Under the Tuscan sun Arezzo is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany, due to its tradition in gold-smithery. Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits atop a hill at the crossroads of four valleys: the Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana
Many famous Italian artists and poets were born here, Petrarca, Masacci, Piero della Francesca and Michelangelo among others. Its ancient origins are verified by the stone tools and the so-called Man of the Elm discovered here and found to date back to the Paleolithic era. Arezzo (the Etruscan Aritim) was founded around the 9th century B.C., and quickly became one of the most important cities in Tuscany, playing an important role over the centuries due to its strategic position along the Roman Via Cassia.
Even though over 50 % the Medieval center was destroyed during World War II, Arezzo is still very rich in natural and artistic beauty. Its monuments, churches and museums offer visitors a chance to step back into history. Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana. The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. The heart of Cortona is Piazza della Repubblica, with the Palazzo Comunale or town hall building overlooking the square. Various small shops on the main streets of Cortona offer local handmade items and gastronomical products. Great red wines are made in the area (we are just a few kilometers from Montepulciano and Montalcino) and all of the wine bars offer a wide selection.
There are many restaurants in the city, most offering traditional local and Tuscan cuisine (the Chianina cattle, one of Italy’s oldest, high quality bovine breeds is bred in Valdichiana). Anghiari about 30 km from Arezzo sits near the border between Tuscany and Umbria in the Tuscan Valtiberina valley. As mall medieval jewel set on a hill made of stone built up over the centuries from the Tiber River at its feet, Anghiari is a beautiful village enclosed in massive 13th century walls. Walking around its narrow streets, you can breathe the air of its history and glory. The stone houses overlooking the streets have small windows, wooden shutters and doors, sometimes damaged or broken, but still characteristic. The entrances and balconies of the houses are often decorated with flowers which colour the narrow streets of this delightful village.
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