Preparing your trip to Arezzo: advices & hints - things to do and to obey
1. Local people are not very skilled in foreign languages, so it is better to buy a phrasebook before your holiday in Arezzo.
2. Line voltage is 220V. Therefore, it’s important to check your electrical appliances that you plan to take and get a European plug in case of a need.
3. As a rule, all religious landmarks are open for visitors starting from early in the morning. Closer to the noon, the majority of churches and cathedrals close and resume their work in 2 – 3 hours.
4. It is not recommended to plan an excursion to churches and cathedrals on religious holidays and during ceremonies.
6. If you plan to rent a car, don’t forget about the speed limit on the streets of the city. During the daytime, some streets can be closed for vehicles.
7. The city has quite an unusual law concerning cash turnover. It is prohibited to transfer cash in amounts exceeding 12,000 euro. It is considered a crime and can cause punishment. All transactions involving large amounts of money must be made through the bank.
9. Prior to booking a hotel room, check the services offered. In some hotels, the breakfast is not included in the room price.
10. The cheapest way to make calls to other countries is to use special orange cabins that are present in every district of the city. They offer the most favorable fee and comfortable service. To make a call, you will need to purchase «scheda telefonica» card, the value of which can range from 5 to 20 euro.
11. Arezzo has a well-developed system of public transport. It is possible to buy tickets in tobacco and newspaper kiosks, and in some bars. Bus drivers do not sell tickets.
12. Shops and shopping centers work from Monday till Saturday. Some shopping complexes can have shorter operating hours on Saturday.
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What to visit being in Arezzo - unique sights
SienaFrom the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
Check on the map: Distance from Arezzo center - 46.2 km.The Cathedral was built in the 13th century but even now it adores people not only with its magnificent external view but also with the inner black and white marble decoration. More than that, there was saved an old library. Thanks to that, every visitor can see a Bibliotheca of the unique handwrites and rather rare books. Fort Santa Barbara is one the most popular relaxation places of tourists. This huge strengthening structures were built in the middle of the 16th century and saved the city from the enemies. Today on the territory of the fort has placed an unusual theatre. In warm seasons there are holding outstanding open-air plays. … Read further
Old Town of PienzaFrom the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Check on the map: Distance from Arezzo center - 46.4 km.The town isn’t only famous for the historical buildings but also there has placed a unique natural and cultural landscape Val d’Orcia. The main speciality of this area is the wonderful hills of right bell-mound. In summer they are covered with high green grass and wildflowers. Nice hills attract a lot of artists for hundreds of years. The best way to explore the city is on foot. Walking will open you a lot of secrets that are covered by the car travellers. During the walk around the square, you will see that the old buildings look different from various sides. … Read further
Basilica di Santa CroceFrom the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Check on the map: Distance from Arezzo center - 58.7 km.During the excursions around the Basilica di Santa Croce you can see shrines of famous 19th-century Italian poet Ugo Foscolo, the composer Gioachino Rossini, philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli and other notable people of culture and art. All in all, the church has 300 shrines and each is decorated with an informational nameplate and sculptural composition. In 1966 the Basilica was drastically destroyed from the flooding and some old artefacts were damaged. The most mysterious artefact of the church is the Taddeo Gaddi fresco’s “The Last Supper”. It was made in 1333 and is decorating one of the frater’s wall. This fresco is coved by a number of legends and unbelievable fictions. … Read further
City tours, excursions and tickets in Arezzo and surroundings
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Travelling to Arezzo - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Arezzo. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.