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Visitor Information

There are several APT information offices (www.arezzoturismo.it) in the center: At Piazza della Repubblica 28, 52100 Arezzo, just outside the train station (tel. 0575-377-678; Mon-Fri 9am-1pm); Palazzo Communale, Piazza Libertà 1 (tel. 0575-401-945; Mon-Fri 2-4pm, Sat and Sun 11am-4pm); San Sebastiano Church, Via Ricasoli (tel. 0575-403-574; daily 10:30am-5:30pm, winter Fri-Sun only); and inside the Logge Vasari, Piazza Grande 13 (tel. 0575-182-4358; Thurs-Tues 10:30am-6:30pm).

Festivals & Markets 

In the last week of August or early September, Guido Monaco's musical traditions are carried on in a series of choral concerts called the Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido d'Arezzo (International Polyphonic Competition).

On the third Sunday in June and the first Sunday in September, Arezzo pulls out the stops for a full-fledged medieval jousting tournament, the Giostra del Saracino, dating from at least the 16th century. After an afternoon of complex flag-tossing and pageantry, mounted, armored riders thunder across dirt-lined Piazza del Duomo with their lances aimed at the effigy of a Saracen warrior. The twist is that when the "knights" strike a blow on his shield, the Saracen swivels, and his other arm is carrying a whip. Hitting the shield's bull's-eye is only half the trick -- the other is dodging the whip.

On the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, Piazza del Duomo is filled with more than 500 dealers in one of Italy's leading antiques fairs. The dealers specialize in 19th-century furniture and 17th- to 19th-century glass, but items dating from the Renaissance are well represented (as are items from the 1950s and 1960s). It draws serious collectors from around the world. In winter, the fair runs from 7:30am to 3pm (in summer as late as 7 or 9pm). Don't miss the special local farmers' market, held in Piazza Sant'Agostino every first Saturday of the month.

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