Arezzo can really surprise you, especially if you take things slowly and really allow yourself to go on an adventure.
Starting out from Arezzo on a summer morning, you’ll breath in the fresh, sweet smell of lime trees. Stop for a visit at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Donald, the solemn, imposing structure that dominates the city from the top of the hill and preserves works of art from the masters of the Middle Ages and from the Renaissance. Adjacent to the cathedral you’ll pass by the Prato Park of Arezzo and the Medici Fortress. This ancient structure is like a giant looking over Arezzo from the Hills of Saint Donato and provides breathtaking views, overlooking the rooftops of the city all the way towards the golden hills that surround Arezzo.
Pedal your way outside of the city walls and past the Vasari Aqueduct towards the “Ponte Buriano.” The countryside opens up in front of you and gives you a great view of Leonardo Da Vinci’s scenic “Ponte della Gioconda” and the greenery all around it. The clear waters of the Arno River and the biodiversity found in the Ponte Buriano and Penna Nature Reserve make it the perfect spot to stop for a hike or for some bird watching. In the heart of the Reserve, there is a unique place called the “Rondine Cittadella della Pace.” In this medieval village, an international organization has set up a program that welcomes young people from countries in conflict all over the world. The participants of this program work to find ways to resolve the conflicts between their countries and build a peaceful future. This place represents an oasis of dialogue and growth where the value and infinite potential of people is freely explored. Not far from this village is the town of Castiglion Fibocchi. This medieval town has the Castle of the Sons of Bocco and in the winter the town turns into a Baroque carnival village with Venetian masks. Put a visit here on your bucket list and get lost in the alleyways and churches of this town including the Church of Saints Pietro and Ilario and the ruins of the parish church of San Quirico Soprarno in the forest.
The tour continues and takes you to the Casentino valley, an area of wild forests, pristine waterways, mills and other places that are surrounded by a powerful sacred mysticism. Along the banks of the Arno, the town of Castelluccio di Capolona sits in harmony with farmhouses, vineyards, olive trees and cypresses and offers picture-perfect views of Tuscany. Heading next toward San Martino Sopr’Arno and Capolona you’ll see a small town full of beauty with ancient churches and wonderful views that demonstrate the perfect balance between the stone structures of the village and the surrounding countryside.
You’ll find your favorite places in this unexpected part of Tuscany and they will remain etched in your memory forever.
- For lovers of cycling
- For art and nature lovers
- For those who love to be outdoor
- For those who want to immerse themselves in the Tuscan countryside
- For those who love the woods
- For those who love to explore little villages
- For sunset lovers
- For those who like travelling alone, as a couple, with friends or with the whole family
- For experienced cyclist and beginners
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
- Water bottle
- Camera for the perfect shot