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A wedding at the Townhall, Piazza della Repubblica

Cortona is a town in the Province Arezzo, Tuscany. It is one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan League. Located at the altitude of 600 metres, it has magnificent panoramas to every point of the compass. It is near the city of Arezzo which was the location of the film "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni, and becoming increasingly popular in the recent years thanks to the book "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes and the film with the same title based loosely on the book.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Cortona can be reached by flying to Italian major international airports in Rome and Milan, or to the two airports in Tuscany:

  • Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei (IATA: PSA) [1], located 1.5 km (1 mi) north of Pisa city centre, served by many budget airlines. From there you can take a train (40 metres from airport).
  • Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci (IATA:FLR) [2], Located four kilometres from the centre of Florence. From there you can use the Sita/Ataf service "Fly by Bus" (Vola in bus) between the airport and Florence's Santa Maria Novella railway station (20 min).

By train[edit]

Closest train station is "Camucia-Cortona", with direct trains from Florence and Rome or "Terontola-Cortona" with direct trains from Florence and Venice. You can also take a train to Arezzo and then another train to "Camucia-Cortona".

A bus is leaving every 30 min from the Camucia station to town. The bus delivers you to Piazza Garibaldi in Cortona. You may have to buy your bus ticket direct from the driver in which case you should be prepared to pay the exact cash fare of 2 euros. The driver is not obliged to provide change. Before your trip back to the station, buy a ticket from a tobacco shop (tabbachi) for about 1.10 euros. Not all buses from Cortona to Comucia stop at the railway station but there is another stop in town very close to the station.

Taxi is available in front of the Camucia station and Terontola train station however apparently there are only few taxis serving this "route". If you want to be sure that there is a taxi for you, ask your hotel to book one for you. The other option could be rent a car and you can do it right outside of Terontola-Cortona train station and use your car to reach your destinations.

There is no staffed ticket office (biglietteria) at the Camucia station. However, there are 2 ticket vending machines at the station that are designed to accept credit cards such as Visa.

By car[edit]

Take the Autostrada del Sole highway (A1), exit at the Valdichiana toll-gate and get on the Siena-Perugia speedway, direction Perugia. Get off the speedway at the Cortona-San Lorenzo exit. Keep driving direction Cortona, drive past Camucia and follow signs for Cortona. Climbing up the hill, you will find the Cortona town-limit sign.

By bus[edit]

There are public busses from nearby cities such as Arezzo or Terontola. The ticket costs EUR1 per journey, sold at tobacco shops (Tabacchi) and should be stamped on the machine inside the bus. The bus stop for Cortona is Piazza Garibaldi.

Get around[edit]

The best way to explore Cortona is on foot as the town is very small. Driving in Cortona is very difficult as the streets are steep and narrow. Parking inside town is almost impossible. However, parking areas are available outside the town walls, some are free.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Etruscan tombs
  • Palazzo Comunale (Town hall), which was built in 13th century

Squares[edit]

  • Piazza della Repubblica: the most famouse piazza in Cortona.
  • Piazza Signorelli: next to the Piazza della Repubblica and less crowded. During sundays it has a flea market where they sell antiques. The Teatro dell Signorelli is also here.
  • Piazza Garibaldi Built by the french during the naopleonic wars

Churches[edit]

  • The Cathedral (Il Duomo) Summer daily 7:30am-1pm and 3:30-6:30pm; winter daily 8am-12:30pm and 3-5:30pm. Free admission.
  • Church of Santa Maria Nuova
  • Eremo Le Celle, (North of Cortona, go left along the city walls), [3]. free entrance.  edit
chapel in Le Celle


  • Farneta Abbey
  • Church of San Benedetto
  • Church of San Domenico
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Church of Santa Margherita
  • Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Church of Calcinaio), supposed to be the most beautiful Renaissance monument in Cortona.
  • Church of San Niccolo

Museums[edit]

