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Cortona: Tuscan Jewel of Fine Art and Living

If you are a fan of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, which starred Diane Lane, then you should probably consider taking a trip to the place where the movie was filmed. The villa that was used in this movie, which is the Villa Laura, is a 17th century estate that has been restored and is now being rented out as a private retreat. This majestic villa, which was actually restored three years after the movie was filmed, is located in the town of Cortona in Tuscany, Italy.

How to Get to Cortona

Getting to Cortona is not that difficult, with there being two airports in Tuscany that you can fly to. These are the Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei and Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci. From these two airports, you can then make your way to the nearest train station where you will then take the train to Cortona. If you are coming from Rome or Milan, you can also take the trains from these places in order to get to this magical place that many people fell in love with when they watched the movie.

You can also rent a car at one of the airports you arrive from and drive to this lovely town. If you are coming from Florence, the distance you will need to cover is around 63 miles or 102 kilometers. The best way to get to this hidden jewel in Tuscany is by taking the train from Florence or Rome and then taking a bus or taxi from Camucia-Cortona station or Terontolo station into town.

Exploring Cortona

If you drive to this Tuscan town, you will find that driving around to explore the many wonders found within and around it can be rather tedious due to the steep and narrow roads. If driving around is difficult, you will find that getting parking spaces here is even more challenging. This is why people are encouraged to take public transport to get here. It is also why exploring this town is better done on foot rather than in a car.

The town is, after all, small enough for you to explore and enjoy on foot. There are loads for you to see, do, and savor here, with lots of palaces, squares, museums, and churches that carry a lot of history and art for you to delight in. Cortona also has a few archeological sites archeology buffs will love, like the famous Etruscan tombs and the Fortezza del Girifalko, which is a hilltop fort that was constructed in 6th Century BC.

Festivals, Events, and Nightlife

While the town is somewhat small, it does not lack for things to do even at night. Nightlife in Cortona offers much for the size of the town. Cortona actually has three dance clubs and several bars for you and your friends to enjoy. There are cafés where you can enjoy street food while listening to disco music at the same time, pizzerias with live bands, and wine bars where you can enjoy a variety of cheeses, meats, and music with your wines and cocktails.

One of the most popular events in the region, which was actually born out of the movie as well, is the Tuscan Sun Festival. This summer festival, which is a festival of the arts, runs for three weeks and features a long list of activities that include outdoor classical concerts, cooking classes, film screenings, and art exhibits. Other events to look forward to in Cortona are the many food festivals that they have, such as the T-bone Steak Festival, Porcini Mushrooms Festival, and Goblets Under the Stars Festival, which allows you to taste some of the finest wines in the area.

Where to Stay in Cortona

Of course, when you come to Cortona, staying just for a day is not enough for you to enjoy everything that it has to offer. The accommodations you will find here range from the budget friendly to the reasonably priced to the lavish. What you choose depends on what kind of vacation you are thinking of having here. There are hotels, B&Bs, villas, and private residences that you can rent here.

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