Week-End of 10-12 September: what to do in the Arezzo area

New weekend and new proposals to visit Arezzo and its territory. A rich program of events runs until Sunday and ranges from sport, art, traditions and folklore.

La Marzocchina, the cycling history of the Valdarno

Over the weekend in San Giovanni Valdarno, the appointment with “La Marzocchina 2021” is renewed, the free-to-participate historic cycling tour that will bring hundreds of enthusiasts to travel through the Tuscan countryside of the Upper Valdarno, riding old bikes on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September. epoch.
There are two routes designed for both the less experienced and the more trained: the “short” of 21 km and the “classic” of 55 km. Among the unprecedented corners to discover, the 35 kilometers of white roads closed to traffic within the former Enel mining area of Santa Barbara. There are many initiatives planned for these two days, including the first edition of La Marzocchina dei Piccoli, guided tours of the city, the photographic exhibition “Scatti sui Pedali”, projections and photographic contests. The tasting at the end of the race of the traditional Sangiovannese stew, the main dish of the territory that will await participants and visitors in Piazza Cavour, is not to be missed.

La Marzocchina – the program


Arezzo Crowd Festival

Until Sunday 12 September, the Arezzo Crowd Festival billboard enlivens the city with over 40 contemporary arts events including theater, music, performance and visual arts.
Among the most important events, the Young Theater Contest returns to the Pietro Aretino Theater, a review that sees in competition the Compagnia Rueda Teatro, Gabriele Cicirello, Giulia Trippetta and other emerging theater companies from all over Italy.
Many events at the Book Club where authors and influencers of national importance on social and cultural issues will alternate: Vera Gheno with “Finding words” (Chiostro di Casa Petrarca, 10 September at 3.00 pm), Fabrizio Diolaiuti with his “Food Interview, Waste, Waste “on the circular economy (San Zeno waste recovery plant, 11 September at 3.00 pm), Lorenzo Salveti, theater director and former director of the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art with” Il Teatro del World: a chat about Shakespeare ”(Terrace of the Petrarca Theater, 12 September at 11.30 am). Every day Arezzo Crowd presents Exhibitions, photography, sculpture and illustration exhibitions in the Sala Sant’Ignazio, the Ambigua Gallery and the Energy House. Street artists will enliven the historic center with performances and concerts for the entire weekend.
Arezzo Crowd Festival – the complete program


The Palio della Balestra in Sansepolcro

Since 1594, the Palio della Balestra has been held every second Sunday in September in Sansepolcro. In the splendid Piazza Torre di Berta, 160 crossbowmen from the rival cities of Sansepolcro and Gubbio compete as it did in the Renaissance. A precision competition that consists in hitting the target, called dogwood or badger, with an arrow shot by a large crossbow also called “crossbow” at a distance of 36 meters. The event is preceded on Saturday 11 September by the Sant’Egidio Market starting in the morning and at 9.00 pm the Flag Games in Piazza Torre di Berta.
Le Feste del Palio della Balestra

The Spino time trial

Edition number 48 arrives for a classic of uphill speed car races, the Spino time trial, starting from Pieve Santo Stefano. The race valid for the Italian Mountain Speed Trophy in the central Italy area takes place over the weekend. The Cronoscalata dello Spino is a competition that has always been present in the elite circle of uphill motoring at an Italian level, due to the technical characteristics of its exact 6 kilometers of uphill track. This year’s edition sees the return of modern cars, in all groups ranging from Racing Start to E2-SS and the historic car race, which now have an indissoluble link with this track.
Spino time trial – to find out more

Casentino the sacred valley of the Etruscans

Until the end of September in Tuscany the magic of the Etruscan people is celebrated with a series of events that enhance the Etruscan places in the area. Sunday 12 September from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, “The Fantastic World of the Etruscans – Sound Visions from the Past“, guided tour of the archaeological area of Masseto, a small village in the municipality of Pratovecchio-Stia.
Days of the Etruscan – the program

Time Travel Experience

The Time Travel Experience program continues, offering the unmissable opportunity to discover the history, traditions and lifestyles of this land. Friday 10 September “Discovering Watercolor“, an ancient technique which, from the Renaissance onwards, became commonplace for the preparatory studies of the great masters and their great works. Saturday 11 September “Master craftsmen at the museum” an event where you can discover the secrets of the ancient manufactories with a glass craft workshop and Sunday 12 September “A horse dreaming of the carousel“, an experience to enter the magical atmosphere of the Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo.
Participation in program activities and events is free. Reservation required.

“Time Travel Experience” the complete program

Until September 26 every weekend Arezzo offers city tours with free participation. There are six guided tours with guaranteed departure between Saturday and Sunday and allow you to get to know the city, discover lesser-known places, in the company of expert tour guides. To book