  • Diocesan Museum (Museo Diocesano), Piazza del Duomo, Tel. -62830. Opening hours: 9:30AM-1PM & 3:30PM-7PM, Monday closed. Rates: Adult €5, Children 8-12y €1.
  • The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona (Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona)www.cortonamaec.org, Palazzo Casali, Tel. - or . Opening hours: April-October 10AM-7PM daily, November-March 10AM-5PM Monday closed.
Etruscan tombs

Special events[edit]

  • Mix Festival Official website, an annual event in summer. Festival with concerts performed by the world’s most acclaimed musical artists, 27 LUGLIO - 4 AGOSTO 2013.
  • Joust of Archidado web page, Antique medieval games of the Joust of Archidado in Cortona that fall every springs.

Itineraries[edit]

  • The Archaeological Park - Extra-urban route:

- The Roman road of Torreone: You may walk along this paved track in both ways alternatively starting from Torreone and hiking your way up to the Guglielmesca or driving up to the latter location and walking all the way down to Torreone. This trail running in the woods of the Cortona hills, also indicated as CAI trail nr. 561, offers, halfway, a stunning view over Cortona and the Valdichiana. You may also take a detour and hike down to the convent of the Cappuccini walking by the Maestà del Pianello a place where it is said to have been located the so-called “Tomb of the King”. The trail is equipped with basic road signs.

- The Roman road of Teverina Bassa:

- The Roman road of Monte Maestrino:

  • Appreciating the Art that is Tuscany - How to explore beautiful Tuscany the way it deserves :

Overflowing with familiar sights and picturesque landscapes, Tuscany has been used as a film location for many major films. The charm and appeal of Tuscany is quite unmatched, and several movies have not just been filmed, but w ere also centered upon the scenic cities of Tuscany, such as Cortona and Florence.


Bask Under the Tuscan Sun

One of these movies is Under the Tuscan Sun, a 2003 Audrey Wells direction based on the Frances Mayes memoir of the same name. The film helped reveal the best sights and historical attractions that dotted the city of Florence. Some of the locations used in the film included the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza della Republica.

The Piazza della Signoria is a square in the form of an L, and is found in Florence, Tuscany. The plaza is a significant historical base, as it served as the former political center of the city. The square is flanked by several other must-see sights such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Uguccioni Palace, and several others.


Piazza della Republica is another one of the many piazzas that dot Tuscany. The semi-circular area is ornamented at the center with the Fountain of the Naiads, which was commissioned back in 1870 and completed in 1888.


Under the Tuscan Sun was mostly set in Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany, and starred Diane Lane. In the movie, the main character Frances Mayes travelled to Tuscany in the aftermath of a divorce. During the trip, she experiences the Tuscan life and finds new friends. Though a bit recent, the movie played a huge role in promoting the subtle but standout beauty of Cortona and the rest of Tuscany.


Live the Beautiful Life in Tuscany

But using Tuscany as a location for a film is not a new concept. After all, Tuscany has always had its grandeur and old-world appeal and has managed to retain it through the years. Thus, yet another iconic film, La Vita é Bella or Life is Beautiful, takes viewers through a tour of Cortona.

One of the scenes in the film was set in Cortona at the Teatro Signorelli, which is located in the Piazza Signorelli. The theatre holds regular presentations you can also enjoy during your Tuscan holiday. Outside, however, it is considered as one of Tuscany’s most distinctive landmarks. The theatre spills out to Piazza Signorelli. Both the piazza and the theatre has become important locations for Tuscany’s various festivals.

The La Vita e Bella is a 1997 film directed by Roberto Benigni. The film, which is shot in several different locations in Tuscany, centers around Guido Orefice, a Jewish man, and his quest to save his son’s life. The movie mixes romance and comedy both, and offers a good view on love and family values. However, it is perhaps the breathtaking locations used in the film that contributed to its unabashed success.

The film, which was made extra beautiful thanks to the beauty of Tuscany, eventually went on to win the Best Actor award for Benigni, the Best Picture award, the Best Foreign Language Film, the Best Original Screenplay, and several others.


