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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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Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Sunset Tuscan Villa and Aperitivo

Act like a true Italian with a classic Italian ‘aperitivo’— pre-dinner drinks and snacks — and a drive in a vintage Fiat 500 on this 3-hour sunset tour from Florence. Drive your own 1960s Fiat in a guide-led convoy, and head through the exquisite Tuscan countryside around Florence. Then, as the sun sets, relax over a spritzer cocktail and Tuscan delicacies, followed by a Chianti wine tasting experience.

from 125 US Dollar

Private Shore Excursion: Discover Umbria and Tuscany

Enjoy a day exploring the beauties that the  Umbria and Tuscany regions have to offer. In this private full day with a private English speaking driver you’ll be able to visit

  • Assisi
  • Cortona
Included a very good Wine Tasting/Light Lunch in a Farm winery close to Assisi.  
Upgradable with private licensed expert local guide in Assisi and Cortona. 
Pick up and drop off will be at the port of Livorno, right outside the ship.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Livorno Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

from 151,34 US Dollar

Dome Climb Up Tour with Reservations

As the group slowly climbs up, your guide makes stops at different stages to talk about the complex's history, the intricacies of the construction of all its parts, as well as about the artworks hiding within. The guided tour will end at the top of the Duomo offering exceptional views of Florence, and after parting ways with the guide, you are free to explore the complex on your own with new knowledge. The tickets also include entrance to the Cathedral, the Crypt, the Baptistry, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and even Museo dell’Opera and are valid for a consecutive 72 hours from first use. Choose from one of the multiple departure times available when you book.

from 52,39 US Dollar

Vintage Fiat 500 Panoramic Tour of Florence from Pisa

Departs in the morning from Pisa with our shuttle service. Once in Florence meet the tour leader and get behind the wheel of a vintage Fiat 500 and drive around Florence’s hills on a scenic 3-hour tour. Drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo and see the breathtaking view over the city. Keep heading out and visit the Fiesole, a location just above Florence with one of the city’s most incredible sightseeing spots.

from 75,67 US Dollar
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