Weekend of 31 December 2021 – 2 January 2022: what to do in Arezzo area

The coming weekend brings us into the new year with a series of events for those who have decided to spend these days in Arezzo. The city centre is always involved in “Arezzo Città del Natale” and 2022 opens with the first edition of the Antique Fair.
The New Year’s weekend allows you to visit museums and temporary exhibitions, unique opportunities to be fascinated by art and history, as well as to participate in guided tours or excursions in nature.

Arezzo Christmas Town, the weekend programme

The event “Arezzo Città del Natale” (Arezzo Christmas Town) continues until 9 January with a new look and a remodelled programme, also in compliance with the 2021 Holiday Decree.
Every evening the buildings in the old town centre are lit up with light installations offering an unusual interpretation of the architecture, accompanying the visitor on a fascinating and spectacular open-air itinerary.
In the large green area of the Prato, the tall Ferris wheel offers a view of the city, with all the beauty of the urban landscape.
The “Mercato delle Meraviglie” (Market of Wonders) will continue until 9 January in the Prato area, full of typical gastronomic products and many curiosities, and the traditional markets set up in Piazza San Jacopo and Piazza Risorgimento.
Guided tours to discover the historical and artistic beauties of Arezzo continue, with tours for small groups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday 2 January there will also be themed guided tours with “I Novellatori“, two actors dressed as ancient storytellers who will tell some of the most beautiful legends of the Christmas tradition. Departures at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

Arezzo Christmas Town, attractions and programme

New Year’s Eve with the Antiques Fair

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 January appointment with the first 2022 edition of the Antiques Fair in the historic centre of Arezzo.
The exhibitors’ stalls will once again occupy Piazza Grande to conquer all antiques lovers and more. A journey made of rare pieces, fabulous collectibles, curiosities and wonderful furnishings. An appointment with the beauty of antiques, modern and vintage where you can make interesting discoveries and enjoy an unexpected weekend.

Antique Fair – programme

Exhibitions and museums to start the year

The weekend allows you to visit exhibitions and museums that make this area precious.
In Castiglion Fiorentino, at the Pinacoteca Comunale until 6 January, the exhibition “The Last Seal of St Francis at La Verna” is open. The exhibition, which is part of the “Terre degli Uffizi” programme, focuses on the figure of St Francis of Assisi and includes a display of the masterpiece by Ludovico Cardi, known as Cigoli, “St Francis Receives the Stigmata” (1596). Also as part of the Terre degli Uffizi project, in Anghiari at the Museo della Battaglia you can visit the exhibition “La civiltà delle armi e le Corti del Rinascimento” (The civilisation of arms and the Courts of the Renaissance), an event that highlights the relations between the city and the suburbs in the Renaissance and in particular, on the men of arms and historical figures linked to Anghiari.
In Loro Ciuffenna at the Municipal Museum there is an exhibition entitled “La commedia di Venturino” where a selection of large papers, made using the oil impression technique, which the artist dedicated to the Divine Comedy, is on display.
In Montevarchi, at the Palazzo del Podestà, the exhibition “Capolavori di passaggio” (Masterpieces of Passage) presents four works by Antonio Ligabue: “Autoritratto con scar scar scarpa rossa” (Self-Portrait with Red Scarf) of 1956, “Fenicotteri” (Flamingos) of 1932, “Tigre” (Tiger) of 1942 and “Aratura” (Ploughing) of 1934.
The Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi in Arezzo hosts the exhibition “Bruno Galoppi and goldsmith design between the 1950s and 1970s in Arezzo”, which aims to raise awareness of Arezzo goldsmith design as a manifestation of human ingenuity, creativity and customs.
In Cortona, at the MAEC, you can visit the exhibition dedicated to the work of Gino Severini, one of the main exponents of the Futurism movement, with free admission on 1st January.
For more information see Discover Arezzo

Model railway and static exhibition

Open in Arezzo on Sunday, 2 January, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the temporary model exhibition where a stretch of tens of kilometres of railway line winding through a typical central Italian landscape has been reconstructed in proportion.
The model is one of the largest in Italy and contains a wide range of naval, aircraft and military models and also includes a tactile path for the blind. Admission is free.
Model railway and static exhibition

End-of-year and beginning-of-year excursions in the Casentino Forests

In the heart of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, a traditional excursion is scheduled for the evening of 31 December to greet the new year in the midst of nature and toast “in the highlands”. Departure at 21.30 from the Passo della Calla (Pratovecchio Stia).
On Saturday 1 January, in the morning, starting at 10.30 am, there will be an excursion to the Camaldoli forest along a charming route suitable for everyone.
Excursions in the Park – detailed programme