Located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, on a hill at approximately 600 meters above sea level, Cortona is a small town that bursts with energetic flair. Dating back to the Etruscan times, Cortona holds a wealth of historical beauty. There are many churches to visit, Etruscan tombs open to the public, Le Celle which was home to St Francis of Assisi, the Cortona museum, the theatre, and the old streets alone provide long days of exploring. Its diminutive size adds to its appeal, as this means it is easily accessible on foot. As you’ll find, there’s plenty to discover, from quaint shops selling local handicrafts, to buzzing piazzas and a good selection of museums. Grab a coffee and cake, or perhaps indulge in some fine Italian ice cream as you watch the world coasting by.
Because of its geographical location, Cortona is an important tourist destination. Surrounding towns include Arezzo, Montepulciano, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Florence, Gubbio, Orvieto, Pienza and Lake Trasimeno.
Arezzo is a 25 minute drive from the Villa. It’s one of the wealthiest towns in Tuscany due to it’s production of gold and jewellery which they supply to shops all over Europe. There is a large antique market in the town on the first weekend of every month, it is probably the largest fair of it’s kind in Italy. A smaller one in Cortona is held on the third Sunday of the month.
Montepulciano, just a 20 minute drive from the Villa is know throughout the world for it’s wine. Wine connoisseurs consider it’s Vino Nobile among Italy’s best. The medieval town stands on the top of a hill with amazing views of the Val di Chiana. There are many places to eat and taste wine in the town and in the countryside surrounding it.