Cortona is a town in the Province Arezzo, Tuscany. It is one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan League. Located at the altitude of 600 metres, it has magnificent panoramas to every point of the compass. It is near the city of Arezzo which was the location of the film "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni, and becoming increasingly popular in the recent years thanks to the book "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes and the film with the same title based loosely on the book. The best websites about Cortona charming tuscany town... http://wikitravel.org/en/Cortona
Cortona By air Cortona can be reached by flying to Italian major international airports in Rome and Milan, or to the two airports in Tuscany:
Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei (IATA: PSA) , located 1.5 km (1 mi) north of Pisa city centre, served by many budget airlines. From there you can take a train (40 metres from airport). Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci (IATA:FLR) , Located four kilometres from the centre of Florence. From there you can use the Sita/Ataf service "Fly by Bus" (Vola in bus) between the airport and Florence's Santa Maria Novella railway station (20 min). Cortona By train Closest train station is "Camucia-Cortona", with direct trains from Florence and Rome or "Terontola-Cortona" with direct trains from Florence and Venice. You can also take a train to Arezzo and then another train to "Camucia-Cortona". A bus is leaving every 30 min from the Camucia station to town. Taxi is available in front of the Camucia station and Terontola train station however apparently there are only few taxi serving this "route". If you want to be sure that there is taxi for you, ask your hotel to book one for you. The other option could be rent a car and you can do it right outside of Terontola-Cortona train station and use your car to reach your destinations.
Cortona By car Take the Autostrada del Sole highway (A1), exit at the Valdichiana toll-gate and get on the Siena-Perugia speedway, direction Perugia. Get off the speedway at the Cortona-San Lorenzo exit. Keep driving direction Cortona, drive past Camucia and follow signs for Cortona. Climbing up the hill, you will find the Cortona town-limit sign.
Cortona clinging on a steep hill overlooking the Lake Trasimeno has clear Etruscan origins. The most striking aspect of this small town is the elegance of its buildings and the sense of discovery when you walk in its narrow, steep streets. The best suggestion here is to take your time, relax and enjoy your visit without rush, something the Cortonesi are very good at.
The town centre is divided into two separate squares, framed by medieval buildings: Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Signorelli.
The Town Hall, which dates back to 1236, dominates Piazza della Repubblica. Opposite is the fourteenth century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Mayor). In the adjacent Piazza Signorelli we’ll find the Palazzo Casali or Palazzo Pretorio and the Signorelli Theatre. Further ahead on the square, you will reach Piazza Duomo. There are many other places of interest in Cortona such as the Church Santa Maria Nuova (Vasari), Church of San Francesco, Santa Chiara, San Benedetto, and the Basilica of Santa Margherita.
Off the city walls there are two valuable sights, the Convento delle Celle, founded by San Francesco (S. Francis) and the Madonna del Calcinaio (Vasari), in a church about 1 mile down the valley. Back at the wheel we are heading towards Castiglione del Lago. The road is best enjoyed with a classic convertible thanks to the scarce traffic and the scenic drive. Castiglione del Lago is a walled town of Etruscan origin. Still the three old town gates are the main access to the city. Not to be missed are the Rocca del Leone (from which Castiglione derives) with its 5 towers and the wall walk with a striking lake view. Other main sights: the Palazzo Ducale and the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena.
Map of Cortona Town Centre
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UFFICIO TURISMO COMUNE DI CORTONA
P.zza Signorelli - Palazzo Casali
C.A.P. 52044 - Cortona (AR)
tel. 0575 637221 - fax 0575 604744
e-mail : [email protected]
UFFICIO INFORMAZIONI TURISTICHE
Palazzo Casali n.9
C.A.P. 52044 Cortona (AR)
tel. 0575 637223
e-mail : [email protected]
POLIZIA MUNICIPALE - Tel. 0575 637225
CARABINIERI - Tel. 112
POLIZIA - Tel. 113
VIGILI DEL FUOCO - Tel. 115
SOCCORSO ACI - Tel. 116
Pronto soccorso, ospedali e guardia medica
EMERGENZA MEDICA - Tel. 118
Ospedale Fratta - Tel. 0575 6391
Misericordia - Servizio Ambulanze
Cortona - Tel. 0575 630707
Castiglion Fiorentino - Tel. 0575 658249
Camucia-Calcinaio - Tel. 0575 604770
Terontola - Tel. 0575 67311
Lucignano - Tel. 0575 649339