How easy is it to do a day trip from Florence to Arezzo. Best way to get there and how long would it take. Is it very Touristy?
The old area of Arezzo is lovely. It is a very easy day trip from Florence (as I do the opposite - day trips to Florence from Arezzo!). The train is the way to go and very easy. Check www.trenitalia.com for schedules. There are a few fast trains that go to Arezzo in under an hour.
Arezzo is not a big touristy area, as many people hit the big name cities and villages, but for sure, there are tourists. One of the highlights of Arezzo is found in the church of St. Francesco. The marvellous cycle of frescoes (dating from 1452) by the painter Piero della Francesca is a must see for anyone with an interest in art. There is also the Piazza Grande, Casa Vasari, and many other things to see and do.
I totally agree with Cat7115. Arezzo is great! Spent 6 nights there a summer ago. Really good restaurants too.
The film Life is Beautiful was filmed there, so throughout the town there are plaques with photos from the film and a description.
be sure to reserve a visit to the church to see the frescoes -- we did this day trip a few years ago and were not able to see them because it was booked up
it is an easy day trip -- we were there on a market day which was fun -- lots of amazing weird tat like chandeliers and such -- flea market type market
Is there only one train station?If not, which station do you get off to be close to the old town? Which day is the market?
Coming from Florence, there is only one train station. You will see the clearly marked "Arezzo" signs from the train windows. However, there is also the "Arezzo - Casello" station for the trains coming from or going in the direction of Subbiano and Bibbiena, and the "Arezzo-Pescaiola" for trains heading in the direction of Sinalunga. "Arezzo" is the main one though that you want to be close to the old area and from there it is an easy walk out the front door, cross the street, up Via Guido Monaco, straight up past the rotary and into the older area.
The antiques market is on the first Sunday of any month and the Saturday before it (but on the same weekend, does that make sense?). The food market is every Saturday, but I think there is a market on Wednesday as well. Somebody will have to confirm that.
Thanks so much, looks like it is easy enough.If we have the time, we are going to go to Arezzo to check it out!
We are also planning a day trip to Arezzo from Florence. How steep of a walk is it from the train station to the upper part of town where the Duomo and Piazza Grande is? Is it a slow steady incline or steep climb? Is there a recommended walking route for someone with walking difficulties (not distance but incline wise); via Corso Italia versus Via Guido Monaco?
Mike, it is not a steep steep climb. But there is an progressive incline. Should you go slow and steady you will be fine. Either route is also fine. However, I recommend, heading straight out of the train station, crossing Viale Piero della Francesca, up Via Guido Monaco. At the big round-about, make a right onto Via Roma and then a left on to Via Corso Italia. This way you don't have to traverse the big circle with traffic. However, do make your way back over to Via Guido Monaco on Via Giuseppe Mazzini so that you can see the Basilica di San Francesco and the small piazza there. Just at the intersection where Via Guido ends on Via Giuseppe, there is an excellent Gelateria. Buy one there and then sit on the steps near the Basilica and people watch. Then head back to the train if you wish using Via Guido Monaco.