Weekend of 19 – 21 November: what to do in Arezzo area

A weekend that smells of celebration and magic: it raises the curtain on Arezzo City of Christmas 2021, the calendar of events from November 20 to January 9 involving the entire old town. An invitation to discover one of the most beautiful historical centers of Italy in one of the most wonderful times of the year. The weekend in the area also offers cultural events, shows and itineraries in nature.

Arezzo city of Christmas 2021

An entire city is mobilized to live in style one of the most beautiful times of the year: Arezzo City of Christmas is back, the calendar of events wanted by the Foundation Arezzo Intour with the City of Arezzo, from November 20, 2021 to January 9, 2022, every weekend, will dress the wonder of the historic center of the Tuscan city.
Many attractions and special events that will mark the wait for Christmas, from the original path of light installations that will offer an unusual reading of architecture and historic buildings accompanying the visitor in a spectacular and magical journey.

At the “Prato“, a large green area that dominates the city, from Saturday, November 20 will be installed the impressive Ferris wheel that will give a breathtaking view of the entire historic center and will be set up the “Market of Wonders” full of gastronomic products and many curiosities. Here there will also be the “Christmas Brick Arezzo“, the Christmas village made with the most famous bricks in the world: more than three hundred square meters of exhibition and workshops.
In Piazza Grande the appointment with the Christmas Markets organized by Confcommercio Arezzo is renewed and you can breathe the unique atmosphere of the Tyrolean Village with 32 wooden houses where exhibitors from Tyrol, Germany and Austria will offer Christmas items and typicality.
Also in Piazza Grande, inside the Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici, the House of Santa Claus returns: the ancient frescoed rooms will host workshops for children and many surprises such as the Talking Tree, the reindeer with a red nose, or Santa Claus among the largest in Italy, 5 meters high and illuminated by thousands of LEDs. Do not miss the post office of the Arctic Circle, where children can meet “live” Santa Claus.

Original cribs will be set up in the churches of Arezzo and among these unmissable will be the one in motion of the church in Piazza della Badia.

Piazza San Jacopo and Piazza Risorgimento will host a traditional market characterized by small wooden houses that will offer the typical atmosphere of the Christmas village while Piazza Guido Monaco will host the market of the “Arti fatte a mano” (Handmade arts) with products made entirely by hand of different types from gifts, to costume jewelry, to accessories.
And then there will be many special events and collateral initiatives dedicated to the theme of “wonder” that will give unique atmospheres blending with the artistic and cultural heritage of the city.
In this weekend, on Saturday 20th November in the area of Prato “Luna Bianca”, a hot air balloon, a sphere as white as the moon will rise in the sky and an acrobatic fairy will vault over the spectators. The shows will start at 16.30, 17.30 and 18.30.
At 6.30 pm, the marvelous space of the Fortezza Medicea will open with a special lighting.
On Sunday 21st November, again at the Prato, from 3pm to 4pm there will be a parade of the suggestive masks of the traditional Carnival of the Figli di Bocco di Castiglion Fibocchi.
Arezzo City of Christmas – the complete programhttps://www.discoverarezzo.com/collections/arezzo-citta-del-natale/

Between Music, Theater, Magic and Meetings

Weekend with cultural events in the territory of Arezzo. Sunday 21st November appointment at 5pm with the Festival of Classical Music, City of San Giovanni Valdarno, which will see the piano recital of the artist Guido Heinke, winner of the Jaen prize in Spain. The concert will take place in the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista.
The second edition of the Magic Festival arrives in Arezzo with national and international artists who will animate the scene with magic and illusionism at the Petrarca Theatre. Two shows scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at 17.00 and 21.00 All proceeds will contribute to the purchase of a 9-seat mini van for the services of Casa Thevenin.
Third and last week with the Foiano Book Festival, the festival dedicated to literature, with the program that includes Friday, November 19 at 21.00 the presentation of the book “Lezioni d’amore e di chitarra” by Gianni Micheli, Saturday 20 at 17.00, the author Lirio Abbate will present “Faccia da mostro”, while at 19.00 the meeting with the journalist Marco Lillo and the director and conductor Pif, who will present the book “Io posso, due donne soli contro la mafia”.
Sunday 21st at 16.00 presentation of the book “Eredità Medicea” by Patrizia Debicke Van Der Noot, while at 18.00 Paolo Ciampi, Tito Barbini, Enzo Brogi, Lucia Bigozzi will present “I racconti dell’acqua”.

Outdoor Experience, itineraries in the nature

The Outdoor Experience calendar proposes many outdoor excursions that lead to discover fascinating but less known corners of the territory. The itineraries of this weekend allow to deepen the knowledge of Etruscan places and appreciate the colors and scents that only the autumn season can give. Scheduled for Saturday 20th November at 3.30 pm is the excursion “On Dante’s path in Casentino, Pieve e Castello di Romena“, an itinerary on Dante’s places, to know places of high historical, artistic, landscape and poetic value. Sunday, November 21 with departure at 9.00 am from the hamlet of Gragnone (just outside the city of Arezzo), “Walk on the Old Railway – F.A.C“, an adventure to retrace the most significant sections of the Central Apennine Railway, through its tunnels and bridges rich in history and charm.
All the excursions of the Outdoor Experience program, promoted and organized by the Fondazione Arezzo Intour, are free of charge with compulsory reservation.
Outdoor experience – all program