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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 beautiful villa set in rural Tuscany

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have just returned from an idyllic fortnight's stay in Villa Frassineta. The villa has been renovated superbly while retaining its original character. The decoration and furnishings are perfectly in keeping with the age of the property and yet it has all the modern conveniences you could wish for......wifi, Netflix, air con, etc etc. The linens were crisp and white, the towels soft and fluffy! And there was ample china and cutlery so that we never ran out. The gardens and pool are both large and well maintained by Lucciano who was there twice everyday but never intrusive. Our only regrets are that we didn't discover all the lovely outside lighting till the last night! Our fault...Daniela had told us where the switch was! Finally Daniela was so helpful throughout the whole time, from when we booked till we left. She recommended Antica Pieve and Menchettis for meals out both of which we visited twice. And we used the services of the chef on two evenings which worked really well for us. We have been staying in villas across Europe for the last 20 years and Villa Frassineta is undoubtedly one of the best!
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

                                                                                                      Just perfect

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The location was stunning with beautiful views across the valley. The villa was very clean and had comfy sofas and beds. It was very well equipped including a well-stocked bookcase which we made great use of. The beautiful pool (cleaned very day) was a very welcome retreat on hot days. From the villa there are some lovely walks round-about - through the olive groves and vineyards. The location was ideal as it was very easy to get to towns and cities in that part of Tuscany (Castiglion, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano). We also made use of the rail network, taking a train to Arezzo from Castiglion (the parking is free at the train station). We had a wonderful trip to Lake Trasimeno - the lake is very clear and warm so perfect for swimming and it is not very deep near the edges. If you have small children there are beach areas around some parts of the lake but otherwise you can go into the lake from several sites. Great wine and olive oil from Santo Stefano which is only a few miles from the villa. Several supermarkets in Castiglion which are open on a Sunday too. Barbara was a wonderful host - she was a great source of information and was able to recommend good restaurants in the area - thank you.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017