CORTONA AND SURROUNDINGS
DISCOVER THE HEART OF TUSCANY
May 18th, 2021
The holiday Villa is situated in the countryside around Siena only a few km far from Radda in Chianti and halfway between Siena and Florence. Its position is the the perfect starting point to discover the most beautiful Tuscan landscapes and cities. You can boast of a breathtaking overlooking view the surrounding vineyards and countryside, immersed in the colours and flavors of this stunning Tuscan area.
You can enjoy a tennis match with your relatives or attend a private cooking class for organizing the ultimate pizza night under the stars in the external loggia with a wood-burning oven are at your exclusive use to cook your favourite al fresco dishes. Swimming races or acqua gym lessons, yoga in the vineyards or a private tasting can be all arranged at your private holiday villa in Chianti.
Interior DescriptionVilla Petra wisely combine the charme of Tuscan countryside houses to the comfort of a modern ones with light and functional indoors rich in all you need to live an holiday over any expectation. It develops into 2 levels connected by an internal staircase.
From the entrance on the ground floor you reach the spacious living room complete with tv and sofas; the dining area on the left is directly connected with the large and modern kitchen designed to satisfy your specific needs. The dining room boasts of the overlooking view the swimming pool through the french window and an external veranda with dining table to enjoy the pleasant rural atmosphere.
In the living room you can find the staircase that leads you to the first floor with both a second living area with fireplace and the sleeping area which is composed of 2 double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a double Suite with private bathroom and a small tower used as relaxation area with double sofa bed. Two bathrooms with showers and double basins complete the floor.
- Living area with access to the garden
- Dining area with big window across the swimming pool.
- Professional steel fully equipped kitchen complete with peninsula
- Laundry room
- Living room with fireplace
- Suite with double bed, private en suite bathroom and tower used as relaxation area with double sofa bed
- 2 double bedrooms
- 1 twin bedroom
- 2 bathrooms with spacious showers and double basins
FOR THE GUESTS
Panoramic position, swimming pool, tennis court ( rackets and balls available for free), outdoor furnishing, external shower, 1500 sqm fenced garden, barbecue, free Wi-fi connection with external chest point) 3 hours cleaning during the week included, bed linen, towels and pool towels included (weeekly change included), A/C in the bedrooms and auto heating system (on consumption), Sat Tv, Stereo with Ipod docking Station, american fridge with ice dispenser, baby cot and high chair on request for free, laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron and iron board, private illuminated swimming pool, wood-burning oven
License or registration number:052013LTN0172
This stunning property combines the very best in modern Italian design, fixtures and fittings with the charm of an ancient Tuscan estate dating back to the 13th century. It was designed by blending the old bones of a medieval building, the very best Italian products and the latest in modern amenities, resulting in the most luxurious, unique and exciting interiors and numerous areas to eat and relax outside.
Villa Debbie sits majestically on its own hill below the medieval village of Montefollonico, surrounded by one hundred acres of organic olive trees and vineyards. Although completely private, the property is only a short walk from the village and ten minutes’ drive from both Montepulciano, Pienza and the UNESCO Heritage site of the Val d’Orcia. There are twelve luxury bedrooms in three buildings, all with their own on-suite bathrooms and private gardens or terrace.
Enjoy the Tuscan summers in the glass tiled infinity pool, beside a small lake with a meditation platform, or take a class on the large yoga terrace. There are many different al fresco dining and relaxing areas, a bocce court, organic orto, a cypress tree lined driveway, full WIFI and all the latest technology in the rooms, such as fan coil air-conditioning, built-in USB chargers and universal power plugs. But what makes this property really special are the breathtaking, unspoile 360-degree views.
Immersed in the green hills surrounding the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona, which has always been considered one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy, the country house Villa Magnolia will offer you an unforgettable experience.
The private holiday villa can accommodate up to 12 people, the interior and exterior spaces are large and comfortable, subject of restorations and renovations over the years, while keeping intact the classic Tuscan style that sets it apart. The private swimming pool and a large garden characterize the property. Large trees of fir, pine and oak make the environment healthy and fresh. The cultivation of fruit trees complete this evocative scenery and rich in color. Kids can spend their time picking fruits from the trees, swimming in their private pool or can enjoy amazing walks in the woods with their parents. From the villa in fact several itineraries in Tuscan mountains start and it can be a super nice occasion to for the whole family to relax and recharge in nature.
