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If you are looking for a meeting room in Arezzo, ours allows you to use its Meeting ONLY for 2 hours a day or for half or full day. Our meeting rooms can host meetings, training, personnel selection and sample presentations with personalized fittings.
The meeting room includes hospitality to your guests by our staff  and exposure on all plates of your name or your company logo. Meeting from 2 or 3 people till 30 persons. If you want, you can book a Day Office or an office at your disposal if only for 1 hour.

When you use the meeting room for hours you can also avail of such services (optional):

Internet connection wifi
video conferencing over ISDN / IP and web conferencing
all printed material and promotional
assistance of our secretarial staff to send faxes, make photocopies and prints, bindings, translations in 5 languages, reservations or any other secretarial work
coffee breaks,
permanent coffee

You can use the reception and waiting rooms to accommodate your guests in a friendly and professional service.

They are ready to self-service areas such as copy center, fax center and wireless areas. Also in the break areas you can enjoy a coffee and relax taking the opportunity to socialize with other professionals.

Buy the service hall meeting is quick and easy.

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Arezzo, città di pionieri

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Who are Giorgio Vasari, Francesco Petrarca, Guido Monaco and Piero della Francesca? the simple answer is that they are all born near Arezzo. You can book a Hotel in Arezzo and come to know them, to visit their homes and places where they created works famous in time.

Guido of Arezzo or Guido Aretinus or Guido da Arezzo or Guido Monaco or Guido d'Arezzo (991/992 – after 1033) was a music theorist of the Medieval era. He is regarded as the inventor of modern musical notation (staff notation). While at Arezzo, he developed new technologies for teaching, such as staff notation and the use of the "ut-re-mi" (do-re-mi) mnemonic. The do-re-mi syllables are taken from the initial syllables of each of the first six half-lines of the first stanza of the hymn Ut queant laxis, but the musical line shares a common ancestor with the arrangement of Horace's Ode to Phyllis recorded in the Montpellier manuscript H425. Guido is also credited with the invention of the Guidonian hand] a widely used mnemonic system where note names are mapped to parts of the human hand.


francesco_petrarcaThe great Italian poet and classical scholar Francesco Petrarca was born in Arezzo, a central Italian city south of Florence, in 1304. "I was born to this world in the Via dell' Orto of the city of Arezzo, just at dawn on Monday, July 20. In 1327, in the church of Santa Clara in Avignon Petrarch saw and fell in love with Laura. This encounter inspired him to write a series of small poems to her and about her and about love. These poems became part of Petrarch's most influential work, that which came to be called Il Canzoniere, the collection of hundreds of sonnets about love.






Giorgio Vasari (Arezzo, 1511 - Firenze, 1574) non è stato da meno, anche se in un modo diverso. Lo si conosce come pittore e architetto (ha cominciato lui i lavori per quella che adesso è la Galleria degli Uffizi.

La sua opera più famosa però è un trattato: si tratta delle "Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori italiani, da Cimabue insino a' tempi nostri". In un vero e proprio censimento storiografico - ma che non tralascia di raccontare aneddoti anche divertendi, facendo anche arrabbiare gli artisti citati - Vasari traccia una mappa che collega ben 160 artisti.

In un periodo in cui i documenti ufficiali erano spesso vittima di incendi, battaglie e altre devastazioni la sua opera è stata ed è fondamentale (uno dei primi libri che ho dovuto leggere all'università, ricordo, e a un corso di letteratura!). Uno degli esempi è la data di nascita di Piero della Francesca: tuttora sconosciuta, è stata ricostruita più precisamente proprio grazie alla documentazione presente nelle "vite".

Ma l'opera del Vasari ha segnato un altro grande esordio, quello proprio dei metodi della storiografia dell'arte, e ha dato inizio quindi a uno studio più consapevole, più strutturato dell'arte.

Il filo rosso che accomuna questi 4 maestri è quindi che tutti, nel loro campo, sono stati dei pionieri. Non si sono dedicati solo all'arte, ma hanno speso energie anche perché l'arte superasse se stessa, imboccasse strade più proficue, fosse a disposizione di tutti, conosciuta e riconosciuta.

E riconoscere l'arte, si sa, è riconoscere un po' sé stessi.

