A half-day private tour of picturesque Cortona, the medieval town perched on a hilltop in Tuscany's Val di Chiana, made famous by several movies.
Nowadays, Cortona is well known for being the backdrop of the movies "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni and of Frances Mayes' book "Under the Tuscan Sun." Its fascinating appearance is due to the fact that it was a powerful enclave in the Middle Ages, with a commanding position overlooking the Val di Chiana.
This tour starts in the Neo-Gothic Basilica of Santa Margherita, built in honor of the patron of the falsely accused. A beautiful, solid silver urn designed by Pietro da Cortona in the 17th century contains the saint's body, while the piazza in front of the church boasts a spectacular view of the valley towards Monte Amiata and Lake Trasimeno. This is the highest point of the city, where the fortress also stands, and from here you will descend along small and at times steep medieval alleys to the church of Saint Francis of Assisi, the second church built in his honor, after the one in his hometown.
Continuing on to the heart of Cortona, you will visit the impressive Duomo. Passing by City Hall, you'll walk among the various little artisan shops on the so-called Ruga Piana, the only level street in the entire town. The tour concludes at DelBrenna goldsmith's shop where you will enjoy a glass of sparkling Prosecco, served in a silver and gold plated chalice.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to conflicting schedules with Sunday Mass, Select Italy does NOT recommend this tour on Sunday morning, as churches will only be visible from the outside.
All streets in Cortona, with the exception of the Ruga Piana, are on a slope so comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
Please note that transportation to/from the meeting point is NOT included in the total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.
Sites Included: Basilica of Santa Margherita, Piazza Garibaldi, church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Duomo, Ruga Piana, DelBrenna goldsmith's shop
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