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Medieval meanderings

  • Medieval meanderings

    Cortona, riddled with medieval alleyways, is a place for meandering rather than ticking off key sites. Now that Cortina is an insider secret no longer, the city’s quaintly crooked, cobbled streets can be awash with summer visitors. 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. Escape the crowds by seeking out Via Janelli for its row of brick buildings with overhanging upper storeys – some of Tuscany’s oldest surviving medieval houses. Other picturesque streets include via Ghibellina and via Guelfa, with their medieval mansions.

    On a higher level, you can also visit the monumental complex of San Francesco, a short walk up from Piazza della Repubblica. San Francesco, encompassing a 13th-century church and the monastery, displays a fresco by Pietro da Cortona. Continue ever upwards to reach the higher part of the town, with its narrow streets and medieval buildings. In the heart of the medieval district, San Nicolò houses Signorelli’s wonderful standard of the Deposition. The steep, crooked streets, linked by stone staircases, work their way painfully to the Medici fortress at the top.
    Web: www.cortonaweb.net

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We will start from the old centre of the Roman town, todays Piazza della Repubblica, in front of the Gilli Cafe.We will walk with you through the beauty of the city, moving around the oldest medieval streets of the city centre, lined up with towers. We reach Piazza Signoria, the political heart of the city, with its ancient buildings and famous statues. Then on to admire the renowned  Ponte Vecchio, with it's  jewelery shops to enjoy and dream. From Ponte Vecchio we will then pass to The Duomo area, the religious centre of the city. In the end the guide will show you the famous Mercato Centrale where you can enjoy a tasting of wine and salami (free of charge).

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This is the right tour to visit one of the best historical palace in Florence with a private guide: Palazzo Vecchio. Here you will hear the story of the Medici family, rulers of the city for over three centuries. In all the splendid and beautiful rooms of Palazzo Vecchio you will learn much more about the Medici family and their artistic interest in working with the best artists of the Renaissance period.

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8-Day Small-Group Flavors of Tuscany Tour with Cooking Classes

A great culinary Experience, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN… in one of the most beautiful and historical corner of Tuscany ….. Arezzo is its 4 valleys..
Delights of the traditional Italian lifestyle, while attending fun-filled cooking classes and enjoying “ UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES “  sightseen excursions.. Discover all the essentials to prepare Italian meals, and passion for reviving Tuscan historic recipes and giving them a contemporary twist. Learn the art of making appetizers, soups, homemade pasta accompanied by sauces, meats, and vegetables, ending with delicious desserts.
You will be cooking, dining, Drinking, relaxing and exploring the treasure of Tuscany, while having fun staying at a  farmhouse villa, which produces excellent IGT chianti wine and IGP Extra virgin  olive oil …

Stay in a  private apartment, complete with panoramic pool overlooking the historical city of Arezzo and its rolling hills  .

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