Arezzo. ...for us

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For those who have finished with Florence, and want to explore the rest of Tuscany, the classic traveller's route runs either due south – to the vineyards of Chianti, the towers and Palio of Siena and San Gimignano, the hill towns between Montalcino and Montepulciano – or west to Pisa, Lucca and the coast. Aside from Cortona – a lovely town popularised, and in high season very nearly ruined, by Frances Mayes's well-meaning memoir Under the Tuscan Sun – eastern Tuscany gets far less attention.

That is a huge bonus for those who do make it to the region's vibrant little capital, Arezzo, just an hour by train from Florence. They come to this half-forgotten corner, in steady but never excessive numbers, drawn mostly by the joyful frescoes of the Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca, and discover a city rich in art and architecture but mostly free of crowds.

As well as being an attraction in its own right, Arezzo is also the jumping-off point for the Casentino valley, an area dotted with Romanesque chapels, medieval castles – one of which hosted Dante – and good restaurants. Two important Franciscan sites, the monasteries of La Verna and Camaldoli, lie high in the wooded mountains that ring the valley.

Tempted? Here is how to make the most of the city and its region.


Where art and tradition converge 

The town lies in the foothills of the Appenines fanning out into the broad fertile river valleys of the Arno, Tiber, Casentino, and Valdichiana. Arezzo is the administrative and economic capital of the large province of the same name, whose economy over the last fifty years has grown rapidly, shifting from agriculture to industry. It is now a majorgoldsmith center while tourism is the town’s other major employer. Arezzo's ability to combine its cultural heritage with a modern entrepreneurial identity makes it an important centre for the whole of eastern Tuscany.
Eight defensive walls have been constructed around the the hill on which the ancient town was built, each larger than the previous one. The most recent wall, built in the 16th century, effectively curbed urban expansion until modern times. Each time the town's boundaries expanded a 'new' Arezzo emerged, blending with the pre-existing town. This is the key to Arezzo's historical identity: the sum of very different parts - medieval Arezzo, the town of the grand-dukes, the Medici and the rule of Lorraine. This fundamental aspect of the town’s character helps us understand how the 'new' town, inspired by late 19th-century town-planning principles, could so readily connect to the 'old' town
At the top of the hill, the Piazza Grande is at the heart of the town. As in the earlier walled Etruscan settlement (6th–5th century BC), the forum of the Roman city was in or near this square, perched between the hills of San Pietro (where the cathedral now stands) and San Donato (today occupied by the Fortress). Arezzo used to be as major a center for farming and industryas Romeand Capua in ancient times. It was famous for itsspelt wheat, bronze statues and terracotta. The works that have survived (including the bronze Chimera, now in Florence) show the high level of technical and aesthetic sophistication achieved. In Augustan times, items made of 'sealed Arezzo earth' (ceramics) were much sought-after.The walls built in 1194, along what is now Via Garibaldi, enclosed a town of 20,000 inhabitants. The town was organized into the four quarters that compete in the Saracen Tournament to this day. The Studio Generale or university (the successor to the episcopal school whose illustrious pupils included Guido Monaco) added cultural importance. Arezzo produced such geniuses as Guittone and the eclectic Ristoro. "Alas! Now is the season of great woe”, sang the great 13th-century poet Guittone d’Arezzo. The defeat of Arezzo by the Guelphs of Florence at Campaldino in 1289 was a severe blow to the rich and powerful Ghibelline commune, which had adorned its 'acropolis' with churches and public buildings.
Between the 13th and the 14th centuries the town expanded fan-wise as can still be seen on modern town maps, with main thoroughfares leading toward the Chiana riverand Florence. Before Florentine expansion overwhelmed Arezzo’s independence, the town enjoyed one further period of progress under the pro-imperial bishop Guido Tarlati(1319-27). Tarlati helped to bring about economic and cultural developments: art and architecture flourished, and work began on the new walls that were to form the largest defence system the town had ever known. When Guido died his brother Pier Saccone was unable to continue the work and in 1384, the town of Arezzo and the surrounding territory, were incorporated into the Florentine state.DECLINE AND RECOVERY
The 15th century brought both decline (in the population and social life) and some economic recovery. The town’s main architects were Florentines (Bernardo Rossellino, Benedetto and Giuliano da Maiano, Antonio da Sangallo the Elder and his brother Giuliano) but it was the work of Piero della Francesca, that was fundamental to early Renaissance art: the "Legend of the True Cross" fresco on the apse walls of the church of St. Francis. The town lost its most cherished landmarkswhen the Florentine Grand Duke Cosimo I demolished the towers, churches (including the old cathedral built by Pionta) and other private buildings that smacked of political autonomy. In their place appeared new walls (1538) and a star-shaped fortress.