Villa Bianca: between land and sea
A breathtaking place where you will wish to return again and again: this will be Villa Bianca. You will be amazed by the design of the beautiful villa set in a unique panoramic setting overlooking the Stella Gulf and you will find yourself immersed in nature, in the most beautiful colors and scents of the Isola d'Elba.
Villa Bianca is located near the characteristic village of Capoliveri (2 km away), in a quiet and secluded location and at the same time close to all services. Portoferraio at 15 km and Porto Azzurro at 5 km make it convenient for travel and easily accessible. The property is completely fenced and has internal parking and infinity pool. It consists of a main villa (200 square meters) that can accommodate up to 8 people and an annex (50 square meters) where we find an additional 4 beds.
At your disposal a park of 5,000 square meters enriched by palms, lemon and orange trees, agaves and olive trees, with an area in lawn and a fragrant part of Mediterranean scrub, with wild rosemary, aromatic plants, thyme, myrtle, broom and mastic.
In front of the villa, overlooking the sea, lies the infinity pool (13 x 7 meters, fixed depth 1.60 meters, without chlorine, partially fenced) complete with sun deck with deckchairs and shower with hot water, perfectly exposed to the sun throughout the day. Next to the pool, a modern pergola furnished with armchairs and a sofa will be the ideal relaxation area where you can enjoy a good glass of wine while allowing your eyes to sweep towards the infinite sea.
In the shade of a majestic palm tree you will find a nice table where you can enjoy al fresco dining and next to it a grill for your barbecues whilst enjoying the sunset.
From Villa Bianca you can walk down to the sea to reach the delightful Stecchi beach (300 meters from the villa) where you will find a magnificent seabed inhabited by octopus and fish and a crystal-clear sea.
Suite Imperiale is a luxurious and romantic apartment in the historic center of the ancient town of Cortona, charming and beautiful medieval village that owes its origins to the ancient Etruscan civilization, of which today we find evidence throughout the town. Cortona is situated at the top of a hill from which it proudly dominates the whole Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno.
Suite Imperiale is located on the first floor of Palazzo Vagnucci, born from the union of ancient luxury homes and apartments. We are in the heart of the old town of Cortona, the center of social and cultural life and a step away from all services, but at the same time immersed in a peaceful and calm atmosphere.
Throughout the Suite Imperiale one sees the result of careful and detailed renovation that has brought to light the incredible environments, which received endorsements from major critics and artists. A stay here will make you live a dream out of time and give for unforgettable moments.
Villa Pomona: sophisticated and cozy
Immersed in the heart of Tuscany, nestled on the south side of the hill where the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona is located, lies Tenuta Pomona, a place where one can live an unforgettable experience, in a property of undisputed charm and luxury. The villa enjoys one of the most beautiful views of the Cortona hillside, thanks to its panoramic position with breathtaking views of the Val di Chiana and the Cortona skyline. The villa is privately located away from traffic noise and is set in a scenario where vegetation, olive trees and the typical terraces of this particular hill cone create a place of rare beauty and strong visual impact.
The property has been recently restored by the owners, who, in respect of the morphology of the territory, have used materials of great value and taste, creating a modern and fully comfortable setting which integrates completely with the surrounding landscape.
The accommodation consists of the main villa in stone (165 sqm), which can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people and a cottage (24 sqm) also in stone, where 2 additional guests can stay.
Tenuta Pomona is surrounded by a beautiful garden in which a large stone terrace hosts a dining table and a comfortable structure with barbecue and wood oven ideal for al fresco dining. You will also have at your disposal various relaxation areas where you can read a book or enjoy one of the famous wines produced in Tuscany.
Villa San Pietro is a beautiful property located in the immediate vicinity of the town of Cortona, whose view of the gentle slopes and monuments creates an unmistakable skyline, visible from the garden of the villa, creating a unique splendor for guests who will have the pleasure of spending their holidays here. Dating back to the eighteenth century and lovingly restored, the property can accommodate up to 14 people, a part (10) inside the two units of the main villa and the other (4) in an apartment in an elegant cottage a few meters away. Totally surrounded by greenery, Villa San Pietro is characterized by an elegant park, full of quiet and privacy, inserted in a landscape of rare beauty, characterized by lush vegetation and crops of fruit trees, olive trees and vineyards
Cortona offers a wide variety of restaurants ranging from Local Tuscan Mamma Cooking to high cuisine and even a Michelin Star restaurant. The historic centre counts a proud number of ca. 30 restaurants. Also in the surrounding area there are many high quality restaurants and pizzerias. Don’t forget to accompany your dinner with a good wine, Cortona it is in central position near to the best Italian wine areas.