Have Tea in Tuscany

Tuscany, however, is just plain overflowing with sights to see and places to visit. Some of the other popular places in Tuscany are Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Piazza del Duomo, which both appeared in the1999 movie, Tea with Mussolini.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a world-renowned attraction in Florence. The square or plaza was featured in Tea with Mussolini and is famous for being one of the biggest historical squares found in the city. The square is a wide expanse of a grassy area dotted with a central fountain at the middle. It is also the location of the Santa Maria Novella church, a major church in Florence.


The Piazza del Duomo has the classic features of a square, such as a wide expanse of grass dotted with several different monuments. The square’s history and style can be attributed to the medieval age, and the overall style of the square revolutionized the artistic world of Tuscany.


Tea with Mussolini is practically a Tuscany guidebook as it takes viewers to several different Tuscan areas and popular attractions. The film, which starred popular musician and actress Cher, is partly autobiographical as it follows the life of Franco Zeffirelli. The film went on to win the 2000 BAFTA Awards, among some other awards, as well as some nominations.


Enjoy the Picturesque Views of Tuscany

Finally, you can move to Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, one of the most distinct locations in Tuscany. It is dubbed as the most beautiful square found in Florence, and it is scenically flanked by four buildings. These four buildings also happen to be significant monuments, which included the Santissima Annunziata church, Brunelleschi’s portico, and the Spedale degli Innocenti, among several others.

The scenic and panoramic image of the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata can also be enjoyed when you check out the 1986 film Room with a View. The film, which was directed by James Ivory and which starred Helena Bonham Carter, went on to win several awards, which included the Best Picture award, Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Day Lewis, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Actress for Maggie Smith, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

All in all, it was a film that gave a glimpse of Florence’s countryside life in contrast with its upper class scene.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Cooking Class, offered by several hotels in Cortona:
  • "Hotel Restaurant Corys" (see contact details in Sleep section).
  • "Relais il Falconiere", Localitá San Martino, 370. One day cooking class in one Michelin star Restaurant. Classes begin at 4:30PM (last approx. 3h). Available every week on request, all year round except for July and August. Prices: up to 2 person €180/person, 3 or more €160.
  • 3D3 World MAYA Training, Castello Neve (Poggioni), 0575.690.060, [4]. 5, 10 and 20 day one teacher to one student intensive Maya 3D animation courses at 3D3 World at the Castello Neve. Training is by industry professionals and all meals and accommodation are included.  edit
  • Agriturismo Il Frantoio (Horseback Riding) (http://www.ilfrantoiocortona.com), Loc. San Martino a Bocena (5 minutes from Cortona), +39.335 7771771. Hours are flexible. Traditional riding ground with wooden stables accommodating over thirty horses. Horseback riding lessons, activities and trekking in the nearby woods are arranged daily. Rides are planned according to riding ability and your personal preference. You will also be able to assist in the daily tasks of the manège and in the training of horses. Outdoor dinners are arranged. Prices on request. (43°17N,11°59E) edit
  • Agenzia A Viaggi (Bike Hire) (/http://www.toscanaturismo.it/eng/scheda_toscana.php?id=178), Viale Regina Elena 91, Camucia-Cortona 52044 (200 metres from Camucia-Cortona train station), +39.0575 605089. Opening times: 9am - 7pm. Bikes picked up and dropped off at the Agenzia, where the owner and employees are happy to share knowledge on day trips and local areas of interest. Maps, puncture repair kits and locks available on request. Prices (2012): Day - 15 euros (half day - 8 euros); Week: 60 euros.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Wine & Olive Oil[edit]

  • Cantine Faralli, Loc. Fasciano 4, Tel. -.
  • Wine Bar La Casa Gialla, Via Gramsci, 113 (S.S.71 Umbro Casentinese) Tel. -, Fax -, email: agriduemila@technet.it.
  • Molesini Market Enoteca Prodotti Tipici, Piazza Repubblica, Tel. -62544.

