Cortona and its surroundings, culture, history, food & wine, and prestigious properties
Cortona, ancient farmhouses and luxury villas between Tuscany and Umbria
The city of Cortona sits on a hill at nearly 500 m over sea level, in a strategic location with a view over the Valdichiana and Monte Amiata, locations with three thousand years of history on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, not far from Arezzo and the waters of Lake Trasimeno.
Cortona is in a prime location in the heart of central Italy, ideal to visit charming Tuscan and Umbrian territories and to relax around nature.
Around Cortona, there are many places with a rich history, many castles and medieval small towns, as well as charming itineraries for long walks.
The area is worth exploring and has rich history and culture. Here, Broker Immobiliare Exclusive Real Estate lists farmhouses and luxury villas for sale in the verdant countryside and the gentle Tuscan hills.
Cortona has an archeological site, squares and cobbled lanes, a wide landscape, and a varied cuisine. It is small yet welcoming, and an Etruscan settlement of historic importance. In fact, the 2 km of walls from the 5th century B.C. are remnants from ancient settlements.
The city is picturesque, with a typical medieval architecture, ancient palaces, narrow cobbled lanes, small artisanal shops, and typical Tuscan restaurants.
The historic center is worth a visit, especially for the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1456.
There are also many museums and art works, such as the Museo dell’Arte Etrusca, which houses unique historic artifacts. The Museo Diocesano is also noteworthy, as it houses treasures as the Annunciation of by Beato Angelico and the Lamentation by Luca Signorelli. Cortona’s archeological site is a must-see, as well as the Fortress of Girifalco and the Abbey Farneta.
The street Via Romea runs through the city, and is 24 km long starting from Castiglion Fiorentino.
Cortona’s archeological site has important monuments from the Etruscan and Roman eras, which are also in the historic center and surrounding territory: the city still has a network of massive Etruscan city walls surrounding it, and several cisterns from the Roman era. Towering Etruscan funerary architecture, such as Meloni and Tanelle, is scattered over Cortona’s surrounding territory.
Outside of Cortona, San Francesco a Cortona is worth a visit. It is reachable on foot leaving from Cortona’s center and arriving at the famous Franciscan convent Le Celle. Furthermore, there are villas and gardens to be discovered along the “strada dei fiori” leading to Arezzo.
Summer is perfect to visit Cortona. The main art cities such as Montepulciano, Arezzo, Pienza, San Gimignano, Siena, Firenze, Assisi, and Perugia are easily reachable from Cortona with a one-hour drive max.
Broker Immobiliare Exclusive Real Estate lists carefully selected prestigious properties for sale in these fairytale landscapes.
Characteristic Tuscan estate from the 1700s for sale a few km out of Cortona, Tuscany, in an extremely peaceful, panoramic location. The estate has a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside from every angle.
Completely renovated ancient villa for sale near Arezzo, with heated swimming pool, guesthouse, and two-floor annex for storage, for a total of 1200 sq. m. It has 15 rooms, 13 bathrooms, and 5.5 hectares of land with vineyard and olive grove.
Magnificent villa for sale near the center of Cortona, Tuscany, built in 2012 conforming to every requirement for sustainable housing and set in a manicured 4000-sq-m park with 50 olive trees and a swimming pool.