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Arezzo is a city with many interesting traditions and celebrations. It’s a fantastic place where tourists can see festivities that have appeared yet in the middle ages. Generations of local people have cherished traditions of their predecessors, so they try to follow all rituals and keep them unchanged for centuries. Giostra del Saracino or Joust of the Saracen is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting national celebrations. The event takes place two times a year – on the third weekend of June and the first weekend of September.
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According to the historical data, the first tournament was held in August 1535. The first holiday was dedicated to St. Donatus, the patron of the city. However, some scientists think that competitions of such kind appeared much earlier in Arezzo. The tournament resembles the traditional entertainment of knights, who polished their skills by piercing rag dolls with spears. Steadily, regular training of knights became a popular celebration, and many local people gathered to see it. The tournament was revived at the beginning of the 20th century, and, currently, it is one of the most famous and popular events in Tuscan.
The celebration starts with a solemn procession of knights. As a rule, nearly three hundred people in antique costumes participate in it. Local people take on fancy dresses and walk on the main streets of the city. Equestrians with colorful flags finish the procession. The area near the cathedral is the epicenter of the celebration. The bishop blesses knights, and the festive concert starts after that. The joust starts in the afternoon. As a rule, eight knights participate in it. The main aim of participants is to hit the rotating shield while moving on horseback at full tilt. The quickest and most skillful knight gets the main trophy – a beautiful golden spear. This interesting and old celebration attracts many tourists who want to indulge in the atmosphere of the medieval times at least for a day. Copyright
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Of course, Giostra del Saracino is the most famous festival of Arezzo. Other events are less known, but many of them are no less interesting to attend. For example on the third Sunday of June, local people organize a feast to honor Madonna delle Grazie del Rivaio. This event, which appeared many centuries ago, usually takes place in Piazzale Garibaldi. Local people from three districts, namely Porta Romana, Porta Fiorentina, and Rione Cassero, dress in traditional costumes and parade on the main streets of the city, holding colorful flags.
Antiques fair in the Loggia of the Piazza Grande in Arezzo, Italy The nearby town of Lucignano also has an interesting celebration - Maggiolata Lucignanese that is held on last two Sundays of May. The Maggiolata is an ancient celebration that is linked to an old Tuscan tradition of greeting the new summer season and saying goodbye to the winter. The Roman church adopted the pagan tradition of asking supreme forces for a good harvest and turned it into a wonderful holiday. Nowadays, the Maggiolata includes various parades, performances, and concerts of folk bands from different parts of Italy.
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If you happen to visit Arezzo at the end of May, check the date of Rievocazione Storica della Battaglia of Scannagallo. This fantastic event is held either on the last weekend of May or on the first weekend of June in Pozzo della Chiana, a small town just 30 minutes (less than 30 kilometers) away from Arezzo. In 1554, Pozzo della Chiana was the battlefield for military actions between Florence and Siena. That war is portrayed in the famous fresco by Giorgio Vasari, Sala dei 500, and is exhibited in Florence. Local people still remember about those days, so they decided to organize a historical re-enactment. After long and careful preparation, the first re-enactment was held in 2001. Nowadays, it’s a large and very popular event that tourists will find very exciting to attend.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Arezzo and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Arezzo
♥   Basilica di S. Domenico, Arezzo, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Francesco, Arezzo, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di Ss. Donato e Pietro, Arezzo, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Assunta, La Verna, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Cortona, 23.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Margherita Penitente, Cortona, 24 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Sansepolcro, 25.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Arezzo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Rondini' Arezzo), 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fortezza Medicea' Arezzo, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castelsecco' Arezzo, 3.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castelnuovo di Subbiano' , 9.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Pieve a Ranco' Arezzo, 13.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montauto' Anghiari, 14.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Valenzano' Subbiano, 17.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Arezzo and around

Uffizi Gallery

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
About 50 halls are used for priceless art pieces. All museum pictures are exhibited in a strong chronology. In the museum apart from pictures, you can see wonderful ancient sculptures and an interesting collection of archaeological finds. When you will finish with the gallery, go to the inner yard. There you can feel the architectural greatness of one of the most famous world museums. … Read further


From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
The main value of the city is the historical monuments. Right in the centre of Siena has placed the historical Piazza del Campo. Near you can see the wonderful Palazzo Pubblico. It’s an outstanding example of the Gothic architecture of the 13th century. Today some parts of the old palace are turned into a museum where you can find the collection of artefacts and ancient sculptures. One of the most beautiful architectural monuments is the Siena Cathedral. It has placed on the Piazza del Duomo, the highest place of the city. … Read further

Old Town of Pienza

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Pius PP. II was born there and did his best for converting the village into a luxurious town. Pienza was the first European town which was built according to the accurate plan. Later all cities were built in such way. There were saved the Medieval buildings, today they are of a great value. In the centre of the historical area has placed a wonderful conciliar Church and several marvellous palaces. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Arezzo

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