Via Romea from Subbiano in Arezzo

A voyage through unspoiled nature that leads to an Etruscan City

Although the journey along the Via Romea may be long and challenging, it is undoubtedly rewarding. The paths span through scenic landscapes, villages and historical locations.

This is particularly the case for the stretch that begins in Subbiano and arrives at Tuscany’s jewel: Arezzo.

The path opens in heart of Subbiano, where artefacts that date between 3000 and 1000 BCE have often been found. The local community was specialized in ceramic and stone manufacturing (for the production of knives and weapons), weaving and farming.

Leaving Subbiano, the first stretch leads to the small, but fascinating town of Capolona, which is one of the entryways into Casentino. This medieval town sits on the banks of a river that is linked by a Roman bridge. A highlight of the village is the parish church of Santa Maria Maddalena in Sietina, which dates to the eleventh century.

Crossing through Capolona, travellers first head towards Figline and then for Pieve a Sietina. From here, the route continues to descend towards the Arno River before reaching Ponte a Chiassa.

The route resumes in the direction of Arezzo. This is the city of Roberto Benigni and a thriving centre of economic activity.  The town is speckled with important historical monuments such as the Roman Amphitheatre and other Roman ruins.  Arezzo is also known for its foundries and artistic factories that produce the famous red vases (called Coralline vases) whose techniques spread across the Roman world.

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