Arezzo began to take its present form in the second half of the 18th century, but it was not until a century later, with the arrival of the railroad (1866), that urban redevelopment really began. The 'new town' grew up around Arezzo’s ancient core, without impinging upon it. The town that greets visitors today is remarkable in the sheer abundance of its art and architecture, and its culture and local traditions: a rich heritage, ranging from awe-inspiring monuments to smaller treasures, offering interesting insights into a town and civilization.

Today Arezzo, situated within striking distance of Firenze, Perugia, Siena, and numerous small hill towns like Cortona, is the provincial capitol of Toscana.  Arezzo is different from many towns in Toscana: no sweeping views, no fresco colored villas with red tile roofs as far as the eye can see. It’s not on a river, however both the Arno and the Tiber originate north of Arezzo in the hills and pass through the area. It sits on a low hill in the Clanis valley.  It’s not famous for leather goods, food, wine, famous museums and great restaurants but it has all of these things. 

Arezzo today is home to hard working people who take great pride in their history and the artists and writers who lived and worked in Arezzo. Those artists include della Francesca, Signorelli, Cimabue, Angelico and others. Arezzo was the birthplace of Petrarch and Giorgio Vasari. Despite the difficulties of funding public works, the city is restoring the Teatro Petrarca. The Vasari home is now a beautiful museum with splendid painted walls and ceilings. They are also hard at work excavating the Roman amphitheater and renovating the adjacent Archaeology Museum.

Arezzo does not live for tourists; it welcomes them and you see groups wandering around the sites every day.  Arezzo does live for antiques.  It has a regional antique show once a month and a really big one once a year.  There are antique shops everywhere you look within the historic center. 

If this isn’t enough, there is great shopping and great prices on via d’Italia and via Cavour! We each treated ourselves to a new something: Ken a dynamite sports jacket and brilliant scarf, and for moi, a dazzling sweater with lace down the back and peeking out around the bottom of the sweater. Arezzo really is a marvelous place to stay and experience authentic Italian life.

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Some ideas for the Easter weekend between Siena and Arezzo

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What do you know about Easter in Italy and Tuscany? Are you aware that Easter is here the second most important religious holiday after Christmas, and many traditions are related to its celebrations? I’ll  try to open a window on this period of the year and give some suggestions for places to visits and activities to do if you’re in Tuscany these days.

From a religious point of view, being Easter the resurrection of Christ, its celebration is the basis of the Christian religion and Italians consider this day very important. Schools close usually from the Thursday before Easter (Holy Thursday) till the Tuesday after.

Good Friday (Venerdì Santo in Italian) is the day on which Christ was crucified, and the Church – stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open, – is as if in mourning. Traditionally, the organ is silent from Holy Thursday until the Midnight Mass at Easter Eve, as are all bells or other instruments.  In many villages and towns, at night priests lead the torchlight procession of the via crucis (way of the Cross), the biggest and most popular one being that in Rome, led by the Pope at the Coliseum. Easter tradition means that several Italians don’t eat meat on Good Friday, even if restaurants serve any kind of food.

Easter Eve represents the one full day when Jesus is dead and churches don’t have any service until the Midnight Mass that starts the Easter celebrations. Easter Day is finally a happy and joyful day after the long period of Lent! In Tuscany, it starts in Florence with the traditional “explosion of the cart” (Scoppio del Carro) having its roots in the pagan ritual of ensuring a good harvest and considered a symbol of good luck for the city.

After the solemn Mass, on Easter Day food plays a big role in traditional lunches, both at home or restaurants. Recipes vary according to the regional traditions, but eggs are common everywhere as represent life, fertility, and renewal, all essential symbols of Easter. Hard-boiled eggs – often dyed  – are blessed by the priests during the Mass at Easter Eve, and then accompany breakfast and lunch of many Italian families. Also, the most popular Easter tradition are beautifully decorated chocolate eggs, that everyone gets for friends, dearest persons and children.

