THE BEST WAY TO AREZZO
From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Florence is available on Air France and Lufthansa. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $786.
From Florence, take a taxi ($35) or bus ($6.50) to the Santa Maria Novella train station in Arezzo. Several trains run every hour from Florence to Arezzo. For schedules, go to trenitalia.com.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (country code for Italy) and the local number.
WHAT TO DO
Walking tour of Arezzo: The Tourism Board offers a two-hour guided tour in English on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Cost: $14.50 per person. Tours begin at the Tourist Information Office, 28 Piazza della Repubblica, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE TO STAY
La Corte del Re, 5 Via Borgunto, Arezzo; 0575-401603, http://www.lacortedelre.com. Nine studio apartments, some overlooking the Piazza Grande, all with private baths and kitchenettes. High-season weekly rates start at $1,032. Rates may be slightly higher for the antiques fair weekend.
Hotel Continentale, 7 Piazza Guido Monaco, Arezzo; 0575-20251, http://www.hotelcontinentale.com. Centrally located, renovated 1950s hotel with panoramic views from the roof garden. Doubles from $154.
WHERE TO EAT
La Torre di Gnicche, 8 Piaggia San Martino, Arezzo; 0575-352035. Small plates of tasty food (soups, antipasti, entrees, $9-15), this cozy restaurant is just off the Piazza Grande is known for its excellent wine list.
Gastronomia Il Cervo, 38/40 Via Cavour (just beyond the western edge of Piazza San Francesco); 0575- 20872. A combination take-out and eat-in restaurant. If eating in, place your order downstairs and you will be served upstairs in one of the two small dining rooms. $10-$25.
TO LEARN MORE
Arezzo tourism office, 28 Piazza della Repubblica, Arezzo; email@example.com. There is a smaller tourist office on the Piazza Grande under the loggia.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times