Patisserie[edit]

  • Pasticceria Banchelli, Via Matteotti, 119, Tel. -. Offers a fine selection of pastries, chocolates, cakes, espresso and cappuccino.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Cortona is small and loaded with tourists during the holiday season so that reservation is highly recommended, especially for dinner. Lunch and dinner are normally served at specific time so you might be sent away if you come outside this time. For less fancy eating possibilities, there are take-away pizza shops around Piazza della Repubblica.

  • Trattoria Dardano, Via Dardano, 24, Tel./Fax - or +39-333-, email:info@trattoriadardano.com. Closed on Wednesday.
  • Trattoria La Grotta, P.Baldelli 3, Tel. -. With outdoor tables in a secluded coutyard. Closed on Tuesday.
  • Osteria del Teatro, Via Maffei, 2, Tel. -, email: info@osteria-del-teatro.it.
  • Hosteria La Bucaccia, via Ghibellina n. 17, Tel , email: info@labucaccia.it
  • Ristorante Poggio Sant'Angelo, C.s. Farneta n. 42 Cortona Tel. +39 0575 610365 info@poggiosantangelo.it The country house Poggio Sant’Angelo, located nearby the Abbey of Farneta, one of Tuscany’s most charming abbeys, offers its guests a unique chance to experience the atmosphere and the enchantment of an ancient Leopoldine-age country-home dipped in the green Tuscan country-side only miles away from Cortona, a town extremely rich in art and history, and the major lines of communication allowing to easily reach the main cultural and tourist centres of Central Italy (Siena, Montepulciano, Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome). The building is laid out over two floors: the ground floor housing the reception area and the restaurant and the first floor featuring six bedrooms, one suites, two double bedrooms and a large reading room with open fireplace and comfortable sofas. An annex, located just outside the villa houses a wine-bar; a large pool enjoying a wonderfully sunny position, is located in the adjoining park surrounded by century-old trees.


  • Bar 500, 44/46 Via Nazionale, Cortona, (AR), 52044, Italy, (0039) 3479172118, [5]. Open mid-day to 11pm, closing day Tuesday, Open March to November. Wine bar/restaurant - located in the historical centre of Cortona.  edit

Ice cream[edit]

  • Gelateria Snoopy, Piazza Signorelli, 24, Tel. -.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The red wine Sangiovese is the pride of Tuscany and famous worldwide with the popular name "Chianti". The Syrah has also received high recognition.

Wine[edit]

  • Caffè Degli Artisti, Via Nazionale, 18, Tel. -. Owned by Italian-Finnish couple.

Pubs[edit]

  • The Lion's Well, Piazza Signorelli 28, Tel. -.

Nightlife[edit]

  • Route 66 Cafè, Via Nazionale, 71, Angolo Piazza Garibaldi, Tel. .

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Links. Websites about Cortona  edit

Budget[edit]

