Location

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Isola of Cortona is located in the south of Tuscany, between Florence and Rome.

It can be reached by car ("Autostrada del Sole", exit "Val di Chiana"), by train (Rome-Florence-Milan, stations Camucia and Terontola), plane using the airports of Rome, Florence and Pisa, but also a small airport of Perugia.

The surface of flight private Manciano can be reached in less than 15 minutes.

The property is planned to build a platform for the landing of helicopters.

Distances: 410 km from Milan, 200 km from Rome, from Florence 115 km, 210 km from Pisa, Siena 70 km, 50 km from Perugia, 30 km from Arezzo.
A 15 KM THE 18 HOLES OF GOLF CLUB Cortona DESIGNED BY GARY PLAYER.

A Cortona important cultural events take place. The main event is the "MIX Cortona Festival". Between July and September "Cortona ON THE MOVE".

 

 

THE DOWNTOWN

Because of the uncertainty about the date of the founding of the city, this was traditionally attributed to the mythical Dardano. Of course Cortona was important at the 6time of the Etruscans and the Romans, as confirmed by the excavations in progress at the "melon" Sodo Etruscan and the Roman villa Ossaia.

Cortona enjoyed free municipality with its own constitution till to half of the thirteenth century. Then it was subjected to the rule of the Casali and afterwards to that of Florence. Through these changes, Cortona gradually assumes a new urban face, which will be defined between the XVI and XVII century, with the renovation and expansion of several buildings, including the Fortress of Girifalco. During those same centuries, it will be the cradle of famous artists such as the painter Luca Signorelli, the military architect Francesco Laparelli, the painter and architect Pietro Berrettini known as Pietro da Cortona, and other minor artist. The "Etruscan Academy", founded in 1727 by a group of intellectuals of Cortona, will count among its members corresponding prominent personalities in various cultural areas in recognition of its international prestige.

In the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the city enjoyed a qualified development, in particular with the formation of the urban park Parterre, the Theatre, the new cemetery outside the ancient city walls, of the nursing Home, as well as the adaptation of old buildings to schools of various grades.

 

CORTONA’S ARMOSPHERE

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Cortona has an atmosphere all its own, magical and mystical, that can be fully appreciated visiting the Fortress or the nearby “Eremo of the Celle” founded by Saint Francis of Assisi.

The character of the town facilitates social intercourse: nightlife is very pleasant enjoying a traditional meal, taking part in one of the special events or simply walking through the serene streets of the historical center.

 

ART AND CULTURE

Art lovers and archeology enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity by visiting Cortona’s two important museums: the “Diocesano”, which includes works by Luca Signorelli and the “Etruscan Academy”, which has recently 7been enriched with important Etruscan findings.

The “Accademia Etrusca e del Comune” is located in the ancient Palazzo Casali, also housing a valuable library of “Codici Miniati” and the “Feltrinelli Foundation”. The “Feltrinelli Foundation” organizes seminars and international political studies in this palazzo.

Additionally, the monastery of Sant’Agostino, which has been recently restored, is a popular venue for International meetings and conferences.

 

EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

During spring and summer numerous folkloristic and cultural events are held in Cortona, such as “La Giostra dell’Archidado” and the “Colata dei Ceri”. Centerpiece of the season is the “Cortona MIX Festival”, which takes place in August. Its program is centered on musical performances of renowned artists with a rich side program of further cultural, artistic and gastronomical events.

Between July and September "Cortona on the Move - Photography IN Travel" with thematic exhibitions of photographers and emerging photographers is becoming a benchmark in the field of modern artistic photography.

During the winter season there are numerous theatrical presentations and films.

 

LEARNING AND SCHOOL

Prestigious universities, both European and American , have sponsored various courses and seminars in Cortona. The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Georgia hold regular courses for their students, who are housed in dormitories situated in historical buildings together with all other necessary facilities.

The University of Texas is based in near town of Castiglion Fiorentino where a number of courses are taught every year.

Every summer the University of North Carolina holds a painting coursein Cortona.

 

WELLNESS

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Trekking, mountain biking and horseback riding are possible on the Apennine hills that are close by, along with swimming, soccer and tennis.

An 18-hole golf course in nearby Manzano is being built and will be ready soon.  A number of excellent restaurants offer a wide gastronomical choice from traditional Tuscan dishes to groundbreaking and experimental cooking, all accompanied by the fine wines produced in Cortona, which can now claim the prestigious DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin) label.

From Cortona it is easy to take day trips to such tourist attractions as Florence, Rome, Siena, S. Giminiano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimeno.

For all of these attributes and many more, Cortona has become a very attractive destination for British and American individuals who enjoy the lovely atmosphere of its hills and often make Cortona their second home. A recent example is the American writer Frances Mayes, whose book “Under the Tuscan Sun” surely helped to increase the popularity of Cortona in the English-speaking world.