Arezzo

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The undiscovered area of Arezzo – walking off the beaten paths

The original and authentic Tuscany still exists today! We mean the valleys of Casentino, Valdarno and Valtiberina. They are part of Arezzo’s province, which is situated between Siena and the Apennines, in the eastern corner of Tuscany. This is a hidden region with extraordinary environmental and cultural heritage; definitely an interesting alternative to the traditional tourist destinations. Here the famous Arno and Tiber rivers born and carve unique valleys, shaping magnificent sceneries.
This is the land where art, history and spirituality blend harmoniously with the Nature. The landscapes inspired famous artists as Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo Da Vinci. Here Saint Francis spent a big part of his life: hermitages, convents, chapels are tangible marks of his passage during the pilgrimages to and from Assisi.
Moreover, the area is crossed by the Via Romea Germanica, an ancient route dated back to the 13th century which linked Germany to Rome. This is also the land where “La Vita è Bella” (Life is Beautiful) by Roberto Benigni was filmed.
Local communities still cherish and preserve ancient traditions both cultural and culinary. Our hiking routes follow ancient Roman and medieval roads or those paths used by shepherds during their transhumances.
You can walk through vineyards, olive groves and virgin forests discovering picturesque villages, ancient settlements and renaissance villas. A hike in the Arezzo’s valleys means to experience the peace and stillness, far from the crowd of the packed places. This is the ideal place to spend a memorable outdoor vacation.

Explore the authentic Tuscany:

follow the ancient pilgrimage routes.
taste the local products including Pecorino cheese, mushrooms, truffles and chestnuts.
enjoy breathtaking views from the Apennines and Pratomagno mountains.
walk the landscapes depicted in the Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel.
discover hamlets and castles where history comes alive.
find the tracks of the Etruscans.

Highlights:

• The natural wonders of the Casentino Forests National Park
• La Verna and its Franciscan Sanctuary where you can get in touch with yourself
Anghiari a medieval gem surrounded by imposing 1200s walls
• Caprese Michelangelo, the village where the famous artist was born
• The Camaldoli Monastery, a place of high spirituality founded in 1012

what people say about us

We felt that our time in Arezzo province was very well spent under Marco’s guidance.
We saw parts of the countryside we never would have found on our own and were given a memorable in-depth introduction to this part of rural Tuscany. Donna US