to do in the area
Sporting activities | Themed
tours and festivals
Art, architecture and tourism
Cortona, one of the oldest cities in Europe, has hardly changed since
the 18th century. Still partly
enclosed within its solid Etruscan walls and gates, the city has a
panoramic view over the wide and fertile plains of the Val di
On the horizon are the Siena mountains and beneath its feet in the valley floor lies Lake Trasimeno, scene of Hannibal’s successful battle against the Roman legions.
city are some of the most incomparable architectural and artistic
treasures of the world’s patrimony, waiting to be discovered.
Wander its ancient streets,
admire the medieval and renaissance palaces, the roman, gothic
and renaissance churches, the museums and art galleries.
Outside the city walls there are
many other artistic and historical treasures to be found: Etruscan tombs, the enchanting Le Celle monastery founded by St. Francis of
Assisi, the 11th century
roman church of
San Archangelo, the remains
of Farneta Abbey ……
All surrounded by the vineyards, olive groves, hills, forests,
villages and hamlets of the beautiful Cortonese
In the area
Not far from Cortona are the unmissable
towns of Arezzo, Perugia, Montepulciano, Siena, Pienza, Assisi, Sansepolchro, Gubbio, Orvieto and Urbino. Florenceis only an hour
and a quarter away by train, and Rome
just two hours.Bagno Vignoni, Saturnia
and Rampoli are renowned thermal spas, ideal
for a revivifying visitThe Carolingian monastery of San Antimo,
the gothic Galgano or the impressive Monte
Olivetto Maggiore – all ask to
be on your itinerary.And then there’s the hills
to roam, Trasimeno Lake and its islands to be discovered, the Siena
to be climbed…..
Sports enthusiasts will be not disappointed
with the range of activities available to them:
mountain biking and scooter trailing
hiking or rambling, on foot or accompanied by our donkeys
alpine club trails
Themed tours and
- Are you interested in wine, olive oil, gastronomy? – why
not go on a dedicated tour?
- There are local or regional fiestas and festivals, like the famous Siena
Palio horserace, jousting tournaments,
crossbow shooting contests …..
- You can attend open air concerts
- Local markets full of regional specialities
are asking to be visited
- And let’s not
forget that famous Italian style:
Cortona can offer elegant shops and boutiques with a wide
range of articles from stylish clothes and shoes, handbags, jewellery
and antiques to household linens.
There are many pleasurable hours of window gazing to be had
in all the larger towns and cities.
We can arrange tours specially
for you, so just let us know what your interests are and we will make
all the arrangements!
are things to see and do throughout the year.