To take a holiday villa in Cortona, an ancient and noble city, is to travel back to Italy’s past. Cortona is a magnificent destination with a tangible atmosphere and some of the best artistic heritage outside Venice and Florence. Set high in the hills of Arezzo, Tuscany, Cortona offers magnificent views over Lake Trasimeno and of the Apennines.
Lake Trasimene is the largest stretch of water in the Italian Peninsula. It is a beautiful lake, surrounded on three sides by hills. The banks are covered in beautiful flora and fauna, and there is a considerable variety of bird life. The fishing available from a self catering villa in Cortona revolves around Lake Trasimene, and is varied, extensive and extremely tranquil.
When you first arrive at your holiday rental in Cortona, the first thing to investigate are the 3,000 year old city walls, much of which remains in tact, and the Medici Fortress which menacingly dominates the skyline. The city is characterised by the steep, narrow streets and medieval buildings of the Piazza Garibaldi, which give the city a fantastically timeless atmosphere. To get a clearer understanding of the long and fascinating history of the city, the Musee dell’Accademia Etrusca in Palazzo Pretorio will supply all the answers. The incredible archaeological heritage of Cortona and the surrounding area has been recorded and reserved in the Parco e del Museo Archeologico di Cortona.
The artistic treasures of Cortona include the two panels in the Diocesan Museum and the fresco adorning the entrance of the Church of San Domenico by Fra Angelico.
Sporting holidays to Cortona are popular especially with cyclists. The mountain biking trails are of particular note, and there are bike hire available in the city. Touring from a Cortona apartment or holiday villa is also considered a fantastic method of exploring the surrounding countryside.
Cortona enjoys a dry, warm climate. Summer temperatures remain pleasant, with monthly averages of 23°C in July and August. Winters also remain mild, with average temperatures in the coldest months of January and February remaining around the 10°C mark, allowing you to discover this magnificent city and the treasures within by foot all year round.
Cortona’s holiday villas are closest to Florence Airport (FLR), and cheap flights do arrive directly from the UK. However, for the majority of good deals on cheap flights to Cortona, and for the most regular service, Rome Airport (FCO) is the best option.