Here a list of all restaurants in the historic centre:
BeerBone Tuscan Hamburger & Artisan Beer
La Locanda nel Loggiato
Pane e Vino
Osteria del Teatro
La Croce del Travaglio
Scara e Beo
You can enjoy sipping a good glass of wine in one of the many enotecas, bars and caffès which also offer drinks, sitting on stone steps with the best ice cream you have ever tasted, letting your children run around in one of the squares or dancing in the piazza during one of the various evenings in which the piazza turns into your open-air disco.
Snoopy Ice Cream in Piazza Signorelli
Gelato Ti Amo in Via Benedetti
Dolce Vita in Via Nazionale
Enoteca Molesini in Piazza dell Repubblica
Enoteca Enotria in Via Nazionale
Enoteca Cacio Brillo in Piazza Signorelli
CAFFE’ & BARS:
Sottovoce in Piazza della Repubblica
Bottega Baracchi in Via Nazionale
Pasticceria Banchelli in Via Nazionale
Bar 500 in Via Nazionale
Tuscher in Via Nazionale
Caffè La Saletta in Via Nazionale
Caffè degli Artisti in Via Nazionale
Caffè Signorelli in Via Nazionale
Bar delle Mura in Via Guelfa
Bar La Dimora in Via Guelfa
Caffè Vittoria in Piazza Signorelli
Bar La Posta in Piazza Signorelli
Nessun Dorma in Piazza Signorelli
Bar Teatro Signorelli in Piazza Signorelli
Il Granaio in Piazza Signorelli – Cortona
Moving away from the historic centre of Cortona, you can find several places where to enjoy good aperitifs and drinks:
Also the Lake Trasimeno Area offers a great variety of places for a night out in Umbria:
Bar and pub in Passignano sul Trasimento and Castiglione del Lago (along the coast of the lake)
Ciao Ciao Ciao Disco Dancing
Sualzo Disco Beach
In Cortona town center during the year you can also find a lot of street artists and enjoy with their sings performance.
La Corte is a beautiful apartment in the historic center of the ancient town of Cortona, charming and beautiful medieval village that owes its origins to the ancient Etruscan civilization, of which today we find evidence throughout the town. Cortona is situated at the top of a hill from which it proudly dominates the whole Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno. La Corte is located on the ground floor of an old building born from the union of ancient luxury homes and apartments. We are in the heart of the old town of Cortona, the center of social and cultural life and a step away from all services, but at the same time immersed in a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Perfect and romantic all year round this beautiful apartment is a luxury corner of paradise in the town center.
Immersed in the rolling Tuscan hills, at the foot of the beautiful Etruscan town of Cortona, we are in front of Villa Il Sasso, a majestic and luxurious property that, from its elevated position, dominates the surrounding valley and gazes towards the top of the hill where the beautiful Cortona lies. The recently renovated villa was built entirely of stone and is located within a large and well-kept garden full of plants and flowers of many species. Its position makes it the ideal place to discover the most beautiful cities of Tuscany and Umbria such as Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Perugia, Assisi, Pienza, Florence and many others, all reachable in less than an hour by car or train.
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One of the most charming and funny way to discover Tuscany and the Cortona area is to spend an unforgettable day discovering the food and the wines of this beautiful land, tasting and comparing various kind of wines with their personality, tradition, production and history.
Cortona is a small wine-producing town perched on the hills of eastern Tuscany, on a spectacular hilltop overlooking the Valdichiana valley from where people can enjoy stunning views of Lake Trasimeno and Monte Amiata.
Here, the hills and plains provide with a good mesoclimate for the grape growing. Sunshine is abundant on the southwest facing slopes, giving excellent ripening opportunities throughout the day. This is tempered by cooling influences at night, brought about by the area’s altitude (Cortona is nearly 600 mt above the sea level). This slows the development of sugars and phenols overnight, leading to a retention of acidity and consequently balanced wines. Absorbent clay-based soils provide plenty of hydration for grapes in dry summer periods.
Cortona has a long and illustrious viticultural history beginning with the Etruscans and growing up during the centuries. The red wines are headed by Syrah, which makes up the majority of the region’s plantings, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Nero and local Tuscan hero Sangiovese. Whites favor Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Italico (Welschriesling) and natives Grechetto and Pinot Bianco.
