Arezzo – Gastronomy & shopping

Arezzo Osteria – Photo © BehindTheScenes2006
Arezzo Osteria – Photo © BehindTheScenes2006

Savors and flavors of the cuisine, typical products and quality shopping

The discoveries to be made in our province can also continue into lunch or dinner, but here they will be of a gastronomic kind, to be enjoyed in the osterias or trattorias of the towns, or for lovers of the countryside, in some rural holiday center along one of the proposed itineraries.

In Valdarno you can begin with the “stufato alla sangiovannese“, a flavorsome dish based on slowly stewed meat richly laden with spices, continuing with the “arrosto girato” roast or the Valdarno chicken cooked with tomatoes, all delightfully washed down by the best wines of the region.

In Valdichiana, the exclusive breeding-ground for a prized breed of cattle known not unsurprisingly as Chianina, you can savor succulent grilled beefsteaks accompanied by the red wines of the Cortona vineyards.

In Valtiberina the local cuisine proposes ciaccia (oily bread), bringoli (thick spaghetti made of wheat flour and water) varied game, truffles, porcini and prugnoli mushrooms, home-made desserts, and to round it all off a fine glass of vin santo.

Chianina Cattle – Photo © RoyReed
Chianina Cattle – Photo © RoyReed

After having been carried away by the beauties of the art and the landscape, if you still have some time at your disposal, you can browse around the numerous shops of the valleys in search of some tasty delicacy or item of clothing. High fashion clothing and leather goods, glass and crystal, wine and oil, zolfini beans, flour made from the Pratomagno chestnuts and the prized prosciutto from the Valdarno mountain region are just some of the numerous specialty products that you can buy in the Valdarno.

In the craft workshops of the Valtiberina and the Valdichiana you can find articles in ceramic and wood, fabric and lace, while if you are an antique lover you will simply be spoilt for choice by the numerous shops to be found in the old towns and villages.

Where to stay in Arezzo

There are numerous high quality hotels, villas, apartments and agriturismi (Farm stays) available in Arezzo, check them out and make a reservation here.