Cortona

pearl of Tuscany

Cortona has got a wonderful view because is situated on the top of the hill and from there you can see alla the Val di CortonaChiana, the now extincted volcanic cones of Cetona and Amiata and the water of Trasimeno Lake. This magnificent panoramic context can be seen in all its extension by Fortress, by the square of St. Margaret, from the square Garibaldi and public promenade, starting from the gardens, cut in half the hill.

But Cortona is beautiful, as well as for his views, even for the mildness of its climate, because even if you are 500 m.over the sea level, has mild winters, during which the temperatures rarely reache negative values; summers are not too hot, the air is often so transparent and allows the eyes to go away until you can clearly see all the villages on the hills that rise on the horizon.

The story

The legend told that is Dardano who founded the city and that it was probably a city fortified by the Umbrians, then passed to the Etruscans between the VIII and the seventh century and then became an important Lucumonia. She received citizenship during the social war of Roman society, then we do not have more news. Cortona has got a new life during the municipal period and thenCortona under the rule of Ranieri Casali. Sold by the King of Naples to Florence in 1411, then followed by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany fate.
Built on a contrafforte of Mount St. Egidio, Cortona is surrounded by powerful walls, polished by centuries and by the wind, which opens the doors at ancient roads that rise from the plains. The visitor who have a look from its walls will have one of the most extensive and harmonious views of Italy: the immense potential of Val di Chiana closed on the horizon from the mountains of Siena, among which stand out the Amiata and the Cetona and more closely mirror and the Trasimeno Lake.

There are numerous tombs discovered in the countryside. Among the most famous note that called the Tanella Pythagoras, il Melone in Camucia and il melone in Sodo.
cortonaAll the old pieces of history are in the Etruscan Museum in Palazzo Casali, including the Cortonafamous Etruscan chandlier fifth. On the top of the hill there is the Fortezza Medicea. Under it shines rebuilt the sanctuary of Santa Margherita, which degrades one of the main street that bring to the city The many churches, from the Romanesque St. Francesco, the Renaissance jewels of Santa Maria delle Grazie to Calcinaio and Santa Maria Nuova, the silent church of St. Niccolò are really wonderful. Cortona was the home of painters such as Luca Signorelli and Pietro Berrettini, known as Peter from Cortona. Also Gino Severini was born here. Every house or building in Cortona has got an important history or even ancient origin. Renowned among scholars of all the world is finally the Municipal Library of Etruscan, rich in parchment, manuscripts, incunabula, and printed volumes.

Shopping addicted, finally on holiday relax, outlet and shopping centres from Agriturismo il Borgo.

Agriturismo il Borgo is an ideal place for people and families who will manage an holiday under some crucial aspect: sightseeing, relax, curiosity and shopping. From Cortona it’s very easy to reach the main shopping centres with the major brands at convenient prices!

  • Valdichiana Outlet Village (Foiano)

The Valdichiana Outlet Village is the shopping center far from Cortona about 30 km. The mall houses over 140 famous designer and brand Shops that offer convenient discounts all year round and during. People choose outlet village for a unique “shopping experience” characterised by quality and convenience.

  • PRADA Outlet (Montevarchi)

Prada is an Italian fashion label specializing in luxury goods for men and women, master brand of “dressing well” style. The Prada outlet is located in Montevarchi and will provide a large range of beautiful Italian product at most affordable home prices.

  • The mall

This great mall is located in Leccio Reggello, in one of the Tuscan idyllic spots, it shows an architectonic elegant structure with shops full of visitors who are looking for the refined selection of the most famous Italian and International brands. From Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Gucci, Fendi, Valentino and many others, The shops gallery is nice to walk among the beautiful shop windows, choosing the goods for men, women and kids.

  • Il Diamante – Rolex Gioielli

Not only shopping but also a precious object to be preserved, preferably a jewel of the renown Swiss jewellery for luxury watches around wrist.
The authorized dealer is located in Prato, It’s worth to find time for a meeting.