In 2000 Cortona established Cortona DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), which has 29 members that produce and control 14 different types of wines. The Cortona Doc is one of the most appreciated wine expressions at national and international levels and thanks to the passion and the experience of its wine makers, its fame and its quality is growing up day by day.
We recommend to try a Cortona Wine Tour with us, our brand is “Do it in Tuscany” that offers an incredible range of private tours with expert English speaking and extremely friendly and knowledgeable tour guides tailored according to your requests.
You will visit vineyards and cellars, meet the wine producers and wine estate owners and learn about wine making techniques. Your experience will be completed by tastings of wines produced combined with local products. Don’t miss your chance!
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The hot sun and long, warm days have encouraged a surprising diversity of wildlife to inhabit Tuscany. Tuscany’s national parks, wildlife reserves, mountains and vast woodland areas provide a habitat for wildlife to flourish. Not many people realise that Tuscany has some fantastic local wildlife to see. Deep in the Tuscan countryside you may come across European animals such as hare, deer, porcupines, badgers, dormice, red foxes, pheasants, wolves, and even wild boar.
Tuscany is also a great place to go bird watching. A wide range of beautiful birds can be spotted throughout the region. Bird-watching enthusiasts should head to the mountains and marshlands to see birds such as the tawny owl, herons, ring ouzel and the rare glossy ibis. In Tuscany there are a lot of National Parks you can visit.
Feel free to ask us for any advise or to assist you planning your trip. We can provide ta self guided itinerary or a driver or even a experienced trekking guide.
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Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna: covers an area of about 36.000 hectars along the Tuscan-Romagna Appennino ridge. Here you can find a great variety of animals (deer, wild boar, mouflon, wolves etc..) and around 97 different species of birds.
Parco dell’Arcipelago Toscano: the seven island of Tuscan Archipelago (Isola d’Elba, Isola del Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Giannutri, Gorgona and some of the minor islands and rock outcrops) are located between the Ligurian Sea and Thyrrenian sea, in the Mediterranea Sea and covers an area of 56.776 hectares of sea and 17.887 hectares of island. Archipelago Toscano National Park it is the largest marine park in Europeand with his butterflies, crickets, lizards, birds and even whales typical of the Mediterranean ecosystem and due to its considerable wealth of plankton, during the summer months you can observe whales of all species including fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), sperm whales (Physeter catodon), pilot whales (long-finned pilot whale), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), zifi (Ziphys cavirostris) and common dolphins (Delphinus DELPHY)
Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano: consists of a striking stretch of the Apennine Mountains surrounded by forests, in an extraordinary geographical position between Cisa and Forbici Passes, the forest ridges separating Tuscany from Emilia and hosting 70% of the species present in the entire country of Italy.
Parco della Maremma: the Maremma Regional Park is located in Southern Tuscany, stretches along 25 km of breathtaking coastline (from Principina a mare to Talamone) surrounded by marshland, pinewood forests, tilled land and pastures. Here you can find maremma wild boar, maremmana cow, osprey, wild cats and wild deer, wild cats and martens. The Maremma National Park is an important area for many waterfowl species and home of over 270 species of birds.
Parco delle Alpi Apuane: the Regional Park of the Alps includes the entire mountain range that extends in the north-west / south-east direction, an area of about 1080 square kilometers in the northwestern corner of Tuscany. The park includes a great variety of mountain and hill environments and the famous white marble quarries. Among the intelligent predators in the area is the imperial crow. At higher altitudes, the chough is distinguished by its characteristic red beak, which has become the symbol of the Park.
Parco Regionale Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli: Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park it is located near the northern Tyrrhenian Sea coastal area. It covers approximately 24,000 hectares of the coast from Viareggio and Livorno and also includes Lake Massaciuccoli the fires of the Serchio, Arno and Fiume Morto rivers, the former presidential estate of San Rossore, the forests of Tombolo, Migliarino and Macchia Lucchese, and manages the Secche della Meloria marine protected area. Here live insects, deer, wild boar and over 100 species of birds.
Italy has several public holidays during the course of the year when most activities are closed, except restaurants, coffee bars, some stores, fuel stations on the highways and 24 – hour cash dispensers (for fuel or for bank notes).
Plan your day trips and shopping expeditions with these dates in mind.
