Discovering Arezzo

Living in a homestay with an Italian family is probably one of my favorite things about studying abroad. Food and homeyness aside, it’s surprisingly given me the opportunity to travel to places I know I would never had gone on my own. Arezzo, a beautiful little city just an hour away from Florence, is one place I can confidently say I would have never visited had it not been for my host family – if only just because I had never even heard of it until then.

The best thing about this city? You can literally go see it and be back before dinnertime: it’s so close to Florence and it’s small enough to see in just a couple of hours! If you want to hit the highlights, here are three things you shouldn’t miss when you visit Arezzo.

  1. Cattedrale di San Donato (Cathedral of San Donato)

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A beautiful church in Piazza Duomo! A little small compared to other churches you might find around Italy, but worth the trip inside nonetheless.

2. Antique Fair

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I’m not totally sure how often this fair is brought into the city, but if you so happen to find it while you’re exploring you should definitely take a look around! You’ll find anything and everything, from antique furniture to old watches to really old dolls and toys. Walk, shop around,

3. Campeggio

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There’s nothing quite like grabbing a good book and sitting in the park on a nice, sunny day. And with this view? About as picturesque as it gets!

There are so many other lesser-known cities around Italy just like Arezzo just waiting to be discovered. Unexpected adventures are usually the most memorable ones – Arezzo was a great example of that for me – so go grab a train or a bus or hey, even a bike, and go see what’s out there! I promise, you’ll have some great memories to take with you at the end of the day.

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