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Tuscan City States
February 18, 2018


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AREZZO: TUSCAN CITY STATES

Sunday, February 18

Cost: 50€

This activity will introduce students to a hidden corner of Tuscany. Founded by Etruscans, Arezzo is on of the main reference points for industry, history, culture and fashion. Attention will be given not only to visits in the city, but also to the international marketing and trade that involves the area.
Arezzo is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany, due to its tradition in gold-smithery. Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits atop a hill at the crossroads of four valleys.
The Etruscan Aritim was founded around the 9th century B.C., and quickly became one of the most important cities in Tuscany, playing an important role over the centuries due to its strategic position.
Even though the Medieval center was destroyed during World War II, Arezzo still has plenty of monuments, churches and museums remaining that offer visitors a chance to step back into history. The Church of San Francesco is probably the most famous in Arezzo, with the incredible Early Renaissance fresco cycle by Piero della Francesca, Piazza Grande, the Medicean Fortress, the Roman Amphitheater and the Church of San Domenico with the wooden Crucifix by Cimabue.
Every first Sunday of the month Arezzo opens its main piazza to the Antique market: it is a bargain hunters paradise.
The “Giostra del Saracino” is an event that takes place twice a year, once in June and once in September. It originated during the Middle Ages but was revived in its actual form in 1931. Every city’s neighborhood (“Quartieri”) has a team of knights armed with lances who try jousting a wooden effigy representing a Saracen warrior.  The best team wins a Golden Lance and glory for its own neighborhood. The Giostra del Saracino starts at 11 a.m. with a proclamation, then there’s a procession throughout the town, the blessing of the jousters, a parade and finally the competition. This historical event in Arezzo ends with the Mayor introducing the winning Quartiere, giving it the Golden Lance.
Together with Vicenza (northern Italy), Arezzo shares the goldsmiths exhibition scene: it is a city where family-run businesses, as well as medium gold- silver-smitheries are present.

Itinerary:

Departure from Florence. Guided walking tour of the city, including entrance to some sites. Free time for lunch and to further explore the city. Afternoon visit to a local family-run business. Late afternoon departure to Florence.


The activity includes:

  • Transportation to the location and back
  • Guided walking tour of the city, including entrance to some sites
  • Visit to a local family-run business
  • Field learning staff
  • Insurance
The activity does not include:
Whatever is not listed in the "included" paragraph

Learning outcomes:
  • Recognize the characteristics of Cultural Heritage Tourism in Italy.
  • Reflect about the role of spirituality and religion in Italian Culture.
  • Evaluate the revolution, which took place in the art of the thirteenth century through the work of Italian masters like Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini
  • Assess the role of Piero della Francesca in the early renaissance painting history
  • Describe the evolution of the culture and art of the Renaissance in Italy.

Payment deadline:
Thu, February 15

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