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Cortona, Arezzo, Perugia, Umbertide, Montepulciano

Fun towns to visit near Cortona

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

4 Answers

top answer by
alessandro from Asciano

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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cortona (attraction)
  2. Lago Trasimeno (attraction)
  3. Castiglione del Lago (city)
  4. Val d'Orcia (attraction)
  5. Montepulciano (city)
  6. Pienza (city)
  7. Bagno Vignoni (attraction)
  8. San Quirico D'Orcia (attraction)
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answered by
Alex from London

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):

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Arezzo (city)
  2. Città di Castello (attraction)
  3. Perugia (attraction)
  4. Castiglione del Lago (attraction)
  5. Isola Maggiore (attraction)
  6. Montepulciano (city)
  7. Montalcino (city)
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answered first by
Serena from San Francisco

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. 

It's also famous for it's chocolate - theCasa Del Cioccolato Peruginachocolate 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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  1. Perugia (attraction)
  2. Casa Del Cioccolato Perugina (attraction)
  3. La Lanterna (restaurant)
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answered by
Hannah from Brighton, New York

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

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Perugia (attraction)
  2. La Taverna (restaurant)
  3. La Romantica (restaurant)

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