  • Agriturismo Il Frantoio, Loc. San Martino a Bocena. Website. Tel. (+39)335 7771771. Email: info@ilfrantoiocortona.com - This country gem is located where the Etruscans built their first settlements, right at the foot of the hill of Cortona, amidst olive groves and vineyards. The accommodations where converted from the old mill that dates from the 15th century. It consists of four separate holiday apartments, each totally independent, yet sharing a common entrance with an old stone staircase. All apartments are equipped with satellite TV, a refrigerator, independent heating and wireless internet. It offers an idyllic vacation for relaxing outings and stress-free stays in the Tuscan countryside. The traditional riding ground is located only a stone’s throw away from the farmhouse. Horseback riding activities and trekking in the nearby woods are arranged daily. Guests, including children, will be able to take horseback riding lessons with professional BHS instructors. You will also be able to assist in the daily tasks of the manège and in the training of horses. Cortona is only a 5-minute drive away and may also be reached on foot walking through ancient paths climbing up the hill.
  • Albergo Ristorante Portole, Via Umbro Cortonese 39, portole@technet.it. Hotel Restaurant "Portole" is situated amid the wood and fields of a Tuscan mountainside, a few kilometres from the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona, a centre of art and culture. This exceptional location, with its panoramic views across the Val di Chiana to Lake Trasimeno and Mount Amiata, offers the perfect, tranquil spot by a quiet holiday with excellent opportunities for country walks, mountain bike rides and cultural excursions to nearby towns.
  • Agriturismo Casamontana, Portole Cortona 52044 Tel. e Fax +39 0575.691021 info@casamontana.it, website. The Farm house, Casamontana, is composed of two houses, Il Fungo and La Castagna. They are both situated in a panoramic position in the hills 800m above sea level, but close to the medieval and etruscan city of Cortona. The houses are surrounded by woods overlooking the Valdichiana with wonderful views of Lake Trasimeno. The houses are built of stone with terracotta floors. The two houses have central heating, air conditioning, satellite TV, a laundry, barbecue, garden, and ample parking space. Small and medium sized dogs are permitted in the properties.
  • Hotel Italia, located in "Via Ghibellina", Via Ghibellina, Tel. - Fax + hotelitalia@planhotel.com. An elegant and aristocratic house of the 1600s, it has been recently restored. The hotel is quite peaceful.
  • Agriturismo La Vecchia Fornace, San Lorenzo 52042, vecchiafornace@technet.com. ancient stone built farmhouse, restored in keeping with it's original character is situated in the countryside at 350 m above sea level and is just 8 km from the ancient Etruscan, Medieval town of Cortona. It is in the middle of lovely lawns, sunflower, corn, wheat fields, and woods. In the farm, there is also the old "vecchia Fornace" from which it takes it's name.
  • Agriturismo Rocca di Pierle, Pierle 52040 Cortona (AR) Italy Tel. + - Fax + info@roccadipierle.com. Surrounded by the green hills of the Pierle valley, only a few miles away from the Etruscan town of Cortona, lies the Country House Rocca di Pierle. The completely restored farm house, which opened in June 2004, overlooks a beautiful valley and is bathed from early morning to evening by warm sunshine.
  • Ostello San Marco, Via Maffei 57, Tel./Fax -, email: ostellocortona@libero.it. Rates: B&B €12.50, Family €16.50/2-4 person, Meal €9. Beds: 80 (in room for 2-4-6 or 8). Opens March 15-Oct 15 except with group reservation.
  • Agriturismo Villa Cuiano, high on a hilltop near Cortona on the eastern edge of Tuscany, Villa Cuiano is a sprawling farmhouse with marvellous panoramic views of the Niccone Valley and the distant mountains of Umbria. The farmhouse has been divided into some apartments each decorated in traditional Tuscan style. Villa Cuiano is perfect for family reunion, wedding reception, large group of friends holydays, honeymoon vacation. Agriturismo Villa Cuiano (http://www.pierle.com), Loc. Pierle- Voc. Cuiano 52040 Cortona (AR), (), [6]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 10AM.  edit


  • Agriturismo Pratovalle, Creti 41, Tel. 0575610088, Fax 0575610088, info@pratovalle.com, [7], Pratovalle country house is in the heart of Valdichiana Valley, in a charming scenery close to historical places like the Etruscan town of Cortona, the Montecchio Castle, the old Medieval towns of Castiglion Fiorentino, Lucignano and Foiano della Chiana. The Pratovalle country house is an old barn restored to four comfortable apartments with air conditioning, dishwasher, oven and satellite tv. Moreover, in the large communal hall you can relax and have the best of local food. Around the house there is a park with olive trees, cypresses and other long-stemmed plants where it is possible to relax and eat. At the centre of the park, under the sun and overviewing a beautiful scenery there is a big swimming pool. Next to the Country house there is the owners’ house for every information and help you need.


