In the heart of the historic centre, a few steps from the Arezzo railway station, near the oldest buildings (the Cathedral, the San Francesco Basilica, the Cimabue Cross) and the most important monuments, our B&B offers hospitality and courtesy in a setting where you can relax peacefully in a dwelling classified as “remarkable” by the City Council.
Furthermore, guests can taste the typical flavours of tuscan cuisine.
“I due Gigli” is a bed and breakfast situated in a street once called “Via di Valle Lunga” (road of the long valley). The building has its shoulders towards the station, and is at the end of Via Cavour on the left. The dwelling is a 2 storey building in front of an ancient Palazzo, which belonged to an ancient Guelfa family: “The noble Gozzari”, already known in 1200. This family conferred upon itself a coat of arms bearing two silver lilies with crossed stems on a blue background.
This famous family became extinct in 1700 and its Palazzo passed to the Alticozzi family and then to the Dukes of San Clemente and then to the Cassi family.
We presume that our dwelling belonged to this noble family because during restoration (in a room on the ceiling under marsh sticks held together by slime and sand) we found some floral decorations that strongly resemble the coat of arms. In fact, in the centre of the ceiling, on a blue background, within a crown of small roses, we found an almost intact group of lilies with their stems crossed in three. We also tracked down and restored some pictures representing tapestries on the lateral walls.
“I due Gigli” is a welcoming and interesting dwelling, furnished with a shrewdness given to detail. It is composed of two kitchens, five big bedrooms, of which three with a private bathroom. All rooms have a television, heating, air-conditioning and hairdryers.
In spring and in summer it is possible to enjoy the beautiful garden where, during the very hot days, you can find relief and shade under the tall trees.
Events to see
Antiques Fair – The first Sunday of each month and the Saturday preceding it.
Joust of the Saracen – is a challenge on horseback between riders from
different ‘contrada’ districts.
The first event is held at the end of June, the second is held on the
first Sunday in the month of September.
Places to visit near our B&B:
The Cathedral, the San Francesco Basilica with its frescos by Piero della Francesca, the San Domenico Basilica with the Cimabue Cross, Vasari’s House in Via XX Settembre, the Medieval Museum in Via San Lorentino, the Pieve of Santa Maria - an important Sanctuary dating back to 1200, Roman Amphitheatre.
Beautiful and to be seen are the 4 valleys :
The Casentino with its medieval castles and the Sanctuaries of Camaldoli and La Verna.
The Tiber Valley : birthplace of Piero della Francesca
the Arno Valley : a route that traces the ancient etruscan road that connected Arezzo to Fiesole
The Chiana Valley : the land where the Etruscans lived for many centuries, leaving extraordinary evidence of their art and their wealth.
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