is in the eastern part of Tuscany
in the province of Arezzo
. It is the main cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo.
Cortona may be accessed by rail: the closest station is Camucia
-Cortona, 3km away. There are direct trains from Florence
, and Foligno
). The town has authentic accommodations, villa rentals, condo rentals and historic vacation rentals.
This cultural town has many attractions to keep everyone enthralled.
Piazza della Republica is the 13th century town hall and clock tower is on one of town's main squares, Piazza della Republica. There are cafes nearby for enjoying the piazza life. Duomo, the Renaissance cathedral, built on the site of an Etruscan temple, has an 11th century facade and has beautiful 16th and 17th century paintings inside. There are all sorts of accommodation, villa rental, vacation rental and condo rentals with amazing views. Museo Diocesano - should on no account be missed. It is one of the most important museums in Tuscany
for the richness of the works it exhibits, including masterpieces of Italian painting, gold work and textile art.
Cortona's Walls - Cortona's Etruscan walls are incorporated into the medieval walls that surround its historic center. Inside the walls, you can wander the narrow medieval streets of Cortona's historic center. Near the walls, you'll often be rewarded with fantastic views of the valley below.
Cortona has good restaurants serving typical Tuscan food
. A good place for outdoor seating is La Locanda nel Loggiato, Piazza di Pescheria 3, with balcony seating overlooking the piazza. Via Nazionale, has a good place for wine tasting. Also on Via Nazionale is the Antica Drogheria with wine, grappa, and health products of the Camaldolesi monks. You'll find picnic supplies in several stores in town and on Saturdays there's a market in Piazza Republica. Take fresh produce back to your villa rental, vacation rental, condo rental or town centre accommodation and try some Italian cooking.
Molesini, since 1937 in Cortona is the perfect place for wine tasting. Giovanni Molesini moved from Veneto
to Cortona and opened his first shop in 1937, this final shop broke from tradition and a combined wine and food emporium prevailed. Because of the continued success of the business a decision was made in 2008 to split the wine and food business the result being a new shop totally dedicated to the "worship of Bacchus".
Cortona is a year round destination,
so book your next Tuscan holiday and book rustic lodging, villas, accommodations or chic Italian vacation rentals, villa rentals or condo rentals.