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How to Spend 3 Days in Arezzo

How to Spend 3 Days in Arezzo

Arezzo is as Tuscan as you can get, both in spirit and in location. In addition to a Hollywood-ready medieval center, the town overlooks four valleys—Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno, and Valdichiana—and is within striking distance of Cortona and Siena. Here are a few ways to see Arezzo and the finest Tuscan hill towns and countryside in three days.

Day 1: In and Around Arezzo

Get to know Arezzo’s handsome historic center and pretty countryside in a single day, beginning with a guided walking tour of the town’s cultural highlights in the morning. Take in the main Piazza Grande, lined with Vasari’s Renaissance Loggia and Romanesque apse of the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, and stop by the Church of San Francesco and the cathedral to admire Piero della Francesca’s 16th-century frescoes. In the afternoon, wine lovers can tour a winery set in the rolling vineyards and taste the area’s excellent vintages, while foodies can learn how to create classic Tuscan dishes with a local chef.

Day 2: Cortona’s Simple Pleasures

Experience the charm of Cortona, made famous in Under the Tuscan Sun, with a themed walking tour of the historic center that includes locations featured in the book and film, such as Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza della Repubblica. Art aficionados can visit the Diocesan Museum and the Church of San Domenico to see three works by Fra’ Angelico, all dating from 1436. Afterwards, head outside of town to visit two elegant Renaissance churches: Giorgio Vasari’s domed Santa Maria Nuova and the Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio, home to the Madonna del Calcinaio image, said to perform miracles. Lake Trasimeno is just a few minutes away, its quiet shores offering a welcome break from sightseeing and the perfect way to end the day.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Siena

Spend your third day exploring stately Siena and its large yet perfectly preserved medieval center. Start at the cathedral complex with skip-the-line tickets to view the church, baptistery, museum, and library, taking in masterpieces by Bernini, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Afterwards, explore Siena’s grand historic center with a walking or Segway tour of highlights, including Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia, Basilica di San Domenico, and sweeping Piazza del Campo—site of the city’s rolicking annual Palio festival and horse race. Photography buffs will want to capture the views over the Crete Senesi landscape from the scenic overlook in Piazza del Mercato; most tours also visit local artisan workshops.

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Wine Tasting and Tour in an Organic Winery

Wine Tasting and Tour in an Organic Winery

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Indulging in local wine is a must when you visit Tuscany—and on this private tour, you’ll go behind-the-scenes at one of the region’s most scenic and esteemed wineries, located just on the outskirts of Arezzo. Learn about organic winemaking processes when you tour the vineyards, delve into the cellar to discover how wine is aged, and finally taste three organic wines, along with locally made pecorino cheese and cured meats.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cortona Cooking Class

Cortona Cooking Class

Learn some practical culinary skills during this hands-on Tuscan cooking class in a local chef's kitchen in Cortona. You’ll prepare a complete seasonal meal with locally produced ingredients that includes antipasto, handmade pasta and sauce, a second course with a side dish, and dessert. After cooking, you’ll sit down with your group and dine.
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  • 4 hours
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Cortona Private Guided Tour

Cortona Private Guided Tour

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Discover Cortona, the town made famous by the novel Under the Tuscan Sun, during a short walking tour. With a local guide, you’ll hear fun facts about the book and the film as you stroll through the Roman square of Piazza della Repubblica and see landmarks such as Teatro Signorelli and the Palazzo Comunale. Choose between a morning or afternoon tour when you book.
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  • 2 hours
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Arezzo private guided walking tour

Arezzo private guided walking tour

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Discover the Tuscan city of Arezzo with your own personal guide, just for your group. Loved for its architecture and historical art, the city is home to countless gems, which you’ll learn about from your guide. Check out the Cathedral of St. Peter and Donato and stroll through Piazza Grande as tales of Roberto Benigni’s film La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) ring in your ears.
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8-Day Small-Group Flavors of Tuscany Tour with Cooking Classes

8-Day Small-Group Flavors of Tuscany Tour with Cooking Classes

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This eight-day tour is perfect for visitors looking to fully immerse themselves in the beauty and the cuisine of Tuscany. After pickup via private vehicle from the Arezzo train station, you’ll head straight to your villa. Over the course of the tour, you’ll take several cooking lessons with a professional chef; will embark on restaurant, market, and winery visits; see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other cultural stops; and enjoy time at your leisure to swim in the villa’s pool and soak up the scenery.
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  • 8 days
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Cooking Class - Tuscan Food

Cooking Class - Tuscan Food

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Learn the secrets of Italian cooking from an expert chef with this 3-hour Tuscan cooking class. Get hands-on experience preparing traditional Tuscan dishes. Enjoy creating seasonal meals with only the freshest ingredients from the local market. Special dietary needs can be met by request. Complete your day by eating the lunch you've prepared.
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  • 3 hours
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