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Arezzo, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Guide Price
€650,000
Cortona International, Cortona
PROPERTY TYPE

Town House

BEDROOMS

3

BATHROOMS

3

SIZE

1,722 sq ft

160 sq m

Key features

  • IN EXCLUSIVE RESIDENTIAL QUARTER
  • CENTRAL TO EVERYTHING!
  • IN RESTORED PERIOD PALAZZO
  • UPBEAT MODERN INTERIOR
  • WITH EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF AREZZO
  • VERY LIGHT AND SPACIOUS
  • STEPS FROM ALL MAJOR SIGHTS
  • JUST 10 MIN WALK TO MAINLINE TRAIN STATION
  • CAR - AN OPTIONAL ACCESSORY

Description

In one of the most exclusive quarters of Arezzo, just a few steps from everywhere - the Medici Fortress, Piazza Grande, the Duomo - a second floor apartment within a period palazzo, just recently restored. The area is beautifully quiet - disturbed only by the ringing of church bells! - located in the upper, predominantly residential part of town, near to the public gardens.

On entering the palazzo, built for the noble families of its period, there is large hallway and a beautiful central stone staircase, illuminated by lots of natural light, leading up to the apartment.

The apartment 160 sqm/1722 sqf, has upbeat modern interiors, laid entirely in aged-oak parquet and consists of the following:

Entrance hallway, luminous living room-dining area with large windows, a fireplace and expansive views out over Arezzo and the countryside beyond. There is a modern kitchen, a master bedroom with en suite, a second bedroom and a large bathroom.

An internal staircase leads up to a lovely loft space in which there is a third bedroom (or study), a washroom and laundry area. Here there is also ample storage space.

The apartment has underfloor heating which also has a cooling facility for the summer months. Parking areas are nearby.

Being just off the main Corso, shops, restaurants and bars are all close by. The train station, with a myriad of destinations to choose from - Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, Turin etc.., is a mere 10-minute walk away. Uber is also present in Arezzo for facilitating visits to the many beautiful towns nearby such as Stia, Poppi, Anghiari, Sansepolcro and Cortona.
Definitely worth viewing!

Annual council taxes (Imu) - Euro 1.500
Purchase costs
Purchase taxes as a non-resident - Euro 11.000
Notary fees and administrative costs - Euro 4.000 + 0,5% of any monies deposited in notary's escrow account.

ABOUT AREZZO...a town which ticks most boxes

A traditional Italian town in which to enjoy an Italian lifestyle.
A town with beautiful piazzas, historic buildings and monuments.
With museums, art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants.
Weekly markets, cultural events, festivals and fairs.
A place which is vibrant with a strong community spirit.
Somewhere authentic and fundamentally Italian.
With good connections by road, rail and air.
A car an optional accessory

Arezzo has to be one of the most ideal towns to live in. It's large enough, to all intents and purposes, to be a city, yet small enough to enjoy a community spirit. Everything important in Arezzo is within walking distance of the historic centre, including the train station.

The University of Arezzo with study abroad programmes for American students, lends a sense of youth and vitality to the city. The beautiful piazzas provide a sense of space. The monuments and architecture - from the ancient, to the Medieval, to the Baroque - a sense of history.

It is elegant, with an olde worlde charm and wonderfully uncrowded. It neighbours the Chianti region and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and pretty towns. It goes without saying that it also produces its own fine extra virgin olive oils, wines, cheeses and salumi.

Arezzo is very much a Tuscan town which still displays the authentic community spirt of the medieval town it once was. It is perhaps one of the few towns in Tuscany to have remained true to its Italian heritage, despite the seductive charms of tourism, that have compromised others.

This well may be due to its inherent wealth. Arezzo, also known as the City of Gold, has never required tourism to bolster its municipal coffers. Dating back to the Etruscans, goldsmiths have been plying their trade in the town; in recent years with global success. This affluence has allowed the town to evolve naturally and at its own speed.

Largely void of tourists, one can walk, without being jostled, through Arezzo's old town centre and enjoy uninterrupted views of beautiful piazzas surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance buildings. One can equally peacefully, stroll through the narrow, cobbled side streets or walk up to the top of the town where the Medici Fortress stands. From there, one can visit the beautiful public gardens or stroll back down to the main Corso where there are stylish shops, bars and restaurants and predominantly Italian families, milling around.

Day trips to any number of beautiful towns are made easy because the town has the biggest rail station in the province, at just a ten-minute walk from the city centre. There are local, regional and intercity trains to take you almost anywhere. More recently, the high speed Freccia Rossa line also stops at Arezzo, with Rome reachable in just 1hr 14 minutes and Milan in 2hrs 47 mins!


