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Beautiful Cortona, Italy

Cortona

Cities and Towns in Tuscany

The town of Cortona is a beautiful hill-top town in South-Eastern Tuscany, that has become notorious in recent years because of the film 'Under the Tuscan Sun'.  It is here where the lead character purchases her property in the lush countryside which surrounds the town.  

An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with art, history and mysticism. Getting to know this timeless town is a real rediscovery of our past. Within its mighty Etruscan walls Cortona jealously guards its treasures and offers testimony to the history of a most noble civilization as well as enchanting views of the landscape enclosed by Lake Trasimeno and the Appenines.

From its high perch on top of a verdant hill Cortona dominates the Val di Chiana and offers commanding views over the valley all the way to the peaks of the Monte Amiata. The medieval aspect of buildings and alleyways gives the town a charming, unspoilt air. The Basilica of Santa Margherita and the Convent of Le Celle in the upper part of town invite guests to discover Cortona from up above down a path of art and faith, only a stone’s throw away from the city centre. A walk through the Rugapiana (the only flat street in town) will take you past the Piazza della Repubblica, overlooked by the commanding medieval Palazzo Comunale (town hall) and to the Piazza Signorelli with its Palazzo Casali, the current home of the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di cortona (MAEC) that houses vast collections of Etruscan and Roman archaeological finds.

Located at the northern end of town just across from the Cathedral the Museo Diocesano is a real jewel-case housing works by major local artists such as Luca Signorelli as well as one of the most enchanting Annunciations by Beato Angelico. Just outside the city gates at the foot of the hill the Melone I and II at Sodo are two of the finest examples of Etruscan burial-mounds dating to the 6th century B.C. A short drive in the direction of Foiano della Chiana will take you to the Abbey of Santa Maria at Farneta, one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in the area. An event not to be missed is the CortonAntiquaria antique fair, one of the most interesting national antique fairs. The event takes place every year in the 18th century Palazzo Vagnotti from the last Saturday of August to the second Sunday of September.

 

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Assisi, Cortona and Perugia: From Siena

From a religious pilgrimage site to a famous film setting: join our tour through the rolling green hills of Tuscany and Umbria and discover the artistic jewels of ASSISI and CORTONA. Assisi, San Francesco’s birthplace, stands on the top of a hill overlooking a picturesque valley surrounded by gentle slopes and vineyards.

 

The Best of Southern Tuscany Private Tour from Florence or Livorno

This full day tour visits two of the most beautiful and most famous cities in Tuscany: Cortona and Arrezzo. You may have seen images of Cortona in the famous movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" based on the novel by Frances Mayes. In the movie, after the author moves to Italy after discovering her husband was having an affair, the author ends up buying a villa near Cortona and falling in love with the town, the local traditions and the surrounding countryside.

 

Privately Guided Tour through Tuscany: 2 nights - 3 days with Driver Guide

This tour through Tuscany from Rome is a perfect small group tour for those looking to get to Florence and en-rout enjoy the quaint and picturesque hill-top villages of Tuscany. It's not only one of our most convenient tours, but on which offers some of the most exquisite scenery in the entire country. While we visit many villages en-route, we take a slow pace through the countryside and in each of the towns where you will have ample time to enjoy the towns at a leisurely pace.

 

Cottage near Cortona

This beautiful cottage is located at a 15 min drive from the famed Etruscan and medieval town of Cortona (15km), main cultural and artistic centre of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo. The holiday home is the outbuilding of an old farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, where the owners live. Positioned on top of a hill, the cottage enjoys a breathtaking view over the typical Tuscan countryside o

La locanda del gelsomino

La Locanda del gelsomino is a country residence skilfully restored and transformed into an exclusive private retreat. From its hilltop position, the villa dominates the landscape of the Valdichiana valley, providing incomparable views. Surrounded by verdant olive trees and enriched by undulated gardens, La Locanda del gelsomino offers the possibility to quickly reach the main artistic and historic

Stunning Villa near Cortona

This lovely stone villa is located on the hills between Arezzo (18km) and Cortona (12km), only few minutes from Castiglion Fiorentino (2km), a lovely medieval village dominating the green valleys of the Val di Chio and the Val di Chiana. This strategic position offers a breathtaking view over the surrounding landscape and its age-old olive groves, abounding in beauty and history. The holiday acc