Under the Tuscan Sun
Cortona enjoys a strategic location right atop a hill, from which one can admire a unique and unforgettable panorama on the Val d’Orcia up to the Trasimeno Lake in Umbria.
This Etruscan city is immensely rich in history, art and culture, and is characterized a delicious local cuisine. Cortona has a lot to offer to the weary traveller looking for some rest as well as the enthusiastic tourist always yearning for more.
One of the most striking sights of the city is its fortified walls encompassing the entire city, and the Fortezza del Girifalco.
If you love visiting museums, you can see several valued paintings at the Diocesan Museum hosting the beautiful painting of the “Annunciation” by Beato Angelico.
Many churches or other ancient buildings like the Palazzo Tommasi contain works of art from artists like Pietro da Cortona and Luca Signorelli.
Other interesting historical buildings are the Town Hall with its tower and clock, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Palazzo Luparelli with its three styled facade, and the Medicean Fortress.
Cortona can be a surprisingly pleasant place to make some good shopping. Apart from shops that sell fashionable Italian garments, Cortona offers many smaller shops that sell unique goods and crafts.
And when you are tired and hungry from all the sightseeing or biking or shopping you can stop for a relaxed meal of a grilled steak; the famous chianina cattle.
Drink the exquisite Chianti wine from the neighbouring vineyards, for an unforgettable Tuscan meal!