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Passing to things to do in the Easter weekend between Arezzo and Siena, here are our recommendations:

1) You should definitely visit the beautiful Arezzo, whose medieval historic centre boasts  many splendid works of art:  the most famous one is “The Legend of the True Cross” fresco cycle painted by Piero della Francesca in the Church of St. Francis, but many others are the monuments and the museum that are worth a visit (from the main square Piazza Grande, to the Cathedral and the minor churches, to the archaeological museum). From the town, you can easily move to one of the marvellous valleys of its countryside, such as the green Casentino, with its magnificent Park of Forests where you can walk and hike in an enchanted natural environment,  or the Valtiberina, where you can visit the beautiful medieval hamlet of  Anghiari. Find out what else to see around town in our post.

2) just a few kilometres away from Arezzo,  Cortona is a splendid hamlet you can’t absolutely miss. Dating back to the Etruscan times,  made famous all over the world by Frances Mayes book “Under the Tuscan Sun”, it offers many things to do: visiting  the Archaeological Park and the Etruscan Museum, strolling around the splendid medieval centre,  hiking to the Sanctuary of St. Margherita, all are excellent ways to discover this fascinating hill town.

3) on Monday, April 6th (the day after Easter, that in Italy is a festivity)  the fascinating steam train of the Sienese Crete will depart from Siena railway station to reach Buonconvento, near Montalcino, for the Antiques Fair through the streets and alleys of the nice hamlet. Travelling on board of an authentic historic train, with a background noise made of whistles, puffs, squeaks and the pumping of the pistons will be a great experience for adults and an unforgettable day for children! All the detailed info here!


4) finally, in the countryside of Siena, an itinerary in the splendid Val d’Orcia is always the perfect decision:  since 2004 its landscape has been a UNESCO World Heritage site to be is “an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures”. Its smooth hills, cypress trees that line its winding roads, lovely farmhouses and hilltop hamlets like Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni correspond, in the mind of many people, to the image of Tuscany itself. In Spring its picture postcard views are dominated by the intense green that make the landscape bright. Here the complete itinerary through one of the most beloved areas of Tuscany.

In conclusion, “Christmas at home, Easter with whomever you want” is an old Italian saying, even though many people pass  Easter Day with their families. On the other hand, Easter Monday, is traditionally spent outside, with family and friends either picnicking or visiting the towns, hamlets and typical corners of the territory.

Arezzo is a beautiful city in Tuscany, and like the rest of the region it offers a spectacular scenes of medieval buildings and harmonious architecture, right in the middle of four gorgeous natural valleys. 

Among the main attractions are the Duomo, with the frescos from Piero della Francesca, Cimabue's Crucifix, Santa Maria della Pieve, with its tower that is 59 meter high, and many other churches. But, the true beauty of Arezzo is its simplicity and elegance, which is a acknowledged throughout Tuscany, where each city competes with the others regarding their beauty. Anyway, while there, it is definitely worth stopping to visit the Roman Amphitheatre and the house of Francesco Petrarca, by many considered the second most important Italian poet after Dante Alighieri. 

Arezzo's typical regional food products are based on Tuscan fare:

Tuscan food is a triumph of nature; simplified country cooking, it lacks imagination, but expresses an almost mystical symbiosis between a people and their land. The elaborations exported to France by the Medici are long gone and mostly forgotten. Also vanishing, sadly, are the inspired dishes that used to take cheerful Tuscan mammas all morning to create. But the basics are still there: country bread baked in wood-fired ovens and the emerald-green extra-vergine olive oil that combines so well in bruschetta and pane unto; exquisite vegetables and greens that make a minestrone easy (Tuscans have always been more resourceful with hearty thick soups than pasta); the rosemary, garlic, onion, sage, basil, bay leaves, and tarragon that heighten flavour; and, of course, the bean, so adored that when detractors couldn't think of anything worse they called Tuscans mangiafagioli (bean eaters).

Tuscans are big meat eaters and Tuscan food is greatly characterized by grilled or roasted meats: chicken, pork, duck, pigeon and Florence's legendary bistecca alla fiorentina (hefty slab of Chianina beef - a real one weighs about 1kg with bone and all)). Boar and game birds are also prized in this most wooded Italian region. Some of Italy's tastiest Pecorino cheese comes from sheep grazed in the stark hills of Siena.