  • B&B Piccolo Hotel Cortona, Vicolo Petrella 3 Cortona 52044 tel. +39 0575 604862, info@bebcortona,

[8], The Piccolo Hotel B&B opened in 2012 in the centre of Cortona, just 150 metres from Piazza della Repubblica and the main street, Via Nazionale. The hotel has been designed to offer guests a welcoming environment for a pleasant and relaxing stay in Cortona. The property adjoins the Hotel San Michele and is able to offer its customers, on request, a continental breakfast (tea, coffee, cappuccino, with bread, butter, jam, orange juice and croissants). Although the Hotel is located in the centre of town, you can drive to within 20 metres of it and, on request and if space is available, take advantage of a garage at a cost of €20 per day, or use the free public car park 100 metres away.

Mid range[edit]

  • Hotel San Michele, Via Guelfa 15, Cortona 52044, Tel +390575604348 info@hotelsanmichele.net

[9] Hotel San Michele is located inside of one of the oldest buildings of Cortona, at Via Guelfa, 15, the old Baldelli Palace, strategically located right in the heart of Cortona. The Baldelli Palace is an old mansion, a XV century building restored with respect to its characteristics, considered by the various guides and specialized press, a concentration of Cortonese history hence, the ministry of Art, has declared Hotel San Michele “National Monument”. The hotel offers 42 rooms, each one different but all with ancient furniture and equipped with modern services and comforts. Hotel San Michele is the most central accommodation of the town, a few steps from the main squares. ROOMS FROM €84,00 TO €250,00.

  • B&B Poggio Sant'Angelo, C.s. Farneta n. 42 Cortona Tel. +39 0575 610365 info@poggiosantangelo.it The country house Poggio Sant’Angelo, located nearby the Abbey of Farneta, one of Tuscany’s most charming abbeys, offers its guests a unique chance to experience the atmosphere and the enchantment of an ancient Leopoldine-age country-home dipped in the green Tuscan country-side only miles away from Cortona, a town extremely rich in art and history, and the major lines of communication allowing to easily reach the main cultural and tourist centres of Central Italy (Siena, Montepulciano, Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome). The building is laid out over two floors: the ground floor housing the reception area and the restaurant and the first floor featuring six bedrooms, one suites, two double bedrooms and a large reading room with open fireplace and comfortable sofas. An annex, located just outside the villa houses a wine-bar; a large pool enjoying a wonderfully sunny position, is located in the adjoining park surrounded by century-old trees.

