Arezzo is situated in the confluence of three of the four valleys that compose its province. The territory of the city is much wide and varied: it changes, from the plain on the Val di Chiana and the Arno, to hills, South of the city, to mountain areas, above all in the East.
Arezzo rose in age pre-Etruscan in a zone inhabited since the prehistory, as it demonstrates the finding of instruments of stone and the so-called “man of the Olmo”, dated back to the Paleolithic age.
The Etruscan town rose on the top of the hill of San Donato, occupied today bt the city. We know that the Etruscan Arezzo, with a nearly identical name, Arretium, existed already in the ninth century b.C.
During the third century b. C. Arezzo was conquered by the Romans.
In Arezzo the cultural and folkloristic manifestations are numerous. Most famous it is sure the Giostra del Saracino (Tournament of the Saracen): this contest takes place in the Piazza Grande the penultimate saturday of june as evening game and the first Sunday of september during the day. In the Giostra the 4 quarters of the city challenges one each other: Porta del Foro, Porta Crucifera, Porta San Andrea and Porta Santo Spirito. The jockey brings a lance with which he must hit the board supported by the buratto, a wooden statue representing the Saracen.