Today Arezzo's economy is very successful and is based mainly on gold, therefore it is possible to find many workshops and jewelry stores. 

"Tuscan people? Arrogant and rude" ... word of the French newspaper "Le Figaro" ...

What can I say? It colud be, maybe they're right ... but history teaches us something else, starting from one of the basic points of table manners ... the use of a fork. This "tool" did not receive a great success in Italy and in Europe, and only in Florence was welcomed. 

Proof of this is the attempt from Catherine de 'Medici to make her husband Henry II of France and other diners try the unusual piece of cutlery ... the picture given to us by historians is hilarious ... "In bringing the fork to his mouth, they protruded on the plate with the neck and body ... it was great fun to see them eat, because they dropped on the plate, on the table and on the ground, as much as they could put in their mouth ".... so just to inform ... the first version of "Etiquette" was written around 1555 by Monsignor Giovanni della Casa, Catholic Archbishop of Borgo San Lorenzo ... A Tuscan, just to be clear …

AREZZO - visit the Etruscan city during the Saracen Joust... Are you a warrior ?... this is your trip ....





Located 40 miles from the historic center of Arezzo, in less than one hour by car from our hotel, deep in the splendor of our forests in Casentino, you will find one of the best places in the whole province of Arezzo: the Sanctuary of La Verna. Located on the top of Monte Penna, part of the Tuscan Apennines, the sanctuary is built at the height of 1128 meters above sea level and is still a popular pilgrimage site. Its popularity is due to the close link with the cult of Saint Francis. It is said that in the spring of 1213, St. Francis of Assisi was traveling with Brother Leo in Montefeltro area, when he heard music coming from the castle of San Leo. As he approached, he saw a party in the square and, seeing it as an ideal opportunity to spread the Gospel, he jumped over a wall and sang a love song. Listening to him in the audience was the Count of Chiusi in Casentino, Orlando Catani, who was deeply impressed by the words of St. Francis and he wanted to talk with him. The sermon of St. Francis enlightened him so much that he wanted to thank him, offering him the gift of the Sanctuary of La Verna, that at that time was his property, "I have in Tuscany a devoted mountain which is called the mountain of Vernia, which is a very lonely and savage place and it's suited to the ones who wish to do penance in a place faraway from people, or for those who want to stay alone. If you like it, I will gladly give it to you and your mates for the health of my soul. "St. Francis gladly accepted and the Sanctuary of La Verna, as well as becoming a destination for many periods of his retirement, was also the place where, in the summer of 1224, he received the stigmata. Since then the popularity of the Verna has never known a period of crisis and is still a sacred place of pilgrimage.


If you do not have a car, you can easily reach the Sanctuary of La Verna from the center of Arezzo by public transport. From Arezzo railway station, you need to take a train to Bibbiena and then a bus to take you to Chiusi della Verna, the nearest village. From the town, you should get to the Sanctuary on foot, as did the pilgrims of the old days, by the ancient road dell'Ansilice: it surely will be worth!


The Sanctuary of La Verna offers so much from the atristic point of view. Inside the Sanctuary, you can admire one of the most important works by Andrea della Robbia, one of the leaders of the Della Robbia family, famous sculptors and potters lived in 1400. At La Verna you will find about one-third of the entire artistic heritage left to us by Andrea della Robbia, among them the Annunciation, located in the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, along with the Nativity and the Ascension. Other masterpieces can be traced in the adjoining church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, not so famous, but definitely worthy of attention. The Sanctuary of La Verna also houses an interesting museum (admission free, 10,00-12,00 hours / 13.00 to 16.00), which includes significant paintings from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, including paintings by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli, and a curious Pharmacy.


In addition to being the heart of the Franciscan religious, La Verna is also an ideal destination for nature lovers, or those who simply want to get away from the gray of the city. Immersed in the National Park of Casentino Forests, the Sanctuary of La Verna is surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking scenery. There is possible to make a leap of nature through hiking in the woods, and come with a path that take about 40 minutes to get the summit of Monte Penna, where you can enjoy a fantastic view of the park, of Romagna and of Lake Ridracoli. A perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and with yourself! Another must-see is the Sasso Spicco della Verna, which leads down from the main square. Curious Case of nature, Sasso Spicco consists of a huge boulder that protrudes from the wall of rock, creating cracks and passages (walkable) into the mountain.


