianti
        Montalcino
        Montepulciano
        Monteriggioni
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        Monticiano
        Murlo
        Piancastagnaio
        Pienza
        Poggibonsi
        Radda in Chianti
        Radicofani
        Radicondoli
        Rapolano Terme
        San Casciano dei Bagni
        San Gimignano
        San Giovanni d’Asso
        San Quirico d’Orcia
        Sarteano
        Siena
        Sinalunga
        Sovicille
        Torrita di Siena
        Trequanda

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Tuscany Climate (Florence)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
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High - Average monthly high temperatures
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Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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