Unspoilt nature and spectacular cultivated countryside, the province of Arezzo is situated in Tuscany's east, bordered by the Apennines.
Offering a variety of opportunities to explore photography, by experiencing a broad spectrum of subjects chosen from pageantry events, cultural activities and distinctive locations. Encompassing territory in Casentino, Valdarno, Valtiberina and Val di Chiana.
Each of these, comprised of unique landscapes where natural beauty blends intimately with historic heritage and masterpieces of art.
In the north, surrounded by high hills with ancient woods is the Casentino Valley. Along the Tosco-Emiliano Apennines, we find, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park, the Casentino Forests. Which lie on the Northern Apennine crest between Tuscany and Romagna, where deer, wild boar, wolves and eagles are still sighted.
The font of the Arno river, which runs to Firenze and Pisa is found in this basket-shaped valley which is encircled by mountains. A deep green land of castles, Romanesque churches and sanctuaries, such as Poppi, Romena and Chitignano castles.
The Valdarno Natural Reserve holds a few surprises, its characteristic landscape is dominated by the spectacular Balze, formations of yellow rock composed of stratified clay, gravel and sand that have risen up in diverse shapes.
Without a doubt, the Val di Chiana landscape is an astonishing succession of hills and valleys that are home to fine jewels of art, particularly Cortona, Lucignano and Monte San Savino.
Situated near the border of Tuscany, Marche and Umbria, the Valtiberina preserves an untouched environment otherwise dotted with castles, parish churches and historic villages.
Such as Anghiari, Caprese Michelangelo and Sansepolcro, including the forests of the Pratomagno Range that conceal a number of locations which are, as yet, unexplored with numerous protected areas of local interest.
Arezzo itself is an extraordinary city of art renowned for its goldsmiths and antique traders. The old town monuments including the imposing Medici Fortress, the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum and the Basilica of San Domenico.
The Archaeological Museum showcases many valuable finds, which help recall the city’s influence during the Etruscan heydey, while the State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art provides an overview of the artistic production in the area from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.
The sloping Piazza Grande – is the focus of a vast monthly antiques fair – is one of Tuscany's most photogenic squares. Overlooking the Piazza Grande is one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany, the 12th-century Pieve di Santa Maria, while the nearby church of San Domenico contains a superb crucifix by Cimabue.
Piazza Grande is the heart of the city, surrounded by architecture from various periods in differing styles among them the Medieval towers and the Renaissance style Loggiato Vasariano.
The great Italian poet Petrarch was born in Arezzo, along with outstanding artists like Piero Della Francesca, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Luca Signorelli, Pietro da Cortona and Vasari.
They all left signs of their creativity and genius in Arezzo and in other nearby towns. The Church of Saint Francis preserves the Legend of the True Cross, one of the greatest masterpieces of early Renaissance art.
Other Della Francesca works are found in Monterchi, with the stunning fresco of the Madonna del Parto, Sansepolcro, where four of the master’s most important works are housed in the Museo Civico.
Further sights to see in Sansepolcro are the central Piazza di Torre Berta and the Cathedral.
Rich in traditions this province is blessed with plentiful medieval festivals, including the famous Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo, the Giostra dell’Archidado in Cortona, the Palio dei Rioni in Castiglion Fiorentino, and the Palio della Balestra in Sansepolcro.
Particularly interesting is the historical re-enactment of the Battle of Scannagallo in Foiano della Chiana.
Among the special events, the International Merletto Biennale in Sansepolcro stands out, as does the Sagra della Porchetta (Suckling Pig Festival) at Monte San Savino.
We truly believe that every province of Tuscany has something beautiful and unique to offer, as we do your research in advance, you can’t really go wrong, in destinations where you can have everything.
Oh before we forget, if you love food, this is truly the food heaven. Tuscany is indeed the essence of Italy in many ways.
The sheer quantity of subject matter, mixed with a wonderful Mediterranean climate makes this an ideal location to explore your photography, learn new techniques and create lasting memories from your finest photography tour.
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TOWNS AND CITIES IN THE PROVINCE OF AREZZO
North East Arezzo: Valtiberina: Anghiari, Monterchi, Citerna, Sansepolcro.
North Arezzo: Valdarno Alto: Ponte Buriano, Loro Ciuffenna, Le Balze, Castelfranco di Sopra.
North Arezzo: Casentino Valley: Camaldoli Retreat, Verna Sanctuary, Poppi Guidi Castle, Romena Castle, Ortignano Raggiolo, Stia.
South Arezzo: Valdichiana: Castiglion Fiorentino, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Lucignano, Monte San Savino, Gargonza Castle, Cortona, Eremo 13th Century Convent, Le Celle, Trasimeno.