Cortona is a small village in the province of Arezzo. This hilltop town of Etruscan origins has a lot to say, and there are many reasons why you should visit it at least once in lifetime. Here’s our top 4!
Its interesting history and important figures
This village of Etruscan origins has preserved its old 3km walls and Medieval buildings of the city centre. Walking along the narrow streets of Cortona means jumping back in time, experiencing a place that hasn’t changed over the years. Its narrow streets, its castle and churches, its houses, everything remind to the Medieval period, when Cortona became “signoria” under the Casali family. The Renaissance was a great moment for the village too, due to important figures like Beato Angelico, Pietro Berrettini and Gino Severini. Their masterpieces are kept inside the MAEC and Diocesano Museums, but also in the churches of the old town. Cortona is also famous for being the main setting of “Under the Tuscan Sun”, a book by Francis Mayes. The protagonist buys indeed a villa close to the village, where she spends most of her time starting a new “Dolce Vita” lifestyle.
Its strategic location
Cortona is set on one of the most fascinating hills of Tuscany, with a 180° view of Valdichiana that reaches the borders with Umbria, another Italian region of extreme beauty. The panorama also reaches Trasimeno lake and the green spaces around it. Moreover, the location is perfect because it’s very close to other important Tuscan sites, such as Montepulciano (32 km), Pienza (45 km), Arezzo (28 km), Val d’Orcia (50 km) and Siena (72 km). Trasimeno lake is 15 km far, while the Umbrian city of Perugia is just 45 km away.
Food and wine
If you love Italian cuisine, Cortona is your town! There are plenty of restaurants and wine shops all over the village, offering typical Tuscan dishes but also “taglieri” with cold cuts and cheeses. You can have a glass of local wine from the nearby cellars and learn about the story of the typical food of the region. You’ll soon understand why most of the wines are red: meat is the queen of Tuscan cuisine, and wine is her king!
Piazza della Repubblica is a must!
Adding a stop in Piazza della Repubblica is a must when dealing with Cortona. It’s the centre of the old town, and its stunning palaces are worth a visit! The square also hosts many workshops that sell local crafts, a good occasion to buy a souvenir at a fair price.
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