Week-End of 24-25 July: what to do in the Arezzo area

New weekend and new proposals to visit the Arezzo area. As the end of July approaches, the schedule of appointments becomes richer and the invitation for the Arezzo weekend ranges from sport, to music, to art, to photography.

After last Sunday’s success with the Rampichiana, the Arezzo Bike Festival comes alive with the two days of Ardita on the Alpe di Poti, one of the most fascinating “historical cycle” in Italy. Starting from Piazza Grande, on vintage bikes, sportsmen and enthusiasts will be able to compete on three different routes, designed to allow everyone to participate: “Gourmet” the easy route also suitable for families, “Classic” for cyclists who want to push themselves discovering the Casentino, “L’Ardita” path that with its 80 kilometers leads cyclists to face the climb to Alpe di Poti after crossing, enjoying sumptuous refreshments, Castiglion Fibocchi, Capolona and Subbiano (more info and details on www.lardita.com).

There are also many collateral events of the race, between on Saturday 24th, at the Honor Hall of the Province the meetings of the format “Without brakes. Stories in freedom of cycling lived and dreamed ”with the presentation of the new book by Francesco Moser (the champion will be present) and that of Flavio Tarolli. Following the talk show “30 years from the victory at the Giro d’Italia: Franco Chioccioli talks about himself” with the participation of cycling champions such as Bennati and Nocentini, journalists and enthusiasts. At 8.30 pm, the “Arditi Dinner” in Piazza Large (reservations required at the office set up in Prato).

The Alpe di Poti, a few kilometers from the city center of Arezzo, remains the protagonist this weekend also with the fifth edition of the Arezzo Benessere Festival, an event that presents and invites you to learn more about the Arts of Wellness and Holistic Disciplines. Unique event in the city of Arezzo, until Sunday evening it offers workshops, laboratories with experts in the sector and the opportunity to participate in Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gon activities with group lessons or to discover the pleasure of acoustic concerts with crystal bells , gong, Tibetan bells, hang.

To discover the wonders of Arezzo, free guided tours of the city are starting again this weekend. The visits will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons.
To book https://www.discoverarezzo.com/eventi/discover-arezzo-tour/

Music and Festivals

The appointments with the summer festivals and the music that has rekindled so many stages in the province of Arezzo this month continue. On Sunday 25 July, do not miss the concert for the Orientoccidente Festival of the extraordinary Portuguese singer and guitarist Lula Pena and the “Mediterraneo ostinato” by Barbara Eramo and Stefano Saletti (Terranuova Bracciolini – Piazza della Liberazione, 9.30 pm, free admission with reservations required).

For Terre di Arezzo Music Festival, as part of the Arezzo Organ Festival, Sunday 25 July scheduled Organ Recital with Roman Hauser (Austria) in the suggestive Pieve di Santa Maria in Arezzo with its large pipe organ (start at 9.15 pm, entrance free, reservation required).

Energy, ideas, laughter and lots of music instead in Bucine with the Lorenzo Baglioni Show, which on Saturday 24 July brings the Tuscan singer-songwriter and comedian to the summer season organized by the Bucine Theater with a rich menu including subjunctives, polynomials, stornelli, redox, laws of Kepler and songs (start at 21.00 Prices: € 6 full price, € 4 reduced). Info here.


Art and Photography

The province of Arezzo is also a place of excellence for photography, with two exhibitions that stimulate reflection on the last year that has just passed. The new exhibition “Quarantine Chronicles, photographic diary of a pandemic year” is open in Bibbiena at the Italian Center of Author Photography, a project that collects the works of photographers and amateurs, selections of images on profound social changes, on economic conditions given by the inequalities introduced by the pandemic (info here).

“We Are Humans”, on the other hand, is the central theme of Cortona On The Move 2021, the festival on international photography which, with numerous exhibitions, involves the entire historic center of Cortona until next 3 October. An event that through contemporary visual narrative intends to tell stories that reconnect with ourselves, with the human being who returns to the center in his everyday life, with his relationships, affections and sharing of experiences.