When you are in Tuscany, Arezzo is definitely worth visiting for the day. It is a stunning, historic, hilltop city with an array of beautiful art and architecture to admire.
How to get to Arezzo from will depend on which direction you are coming from and the kind of transport you prefer. With that in mind, I have written this guide in order to share some useful tips I have gained from my own personal experience of getting to Arezzo.
Arezzo can be reached by bus, train and by car. The historic centre of Arezzo is largely restricted to traffic and is easy to reach using public transport. There are also good parking areas outside the walls from which you can walk, take an escalator or a local bus in. Here is our advice for getting to Arezzo, with travel times from the main airports, and a list of the best car parks if you are visiting by car.
There is no Arezzo Airport so you cannot fly to Arezzo directly, however you can drive or take a train to Arezzo from other airports near Arezzo.
Florence is the airport in Italy which is closest to Arezzo, followed by Perugia, Pisa, Bologna, Rome and Genoa, in that order. Pisa airport is the most popular for flights within Europe, while Rome is the most likely arrival airport for US and Canadian visitors.
|Florence||FLR||Via del Termine, 11, 50127 Firenze||aeroporto.firenze.it|
|Perugia||PEG||Via dell'aeroporto snc, 06134 Perugia||airport.umbria.it|
|Pisa||PSA||Piazzale D'ascanio, 1, 56121 Pisa||pisa-airport.com|
|Bologna||BLQ||Via del Triumvirato, 84, 40132 Bologna||bologna-airport.it|
|Rome Fiumicino||FCO||Via dell' Aeroporto di Fiumicino, 00054 Fiumicino RM||adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma|
|Rome Ciampino||CIA||Via Appia Nuova, 1651, 00040 Roma||adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma|
|Genoa||GOA||Via Pionieri e Aviatori d'Italia, 1, 16154 Genova||airport.genova.it|
If you travelling to Arezzo from Florence airport, you can either hire a car and drive there directly or you can go by bus or train via the centre of Florence.
You can get a shuttle-bus into the centre of Florence from Florence airport. Buy a ticket from the bus driver and it will cost around €6 Euro. It takes around 25 minutes and it drops you off beside the main railway and bus station at Santa Maria Novella.
Alernatively, you can take the new Tramway connection T2 just outside Florence airport to the centre of Florence at Santa Maria Novella train and bus stations. Simply get off at the 10th stop ("Alamanni") just outside the side entrance to the train station. The cost of the tram is €1.50 and tickets must be purchased from machines near the stop prior to boarding (cash or credit card). When you board the tram, ensure that your ticket is punched immediately in the ticket machine on the tram.
From the train station at Florence Centre, Santa Maria Novella, there are frequent regional trains to Arezzo. The journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes or a fast (Veloce) train takes 1 hour. A one-way ticket costs under €10. Find timetables and buy tickets at the Trenitalia website or by using Trainline which is an excellent resource for European trains.
There are three train stations in Arezzo. If you are going to Arezzo as a visitor to explore the historical centre, choose the main station, called simply "AREZZO". It is located at the base of the city and it is closest to the historic centre.
To get to the central square in the historic centre of Arezzo from Arezzo train station you can walk. Cross the street from the station then walk uphill on Via Guido Monaco for about 1 km (not terribly steep). You can also catch a bus there. Head to Piazza Guido Monaco and catch the 'LFSC32' bus which circumnavigates the city and eventually drops you at the cathedral.
If you drive from Siena to Arezzo, it will take about an hour. The fastest way to get from Siena to Arezzo on public transport is the Siena Arezzo bus 138. There are several buses a day from Via Tozzi in the centre of Siena to Arezzo bus terminal, just across the street from the train station. Bus 138 takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and costs about €8. This is the bus website that runs from Siena to Arezzo.
You can get to Arezzo from Umbria International Airport near Perugia by bus and train.
First, take Bus Italia 7 to Perugia Train Station from the bus stop in front of the entrance to the airport terminal. Tickets can be purchased on the bus (with exact change) for €3.50.