Just visit La Verna, which will welcome in a special atmposphere of spirituality, art and nature!


Piero della Francesca revival: Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (c.1452 Church of San Francesco, Arezzo)

When in movies frescoes are shown ..... past and present come together .... and then Piero is revived ... as happens every time that someone admires his paintings. We are talking about Piero della Francesca’s fresco with Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, though represented with a different way. The difference is mainly related to the representative way of movies, far from Piero’s phlegm, but the link exists, as seen in the pictures below



This is one of the most famous scenes from the film shot in Arezzo, the English Patient, starring Hana, the nurse. One night she is led by her lover, an Indian Soldier, to see the paintings of a nearby church which, actually, are nothing more than the frescoes of Piero della Francesca depicting the "History of the True Cross" in basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo. Here, harnessed and hoisted on a rope, Hana can go literally flying from wall to wall of the apse, and in the light of a torch, get to a close view of the images. A really charming scene, an oasis in the heart of the story of infinity, where the charm of the great art is reflected in facial expression of Hana - the beautiful Juliette Binoche – in the freshness of his rapt glanec while she faces with the Beauty.


Ristorante Fiera Antiquaria Arezzo, tel 0575294003

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La celebre Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo è una delle fiere dell'antiquariato più importanti e grandi d'Italia. Nata nel 1968 per volere di Ivan Bruschi, da oltre 50 anni si tiene ogni prima domenica del mese e sabato precedente. La location è la magnifica cornice di Piazza Grande (o Piazza Vasari) e le vie del centro storico (solo l’edizione di settembre si svolge presso il Prato a causa della concom con la Giostra del Saracino). Quasi 400 espositori, provenienti da ogni parte d’Italia, propongono a migliaia di visitatori i loro oggetti d’arte, mobili, gioielli e bijoux, orologi, libri e stampe antiche, strumenti scientifici e musicali, giocattoli, biancheria d’antan e ogni tipo di collezionismo.

A seguito di una riforma interna la Fiera Antiquaria ha aperto i suoi banchi anche ai settori del modernariato, del vintage e dell’artigianato di qualità.

 La Fiera offre l'opportunità ai collezionisti e agli amanti del genere una grande quantità di oggetti antichi, regalando il piacere della trouvaille, ovvero la scoperta e la ricerca del pezzo raro o curioso. Amata anche da un pubblico internazionale, la Fiera Antiquaria ha saputo dare un'immagine di sè più al passo con i tempi.




The Life is Beautiful ..made in Arezzo

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Life Is Beautiful (ItalianLa vita è bella) is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book keeper, who must employ his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. Part of the film came from Benigni's own family history; before his birth Roberto's father had survived three years of internment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The film was a critical and financial success, winning Benigni the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 71st Academy Awards as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Life is Beautiful was shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win the Grand Prize.[1] At the 71st Academy Awards, the film won awards for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, and Best Foreign Language Film, with Benigni winning Best Actor for his role. The film also received Academy Award nominations for DirectingFilm EditingBest Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.

We invite you to visit Arezzo - the place where they did the first part of the movie.

Ponte Buriano and Mona Lisa - Arezzo

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Mona Lisa and Buriano Bridge

We no longer have   the Mona Lisa?   We  have Buriano   Bridge   ... near   Arezzo, 10   minutes by car or   bus. 

It was built   around   the second half   of 1200.   Buriano   bridge,   the bridge   of the Mona Lisa: Leonardo da   Vinci   knew   this place   and  this is proved by a map of the area   preserved   in Windsor, drawn by him.   The   most brilliant   intuition   is that   the area   with   Aretino   Buriano   Bridge   is the landscape   of the Mona Lisa's   enigmatic painting.   Behind her   smiling face   you can see the   humpbacked bridge   identified by some   scholars   and even more   in the distance the badlands   of the   Valdarno seem to appear,   eroded   pinnacles   of clay   called "Cliffs".   It's a proof that   Leonardo   had   in his mind   the geography   of these   places.
The   Mona Lisa, the best known and   admired picture of the world, now is   in the Louvre. “ Its landscape   still throbbing  is Buriano   Bridge"   (Charles   Starnazzi).   Arezzo   and its territory   has   expanded its   geographical limits in a short time and achieved   a   planetary resonance.
The   Mona Lisa   Leonardo   Da   Vinci   ...   No land   can   boast   of a celebrity   so abrupt.
I think we should   absolutely   support this   unexpected, but actual union after the studies   of Prof.Carlo   Starnazzi, passionate   student of   Leonardo,   have   highlighted the   relationship   that the artist   Leonardo had with   the land of   Arezzo and proved   how the represented landscape   behind   the Mona   Lisa   is   the one   identified   in   the   town of Ponte   Buriano   and   Valdarno’ cliffs.
Television and   newspapers around the   world have   repeatedly   concerned,   continue   and certainly   will continue   to be interested in   these   fascinating   discoveries.