ITS HISTORY

Like Florence and Siena, Arezzo too, was founded by the Etruscans in the VII - VI century B.C. - and is rich in history. The Etruscans were responsible for the origin of its name, Aritim (which the Romans later transformed into Arretium). Remains of the Etruscan protective walls can still be seen in Piazzetta San Niccolò. Up by the Medici fortress traces of a temple remain visible. The archaeology museum contains many Etruscan and Roman artifacts from jewellery to sculptures to earthenware, bronze and ceramics.

The city was conquered by the Romans in 311 BC and sometime between 117 and 138 AD, the amphitheatre, whose outline is still clearly visible today, was built. Constructed for events and celebrations, it could hold up to 8000 people. Events and exhibitions are still hosted there during the summer months.

For a time, Arezzo was also part of the Medici's grand duchy and as such, there are many striking buildings and works of art to see, not least of which is the Medici Fortress at the top of the town, as well as numerous noble palazzi - built for aristocrats - many a church and a wealth of fine works of art which are distributed in various buildings and churches around the town.

Among the most impressive of these and considered one of the greatest achievements of Italian art (taking 20 years to complete), is Piero della Francesca's, The Legend of the True Cross, located in the Basilica di San Francesco. In the Cathedral, at the top of town, one can view more of his works.

The museum of medieval and modern art - Il Museo del'Arte Medievale e Moderna - is housed in an impressive Renaissance palazzo with a beautiful internal cloister. It hosts works by Signorelli, Vasari and Margaritone d'Arezzo among others.

The Diocesan Museum, in the Bishop's Palace across from the cathedral, includes a room dedicated to works by Vasari.

Arezzo is the birthplace of numerous renowned personalities including the poet Francesco Petrarca and the musician Guido d'Arezzo, but perhaps none more famous than Vasari himself, whose local home, now a museum, can also be visited.

WHAT TO DO IN AREZZO

There is much to see and do in Arezzo. There are a wealth of museums, churches, galleries, beautiful piazzas and even quiet green areas. There is an abundance of shops, all of them stylish in the classic Italian way - from clothes, to jewellery, to kitchenware, to cottons and threads - and a great selection of restaurants, some excelling themselves in simple, traditional fare which hasn't changed in centuries, others in finer dining. There are even one or two with Michelin stars!

There are museums filled with art by Tuscan and Italian masters, museums dedicated to archaeology and the sciences, and interesting contemporary art galleries such as the LIS10 Gallery. The beautiful Teatro Petrarca which was opened in 1833 - and featured in the Oscar winning film Life is Beautiful - puts on a full calendar of operas, ballets and classical concerts while the Mecenate Theatre, in contrast, hosts more modern and experimental shows for the visual arts and dance.

There are cinemas, bars and cafes, the odd Sushi bar, Mexican restaurant etc... There is a big hospital which has an excellent reputation. There is a traditional weekly market - with fresh produce, clothes, household goods and Tuscany's revered porchetta - and on the first Sunday of each month (starting on the Saturday) there is a monthly antique fair which takes over most of the town centre.

There is an annual goldsmith's fair, a bi-annual jousting competition - held in period Medieval costume in both June and September - to rival the famous Siena Palio, an international street-food fair with dishes from all over the world and in general, any number of cultural initiatives which extend until Christmas and the New Year.

CONNECTIONS - DAY OR WEEKEND TRIPS

By car: Arezzo has direct access to the A1 Autostrada del Sole and is centrally located for any number of surrounding cities and smaller towns. A day or weekend trip from Arezzo to places such as Cortona, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Sansepolcro, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Rome, Milan, Venice, Turin, Naples etc... are all easy to navigate.

By train and/or bus: There are endless options via local, regional and intercity trains and buses to get to any of the above cities or towns. Changes may be required for some trips with the final leg of the journey being made by bus transfer from train station to town centre, but the services operate well.

UBER is present in Arezzo as well as other large Italian cities such as Rome, Milan Turin and Bologna. According to Reuters, it is set to expand its operation to over 80 Italian cities with ultimately, over 12,000 taxi drivers having access to the Uber platform.

AIRPORTS
By rail
Arezzo is equidistant between Florence and Perugia airports - circa 60 mins.
Pisa airport 1hr 50 mins
Bologna airport 1 hr 50 mins
Rome airport 2hrs 30 mins *
(*with Freccia Rossa 1hr 14 mins, but for the moment there are not many daily trains scheduled).

