Arezzo: the Italian City of Antiques
Two days full of antiquing in Arezzo
Well, I suggest all antique lovers to visit Arezzo, a city in Tuscany Italy, where there are plenty of well established antique shops and not to forget the once-a-month Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo.
My journey to Arezzo starts from Pisa. I use Pisa as the base city, as Pisa Airport is conveniently located and reasonably priced to fly from/to London.
It only takes two hours train from Pisa to Arezzo. The train route is Pisa-Florence-Arezzo. So there is a stop over in Florence.
I was in Arezzo for two nights in the early June 2016. My main visit is obviously the Arezzo Antiques Fair.
My stay in Arezzo begins in Hotel Portici. It is just a ten minutes stroll from the main rail station and a five minutes walk to Piazza Grande, the main area for antique fairs.
Well, I would not be able to afford this hotel without my husband treat :). Our room is elegantly decorated and is spacious.
The shower room looks well presented with green marble and a grand antique mirror :).
The breakfast is very interesting although I can say that it is not the best breakfast I have experienced in Italy.
So on the first day in Arezzo, I visited the Arezzo Roman Ampitheatre. It is located not far from the hotel. Although the amphitheatre does not look grand, on it’s heyday it must have been the greatest arena in Arezzo.
And the antiquities continue by visiting the National Archaeological Museum.
On my second day, I visited the most famous Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo or the Arezzo Antiques Fair. Please see here for a comprehensive review of the antiques fair.
Apart from the fair itself, there are about 20-30 antique shops in central Arezzo which remains open throughout the fair days (Saturday and Sunday). I must say that I am a bit overwhelmed because I have never seen so many antiques all over me. And most of them are Italian! It is so excited to see many Italian antiques: the beauty and the classic design are winning!
As I am walking around the Arezzo city centre, I took pictures on some antique shops in Arezzo. Here they are:
1. Stefani La Vecchia Antichita
2. Galeria Antiquaria Giano
3. Hermes Anthichita
This shop has some Italian argento (silver), but they are out of my budget :).
4. Polimnia Antichita
5. Micene Antichita
6. Dominiqa Antichita
I think in here my husband bought a small religious pill box.
7. Burzi Antichita
In this shop, my husband noticed a beautiful painting of St John the Baptist.
8. Antichita Fatucchi
Arezzo itself is a beautiful city; it is a lovely place to stroll around. In the centre of Piazza Grande, there is a Romanesque style church of Santa Maria Della Pieve, designed with its fantastic pillars.
After a full day of antiquing, I found a nice Italian restaurant in Via De Denci (but sorry I forget the name of the ristorante). Their antipasti and pasta are delicious and reasonably priced.
And the second day in Arezzo is completed. I then had a good night sleep at Hotel Portici and checked-out the next morning.
And it’s time to get back to Pisa using the train. Arrivederci Arezzo and surely this visit won’t be the last.