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Arezzo may not be a Tuscan centrefold, but those parts of its historic centre that survived merciless WWII bombings are as compelling as any destination in the region. A setting for two Oscar-winning films – Anthony Minghella's The English Patient and Roberto Benigni's La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful) – its photogenic historic centre is well worth a visit.


Things to do in Arezzo

Cappella Bacci

Gracing the apse of the 14th-century Chiesa di San Francesco is one of the greatest works of Italian art, Piero della Francesca's fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross . Painted between 1452 and 1466, it relates in 10 episodes the story of the cross on which Christ was crucified. It was named in honour of the wealthy family that commissioned it.

Pieve di Santa Maria

This 12th-century church (Arezzo's oldest) has a magnificent Romanesque arcaded facade adorned with dozens of carved columns, each uniquely decorated. Its 14th-century bell tower, with 40 apertures, is something of an emblem for the city. Above the central doorway are 13th-century carved reliefs known as the Cyclo dei Mesi, which represent the months of the year.

Cattedrale di San Donato

Though construction started in the 13th century, Arezzo's duomo (cathedral) wasn't completed until well into the 15th century. In the northeast corner, to the left of the bulky, intricately carved main altar, there's an exquisite fresco of Mary Magdalene (c 1460) by Piero della Francesca.

Casa Museo di Ivan Bruschi

The 13th-century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo opposite the pieve was restored in the 1960s by Ivan Bruschi, a wealthy antique dealer who was the instigator of Arezzo's antiques fair and whose family had owned the building since the start of the 20th century.

Piazza Grande

This lopsided and steeply sloping piazza is located behind the pieve and is overlooked at its upper end by the porticos of the Palazzo delle Logge Vasariane , completed in 1573. The church-like Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici in the northwest corner was started in 1375 in the Gothic style and finished after the onset of the Renaissance.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale 'Gaio Cilnio Mecenate'

Overlooking the remains of a Roman amphitheatre that once seated up to 10,000 spectators, this museum in a 14th-century convent has a sizeable collection of Etruscan and Roman artefacts, the highlights of which are the Cratere di Euphronios, a large 6th- century-BC Etruscan vase decorated with vivid scenes showing Hercules in battle, and an exquisite tiny portrait of a bear.

Roman Amphitheatre

Adjoining the Museo Archeologico, this once seated up to 10,000 spectators. Inside, there's a sizable collection of Etruscan and Roman artefacts, including locally produced ceramics and bronzes.

Chiesa di San Domenico

A short detour from the duomo, this church has an unusual, asymmetrical facade and an austere interior dominated by a haunting Crucifixion over the main altar, one of Cimabue's earliest works. Note, too, the well-preserved fresco of Saint Philip and Saint Jacob and the Story of their Lives by Spinello Aretino (1350–1410) on the inside of the facade.

Museo di Casa di Vasari

Built and sumptuously decorated (in many cases, overwhelmingly so) by Vasari (1511–74) himself, this is where the Arezzo-born painter, architect and art historian lived and where the original manuscript of his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1550) – still in print under the title The Lives of the Artists – is kept.

Museo Statale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna

A repository of art from churches in the Arezzo diocese, this time-worn museum is in urgent need of some tender loving care. If it wasn't for the presence of Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna with Child and Saints Agnes and Catherine (c 1310–15) and Parri di Spinello's Madonna della Misericordia (c 1437), we'd be tempted to advise giving it a miss.

Casa di Petrarca

Via del Pileati leads to Casa di Petrarca , the poet's former home, which contains a small museum and the Accademia Petrarca, a library and research institute devoted primarily to Petrarch. Visits are by appointment and really only for serious Petrarch fans. Enquire at the tourist office for more details.

