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Cortona Guida Turistica Autorizzata-Silvia Vecchini - Tour Privato

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Cortona is a town and comune in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy. It is the main cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo. Originally an Umbrian city, it was conquered and enlarged by the Etruscans, who called it Curtun. During the 600's BC, it joined the Etruscan League. Cortona eventually became a Roman colony under the name Corito. The origin-legends and ancient names of Cortona are described by George Dennis.[2] In the final stages of the Gothic War (535-554), Cortona was sacked and destroyed. Cortona became a Ghibellinian city state in the 13th century, with its own currency. From 1325 to 1409 the Ranieri-Casali family successfully ruled the town. After being conquered by Ladislaus of Naples in 1409, Cortona was sold to the Medici in 1411. In 1737, the senior branch of the Medici line went extinct and Cortona came under the authority of the House of Lorraine. Following the Italian Wars of Independence, Tuscany - Cortona included - The foundation of Cortona remains mixed in legends dating to classical times. These were later reworked especially in the late Renaissance period under Cosimo I de' Medici. The 17th-century Guide of Giacomo Lauro, reworked from writings of Annio da Viterbo, states that 108 years after the Great Flood, Noah entered the Valdichiana via the Tiber and Paglia rivers. He preferred this place better than anywhere else in Italy, because it was so fertile, and dwelt there for thirty years. One of Noah's descendants was Crano, his son who came to the hilltop and, liking the high position, the fine countryside and the calm air, built the city of Cortona on it in 273 years after the Great Flood. The prevailing character of Cortona's architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside (altitude 600 metres), embracing a view of the whole of the Valdichiana. From the Piazza Garibaldi (still referred to by the local population by its older name, Piazza Carbonaia) is a fine prospect of Lake Trasimeno, scene of Hannibal's ambush of the Roman army in 217 BC (Battle of Lake Trasimene). Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the basis of the present wall. The main street, via Nazionale, is the only street in the town with no gradient, and is still usually referred to by locals by its older name of Ruga Piana. Inside the Palazzo Casali is the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, displaying items from Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations, as well as art and artefacts from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The distinguished Etruscan Academy Museum had its foundation in 1727 with the collections and library of Onofrio Baldelli. Among its most famous ancient artefacts is the bronze lampadario or Etruscan hanging lamp, found at Fratta near Cortona in 1840 and then acquired by the Academy for the large sum of 1600 Florentine scudi. Its iconography includes (under the 16 burners) alternating figures of Silenus playing panpipes or double flutes, and of sirens or harpies. Within zones representing waves, dolphins and fiercer sea-creatures is a gorgon-like face with protruding tongue. Between each burner is a modelled horned head of Achelous. It is supposed that the lampadario derived from some important north Etruscan religious shrine of around the second half of the fourth century BC. A later (2nd century BC) inscription shows it was rededicated for votive purposes (tinscvil) by the Musni family at that time.[3] The Museum contains several other important Etruscan bronzes. The Fra Angelico Annunciation. Etruscan chamber-tombs nearby include the Tanella di Pitagora[4] (halfway up the hill from Camucia): the fine masonry of the tomb stands exposed, but was formerly covered by an earth mound. two at the foot of the hillside at Il Sodo, and a complex in Camucia itself. Il Sodo I, the 'Grotta Sergardi' commonly known as 'Il Melone', contains a passage, opening into parallel passages leading to square inner chambers, within a mound about 640 ft in circumference. Although the chambers are paved with slabs of masonry the walls are constructed of pieces of rock roughly-formed into bricks.[5] This tomb can be visited. Il Sodo II contained a large stone-stepped altar platform with carved sphinxes devouring warriors.[6] The town's chief artistic treasures are two panels by Fra Angelico in the Diocesan Museum, an Annunciation and a Madonna and Child with Saints. A third surviving work by the same artist is the fresco above the entrance to the church of San Domenico, likewise painted during his stay at Cortona in 1436. The Diocesan Museum houses also a group of work by Giuseppe Maria Crespi, known as Lo Spagnuolo, called Ecstasy of Saint Margaret. The Academy Museum includes the very well known painting Maternita of 1916 by the Cortonese artist Gino Severini. There are also examples of the works of Pietro da Cortona. The villa Bramasole built in 1504 was used as the location for the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun.
