The beautiful and scenic medieval village of Cortona, set in the province of Arezzo, can be an ideal destination to pass a great holiday in Tuscany. The village itself offers a lot to the traveler; museums, churches, historical monuments and buildings, picturesque alleys and outstanding views.
Its strategic location in eastern Tuscany, right on the border with Umbria, serves as a perfect base to visit some of the most beautiful and fascinating attractions of both regions: from Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano in Val d’Orcia, to wonderful Umbrian hill towns like Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, and Todi.
The shores of the beautiful Trasimeno Lake are just few kilometres away. With its scenic islands and imposing castles, the lake is a very popular place for watersports, fishing, and cycling.
The surroundings of Cortona are ideal to embark on a number of interesting and captivating activities: wine tours (Brunello and Nobile of Montepulciano), cooking classes, trekking, mountain-biking, horse riding, and so on.
In case you wish to spend some days in Cortona, here you can find my personal tips and suggestions on charming hotels and accommodations in Cortona:
Il Falconiere Relais is an incredibly charming and exclusive luxury relais with view over the countryside near Cortona, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and lush meadows. The rooms and suites are very romantic and beautifully furnished with great attention to details; frescoes, antique furniture, canopy beds, precious loom-woven fabrics and textiles. Here you will have everything to make your stay unique: the luxurious spa with indoor and outdoor pool, the first class awarded restaurant, the possibility to have cooking classes, and the Baracchi winery, with a prestigious wine cellar.
Relais la Corte dei Papi is a refined 4 star relais, magically set in the wonderful countryside near Cortona, is an ancient villa of the 18th century, full of atmosphere and great charm. All the rooms are decorated with antique furnishings and luxury accessories, and characterized by vaulted ceilings and terracotta floors. The Suite Deluxe Spa is fantastic, offers a view over the pool and Cortona, and is equipped with Turkish bath and double Jacuzzi. The lovely swimming pool is pleasantly surrounded by gardens, with nice gazebo creating an intimate and relaxing atmosphere.
Hotel Villa Marsili is a luxurious 4 star hotel located within Cortona’s city walls in a setting of incomparable beauty. Villa Marsili boasts a breathtaking panorama, facing the Val di Chiana, Mount Amiata, Lake Trasimeno, and Cortona’s walls and bell towers. All the rooms and suites are elegant and equipped with any comfort, decorated with frescoes in a vintage style. The lovely gardens of the villa are perfect to enjoy relaxing moments while admiring the beautiful panorama all over the valley and the Trasimeno Lake.