Sleep in Tuscany, choose Hotel Aretino on via Francescana or Germanica

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I discovered the existence of the Via Romea Germanica in June, staying in a small village that is located along the way and where they sold the guide ..

A journey that unites the Brenner in Rome in Italy, a great journey through places to strangers.

Nature, culture, gastronomy. A real MERAVIGLIA. The entire route starts from the north of Germany, was the abbot Alberto da Stade in the second half of 1200 to walk the path from Stade (in Germany) to Rome and left a manuscript in which, in the form of dialogue, tells a lot detailed the best routes to reach Rome.

Unfortunately I did not have the 46 days necessary to cover the entire route from the Brenner to Rome (about 1000km), so I was content to take a small but beautiful stretch that goes from Forlì to Arezzo, about 180 km in a week. In this path you pass the mythical Passo Serra that was very popular over the centuries by pilgrims and travelers who walked the Via Romea that was in fact called the "Via Romea dell'Alpe di Serra". In the Serra Alps I opted for a variant of the route, instead of going through the Valle Santa, I decided to reach the sanctuary of La Verna.

There is a beautiful site:

And an excellent guide: The Via Romea Germanica published by Terre di Mezzo


Difficulty level

The stages I have covered have all been very different from each other.

To face a journey, however, you must always be well trained.

The risk is not to fully enjoy the experience, to get injured, ruin the journey and bring home a bad memory. In this section the climb to the Serra Pass is undoubtedly the most demanding part. I will speak later on every single stage. The route is well marked, but I have lost a couple of times.

Where to sleep on the Via Romea Germanica?

Along the way there are several villages that offer various lodgings, B & B, farmhouses, hotels, see Hotel Aretino in Arezzo.

Always better to contact them in time because I happened to find several closed and in Santa Sofia the hostel was full for a congress. Then if you also contact the parishes should offer hospitality. But always better to make a phone call.

Day 1 Forlì-Cusercoli

Km: 28.3 (I made about 35 because I got lost ...)

Difficulty: long but easy

Difference in height: 360 m ascent down 270 m

Road: dirt 52% - Asphalt: 48%


I leave Forlì at 7, I stayed at the B & B Terrace of Olives, very close to the start of the journey, in front of the church of Ronco. The atmosphere is ghostly, it's humid, drizzling and I wonder ... "but who made me do it?". But after a while I was forwarded in the path I'm happy to have left, because I meet many animals, deer, hares, pheasants, squirrels. A show.

You walk along the river Ronco quite a bit, then you go into the countryside. I can get lost, and I realize it only after almost an hour of walking, so I lose some time.

In Fratta Terme begins the Apennines. The places are very beautiful. In Meldola I stop for a sandwich and then leave. In the afternoon arrival in Cusercoli. A very picturesque village. I am housed in the parish rectory. I know Signora Paola who takes care of the parsonage and who looks after two gentlemen over ninety who are happy to have a chat with me. The only pizzeria in the village is closed because it's Monday and I'm so hungry ... I save the kiosk of Grazia, an extra-luxury kiosk that makes the typical tortello slab stuffed with pumpkin and potatoes. Really good! I advise!

2nd day Cusercoli-Santa Sofia

Km: 20.5

Difficulty: medium

Difference in height: ascent 680 m downhill 550 m

Road: dirt 45% - Asphalt: 55%

Today the route is a bit more challenging because there is a bit 'of difference in level compared to yesterday's stage. I leave at 8 from Cusercoli. I walk along the beautiful little paths in the hills, through picturesque abandoned villages. Step Civitella and then Galeata. At Pianetto, fraction of Galeata, there is a ruined castle, very fascinating, the path passes right next to it. After a few kilometers I arrive in Santa Sofia, called the little Florence. Accommodation at the Youth Hostel, located in an old palace in the historic center. Ceno all'Antica Osteria del Borgo, a really nice place. The staff is very kind and even the dishes are good. I retire to my apartments early because I am destroyed, but first I fall in love with a micro-library located outside the hostel where you can pick up and store books. I want one even in front of my clinic.


3rd day Santa Sofia - Bagno di Romagna

Km: 24.3

Difficulty: demanding (in my opinion not so much, the difference in level was distributed homogeneously)

Difference in height: ascent 920 m downhill 640m

Road: dirt 50% - Asphalt: 50%

Good luck!