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

Cortona is a city of art, history and spirituality, located in Tuscany, Italy. Fifty miles from Florence, and flanked by hills and valleys on both sides, Cortona is the picturesque setting in the film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Cortona has attracted tourists for nearly 400 years, and has changed little during that period. Many people go every year to stay in some of the beautiful apartments and holiday homes in the city, or farmhouses in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Things to do in Cortona, Italy

A lot of visitors are attracted to Cortona’s medieval architecture, which is embodied by the characteristic steep, narrow streets. The main street – via Nazionale – is the only street in the city which has no gradient. Many locals call it Ruga Piana – or ‘Level Street’. The city walls should be your first port of call, and date back over 3,000 years.

Cortona is steeped in culture, and there are three institutions to visit whilst on holiday in the city. These are the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, the Civic and Academy Library and the Historic Civic Archive. The city also boasts many churches which date back hundreds of years.

Being a historic Italian city, Cortona offers visitors a great range of trattorias and pizzerias, as well as traditional Tuscan restaurants which serve fantastic food and fine wines. The city does not possess a raucous nightlife, but there is still a good selection of bars to choose from when relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing.

A visit to Cortona is not complete without a trip into the countryside. If your holiday rental accommodation is based in the city centre, you can even hire a bike to explore the many hills and valleys just a short distance away. Some places of accommodation also offer cycling tours at a small cost.

Places to visit on holiday in Cortona, Italy

If you have several days holiday in Cortona, you may consider visiting the city of Perugia, which is around 50km away. Perugia is a popular tourist destination which is famous for its chocolate. A chocolate festival is held every October. Perugia also boasts some impressive medieval architecture, and is well worth a visit.

Weather in Cortona, Italy

Cortona enjoys a warm, dry climate, with summer temperatures averaging around 24C. July and August are the warmest months and the most popular with visitors. The winters are less busy in terms of tourists, but are still a mild 11C on average.

Flights to Cortona, Italy

There are two main airports to consider when holidaying in Cortona – Rome (FCO), Pisa (PSA) and Florence (FLR). Some budget airlines do fly to Florence Airport, which is nearer (around 110km away), but there is usually more regularity and better offers on services to Rome.

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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

                                                                                                A relaxing retreat in beautiful countryside

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                                                                                                We spent a fabulous two weeks at Vasciano Nove and loved every minute. This rustic villa is away from it all, though not totally secluded, so you won’t feel completely isolated. There is an attached property (owned by another couple), which was also let during one of our weeks, but the layout of the gardens/villas is such that you can enjoy your privacy. The pool, set at the other end of the stunning garden, is incredible and you won’t want to leave. There are plenty of sun loungers, tables and chairs and pool towels are provided, which is another bonus. Time spent relaxing and listening to the gentle hum of honeybees on the lavender and watching swallowtail butterflies was heaven. Seating areas under fig and walnut trees provide welcome shade for family meals or you can sit under the vines just outside the house and spot lizards darting about or watch the hoopoes on the lawn. If you’re very lucky (and we were!) you might even see a red squirrel, which made an appearance a couple of times and a hare. There are bats at dusk and magical fireflies as well as a nightly lullaby(!) from frogs somewhere close by. A nightingale was still singing during our first week and we were treated to the purr of turtledoves and of course the beautiful dawn chorus. We went for a few early morning walks and were thrilled to see deer and a boar with her four piglets; sadly no porcupines or pine martens. There’s an amazing selection of books on flora and fauna, as well as books/information on the local area, maps, novels, DVDs, CDs and games. The beds are comfortable and having two singles in the middle room, which can be made up as a large double was really lovely. The villa is extremely well kitted out. Assisi, Cortona and Perugia are all wonderful places to visit for day trips and there is so much to explore. A couple of fantastic restaurants, only a short drive from the villa are Restorante I Girasoli Di Sant’Andrea as well as the adjacent winery/vineyard where you can buy olive oil and delicious wines and Le Capannine di Sommavilla – both too good to miss! If you love peace and quite, nature and places slightly off the beaten track then Vasciano is the villa for you. Hilary and Jack have worked tremendously hard to make it the perfect home from home with an unbelievably gorgeous garden. Replies to e-mails were always prompt and everything was very well organised. We do hope we can come back another time.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jul 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!
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                                                                                                • Date of Stay: May 2016