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Cortona Guida Turistica Autorizzata-Silvia Vecchini - Tour Privato
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Reviewed 4 October 2018
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

I was expecting so much more from this small town. If you are going here to shop there is not much shopping to do. You could see the town in a half a day. I watched the movie " under the Tuscan sun" and was hoping to see some of the things I saw in the movie.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Terry H
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Secluded on a high spur of of Monte Egidio,Cortona is so ancient that it is called the mother of troy and the grandmother of Rome.
We are up at 6.00am, as the fog begins to burn off, leaving fingers of white stretching up towards the town, the Great Cupola of Madonna del Calcinaio rises above the valley, where small islands of trees appear to float in a misty white sea.
This is the same promontory that looks down onto Lake Tasumeno where Hannibal ambushed Flaminius and his legions. the city is perched at the very top of this hill,and its windswept summit where a long stretch of an Etruscan wall- remains,is a museum housed in a former military fortress built by ,your favourite,and mine,the Medici.
Just below the isolated ridge stands the church of Santa Margherita,and descending from the cypresses below it,steeply- staired streets offer knife-thin slices of views or drop suddenly into tiny interior courtyards. At the centre of the city,beyond the dark fall of stairs and the steep slope of streets,is the two-level Piazza della Republica,where the sun washes over the austere medieval and renaissance facades.
The piazza is the heart of this densely built city which is eminently explorable. here people stop to talk,nod at the priest as he passes,or to finger the candlesticks in the antique shop while keeping an eye on the postman as he walks his Vespa down the steep slant of the square. Housewives can buy fish on cool beds of ice in the stone arcade of the loggia near the Passerini House,the 13th century tower,that was once the Palazzo del Capitany del Popolo and that still dominates the upper level.
From the upper piazza,there is a flurry of activity as clumps of schoolboys pass by on their way home for lunch,shopkeepers lock their doors and businessmen cross to the elegant restaurant set within a brick vaulted building nearby. at one corner of the piazza Signorelli stands the Palazzo Pretorio,a magnificent building which now houses the Etruscan Museum.
In the 18th century the city was the centre of Etruscan mania and archeological fervour which led to the unearthing of 1000s of amulets,vases and bronzes inside tombs,revealing the remarkable culture that once flourished in the surrounding countryside. a short distance below stands the cathedral,and across from it, in the Piazza del Duomo,is the Diocesian museum which is a must look-see, for it houses an extraordinary collection of Tuscan paintings,including works by Duccio and Pietro Lorenzetti of the 14th century and by Sassetta and Signorelli from the 15th century and early 16th, as well as ,the exceptionally moving Annunciation by Fra Angelico.
Below the Duomo stretches the Via del Gesu,a row of medieval houses jutting out on wooden corbels,while nearby palazzi are stamped with the vigour of the rusticated stones of the Renaissance.
The streets of Cortona radiate outwards toward the gates and the huge stone walls that encircle it. Dignity and serenity cling to the cool grey -brown stones of its palazzi. Narrow streets become staireways scaling the hill,and rooftops extend over the curving stone walls of houses to communicate across the narrow opening between them,a spatial conversation punctuated by a brisk flap of laundry or a single tree reaching for the sun.

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We took this kind of treks, as a friend told us that we might find chestnuts in the forests, it was a pleasant trek, not to hard, and I can say about myself that I am not a great walker, but it is about 1000 m above sea level, 500 m above Cortona, in dirt walking track, you will discover a remote monastery in between the fitted forest with very high chest trees, you must leave your car at the top of the hill, and climb upper where you can only do it by walking.
How to get there?
go around the Cortona walls to the top, continue versus Umbria, climb up till you will see on your right hand side a pizzeria castelgirardii, take strong left to Cantalena, continue about 10 km up all the time to toppo di moro and you will see the beginning of the dirt road, park your car on the side, it is very narrow, and continue walking, good luck !!!

Date of experience: March 2014
1  Thank LaMucchia
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

A very beautiful city with incredible views. Unlike many of the other hill towns, Cortona has a series of escalators that save you a major part of a rather strenuous climb. The city is beautiful and the views are great. We happened to be there on a market day--lots of fun. Maybe not so much fun in the summer when parking would be a lot more difficult

Date of experience: November 2013
1  Thank virginac
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Stefania and Anna operate an excellent cooking class out of her home in Cortona. It is a short drive from Siena. We made 6 different pizzas from scratch (Anna's specialty), a pasta dish, and a Ricotta Chocolate Torte. Everything turned out perfectly. Stefania has excellent English skills and the class was informative and lots of fun. Plenty of wine and laughter. I highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2013
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