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Cortona Travel Guide: 93 reviews and 221 photos

Yes, place of the famous Tuscany book

Cortona is a small town perched on a hill about 25km away from Arezzo, which takes a surprising hour by bus (though parts are rather scenic).

While it has its roots with the Etruscans, little remains of the early inhabitants and the streets are medieval in nature. Car traffic is tightly controlled leaving it a safe place for pedestrians to wander around - good thing too, because there are tons of tourists here! Far more than I expected, it decreased my enjoyment of the place though it does seem to empty out a bit at night.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gorgeous setting
  • Cons:Touristy and underwhelming sights
  • In a nutshell:Perhaps better as a daytrip
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2004
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  • Oct 6, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    can you only reach this by foot- or can you drive there by car? thanks Penny -

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2004 at 5:45 AM

    Wished I'd read your pages BEFORE I went there. Nice stuff. P.S., if you want Etruscan, try Sovana, Sroana and Pitigliano.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2004 at 4:05 PM

    Monastery Eremo de le Celle sounds fantastic! What a find!

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2004 at 2:12 PM

    please more, I am really happy to see a new page on this great town!

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