Arezzo Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Location: Arezzo
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 2.5 hours
Trip difficulty: Easy
Max Group Size: 30
Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights Discover Arezzo with an expert guide who will share its fascinating history from an Etruscan city-state to a Roman city of strategic importance
Admire the Cathedral of St. Peter and Donato (Duomo of Arezzo), and the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria della Pieve
Enjoy a relaxing stroll along its cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Grande, one of the finest squares in Tuscany
Take in sweeping views of the historic center and Arno Valley from the Medici Fortress
Summary
While Arezzo is often overlooked in favor of more famous Tuscan cities, this 2.5-hour private tour will reveal its impressive history, rich artistic culture and offer you a new appreciation for this jewel. As you stroll through the medieval streets and piazzas, your expert guide will show you the must-see sites including the Cathedral of St. Peter and Donato, and Romanesque Church of Santa Maria della Pieve as well as the delightful Piazza Grande, which played a starring role in the film “Life is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni.
Description

Strategically located on a hilltop surrounded by four valleys, Arezzo often sits in the shadows of its more renowned neighboring Tuscan cities. On this 2.5 hour tour however, your local guide will unveil its most important cultural and historical sites, revealing why a visit to this hidden gem shouldn't be overlooked.

While soaking up the atmosphere of this elegant medieval city of cobbled streets, your first stop takes you to the imposing Cathedral of St. Peter and Donato. Built between 1278 and 1511 over an ancient pre-Christian church, Arezzo's Cathedral sits at the highest point of the city. The modest facade is deceiving as the treasures that lie inside include the beautiful fresco of the St. Mary Magdalen by Piero della Francesca and stunning stained glass windows.

Your tour continues on with a stroll by Piazza San Francesco as you head to the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria della Pieve. Here, your eyes will draw heavenward to admire its remarkable arched-facade with differently-styled columns. The most striking feature is its soaring bell tower, also known as ‘delle cento buche’ (the tower of a hundred holes).

Next, you'll visit one of the most beautiful piazzas in Tuscany, Piazza Grande. Did you know that the movie ‘Life is Beautiful’ by Roberto Benigni was filmed in Piazza Grande? Built on a downhill slope, you can't help but notice its odd shape and the remarkable way it resolves the steep slope and the buildings around it. Once the main marketplace of the city, it is today the venue of the historical enactment ‘Giostra del Saracino’ (meaning ‘Joust of the Saracen’) dating back to the Middle Ages, and the Antique Market, which is held on the first weekend of the month.

Moving on, you'll stroll to the leafy public park, stopping at the marble monument of the famous Arezzo-born poet Francesco Petrarca, and walk to the pentagonal shaped Medici Fortress situated on the hill of San Donato. This is the perfect spot to end your tour, where you'll be treated to splendid panoramic views of the historic center and the Arno valley.

At the end of your exploration of the city, you’ll understand why Arezzo deserves a visit when traveling in Tuscany - and is even a destination unto itself!
Commentary English: Guide
Italian: Guide
Included Local guide
Expertly guided walking tour
Excluded Gratuities
Entrance tickets (should you wish to enter a site)
Hotel pick up and drop off
Know before you book This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a light to moderate pace without difficulty. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Please note, this tour does not include entrance to the main sites. If you’d like to visit any particular site, you will need to buy a ticket at the location.
Know before you go This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a light to moderate pace without difficulty. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Please arrive at the meeting point ready for your tour - prior to arrival use the bathroom and ensure you have eaten.
Tours run rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. In the event of exceptionally heavy rain, the tour may be canceled and you will be given a full refund.
Please note, this tour does not include entrance to the main sites. If you’d like to visit any particular site, you will need to buy a ticket at the location.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, sites may occasionally close. We make every effort to stay as close to the advertised itinerary but substitutions/omissions may be necessary.
No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Accessibility: Travellers easily arrive and depart on public transport
Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Face masks provided for travelers, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands, Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off No booking cut-off applies
Valid Only on date on reservation

Locations

Type: Starts location
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Address: Scale Mobili, Arezzo, Tuscany, 52100 , IT
Notes: Your guide will meet you at the foot of the stairs in front of the church.
Start Location Notes Scale Mobili, Arezzo, Tuscany, 52100 , IT

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Group 13-99 years Available on request
PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Group 13-99 years Available on request

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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

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Mobile tickets will be accepted

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