Rooms from €. 90,00 to € 159,00 Suite Room €. 210,00


  • Hotel Villa Marsili, Viale C.Battisti, 13, Tel. 0039 0575 605252 - Fax 0039 0575 605618 info@villamarsili.net, [10] With its refined lounges, and finely furnished, frescoed bedrooms, welcome to the cosy atmosphere of one of the town's most elegant residences. Besides the charm of its history, the building enjoys a scenic position. Villa Marsili is situated within Cortona's ancient walls and retains all the grace and charm of its original architectural structure. Among the 27 rooms, all equipped with the most modern comfort, stand out 3 suites and 6 deluxe, made more comfortable with whirlpool bath. ROOMS FROM € 135,00 TO € 230,00, SUITES FROM 270,00.
  • Hotel Villa di Piazzano, Cortona-Località Piazzano, info@villadipiazzano.com, [11], A walk without time, in the green heart of Italy. Perfectly embedded between Umbria and Tuscany, amidst enchanting panoramas and precious traces of history, the Hotel Villa di Piazzano of Cortona has a vitality and a "breath" that regenerates the senses - smell, sight and, above all, taste. Price from 104 to 264 euros.
  • Relais La Corte del Sole, I Giorgi, Petrignano, info@cortedelsole.com. There is a harmonious blend of rustic dwellings in the architecture of the Relais, in which the antique uses have been knowingly re-valued and redesigned, giving full respect to the features passed down over the centuries. Certain antique structures that had been modified or destroyed over the years have been restored.
  • Relais Villa Baldelli, San Pietro a Cegliolo, 420, info@villabaldelli.com Price from € 176,00 to € 220,00.
  • Rugapiana Vacanze, Via Nazionale 63, +39 0575 630712 (), [12]. Rugapiana is surrounded by Etruscan walls,overlooking the valley and the lake Trasimeno. €76-117.  edit
  • Residence Il Casale, San Pietro a Cegliolo, 434 Cortona (AR) Italy Tel. - Fax info@ilcasale.com . A residence out of a building of the year 500 sits in front of the towers, the domes the green and the sky of Cortona, a city of ancient origins, often visited by the ex French president Mitterand, and today by the University of Georgia (UGA). During august it is the chosen location for the National Antiques Showroom where for the occasion, in the old rooms of Palazzo Casali and Palazzo Vagnotti, all the most important Italian exhibitors gather.
  • Hotel il Melone, il Sodo Case Sparse, info@ilmelone.it. Dates back to the beginning of the 19th century when it was a property of the Mancinis, a noble family from Cortona who still owns the entire set of buildings. The Mancini family boasts a wide family tree that includes Girolamo Mancini, scholar, man of letters and patriot who followed Garibaldi in 1860 and 1866. Restoration The original architectural features of the Borgo have remained essentially unchanged and they can still be recognized in the setup of the residential facilities. The master's manor was surrounded by farmhouses where a variety of farming activities, typical of the Cortona area, were carried out every day. Park:When you arrive at Borgo Il Melone, you will behold a vast stretch of bright green fields, with an area of almost 9 acres, partially covered by lively patches of flowers ranging from the deep red of rose beds to the delicate purple of lavender shrubs and the dark green of rosemary bushes spreading a lovely scent. Price: FROM € 120,00 to € 160,00.
  • Hotel San Luca, Plzza Garibaldi, 1, info@sanlucacortona.com. In the Piazza Garibaldi in the historic centre of Cortona (within city walls), on a magnificent natural panoramic terrace overlooking the Val di Chiana and the Lake Trasimeno. From here you may reach on foot walking down the main street, Via Nazionale, the main square with the impressive medieval town-hall, the two local museums (the new MAEC and the Museo Dicocesano) as well as the Signorelli theatre and the Cathedral. Thanks to its quiet and peaceful location the hotel is an ideal place to relax after visiting town or after a stressful business day whilst enjoying a central location.
  • Villa Aurea, situated in Cortona where the Tuscan hills meet the Umbrian hills. It is a few kilometres from centres of artistic interest and international culture in Florence, Siena, Perugia, and Arezzo. Inside the the 30,000 sq. m. park there is a hundred year old red wood (sequoia) tree that dominates the Italian gardens that are lined with spaces and rlaxing paths. This four star hotel consists of three independent residential units: the central villa dating back to 1700 with the attached private chapel, and the two side annexes- Il Villino and La Limonaia. Villa Aurea - N.A. Campaccio 5/8, Cortona (AR) Tel. + - Fax + info@psicoblu.com Price: FROM € 120,00 TO €250,00
  • Locanda Petrella 26, Vicolo Petrella, 26, Tel./Fax -, email: info@petrella26.com. Rates: €70/single, €80/double, €100/triple.
  • Bed & Breakfast Le Gelosie Via Dardano, 6, Tel./Fax -, email: info@legelosie.com. Rates: €95-120
  • Hotel Restaurant Corys, Loc. Torreone, 6, Tel. -, Fax +39-575-. Rates/person: €62 bed and breakfast, €83 half-board, €104 full-board. There is a supplement of €21 for a single person and €26 for a third bed.

