Holiday home in Cortona, Tuscany

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Cortona e Dintorni

Ideally located in the heart of the charming Tuscan countryside holiday home “Papà Giuseppe”, is an ideal base for day-trips to all major tourist destinations of Umbria and Tuscany. Below we provide some interesting tours we recommend.

Cortona-Castiglione del lago-Tuoro-Passignano

Cortona, holiday houseCortona, the superb hill-top town originally founded by the Etruscans, is only a five minute drive away from our holiday home. Perched on a 1600-foot hill overlooking the Valdichiana, lake Trasimeno and Mount Amiata, Cortona is enclosed by massive walls and has preserved its medieval character almost intact. Interesting sights in town include the MAEC (Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della città di Cortona) museum, housing the famous Etruscan chandelier (dating to the 5th century B.C.), the Museo Diocesano, the Palazzo del Comune with its lofty clock tower, the sanctuary of S. Margherita, the Church of S. Francesco and the hermitage of Le Celle. Major archaeological sites include the two Meloni (Etruscan burial-mounds) dating to the 1st -2nd century B.C. The Abbey of Farneta, only few miles from Cortona, is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the area. Major events hosted in Cortona include: the Fiera del Rame (copperware market – late April), the Giostra dell’Archidado, a costume cross-bow competition (in May), the Steak Festival (August 15th), the Antique Fair (late August-early September) as well as the Tuscan Sun Festival, an annual classical music and lifestyle festival.

Castiglione Del Lago, a charming small town perched on a promontory overlooking lake Trasimeno, is only a 10 minute drive away. Sights in the town include the Palazzo Ducale Della Corgna and the medieval fortress with its 100 foot tall keep. A panoramic walk around the Poggio Oliveto is well worth-while. A further 10-15 minute drive takes you to the lake-shore villages of Tuoro and Passignano. The Isola Maggiore (ferries from both villages) is also worth a visit. The village of Castel Rigone, only miles from Passignano, houses one of the finest Renaissance buildings of Umbria, the Church of the Madonna dei Miracoli.


Assisi, near PerugiaAnother interesting tour includes a visit to Perugia, the Umbrian capital, Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and Gubbio. The Siena-Perugia toll-free speedway is only ¾ mile from our holiday home. Perugia, an ancient Etruscan town, is perched on two hills, the “colle del Sole” and the “colle dei Landoni”. The town is still divided into five boroughs named after its medieval and earlier Etruscan gates: Porta Sole, Porta Sant’Angelo, Porta Santa Susanna, Porta Eburnea, Porta San Pietro. The town’s centerpiece is the wonderful Piazza IV Novembre, one of the finest in the whole of Italy. Assisi, only a 20 minute drive from Perugia, is a walled town perched on the foothills of Mount Subasio. Assisi is known for its commanding religious buildings including the world-famous Basilica di S.Francesco consisting of two distinct churches (upper and lower) entrirely frescoed by artists such as Giotto and Cimabue. Sights just outside Assisi include the convent of San Damiano and the imposing Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, built to house the Porziuncola chapel. Our tour ends in Gubbio, one of the oldest and finest towns in Umbria. Major sights include the Roman amphitheatre, the Palazzo dei Consoli, the Palazzo Ducale and the cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova.


SienaThis tour winds its way through an area that is world famous both for its cultural and artistic heritage and its gentle landscape as well as for its food and wine tradition boasting some of the world’s most celebrated red wines: the inimitabile Brunello di Montalcino. Pienza is only a 40 minute drive away from our holiday home. Get on the Perugia-Siena toll-free speedway, get off at the Bettolle exit and follow signposts to Pienza. Pienza is a Renaissance jewel set in the heart of the Val D’Orcia. In 1996 Pienza was inscribed as a Unesco world heritage site. Pienza is well known for both its rich architectural heritage (its cathedral is a real jewel of Renaissance art and architecture) and its tasty pecorino cheese. Located only a 15 minute drive away from Pienza, Montalcino is perched on a hilltop and is world famous for its superb wines. Notable sites in town include the Museo Civico e Diocesano as well as the Palazzo Comunale dating to the 13th-14th century. Located only a short distance from Montalcino, Siena is one of Italy’s most enchanting towns. Siena is possibly best known for the Palio, a medieval re-enactement and horse-race held twice a year (July 2nd and August 16th) in the Piazza del Campo. Unmissable sights include the Duomo (the cathedral of S.Maria Assunta), an absolute masterpiece of the Italian Romanesque style, the Piccolomini library, the Palazzo Pubblico with the Torre del Mangia, the Sala del Pellegrinaio in the Ospedale Santa Maria Della Scala as well as Fortezza Medicea.

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