It seems extraordinary that this gracious, affable and pedestrian friendly town was not somehow integrated into the Florence - Chianti - Siena, holy grail of a trail, but it now means this unspoilt town can be enjoyed to the full, in all its authenticity. It is perhaps one of the most interesting places remaining in Tuscany in which to invest. Property prices are low compared to elsewhere, making purchases excellent value for money. At least for the moment!

ABOUT CORTONA INTERNATIONAL
WHAT WE DO
In a unique collaboration, Cortona International, offers its clients a team of English speaking professionals whose individual strengths provide specialist knowledge in all aspects of buying or selling a property. We also offer a post-purchase property management service for international buyers who may be absent for part of the year.
*Added to which we have a monthly Newsletter and a blog to keep clients and friends in contact with what's going on. If you'd like to be put on our mailing list, just go to our website and sign up.
SURVEYS
We do our UTMOST to do pre-marketing checks on our properties in order to ascertain their compliance status.
This does not necessarily mean they are compliant (many owners are resistant to regularising their properties until they have a firm offer), but it does mean we have a complete picture for you, know what the owner must do in order to obtain compliance and the timelines in which this can be done.
A survey of your own should confirm our findings.

CONVEYANCING
We work together with registered Italian notaries - some of whom speak excellent English - regarding the preparation and drawing up of all and any contracts.
English translations and/or an interpreter are provided.
All money deposits are held in escrow by the notary until completion.

VIEWINGS
We collaborate with international and local agencies in the area and can organise and accompany you on viewings of properties also listed by them. This is done on a split commission basis and at no extra cost to you.

DOCUMENTATION
We will supply you with all paperwork pertaining to a property when you view it.
We will also calculate all costs relative to the purchase (notary fees, purchase taxes etc...), future council taxes and overheads and, in advance of any commitment to a purchase, complete estimates for any works which might need to be undertaken.

POST-PURCHASE SERVICES
We offer, together with our professional associates, a full range of post-acquisition services: General caretaking & maintenance; organisation of projects, permissions & renovations/small building works and a rental management service for people wishing to rent out their properties.

The agency is registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Arezzo and has been a member of FIAIP (Federation of Professional Italian Estate Agents) since 1997.ABOUT CORTONA INTERNATIONAL

In a unique collaboration, Cortona International, offers its clients a team of English speaking professionals whose individual strengths provide specialist knowledge in all aspects of buying or selling a property. We also offer a post-purchase property management service for international buyers who may be absent for part of the year.

SURVEYS
We do our UTMOST to do pre-marketing checks on our properties in order to ascertain their compliance status.
This does not necessarily mean they are compliant (many owners are resistant to regularising their properties until they have a firm offer), but it does mean we have a complete picture for you, know what the owner must do in order to obtain compliance and the timelines in which this can be done.
A survey of your own should confirm our findings.

CONVEYANCING
We work together with the registered Italian notary regarding the preparation and drawing up of all and any contracts.
English translations and/or an interpreter are provided.
All money deposits are held in escrow by the notary until completion.

VIEWINGS
We collaborate with international and local agencies in the area and can organise and accompany you on viewings of properties also listed by them. This is done on a split commission basis and at no extra cost to you.

DOCUMENTATION
We will supply you with all paperwork pertaining to a property when you view it.
We will also calculate all costs relative to the purchase (notary fees, purchase taxes etc...), future council taxes and overheads and, in advance of any commitment to a purchase, complete estimates for any works which might need to be undertaken.

POST-PURCHASE SERVICES
We offer, together with our professional associates, a full range of post-acquisition services: General caretaking & maintenance; organisation of projects, permissions & renovations/small building works and a rental management service for people wishing to rent out their properties.

The agency is registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Arezzo and has been a member of FIAIP (Federation of Professional Italian Estate Agents) since 1997.

Arezzo, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

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    41.6 miles
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    75.7 miles
  • Borgo Panigale(International)
    80.1 miles
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    95.9 miles
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Cortona International, Cortona

Branch office: Via Nazionale 73, Cortona Head office: Piazzale Europa 5, Arezzo 52044

About Cortona International

If you don’t yet know the wonderful town of Cortona in the heart of Tuscany which dates back to the Etruscans, we look forward to introducing you to the area: to the majestic and cosmopolitan town itself, but also its surrounding countryside which ranges from rural and peaceful mountainside, to classic hillside and to cultivated farmland areas, all of which abounds with olive groves, vineyards and spellbinding views.

In a unique collaboration, Cortona I

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