From Perugia Train Station, you ca take a train to Arezzo which costs around €8. The direct train should take around an hour, while those involving a change at Terontola-Cortona will be an hour and a half. See the Trenitalia website above for times and to buy tickets.
WARNING: Always remember to stamp your ticket before travel using one of these machines in the photo. This the rule for buses and for trains.
If you are driving from Pisa airport to Arezzo by car, head east on the FI-PI-LI road to Florence. Exit when you see signs for the A1 towards Rome. Follow the A1 south toward Rome and exit at Arezzo.
If you are taking public transport, the train may be the best way to get from Pisa to Arezzo.
From Pisa airport, you need to go via Pisa Centre. The best way to do this is to take the little PisaMover train to the main central station of Pisa. Turn left when you exit the arrivals all and the PisaMover is at the end of the airport. It will take 5 minutes to get to the central station in Pisa from Pisa Airport.
You cannot buy tickets for the PisaMover in the main railway station. You have to walk down to the PisaMover itself where there are separate train ticket machines.
From the Pisa central station there are frequent trains that go first to Florence Santa Maria Novella, where you change to connect to the regional trains to Arezzo. The trip should cost around €15 and take from 2 to 2 1/4 hours, depending on whether you catch the 'fast' train.
To get to Arezzo from Bologna Airport, you need to go via Bologna central station. It is a quick 7 minute journey there on the Marconi Express monorail. Trains are frequent and cost around €9.
From Bologna train station, take a train south towards Rome, either direct towards Arezzo or most likely with a change at Florence Santa Maria Novella. The journey will take around 2 hrs if you catch a 'Frecciarossa' or 'Intercity' and a bit more if you get a slower regional train. Tickets can range from €15 to €28, depending on your connection.
If you are travelling from Fiumicino airport to Arezzo, you need to go via the main station in the centre of Rome, Roma Termini or Tiburtina. The airport train takes just half hour. From Ciampino airport, there is a bus to Roma Termini or Tiburtina train station.
There you can take one of the many trains heading north, getting off at Arezzo. Travel times take from 2 to 3 hours, depending on which connection you make. See the Trenitalia website for times and to buy tickets.
Much of the historic centre of Arezzo is pedestrianised so it is useful to know where to park your car in advance. Do not waste time driving around looking for a free parking place because they are mainly reserved for residents. There are also armies of eagle-eyed parking attendants wandering around in Arezzo centre.
Keep your eyes open for the red-circles signs which mean no-entry. You may well see somebody driving past these and into town because there are areas where residents are allowed. They are called ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitato) and are often controlled by video cameras that will take your photo and send a fine to the hire company.
One of the best places to park in Arezzo is the Via Pietri Parking, a recently built car park where some parking places are free and others you need to pay to park in. From the Via Pietri Parking, a series of escalators lead to the medieval part of the city near the cathedral. You will even pass a Tourist Information Centre where you can arm yourself with maps and information about events taking place in the city.
If you have come to Arezzo via the A1 Autostrada to reach this car park, you should follow directions for the town of Bibbiena on the roundabout immediately after the Arezzo exit tolls. You will see signs for Via Parking Pietri. When approaching Arezzo from other directions, follow signs for the IPERCOOP or OBI store and you will spot signs for the Via Parking Pietri car park.
For a short list of the parking places closest to the historic centre have a look below. Generally with all these car parks you take a ticket on entering and then go to a machine to pay on your return.
- Parcheggio Pietri, Via G. Pietri, Arezzo - €0.70/hr (8 a.m.-8p.m.) & €5/day rate (+162 free places)
- Parcheggio Piazza del Popolo, Via G. Garibaldi, 143, Arezzo - €1.80-2.00/hr external parking, €2/hr internal parking
- Parcheggio Eden, Viale Signorelli, Arezzo - €1.50/hr
- Parcheggio Cadorna, Piazza Fanfani, Arezzo - €1.50/hr
- Parcheggio Mecenate, Viale Mecenate, 4, Arezzo - €0.70
- Parcheggio Viale Piero della Francesca, 45, Arezzo - €1.30/hr
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