Cortona and its surroundings
Agriturismo Villa Il Trebbio is located at the hill bottom of Cortona, a lovely Etruscan town famous all over the world for its historic and art beauties and for its excellent cuisine. During a holiday in Tuscany you cannot miss a visit to Cortona, one among the most important art towns in Tuscany, which is characterised by a unique combination of culture, history, arts and nature.
Poet Virgil tells that Cortona was founded by mythical Dardanus, who lost during a fight his helmet called Corys, from which the name Cortona would probably derive. On the other hand, according to historical sources, it is reported that Cortona was founded by the Umbrians over 3000 years ago, becoming a powerful Etruscan religious town under the name of Curtum in the 8th century B.C. The town was later dominated by the Romans and the Goths, before becoming a free comune in the 12th century and being finally made over to the Florentine Republic.
This is the place to stay if you are visiting the Tuscan region. The accommodations are superb and the location is perfect for day trips throughout the region.
Katherine, Savannah (USA)
Cortona, a jewel of Etruscan and Medieval history, is enclosed by beautiful Etruscan and Roman walls, which are perfectly preserved, and is characterised by narrow streets with breathtaking views onto Valdichiana and the Tuscan hills, by imposing Medieval and Renaissance buildings and many churches and convents. Among the points of interest of Cortona, the Town Hall is very important and valuable from the historic and artistic points of view, towering above Piazza della Repubblica with its beautiful stairway dating back to the 16th century. Palazzo Casali, seat of the Museum of the Etruscan Academy and the City of Cortona (MAEC), is also famous for its treasures of the Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian, Medieval and Modern times, among which we find an Etruscan bronze Chandelier of the 5th century B.C., the one of its kind. Among the main churches, we recommend to visit the Cathedral with the Diocesan Museum containing some works painted by famous painters from Cortona such as Fra Angelico, Luca Signorelli, Pietro Berrettini and Pietro Lorenzetti; the Basilica of Santa Margherita, which towers above the town from the hilltop together with the Fortress of Girifalco dating back to the Medici's time; and the beautiful Hermitage Le Celle, where Saint Francis lived for a period, which is quite close to the historic center. The great historic importance of this place is also shown by the Archaeological Park, characterised by some Etruscan tombs that are very significant from the archaeological points of view, and by a Roman villa located within the olive groves at country house Villa Il Trebbio.
Cortona is the ideal place to spend a holiday in Tuscany and to visit other art towns and other villages famous for their food and wines such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Florence, Arezzo and Siena. And even the amazing landscape of Lake Trasimeno and the Umbrian towns of Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto are not far from Cortona and can be easily reached by car and by train.