January 1 – – New Year’s Day
January 6 – – Epiphany
Easter: variable day (in the 2020 will be April 12)
Easter Monday: variable day (it is always the day after Easter)
April 25 – – Liberation Day
May 1 – – May/Labor Day
June 2 – – Anniversary of the Republic
August 15 – – Assumption Day
November 1 – – All Saints’ Day
December 8 – – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25 – – Christmas
December 26 – – St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)
All Sundays: in Italy Sunday is always a festivity day
Fest of the Patron: a public holiday established by each municipality for its own territory to celebrate the saint who was the patron saint of the city.
We suggest you to check the opening time of supermarkets: in Cortona town center usually they are open during the morning of public holiday but not in the afternoon (also the same in the Sunday). During all the year and public holiday check the opening/closing time in Sunday for the big supermarkets around Cortona, most of these are closed for lunch time or afternoon and all the day during public holiday.
In the heart of Tuscany, nestled on the south side of the hill where the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona is located, lies Tenuta Pomona, a place where one can live an incredible and unforgettable experience, in a villa of undisputed charm and luxury. The property enjoys one of the most beautiful views of the Cortona hillside, thanks to its panoramic position with breathtaking views of the Val di Chiana and the Cortona skyline. The villa is privately located away from traffic noise and is set in a scenario where vegetation, olive trees and the typical terraces of this particular hill cone create a place of rare beauty and strong visual impact.
The property has been recently restored by the owners, who, in respect of the morphology of the territory, have used materials of great value and taste, creating a modern and fully comfortable setting which integrates completely with the surrounding landscape.
The accommodation consists of the main villa in stone (165 sqm), which can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people and a cottage (24 sqm) also in stone, where 2 additional guests can stay for a total of 8 people.
Tenuta Pomona is surrounded by a beautiful garden in which a large stone terrace hosts a dining table and a comfortable structure with barbecue and wood oven ideal for al fresco dining. You will also have at your disposal various relaxation areas where you can read a book or enjoy a glass of wine of the famous wines produced in Tuscany.
From the garden you will reach the pool area through comfortable stone steps. The area is exposed to the sun throughout the day and enjoys a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape; the pool (8 x 4 meters, minimum height 0.50 meters – maximum 2.50 meters, with Roman steps, open from May 1st to September 30th) is equipped with sun deck, sun beds, umbrellas and it is fenced.
The villa has a semi-covered private parking. Free Wi-Fi internet connection and Sat TV. Laundry. Pets are NOT allowed.
Tenuta Pomona has been furnished with great care by the owners who wanted to give their guests the best of modern comforts by using high quality materials and finishes in order to create luxurious environments, rich in light and glass windows from which to enjoy amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Tenuta Pomona can comfortably accommodate up to 8 people (4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms).
The main building develops on two floors connected both internally by a comfortable staircase and externally by a beautiful stone staircase.
On the ground floor you will have the living area at your disposal with a beautiful fully equipped kitchen with central island; the dining area lies next to the kitchen. Passing through a hallway (with guest toilet) you will reach the cozy living room with satellite TV, sofas and fireplace. All rooms on the ground floor have direct access to the garden.
Going up the steps to the first floor you will find the sleeping area: you will be struck by the first of the three bedrooms, a beautiful suite with double bed, chaise longue and open bath in the room where you can spend moments of complete relaxation. The room also has a double washbasin in plain sight. The toilet and shower are divided by doors.
The other two rooms are also an expression of taste and elegance and both have double beds. Completing the sleeping area is a second bathroom with shower.
A few meters from the villa lies the annex: a romantic double bedroom with armchair and en-suite bathroom with shower.
All rooms of Tenuta Pomona have air conditioning and free wi-fi internet connection.
Garden, covered parking, pool, panoramic view, luxury villa, pool towels included, garden furniture, barbecue and wood oven, outside dining table, weekly linen change, free wi fi connection, Sat TV, heating and AC upon consumption and payment, laundry with washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, baby bed and highchair on request, window screens, fully equipped kitchen, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.
Public Transport in this area is not very well distributed, so we always recommend coming by car or renting one. However major cities such as Florence or Rome can be visited by train or you can hire a private driver. Contact us for a quotation for any itinerary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at the national railway website: http://www.trenitalia.it
If you buy a train ticket at the Tabacchi, train station or self-service machine at the stations, these tickets must be validated at the specific machines at the station prior to boarding a train. Failure to validate your ticket can result in a fine if a conductor checks your ticket on the train.
