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Day out in Cortona

  • Day out in Cortona

    Cortona is a charming town located in the Valdichiana, around 30 km south of Arezzo. Set high above the Valdichiana plain, Cortona surveys terraced slopes of olive groves and vineyards. This perfect medieval town is deservedly popular but brave the summer crowds for some of the loveliest views in Tuscany. Set on a rocky spur 600 metres above sea level, Cortona climbs upto a Medici fortress and views of both Lake Trasimeno and Monte Amiata. The city, enclosed by stone walls dating to Etruscan and Roman times, was the most important Etruscan city in the north of Tuscany.

    Begin a walking tour in the delightfully asymmetrical Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Signorelli, once home to the ancient Etruscan-Roman forum. The Etruscan Museum is, of course, the place to get to grips with the city’s origins. Even so, Cortona is a place for medieval musings rather than specific sites. The city’s medieval core is centred on the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), which dates back to 1236 but Cortona is riddled with medieval alleyways. On a higher level, you can also visit the monumental complex of San Francesco, which includes the church and the convent. Continue ever upwards to reach the higher part of the town with its narrow streets and medieval buildings. Crowds in Cortona are nothing new, especially since an American author gave it a further boost. The city is famous for being the setting of the bestselling book, Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes. Much like San Gimignano and Pienza, Cortona is a tourism hotspot so its over-popularity is a given. Luckily, there are enough quaint inns and cafes to restore any grumpy spirits.

    Web: www.visittuscany.com/en/ideas/cortona-one-day-trip-from-florence/

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Florence Accademia Gallery Tour included Michelango's David

The gallery of academy was founded in 1784 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena. His aim was to gather together all the painting and drawing school of Florence in one only big Academy that enshrines all the work of arts used by art students to practice and exercise.
Over the years the Academy filled with a huge amount of paintings and statues and it changed several times its collections until, in 1827, it experienced a huge breakthrough with the arrival of the real David made by Michelangelo. From that year, the Academy was rearranged with a different purpose: be introduced to the public as a Michelangelo museum.
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Pasta in Italy has infinite shapes and styles. Some are long and thin, like spaghetti. Others brim with fillings of cheese, braised meat, amazing vegetables or fish, organic, seasonal and locally-sourced. During this 3-hour class, limited to 8/10 participants, you are guaranteed one-on-one interaction with your cooking instructor. Learn how to form and fill traditional of stuffed pasta, how to prepare the main kind of dough for filled pastas and best ways to pair with its own delectable sauce.

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Fresh Pasta, Gnocchi & Italian Sauces!

We will start with a welcome coffee and cookies to create the right atmosphere Then we will get right to the action by starting to prepare the vegetables for the Bolognese sauce which will be cooking for two hours! Meanwhile we will prepare the filling for the Ravioli:i'll show you how to do a really taste filling with ricotta and spinaches, salt pepper and nug mag.Then we will start with flour and eggs and hands in dough! From the base of the dough you will do in first person,three different shapes of pasta.After making the dough rest for about twenty minutes,we will roll it out by hand and start making shapes for Ravioli & Tagliatelle. Get a small aperitif with prosecco and"bruschetta"!It is already time to prepare another dough, the one for the Gnocchi with flour and potatoes.Our menu is ready: gnocchi with pesto, tagliatelle with ragù and ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinaches.Together we will cook the pasta and prepare and eat together all the your fresh pasta!

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