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Make a holiday rental villa or apartment in Cortona, Italy your home away from home

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.

Places to holiday in Cortona, Italy

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.

Things to do in Cortona, Italy

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.

Weather in Cortona, Italy

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.

Travel to Cortona, Italy

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.

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                                                                                                A fantastic property!

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                                                                                                Our stay at Villa Palareto was fantastic. Located on the Umbrian/Tuscan borders it is conveniently positioned to explore this wonderful area but is a base you might not want to leave. The gardens and pool area are exceptional. Alan and Lydia maintain their property to the highest standard whilst maintaining its character and integrity. Although "out of the way" a 10-minute drive will find you in nearby Castiglione del Lago, with a good selection of restaurants and also Lago Trasimeno. The villa is very well-equipped and at no point were we left wanting. We will, without a doubt be returning in the near future. Don't hesitate to buy Milva's olive oil!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                Outstanding place to be!

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                                                                                                Been there with my friends, 7 ppl and 3 kids. The moment we got there, I just dove in the pool and almost never got out of there! That pool's amazing! And there was plenty of amphoras! Who doesn't love amphoras?! Awesome view of the countryside and inside a whole lot of very traditional italian furniture, we felt like we were in a movie. All in all it was one of my favorite holidays of all times!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                                this villa is beautiful is an understatement!!!

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                                                                                                Hi, I am VERY sorry it took this long to reply, but here is our feedback from our July 2015 stay ... To describe this villa as beautiful is an understatement!!! Staying here was the perfect ‘trip of a lifetime’ vacation! All 16 of us were completely enchanted by the house (each bedroom different and lovely), the separate building with the spacious common area (great dining areas inside and outside, include a professional kitchen and several lovely sitting areas) … and the gorgeous and well kept grounds (lots of room to wander and relax, and a GREAT pool). Every one of us would highly recommend this to anyone who wants their Italian home base to be a glorious villa, with a breathtaking view of Lake Trasimeno, very conveniently located to many beautiful Umbrian and Tuscan towns and villages. The close-by town of Passignano was delightful, with many great restaurants … and we were lucky enough to be there in July, during the Paleo de Barche, which is a weeklong festival, including fireworks, open air markets, and various parades and concerts, with restaurants moving tables outside during various events. It was all such a wonderful experience! Christina, the owner, was a joy to work with and was always close enough when we needed her and far enough to not feel intrusive. She was gracious and welcoming, and helped us with anything we needed help with, including pre-stocking the kitchen, setting up a multi-course welcome dinner for 16, and arranging a local wine tasting on short notice. Not only would all 16 of us highly recommend a stay here (more than 5 stars!), each and every one of us would LOVE to come back again someday for another trip of a lifetime!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jul 2015