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Our Tuscan Lifestyle Tip
Cortona (20 minutes from Vagli)
Our owners agree that Cortona is their favorite place to visit for people-watching, strolling through the narrow medieval streets, enjoying a morning cappuccino overlooking one of the two large piazza’s or an aperitivo at one of the many wine bars, there are art shops, leather goods and countless restaurants and trattorias serving the most mouthwatering Tuscan home-cooked food.
Originally an Umbrian city, it was conquered and enlarged by the Etruscans, who called it Curtun. During the 600s BC, it joined the Etruscan League. Cortona eventually became a Roman colony under the name Corito. In the final stages of the Gothic War (535–554 AC), Cortona was ransacked and destroyed. It then became a Ghibellinian city state in the 13th century, with its own currency. From 1325 to 1409 the Ranieri-Casali family successfully ruled the town. After being conquered by Ladislaus of Naples in 1409, Cortona was sold to the Medici in 1411. In 1737, the senior branch of the Medici line went extinct and Cortona came under the authority of the House of Lorraine. Following the Italian Wars of Independence, Tuscany—Cortona included—became part of the Kingdom of Italy.
Where to Park
Depending on the time of day, there is good parking in Piazza del Mercato, Piazza Mazzini by Porta Colonia, Piazza Garibaldi (busy), in front of Santa Margherita below the fortezza (walk downhill to the centre).
Places to Visit
Museo Dell’Accademia Etrusca, Museo Diocesano, Upper Town, Santa Margherita, Fortezza Medicea, San Domenico.
Restaurants, Cafes, Bars
Il Falconiere, La Loggetta, Osteria del Teatro, Pane e Vino, La Bucaccia, Trattoria Dardano, Locanda al Pozzo Antico, La Grotta, Bar 500, Tuscher bar, La Saletta, Bar Sport.
Cortona, Piazza della Repubblica (Every Saturday morning).
Camucia, Piazza Sergardi (Every Thursday morning).
There are far too many small cities, towns, villages, sites etc. to visit in Tuscany and across the boarder in Umbria to list them all, but below are a few of our favorites:
Montepulciano – 40 minutes
Perugia – 40 minutes
Pienza – 45 minutes
Arezzo – 45 minutes
Montone – 45 minutes
Lucignano – 45 minutes
Deruta – 1 hour
Assisi – 1 hour
Montalcino – 1 hour
Abbazia di Sant’Antimo – 1 hour
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore – 1 hours
Asciano – 1.15 minutes
Florence – 1.20 mins (train from Camucia)
Siena – 90 minutes
Crete Senesi – 90 minutes
San Gimignano – 1.45 minutes
Volterra – 2 hours