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M S M wrote a review Oct 2018
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We couldn't have tied the knot without Patrizia! My husband and I are both from Cortona, but as we live in the UK our families recommended Patrizia to help planning our wedding. Knowing her reputation they had no doubt she would have been able to organise our wedding even if we didn't have a lot of time to plan everything. From the moment we contacted Patrizia she was right into it. We only had a couple of days in Cortona before going back to the UK and in no time she had tastings and reception location viewings organised. No need to say that she saved us a lot of the very little time we had in Italy, letting us know which location would not be big enough for our reception or which ones would not work in case of rain unless renting a gazebo or which ones simply were just too far away if we wanted an evening wedding. She raised the perfect questions every time we were meeting the professionals that worked at our wedding and well, Patrizia just made our life so much easier! We can not thank her enough for all she's done for us, before and during our wedding day. During our special day the two of us and our families didn't need to worry about a thing, everything went smoothly and we were just able to enjoy the day. We would definitely recommend Patrizia and 'One and Only' to everyone, especially any foreigner and or anyone organising the wedding from abroad. We are locals and even though we know the area we could have not done it without her!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Janiche S wrote a review Oct 2018
Oslo, Norway2 contributions
Patrizia organized everything for our wedding in Cortona in september 2018. We live in Norway and she put together a 5 day stay for us and our guests at Villa Baldelli. We all flew in from Norway and the wedding took place over the weekend. On friday we had an informal welcome dinner for our guests catered by a local pizzareataurant which came to Villa Baldelli with a pizzastove and made personalized pizza for all our guests. Superb service by the caterer Patrizia had found. She supervised all subcontractors like the deliverance of the tent for the dinner, the hair and makeupartist and that everything from the musicians to the celebrant and the hotel went according to plan. I as a bride did not have to worry about anything. Patrizia also remembered the things that i had not thought of and fixed it. She speaks fluent english and i hugly recommend her services. Everything was taken care of with a smile and on budget. Patrizia`s subcontractors told me they liked working with her and that she was a true professional.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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jehamlyn wrote a review Sep 2018
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
YES YES YES! We had an experience of our lifetime and it was made all that more special because of Patrizia Pola of One & Only Wedding. One & Only Wedding looked after us from the very minute we got in contact, and it was our pleasure to have Patrizia with us throughout. She is friendly, supportive, positive and will do all she can to make your every dream come true. We could not have asked for a better wedding planner and now a friend for life. There is nothing she couldn't do to help and always keeps in quick contact to keep any nerves reassured. Patrizia is available when you need her, we even visited a couple of times and she was sure to be there in person to talk us through every detail. Thank you truly for making sure our wedding was as special as it could be - we could not have done it without you. I am British and my now husband from South Africa.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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LygiaPimentel wrote a review Sep 2017
Bebedouro, SP1 contribution2 helpful votes
I am Brazilian and my husband is Chilean. We live in São Paulo. As we wanted a smaller wedding, Alejandro and I decided to get married in Italy, the land of my grandparents. Mrs. Patrizia Pola, from One & Only Wedding, was recommended to us as a good professional to help us harmonize all the details and choices to our Big Day. I must say that Mrs. Patrizia is one of the most professional person I have ever had the chance to work with in all senses. I only regret to not have called her before! She was always available, she answered to our messages promptly, she had everything fully organized, she was very calm when things seemed to be getting out of hand and she gave great advice. Always transparent, warm and funny, which applies perfectly to the kind of work she performs. She took care of everything, from the Church documents to some at the very last-minute issues so that everything was perfect. From beginning to end, she was impeccable. She stood by me all the time, always presenting the most adequate and raffinate solutions, aside from always finding great suppliers with fair prices. My mom, specially her, was amazed by the seriousness of Patrizia’s work. Alejandro was seriously in love with her personality and I was deeply grateful to had found her. Everything was simply perfect. She speaks fluent English, which makes her perfect for those who live abroad and want to get married in Italy. I thank her for being part of our special day.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Diana P wrote a review Feb 2017
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When my fiancé and I decided to get married in Italy, there were a few challenges we were worried about with planing the wedding while living in the US. We are so thrilled that we found Patrizia Pola with One & Only Weddings and Special Events! She lives right in the town of Cortona, speaks Italian and her English was terrific! She is so wonderful, professional, and has everything under control. She responds to my emails very quickly, and was able to help with the smallest and largest of details. She made our day sooo relaxing. There was not one thing that we needed to tend to, except getting ready and enjoying the moment. For anyone considering getting married in Cortona, or near it, I cannot stress enough the importance to have someone professional to assist you... Especially if you don't live in the area. Patrizia knows what she is doing and you will be able to enjoy your day that way it was meant to be. She made all the difference in how our day turned out... I couldn't have don't it without her. Thank you Patrizia, for everything you did for us... You are the best!
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Date of experience: August 2016
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