During 14-days in Italy, I visited cultural gems including Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Positano, Fiesole, and even my heritage hometown in Campania. But Cortona was a pilgrimage because it’s the inspiration behind the book and movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Once you arrive, it’s easy to see why.
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Explore the Rich History and Modern Beauty of Cortona
Cortona, Italy is a Tuscan hill town with a history as rich as its fertile soil. Ancient roots boast Umbrian, Etruscan, and Roman cultures dating as far back as the 7th Century B.C.
History and architecture buffs will enjoy the many churches and Etruscan ruins, and foodies won’t be disappointed by the authentic Tuscan cuisine and regional wines.
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Follow The Scenic Road to Bramasole
Arrive at Bramasole, Inspiration for Under the Tuscan Sun!
Going to Cortona was a dream come true for me. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped without hesitations. Where have you always wanted to go, given the chance? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
If you too want to embark on your very own, “Under the Tuscan Sun” inspired pilgrimage, but aren’t exactly sure where to stay while in Cortona, then here are two exceptionally wonderful places to stay.
The first is Casa Dreosti, which is a local bed and breakfast that is brimming over with charm, warmth, and character. That’s because plush, well-appointed rooms here start at just $90 per night and feature state of the art, flat-screen TVs. Guests here can also enjoy access to an expansive, communal seating area, as well as a lavish, continental breakfast spread that is available every morning. The hotel also has a fantastic location and is situated just 32 miles away from Perugia and 20 miles away from Arezzo.
However, if you’re looking for a slightly more luxurious stay while in Cortona, then consider Villa di Piazzano. This historic, exquisitely decorated villa in the Italian countryside sits just 3.7 miles outside the city center and features well-manicured gardens, an exquisite terrace for al fresco dining, a spacious pool, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Rooms at this family-run hotel also start at $250 per night and feature antique furniture, air-conditioning, free WIFI, Sky TV, and access to a delicious breakfast spread that includes nothing but the most delicious Tuscan dishes,
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Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.