CORTONA & SURROUNDING

 

“From a high Tuscan hill, fifty miles from Florence between Arezzo and Perugia, rises the equally ancient and noble city of Cortona. Before the city lies a vast and beautiful plain, it is flanked on either side by distant hills and valleys while behind it are towering yet fruitful mountains. Cortona has a picturesque aspect, quite a bit longer than wide, turned towards the midday sun. Her district is fertile and is abundant with all that is necessary to human life. It is Cortona marked by the Meridian-Antarctic star sign, feminine, in motion, pungent, earthy, frigid and dry and under the noble reign of…”

 

description of Cortona in one of the first known guidebooks by Giacomo Lauro, 1639

 

“I think I went to Italy initially for the art, architecture, food and history, but I stayed there because of the people in Cortona”.
Frances Mayes

 

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Cortona

 

 

Full of restaurants, coffee shops e independent shops, Cortona is a must-see Tuscan destination, reflecting the authentic culture of this famous Italian region.
Its origins can be traced back to the ancient Etruscan civilization which inhabited central Italy long before the Romans.
On top of the existance of the world-class MAEC Museum of Etruscan Art and the heritage of the “Celle” monastery founded by Saint Francis of Assisi, the popularity of Cortona was undoubtedly broadcased to an international audience by the book, and later movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, by Frances Mayes, who was aspired by Cortona for her best selling novel.


 


 

Cortona is the perfect base to visit all your destinations

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  • MUST-SEE

    Montepulciano

    One of the best-preserved hill towns of Italy. Wine & Cooking of this town are well known all over the world. Much to see like the underground Etruscan city. Great visit. Taste the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Distance 30mins

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    Pienza & Pecorino Tasting

    Overlooks the Val D’Orcia, UNESCO heritage site; birthplace of Pope Pius II Piccolomini who tried to create a utopian town. Many fine buildings; 'English Patient' was filmed here; good boutiques and cheese shops. Pecorino tastings. Distance 45mins

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    Montalcino & Brunello Wine

    Medieval settlement, in natural enchanting landscape. Try the famous Brunello di Mantalcino Wine. 20 min away you can also visit BAGNO VIGNONI, ancient thermal town; with public thermal swimming pool where you can enjoy the naturally warm magnesium and calcareous water – no smells.

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    Siena

    Exquisite Gothic walled city – perfectly preserved since it was never damaged in the 2WW. Small, manageable and pedestrian. Duomo: take 200 or 500 lire coins for lights; see cathedral-library frescoes by Pinturicchio. Campo Square is the place to have coffee and people watch and imagine the Palio race taking place. Enoteca - located in the restored Medici Fortezza; stocks 1000 different wines. You can taste or buy at reasonable prices. Distance 45 mins.

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    Assisi & Perugia

    Assisi, Umbria’s best-known city and home to San Francesco & Santa Chiara. One of the highest expressions of religious vitality of the region is to be found in the Basilica of San Francesco, which contains a collection of priceless frescoes (Giotto, Cimabue, Lorenzetti, etc.). When you visit Perugia you see significant Etruscan evidences left; important historical places to visit. Corso Vanucci offers magnificent stores and historical buildings & the Pinacoteca, Umbrian national art gallery. Distance 45mins. Other cities in Umbria to see: Gubbio and Orvieto. Distance 1h

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