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The best destinations in Cortona: Tuscany

VILLA PORTOVERDE - Foiano della Chiana (13 Km from Cortona)
In the heart of Tuscany, between the enchanting landscapes of Siena, Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano and Chianti, Villa Portoverde is the residence of prestige ideal for your holidays in the most beautiful corner of Italy. Air conditioning, pool, ...
A weekend in Cortona
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Cortona was one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan League. Of its primitive cyclopean walls one can still look at the impressive features incorporated in the medieval walls.

Apart from a few fine Renaissance palaces, the prevailing character of Cortona's architecture is medieval, conferring on the steep narrow streets a strong atmosphere.

Given its altitude (600 meters above sea level) from every point of Cortona one can  enjoy a stunning view on the entire Valdichiana.
Not to be missed: the medieval churches of S. Francis, S. Domenico, the Palazzo Casali medieval renaissance facade, the churches of S. Maria Nuova and San Niccolò, housing valuable works of art.  The "Via Crucis" Severini (XX century) accompanies the mystic ascent linking the town overlooking the sanctuary of St. Margaret, in turn dominated by the powerful Fortezza del Girifalco.  

Out of town several Etruscan tombs and Roman churches. Il Convento delle Celle, founded by St. Francis, is one of the prettiest spot in the area.

A visit to Cortona means a jump back in the 14th century, breathing traditions and tastes typical of Tuscany. Please pay a visit to the local fairs, including local food and wine tasting: you will be surprised by how old traditions arise out of such delicacies.

Cortona and its religious sites
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In Cortona the Franciscan ideal has found strength in the figure of Saint Margaret, whose spirituality is kept unchanged in his sanctuary. Within the city you can admire the church of San Francesco.

The route is to stop the pilgrimage to the hermitage of the Celle also to do it then go to the Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno, where St. Francis lived an important moment of his life.

The pilgrim is then invited to go to Citta' della Pieve, which offers important sites like the Franciscan convent of the Capuchin Friars and the oratory of San Bartolomeo but also beautiful and artistic realities of nature.

Overlooking a wide and quiet valley, Agriturismo Poggio al Sole offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing. It offers a large swimming pool to cool off and enjoy the sun. Nearby beautiful trails are viable on foot or by bicycle; or if you want to ...
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  • Castles, palaces and mansions

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