Discover the charming historic centre of Arezzo with our tour, which follows the trail of the places where Roberto Benigni filmed his masterpiece "Life is Beautiful" (La Vita è Bella), winner of the best foreign language film Oscar at the Academy Award. A unique journey through history and culture!
This guided tour of the medieval town of Arezzo will take you to the places where Roberto Benigni filmed several scenes of his cinematographic masterpiece "Life is Beautiful" (La Vita è Bella), which won the David di Donatello Award and three Academy Awards (for best foreign film, best actor and best soundtrack).
The tour begins in the historic centre of Arezzo, dominated by the Cathedral (Duomo) and the Comunal Palace (Palazzo della Provincia), which both served as background for many of the scenes of the first part of the movie, starring Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi.
We will continue along the descent from the Piazza del Duomo, where has been filmed the unforgettable scene in which the protagonist, Guido Orefice, stretches an endless red carpet so that his "princess" descend the stairs. From there you will head to the next stop, which is the famous and spectacular Piazza Grande. This is one of the most impressive squares in Arezzo: here, the first weekend of every month the Antiques Fair is held, and twice a year takes place the tradition of the Saracen Joust (Giostra del Saracino), a medieval reenactment preceded by a scenic historical parade.
Then, we will move in front of the Loggia of Vasari (one of the most important Italian artist artist, native of Arezzo), an important example of high Renaissance architecture, just few meters from the Palace of the Lay Fraternity: here, some of the most beautiful scenes of the movie were filmed!
A few steps away from the square you will also have the opportunity to visit the "Cartolibreria Orefice", the book shop that in the film is owned by the protagonist, Guido Orefice, the imaginative bookseller committed to defending the innocence of his child, whose life is overwhelmed by the horror of war.
The tour continues through the old streets of Arezzo, searching for other places that served as the backdrop to the film, such as the Square of San Francesco, where in front of the homonymous church, is located the historic "Caffè dei Costanti", other important location of “La Vita è Bella”.
Our journey will end at the Abbey of Sts. Flora and Lucilla, a historic treasure of the city. Join this amazing tour of Arezzo through history and Italian cinematography, and discover how “life is truly beautiful in Arezzo”!
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and wear sunglasses and a sun hat in the summer months.
Also, appropriate clothing is required for the entrance to museums and places of worship.
You can book your private transportation service with ItalyXP.