Taxi service is offered plenty in Cortona and there are several bus stops in Cortona,
but with not very regular timetable. Inform yourself at the various bus stops or enquire with us.
WINTER from Piazza Garibaldi to Camucia train station from Monday to Saturday included every hour starting from 9 am to 7 pm
SUMMER from Piazza Garibaldi to Camucia train station from Monday to Saturday
included every hour starting from 9 am to 7 pm and from 7.7.-25.8. also from 8 pm to midnight, Saturdays included.
Even if Cortona is a small hill town, many are the attractions that visitors may want to visit. We offer escorted excursions as well as private guided tours with local historic guides for a deeper immersion in the culture of the place. Any of our tours is crafted in timings and itinerary upon your will and inclinations, to genuinely show you the best in town and surroundings.
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DO NOT MISS
1) MAEC MUSEUM
Inside the Palazzo Casali is the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca (MAEC), displaying items from Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian civilizations, as well as art and artifacts from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The distinguished Etruscan Academy Museum had its foundation in 1727 with the collections and library of Onofrio Baldelli. Among its most famous ancient artifacts is the bronze lampadario or Etruscan hanging lamp, found at Fratta near Cortona in 1840 and then acquired by the Academy for the large sum of 1600 Florentine scudi. Its iconography includes (under the 16 burners) alternating figures of Silenus playing panpipes or double flutes, and of sirens or harpies. Within zones representing waves, dolphins and fiercer sea-creatures is a gorgon-like face with protruding tongue. Between each burner is a modeled horned head of Achelous. It is supposed that the lampadario derived from some important north Etruscan religious shrine of around the second half of the 4th century BC. A later (2nd century BC) inscription shows it was rededicated for votive purposes by the Musni family at that time.
The Museum contains several other important Etruscan bronzes.
2) ETRUSCAN TOMBS
Etruscan chamber-tombs nearby include the Tanella di Pitagora (halfway up the hill from Camucia): the fine masonry of the tomb stands exposed, but was formerly covered by an earth mound. two at the foot of the hillside at Il Sodo, and a complex in Camucia itself. At Sodo, the ‘Grotta Sergardi‘ commonly known as ‘Il Melone‘, contains a passage, opening into parallel passages leading to square inner chambers, within a mound about 200 m (660 ft) in circumference. Although the chambers are paved with slabs of masonry the walls are constructed of pieces of rock roughly-formed into bricks. This tomb can be visited. Il Sodo II contained a large stone-stepped altar platform with carved sphinxes devouring warriors.
3) MUSEO DIOCESANO
The town’s main artistic treasures are two panels by Fra Angelico in the Diocesan Museum, an Annunciation and a Madonna and Child with Saints. The Academy Museum includes the very well known painting Maternità of 1916 by the Cortonese artist Gino Severini. There are also examples of the works of Pietro da Cortona.
Cortona is a small hill town with many churches. The most important church in town center it is the Duomo, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the heart of Cortona in a panoramic position. Not to miss the Church of San Francesco, the Church of San Filippo, the Church of San Domenico with a work of Luca Signorelli and the Church of San Marco with an exterior mosaic realized by Giorgio Severini. In the “poggio” (the poggio it is the name of the ancient part of Cortona) you can see the Church of San Niccolò and the small Church of San Cristoforo. The Basilica of Santa Margherita it is dedicate to the patron, Santa Margherita and it is in the higher part of the city. Just outside the city wall the Church of Santa Maria Nuova with is original design from Giorgio Vasari and modified by Battista Cristoforo Fanelli.
5) EREMO LE CELLE
Just outside Cortona the Eremo le Celle: don’t miss the opportunity to visit this place, a small hermitage erected at the beginning of 1200 and famous because hosted San Francesco D’Assisi. This is a place of the soul, the spirituality and the nature around you will be a moment to remember in your heart and in your mind.
6) FORTEZZA DEL GIRIFALCO
In the highest point of Cortona you will se the Fortezza del Girifalco, a fortress build in 1556 commissione d by Cosimo I de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Toscana. The castle is on the top the ruins of similar fortresses from the Etruscan before, then Roman and medieval periods, and destroyed during the “plunder” of 1258. The castle was designed by Gabrio Serbelloni, the cousin of pope Pius IV and Francesco Laparelli (born in Cortona) . The building is shaped like a trapezoid, with four large bastions, and is an incredible example of 16th-century military architecture. Recently restored, the Fortezza del Girifalco now hosts temporary exhibitions and is open to visitors from all over the world. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of Cortona and the entire Valdichiana and see spectacular and unforgettable sunset.
