Magic continues to be the star of the weekend with the attractions of Arezzo City of Christmas: light installations, markets, a Ferris wheel and much more to experience one of the most beautiful moments of the year.
At the weekend, the Arezzo area also offers other opportunities for visits, excursions in nature, and cultural events with music and theatre.
Arezzo City of Christmas, the weekend programme
Until Sunday 8 January 2023, the calendar of “Arezzo City of Christmas” involves the entire historic centre with a series of attractions and events that allow visitors to experience the magical atmospheres of this time of year. With the first shadows of evening, the buildings of the historic centre light up with light installations that offer an unusual interpretation of the architecture, accompanying the visitor on a fascinating and spectacular itinerary. In the large green area of the Prato, the large Ferris wheel offers a view of the entire historic centre, with the beauty of the landscape changing during the hours of the day. There are many opportunities for shopping, with the “Mercato delle Meraviglie” (Market of Wonders) in the Prato, rich in typical gastronomic products, handicrafts and many curiosities.
Among the absolute novelties is the “Fortress of Wonders” organised by the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo: inside the ancient Medici Fortress, located at the highest point of the Prato, a real village of Elves will be set up. A magical place where it will be possible to visit themed rooms and taste local delicacies.
For the young and not so young, there is the Brick House Art Gallery, a three-storey exhibition with works of art and workshops using a total of 2 million bricks. In the nearby Piazza Grande, the Tyrolean Village shines, where exhibitors from Tyrol, Germany and Austria offer Christmas items and delicacies. Here, the little ones are awaited at the Father Christmas House, set up in the Palazzo di Fraternita.
Traditional markets also take place in Piazza San Jacopo and Piazza Risorgimento, while in Piazza Guido Monaco there is a market for handmade arts.
Numerous special events are planned for this weekend. On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Prato area, there will be the Parata Luminosa (Luminous Parade) with tall stilt-walkers parading through the centre in white costumes and decorated with LED lights in a scenic white Christmas. On Saturday 26th from 3.00 p.m. there will be a show with the Sbandieratori della Giostra del Saracino (Flag-wavers of the Saracino Joust) who will perform their games of skill and acrobatics that have enchanted the world. Not to be missed on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, starting at 4.30 p.m. in the Lawn area, is the ‘Christmas carousel’ show with the arrival of a white glittering vehicle with wheels and an electric motor driven by Father Christmas, who travels while a White Christmas girl performs acrobatics on a revolving moon.
During the entire period of the event (until 8 January 2023), “Christmas at the Museum” will be available for the first time, a single ticket with an open date, which will allow visitors to visit some of the city’s art treasures such as the Museum of the Fraternita dei Laici, the Museum of Gold, the exhibition route “The Colours of the Joust”, the Ivan Bruschi House Museum of Antiques and the MUMEC Museum of the Means of Communication. The ticket will cost €12 (€6 reduced for children aged 6 to 14, students aged 15 to 25, and the over-65s). The individual museums can be visited every day by the end of the event, with the exception of days when the museums are closed.
Arezzo Città del Natale – il programma completo
Between Music, Theatre and Meetings
Weekend with cultural events in the Arezzo area.
In San Giovanni Valdarno, the closing appointment with the Festival di Musica Classica 2022 at the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista. Concert on Sunday 27 November at 5 p.m. with the City of Grosseto Orchestra and conductor Giancarlo De Lorenzo, who will conduct Antonio di Cristofano at the piano on music by Haydn and Chopin.
The Papini Theatre in Pieve Santo Stefano will host Friday 25 November at 7.00 p.m. the fourth appointment curated by the “Piccolo Museo del Diario” entitled “Tra voci di carta”, with Mario Perrotta and Paola Roscioli telling the stories of the National Diary Archive in Pieve.
In Arezzo at the Teatro Petrarca on Saturday 26 November (9.00 p.m.) and again on Sunday 27 November (5.00 p.m.), Remo Binosi’s “L’attesa” with Anna Foglietta and Paola Minaccioni, a production by the Teatro di Dioniso and the Teatro Stabile del Veneto, will be staged.
The Auditorium Le Fornaci in Terranuova Bracciolini presents on Friday 25 November, starting at 9.15 p.m., the special event “On pirates and the history of piracy” by Iacopo Braca with the KS Lab as part of the World Day for the Abolition of Violence against Women.
In the Valdarno area, the “Directors tell museums” event continues, which on Saturday 26 November will lead to the discovery of the Palaeontological Museum of Montevarchi with director Elena Facchino. Beginning at 4.30 p.m.
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Outdoor Experience, nature itineraries
Weekend with the Outdoor Experience calendar involving the entire province of Arezzo with guided open-air excursions to discover fascinating and sometimes lesser-known corners of the territory.
On Saturday 26 November, departing from Pratovecchio Stia at 9.30 a.m., “Postcards from the Past: Borghi e Poderi dell’Alta Valle dell’Arno” (Postcards from the Past: Boroughs and Farms in the Upper Arno Valley), a guided trek through the Valico di Caspriano ridge path and the Casale and Caldine farms on the slope facing Monte Falterona.
We move to Valdarno on Sunday 27 November with the excursion “Galatrona and its history”, to discover the legend of Mago Nepo. A route that crosses the roads that were once fundamental connection points between Siena and Florence among castles, anecdotes and natural landscapes. Departure at 9.30 a.m. from the hamlet of Mercatale (Bucine).
Also on the programme for Sunday morning is the ‘Anello di Monte Lucci’ excursion, a panoramic itinerary among olive groves, vineyards and woods on the hills that unite Valdarno and Val di Chiana. Departure at 9.30 a.m. from Montarfoni in the municipality of Civitella Val di Chiana.
To participate, reservation is compulsory.
Outdoor experience – tutto il programma delle escursioni
Ottobrì, reading festival at Casa Museo Bruschi
The calendar for reading lovers continues in the halls of the Ivan Bruschi House Museum. On Saturday 26 November at 4 p.m., an event dedicated to children with Gianni Micheli, writer and musician, who presents “S.P.L.O.T Syndicate of Free Words of the Telephone Order”.
animated readings for children from 8 years of age. Admission is free with reservation.
Ottobrì a Casa Bruschi