Toscana Tour 2024

Arriving at the show ground of Arezzo Equestrian Centre in Tuscany evokes a sense of grandeur, it almost has something epic. My florid imagination switches on The Gladiator theme in my mind. Not sure if that inspiration comes from the towering Cypress Trees or the sight of 700 majestic, impeccably groomed equines. It’s a moment steeped in awe and anticipation. It’s that picture perfect envisioned by the comtess Ita Marzotto in 1992 when acquiring the Club Ippico Aretino and brought on by Riccardo Boricchi and Carlo Bernardini who have planned an extensive project for the revival and renovation of the structure.

Now in its 18th edition, the Toscana Tour stands as one of Italy’s most eagerly awaited sporting events. Spanning five weeks, competitions are set to take place at the San Zeno facilities, split into two periods: Toscana Tour 1, running from March 7th to 17th, and Toscana Tour 2, spanning March 26th to 31st and April 2nd to 14th. Over two thousand riders from thirty nations worldwide will compete for a total prize pool of €900,000, divided among competitions in the Bronze Tour, Silver Tour, and Gold Tour (CSI1, CSI2, CSI3, and CSI4). While sports undoubtedly take precedence for these highly skilled athletes, at day’s end, they’ll exchange glances and ponder: “We’re in Tuscany—what adventures await?”

Your wish is my command! Presenting the definitive Arezzo Tour Guide, covering everything but jumping colorful sticks. Dive in and indulge in the full spectrum of experiences!

01 Stay – La Foresteria – Il Giardino di Fontarocco

This is a true eden in heaven. Located only 10 minutes away from the Arezzo Equestrian Centre, Marian and her team will make you feel at home away from home. Dating back to the 18th century, this villa owned by the Illuminati family, has undergone meticulous restoration and now boasts a stylish and elegant interior adorned with antique furniture. Offering ten apartments of varying configurations, it promises a rejuvenating retreat amidst the lush Tuscan countryside. Each apartment has its own pergola. Indulge in a delectable dinner at the restaurant, or opt for a unique experience under the starry night sky as you grill your own plates at the open-air barbecue. The choice is yours to savor the flavors of the evening in whichever setting suits your mood.

02 Eat – La Buca di San Francesco

The Buca di San Francesco Restaurant is a landmark in the Tuscan city of Arezzo and was founded in 1929 by Giuseppe Porcellotti. In medieval times, the area surrounding the location was used for gardens or agricultural purposes by the Franciscan friars. The building was adorned by Ovidio Gragnoli with neo-medieval style frescoes to add charm and allure to this popular meeting place.

The dishes are the apotheosis of Tuscany’s culinary landscape, a masterpiece of simplicity and flavor. From the iconic Florentine steak to hearty ribollita soup, each dish celebrates the region’s bounty of fresh ingredients. Indulge in handmade pasta, drizzled with golden olive oil and paired with robust Chianti wines, creating a feast for the senses.

Fun Fact: among the public figures who dined at the Buca di San Francesco are: Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dalì and his wife Gala, Carolina of Monaco, Jeanne Moreau, and Margherita Hack. An old photo also features American President Truman.

03 Buy – Nero Design Gallery

Founded in 2005 by Michele Seppia, Nero stands as both a historical and contemporary Design Gallery nestled in Arezzo. Since its inception, Nero has spotlighted renowned figures in Italian and global historical design. Its evolution includes collaborations with contemporary designers, crafting distinct works where detail reigns supreme.

Invited to prestigious events within the collectible design realm, Nero not only showcases exclusive pieces but also constructs immersive “narrative spaces.”
Nero represents a conceptual space, symbolizing a journey through the language of form and substance—a conduit for discovering and forging new paths. It embodies an unyielding quest on the threshold between past and present.

04 Get Lost

To lose oneself in Arezzo is to embrace a city where time seems to stand still amidst its ancient streets and vibrant piazzas. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter the stands of the Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo (every first WE of the month). Wander through its medieval center, where every corner reveals a new delight—a hidden trattoria serving up authentic Tuscan flavors, a quaint artisanal shop brimming with local crafts, or a centuries-old church adorned with frescoes. Allow curiosity to guide you, and immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Arezzo’s rich cultural tapestry.

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