But remember, all the Cortona town center it is an attraction: his alleys, his typical shops, his buildings full of history will be something incredible for your eyes and for your heart… we have only one suggestions for you: loose yourself in Cortona and enjoy all the beauty around you.
Terrazza Cortonese is an incredible apartment in the historic center of the ancient town of Cortona, charming and beautiful medieval village that owes its origins to the ancient Etruscan civilization, of which today we find evidence throughout the town. Cortona is situated at the top of a hill from which it proudly dominates the whole Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno (fourth Italian lake in order of extension).
The apartment is located on the second floor of an old building born from the union of ancient luxury homes and apartments. We are in the heart of the old town of Cortona, the center of social and cultural life and a step away from all services, but at the same time immersed in a peaceful and quite atmosphere. The apartment owes its name to the beautiful 44 sqm terrace and from which you can enjoy incomparable views of the surrounding landscape, dine outdoors and simply have some relaxing moments. Perfect and romantic all year round this beautiful terrace is a little corner of paradise in the town center and is also equipped with outdoor table and sun beds.
The apartment is large and spacious (136 square meters) and is furnished with quality materials and details which make it one of a kind. It has a large and cozy living room with fireplace, sofa, satellite TV and dining table. From the lounge you have access to the terrace and kitchen, also very spacious and complete with everything needed to prepare meals or to welcome a chef who will cook exclusively for you. The kitchen is complete with dining table and a fireplace that you can use as a barbecue. Both living room and kitchen further to the bedrooms have windows which overlook the valley, brighting up the atmosphere and giving you breathtaking views. The sleeping area consists of a double bedroom and a twin bedroom (convertible into a double room if necessary), both enhanced by exposed beams and wooden floors, giving you a sense of serenity and family warmth. There are two bathrooms, both with showers. The apartment is completed by a small studio overlooking the sleeping area.
La Terrazza Cortonese has free wi fi, air conditioning and heating (both payable upon consumption), Sat TV, a safe and washing machine. Garage upon request and payment. Pets on request.
Luxury apartment, property in the historic centre, panoramic view, terrace, free WI FI, air conditioning, heating, weekly linen change, washing machine, safe, Sat TV, CD and DVD player, hair dryer, garage upon request and payment, highchair and baby bed, free upon request, breakfast upon request, fully equipped kitchen with: oven, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, fireplace, dishwasher, American coffee machine, Italian moka, orange squeezer, boiler, toaster.
Check your directions and the map prior to setting out on your trip, and, use a passenger in the car as a navigator to assist you or a navigation system. On country roads, you will find that slower moving trucks frequently impede the flow of traffic. Exercise due caution as you try to get around these trucks. Clients are advised to respect speed limits, particularly in and near towns and villages, as local authorities have been installing speed cameras in the last several years. In built up areas, the speed limit, unless otherwise posted, is 70/50/40 kilometers per hour.
On the motorway (autostrada) the speed limit is 130 km per hour.
On the highway (superstrada) instead it’s 110 km/90 km per hour.
Drivers also should pay particular attention to road signs in urban areas. Many cities and towns have restricted areas in their centers where driving is authorized only to local inhabitants or to individuals destined for a hotel in the restricted zone. Drivers should pay careful attention to posted signs and be careful not to enter zones of limited traffic, which are marked by signs “ZTL”, since in some cities and towns there are cameras in place that catch violators.
For any details about driving in Italy we recommend to visit the link of ACI (Automobile Club of Italy), where you can find all the rules to drive in Italy (english version):
Villa Chiara is the ideal place to spend an holiday immersed in the beauties of Tuscany. The property is situated in one of the hills that surround the Etruscan town of Cortona. It is also situated in a short distance from the town yet in a secluded and quiet place from which it offers you incomparable overlooking views on the Valdichiana valley and Cortona skyline. Immersed in the colors and smells of the Tuscan countryside, it will also offer gorgeous sunsets that will keep impressed on your mind thanks to its dominating position.
The property’s central position will allow you in no time to drive to the major tourist centers of Tuscany and Umbria. Villa Chiara is totally fenced and surrounded olive trees, vineyards and fields of sunflowers that are local coltures of this area.
An automatic gate and spacious parking make it comfortable for families travelling with car.