Residence Il cassero from 70 euro *Il Cassero

  • La Mucchia vacation farmhouse, [13], info@hometuscany.com. The farmhouse suites hotel is currently divided into eight suites, Tuscan style, surrounded by 7,000 square meters of land used for lawn, gardens, olive trees and other services and features. Some of these include parking, a children's play area, a splendid swimming pool surrounded by nature and history, and sun terraces with views of Cortona. Rates: €500/double low season, €850/double hig season, Email.: info@hometuscany.com Tel.: 0039 0575 60 48 05 Office / Fax.: 0039 0575 67 59 9 Mob.: 0039 335 80 97 912

Splurge[edit]

  • Casa Portagioia, [14], A small boutique hotel/B&B in Tuscany close to Cortona (10 km). 5 guest bedrooms – all with luxury bathrooms and 2 suite apartments for 2–4 guests. Offering excellent accommodation, a heated swimming pool and gorgeous scenery. Perfect for relaxing breaks or to explore the delights of Tuscany and Umbria. Highly rated bed and breakfast in Tuscany. You can view a movie of the accommodation and the local towns from the website. High Season: €170

Apartment[edit]

  • Belvedere Apartments – Holiday Homes, Via San Sebastiano 31. Elegantly furnished and carefully restored ground floor apartments in an ancient building located right in the historical centre of Cortona, a well-know Etruscan and cultural town. Each apartment has a wonderful view over the Chiana Valley and Trasimeno Lake, and is situated in a quiet area with a public parking just 50 meters away with the possibility of car access for loading and unloading baggage.
  • Casa Bellavista - Bed & Breakfast in the true English sense, a home that is opened to visitors who wish to experience the true lifestyle of a Tuscan family.Three double bedrooms, each with it’s own bathroom, are open to guests. Guests also have full use of the indoor common rooms such as the library, the sitting rooms and the dining room. There are also the outside spaces; the park, the orchard with it’s views of Cortona, the garden with it’s 180° views toward Montepulciano, Mount Amiata, Sinalunga and Monte San Savino, the swimming pool. Casa Bellavista - Località Creti, 52044 Cortona (AR) Tel: + - Fax + info@casabellavista.it
  • Casa Capucci – Holiday Homes, entering Cortona through Porta Sant'Agostino and heading towards Porta Santa Maria, one finds him/herself going along Via delle Mura del Mercato, the street that skirts the ancient city walls. Here lies an old three story Palazzo that has been divided into 2 apartments with a breathtaking view of the Chiana Valley that stretches out below Cortona. The city walls were built by the Etruscans in the 5th century B.C. and was later restored by the Romans and again in Medieval times. Casa Capucci - Via delle Mura del Mercato, Cortona (AR)
  • Casa Gregorio II – Holiday Homes, Via delle Mura del Mercato. Entering Cortona through Porta Sant'Agostino and heading towards Porta Santa Maria, one finds him/herself going along Via delle Mura del Mercato, the street that skirts the ancient city walls. Here lies an old three story Palazzo that has been divided into 2 apartments with a breathtaking view of the Chiana Valley that stretches out below Cortona. The city walls were built by the Etruscans in the 5th century b.C. and was later restored by the Romans and again in Medieval times. The Palazzo has recently been restored maintaining the old Terracotta floors, the sandstone arcades and the wooden beams of the ceilings.
  • Le Gelosie, Via Dardano, 6, Tel./Fax -, email: info@legelosie.com. Rates: Weekend €350-700/3 nights, weekly €700-1,200/7 nights.
  • Castello Neve, [15], Several apartments at the Castello Neve ranging from 20 square metres to 100 square metres in the village of Poggioni 12 miles outside of Cortona on the Tuscan Umbrian border. Contact EMAIL [16] WEB [17] PHONE +39.0575.690.060 Prices from €80 Euros to €320 Euros per night.

Cope[edit]

Tourist Information Agency (A.P.T.), Via Nazionale, 42, Tel. ''- or , Fax -.

Stay Safe[edit]

Beware of your belongings as even when the town feels safe, it is still crowded by tourists which are good targets to pickpockets.

The town is hilly and some attractions (church or castle) are located on the hills so that it might be difficult to reach for some people. Consider renting a car if travelling with children or older people.

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