An exciting weekend awaits us in the Arezzo area which, with the beginning of July, restarts with many activities and news. In the historic center of Arezzo, the appointment with the Antiques Fair is renewed, bringing its stalls back to the streets and squares of the city center and to its historic headquarters in Piazza Grande. From Saturday morning it will again be possible to wander among the stalls in search of objects from the past with the pleasure of enjoying the historic center again. Saturday evening from 8 pm the 2021 edition of Shopping under the Stars kicks off, with shops open until midnight to shop on offer with the start of the summer sales.
European Night of Museums
Saturday 3 July is the European Night of Museums, an initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Culture to enhance and celebrate the historical and artistic heritage of the old continent. Arezzo participates with some places of art open during extended evening hours, a symbolic entrance ticket for only 1 euro and the organization of free guided tours or special itineraries. From 9 pm it will be possible to visit the MUMEC – Museum of Means of Communication, the Archaeological Museum and Roman Amphitheater, the I Colori della Giostra museum itinerary and the Ivan Bruschi House Museum which for the occasion offers guided tours with theatrical interventions by the actor Samuele Boncompagni for the visit to the exhibition “The East at home – works from the Frederick Stibbert collection” currently in progress at the museum. In this case the cost of the ticket for the theatrical visit is 3 euros, with departure at 21.00, 21.40 and 22.20. Given the period and the limited number of participants, reservations are required for visits to museums!
Discover the city with free guided tours
Free guided tours also begin on Saturday and Sunday to discover Arezzo in the company of a tour guide. These are tours of about two hours, in groups of up to 20 people, which from this weekend take place continuously until the last Sunday of September. The initiative promoted by the Arezzo Intour Foundation with the Arezzo tourist guide associations. On Saturday and Sunday morning “Discover Arezzo” at 10.30, in the afternoon always both Saturday and Sunday with departure at 16.00 from the Duomo the tour “Arezzo to be told” and finally with departure at 18.00, on Saturday the guided tour “Arezzo tra Art, History and Religion ”and Sunday“ Arezzo between art, curiosities and famous people ”.
Orientoccidente, the 17th edition starts
Not only antiques and art on weekends, but also music with the return of Orienteoccidente, the festival of “migrant cultures and music”. The 2021 billboard proposes some events that intertwine with the year dedicated to Dante Alighieri and for two months will animate the summer evenings with events, musical and theatrical contaminations, genres and disciplines that intertwine, music from the world with the involvement of important international artists.
On the morning of Saturday 3 July, at the Bucine River Park, preview of the festival with the show “dall’Odissea – L’isola dei Ciclopi” by Giampiero Bigazzi, Orio Odori and Stefano Batelli, while the official opening of Orientoccidente is in Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni (Cavriglia) with the concert of Finaz and Nuto di Bandabardò as part of the celebrations of the 4th July anniversary of the massacre that took place in 1944 scheduled for Sunday 4th July at 21.30. To participate in the events, reservations are required at tel. 055.9120363 – 377.4494360 WhatsApp or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
And it doesn’t stop there
The weekend also offers many other numerous ideas for visiting the area. The first appointment with the review of the Archaeological Theater takes place in Cortona at the Sodo archaeological park, scheduled for Sunday 4 July at 6 pm “Romeo and Juliet, love is an acrobat”; to savor the countryside and its productions “I Giorni del Vino” on Sunday afternoon invite with tastings in the La Pievuccia cellars in Castiglion Fiorentino, I Tribbi in Bucine and I Vicini Winery in Pietraia di Cortona.
The Casentino in the year dedicated to Dante proposes for this weekend two naturalistic excursions accompanied by the “Supreme Poet” in the presence with explanation of the XIV Canto del Purgatorio which tells of the Source of the Arno, for the magic of the explanation of the famous Dante triplets in the places that inspired them!
(Saturday and Sunday starting at 9.30 from Pratovecchio Stia)