Travel Around the Neighborhood of Cortona

Travel Around the Neighborhood of Cortona

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Perched on a geographical border of Tuscany and Umbria, Cortona is a scenic town settled on a picturesque hill atop 600 meters from the sea level. But technically, Cortona is a Tuscan town. The town is easily accessible by train, bus and car from all major cities of Tuscany.

Its privileged location on the map of Italy makes Cortona one of the hottest travel destinations of the country. If you book Cortona villas rental, you can make it easy to explore many touristy sites of Tuscany including Florence, Siena, Perugia, Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio and Spoleto.

However, in this post we will get around the most enchanting travel destinations in the surroundings of Cortona; the places are worth exploring from history, art and cultural point of view. The best way to travel this itinerary is by rental car.

Let’s begin the tour!

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio

Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio

Built in the 15th century, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio is a first stop of your tour to the surroundings of Cortona. Embellished with a marvelous dome and Renaissance architectural style, this cathedral itself is considered a Renaissance masterpiece of Italy.

Tanella di Pitagora

Tanella di Pitagora

Come out of the church and then follow the road that leads to via Scotoni. Then take a right turn, drive towards Cortona and when you reach the big crossroad comprised of the turning point of five different streets, take a left turn and continue driving in the direction of Arezzo.

Around 100 meters from the crossroad, you can park your car and explore the Tanella di Pitagora – a cylindrical-shape monument that dates back to 2nd century B.C. The monument is of approximately 7 meters of diameter comprised of a round basement. Due to its Greek Hellenistic style architecture it was considered as Ulysses’ tomb or Pythagoras’ tomb by many.

Tumulo I of Sodo

Also known as ‘Melone’ thanks to its spherical shape, the burial mound of the Tumulo I of Sodo was explored for the first time in the early 20th century. The jaw-dropping walls of the gateways called ‘Dromos’ and the five chamber area inside is worth watching.

Tumulo II of Sodo

It is found exactly besides the Tumulo I of Sodo. It was first discovered by a group of archeologists in 1928-29. This tomb dates back to the 6th century B.C. a ‘dromos’, a monumental altar-platform, and six lateral chambers and one central chamber form the major highlights of the place.

Abbey of Farneta

Abbey of Farneta

Farneta is just a matter of 14km drive from Cortona town. The Abbey of Farneta was built by the Benedictine monks in the 8th century in honor of the Virgin Mary. The splendid crypt backed by Roman columns as well as one Egyptian column is an eye-candy.

Fortress of Pierle

This 11th century fortress is the last stop in your tour of Cortona surroundings. Once owned by King Ladislas of Naples, the fortress was a 7 storey castle comprised of underground vaults, the sentry boxes, the walkway, the groove of the drawbridge, the rainwater ducts, and the loopholes.

A day-out trip to Cortona can’t allow you to explore all these enchanting surroundings of this charming Tuscan town. So, browse the web for the best Cortona villas rental deals and pick the one to stay for a week or more in Cortona upon arrival!

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