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Fun towns to visit near Cortona

A friend of mine was asking for recommendations of good towns to visit near Cortona, Italy. Any ideas?

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  • alessandro draghi

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    Cortona is really close to Lago Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago on the lake is really very nice and then you can reach from there the island of the Lago Trasimeno by ferry.

    Cortona is also close to Val d'Orcia, where you can visit Montepulciano, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico D'Orcia.

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    Your friend will be spoiled for choice in Tuscany!

    First off, Cortona's provincial capital of Arezzo is quite simply my favourite Tuscan town: typical hill town, stunning, friendly and delicious.

    Città di Castello, nearer Perugia (also worth a visit), is a sweet historic village which makes for a good day trip.

    Near Lake Trasimeno there are many castle towns, the most prominent being Castiglione del Lago. The Medieval town in Isola Maggiore (population >50) can also be visited.

    Lastly, for Rennaissance and wine lovers, both Montepulciano and Montalcino are well worth exploring

    As I said, Tuscany has amazing sites to offer (alongside neighboring Umbria). Your friend may consider choosing a destination to coincide with a local festival which can be super fun! For some more ideas, you can check out a blog post about the region (it list a few cultural, historical and food &wine festivals): http://www.aforkinlondon.com/post/73719838161/count-tuscany

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  • Serena McClain

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    Definitely check out Perugia. It's about 45 minutes away by train, and I think even less if you drive. I studied abroad there a decade ago and fell in love with it, and I've been back to visit and it's still just as lovely. Great food, a fantastic art gallery, and a lot of local charm and culture. Perugia

    It's also famous for it's chocolate - theCasa Del Cioccolato Perugina -Nestle Divisione Prodotti Dolciarichocolate factory is a fun tour if you're into that kind of thing. For food, La Lanterna is one of the best. Definitely worth exploring for a day or two!

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      Mmmmmm chocolate from Perugia! Excellent reccommendation! · (0 likelikes)

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    Perugia is a wonderful place to visit for an authentic Italian experience. I recommend La Taverna and La Romantica!

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