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About Arezzo

Vibrant, beautifully Tuscan and only an hour by train from Florence, Arezzo is nonetheless half-forgotten. Oft overlooked in favour of Tuscany's big name beauties, this provincial capital is known mostly to lovers of the joyful works of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca. But this town's art, architecture and beautiful old centre is definitely worth that hour on the train. It is the closest city to the Casentino Valley, a region of medieval castles and Romanesque churches. For the best places to stay in Arezzo, we recommend properties just outside of town where you get the best of both worlds - Tuscan countryside and culture on your doorstep and also a couple of town properties too.

Things not to miss:

  • Arezzo doesn't sit on the top of a hill like so many Tuscan towns, it runs across the side of a hill, so don't think you've escaped the steep climbs. Palazzos and churches - medieval and Renaissance - radiate out of several squares, so be prepared to do a bit of exploring.
  • The Duomo, with its fine artwork, looks a little stranded opposite the ruins of a Medici fortress. There is a great municipal park though it is not the centre point you'd expect it to be.
  • Arezzo's most famous attraction is probably the Legend of the True Cross, a set of frescos in the Basilica di San Francesco.
  • The second best know attraction is probably the Casa di Vasari, or the house where local-boy-turned-well-known-artist and architect, and author of Lives of the Artists, lived. He did the wonderfully inventive frescoes himself, even coming up with the wonderfully allegoric titles and themes.
  • The local archaeological museum which overlooks the remains of 10,000 seat Roman amphitheatre is also worth a look.
  • The Piazza Grande is the main square. This is where everyone flocks to on the first weekend of every month when there's a huge market and antiques fair - there are about 500 stalls. The locals have a reputation for knowing how to shop and as well as the regular markets Arezzo has some excellent boutiques, the highest end of which can be found on the Corso Italia.

Whether your looking for a place in the heart of Arezzo or somewhere in the glorious surrounding Tuscan countryside, our list of the best places to stay in Arezzo will have something for you.

The best places to stay in Arezzo

For townhouse charm

  • Set in a historic house in the heart of Arezzo, Graziella Patio Hotel is a delightful place to stay. With an intimate atmosphere, the hotel's elegant rooms are luxurious and charming in equal measure. A great base for exploring Arezzo.

For a luxurious country escape

  • Nestled amidst 700 hectares of stunning Tuscan countryside, Il Borro is a stunning hotel. Set in a glorious villa as well as converted farmhouses, the hotel's elegance is plain for all to see. Sublime views, delicious food and luxurious rooms are all staples.
  • Badia di Pomaio offers a chic stay in a converted abbey, just outside Arezzo. The beautifully stylish rooms and suites are set in gorgeous gardens and there is an excellent restaurant on site.

For an villa or apartment

  • Explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The nearest airport to Arezzo is Perugia (57 miles).
  • If you're looking to hire a car, we recommend visiting our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to visit Arezzo is from May to September, when the temperature sits comfortably in the twenties.

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Best Hotels in Arezzo

  • Graziella Patio Hotel Arezzo 13 rooms from £117

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Basilica of San Francesco, Cathedral of Arezzo, Vasari's House.
    Private Hot Tub

    A spectacular historic townhouse with beautiful contemporary classic interiors. Rooms and suites have elegant furnishings, some with private hot tubs, and all the mod cons. Specialist thermo beauty treatments and massages. A romantic spot for couples that want to be pampered head to toe. See More

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  • Il Borro Arezzo (San Giustino) 22 rooms from £226

    Historic  -  The home of various Italian dynasties, including the Medici family, and also at an important geographical juncture in Tuscany
    Garden  -  Over 100 acres of vineyards, olive groves and verdant hills
    Restaurant  -  3 different restaurants for quick lunches, gourmet or traditional cuisine
    Views  -  Views of the beautiful Tuscan countryside from all over the estate
    Air conditioningTennisRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

    700 hectares of medieval Tuscan estate rich in history. Whether apartments in the farmhouse or suites in the villa, Il Borro's magic is its ability to transport you back centuries while having all the hallmarks of a luxury hotel, as reflected in authentically rustic rooms and unrivalled amenities. See More

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  • Badia di Pomaio Arezzo 14 rooms from £260

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Cathedral of Arezzo, Vasari Loggia, Fortezza Medicea.
    Restaurant  -  Traditional Tuscan classics.
    Swimming Pool  -  Panoramic views over Arezzo.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A fantastic four star hotel in the heart of Tuscany. A renovated abbey with chic romantic bedrooms and beautiful gardens. An excellent wine cellar and authentic Tuscan cuisine. Perfect for a lazy summer holiday exploring the region. Honeymooners, couples, and destination weddings. See More

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