The villa has a spacious lawn that surrounds all the structure that is complete with an area equipped with a panoramic gazebo with table and chairs, an outdoor kitchen and BBQ for your al fresco dining.
In front of the house lies also the panoramic infinity pool completely fenced with shower and sunbeds that will offer you a stunning overlooking views on the valley yet moments of relaxation. A spacious parking and the laundry complete the outdoor area. Free wifi cover the garden and pool areas.
The interiors of Villa Chiara have been chosen with great care taking into account commodity, beauty mixing antique pieces with modern elements. This way, the needs of the modern traveler can be met like air conditioning, free wi fi and Smart TV to make your holiday special.
You enter the villa through the main door accessing directly the living area consisting of dining table and living space with sofas, fireplace and Sat TV. The kitchen on the same level is completely equipped with fridge with freezer compartment, oven, dishwasher, 5 burner stove, American coffee machine, boiler and toaster.
Always on the ground floor you have a big bathroom with shower. From the living area you access a small living room with sofa eventually convertible into a double sleeping sofa bed and a second Sat TV, the first of the three bedrooms, a beautiful and spacious Suite with an en suite bathroom complete with shower and a double entrance both from the indoor and the garden. A bathroom with shower complete the ground floor.
A beautiful internal stair lead you to the first floor composed of 2 double rooms whose one with direct access to the panoramic terrace and one bathroom with shower. Villa Chiara has free Wifi connection and a/c in the 2 bedrooms upstairs.
Panoramic overlooking view, private garden and parking, automatic gate, fully fenced infinity swimming pool, outdoor furniture, solarium complete with umbrellas and sundecks, terrace with panoramic view, barbecue, laundry, weekly linen change, heating, air-conditioning, free wifi, window screens, Smart TV, fully equipped kitchen with: fridge and freezer compartment, oven, dishwasher, American coffee machine, Italian moka, kettle and toaster.
Italy generally has four seasons. The spring and the fall are usually very pleasant for traveling. Winters and summers are generally neither as cold nor as hot as the extreme. In the months of July and August, hot weather can be expected, but in the evenings it is generally cooler with gentle breezes that make life comfortable. If travelers are contemplating a winter rental, it is important that they arrange to take a property that has adequate heating. Heating is quite expensive in Italy and heating and fireplace wood are virtually always charged as extras based either on consumption or on a daily/weekly rate established by the owner. Also air condition usually it is an extra fee to pay.
Cortona boasts of being founded by Dardano- son of Jupiter and Electra- who was later the founder of Troy. He was supposed to have been born in Cortona, according to what he writes Virgil (Aeneid, III, 167, VII, 209) and from there he would go to Asia. Following the legend a proverb says: Cortona, mother of Troy and grandmother of Rome. It is said that Dardano was fighting on a hill overlooking the Val di Chiana and was struck by a spear which struck off his helmet and not possible to find anymore. A fortune-teller said that Mother Earth had wrapped the helmet in her womb, because she wanted a turreted city to be erected where the helmet was lost, which would be as impenetrable and strong as Dardano’s helmet. So the hero built the walls of the new city, which had its center just where the helmet got lost. The city was named Corito, helmet, changing then to the name of Cortona.
Today, Tuscany is a major cultural center, with museums, galleries and churches full of great sculptures, paintings and frescoes and magnificent monuments built by the greatest masters of all time. Tuscany attracts millions of tourists each year. If you are interested in visiting Tuscany, we hope our guide will be useful in planning your visit and in learning more about Tuscany in general.
Cortona is a town and Comune in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy. It is the main cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo.
Originally an Umbrian city, it was conquered and enlarged by the Etruscans, who called it Curtun. During the 7th century BC, it joined the Etruscan League.
Cortona eventually became a Roman colony under the name Corito. The origin-legends and ancient names of Cortona are described by George Dennis. In the final stages of the Gothic War (535–554), Cortona was sacked and destroyed by a warrior named Michael Pasquale, whose mother was Macedonian royalty and father was an Italian fisherman.
Cortona became a Ghibelline city state in the 13th century, with its own currency. From 1325 to 1409, the Ranieri-Casali family successfully ruled the town. After being conquered by Ladislaus of Naples in 1409, Cortona was sold to the Medici in 1411. In 1737, the senior branch of the Medici line went extinct and Cortona came under the authority of the House of Lorraine. Following the Italian Wars of Independence, Tuscany—Cortona included—became part of the Kingdom of Italy.