Arezzo and Cortona day tour from Florence, vist south part of Tuscany and Umbria, the enchanting medieval town of Cortona and its Etruscan origins, the medieval treasures of Arezzo, Arezzo and Cortona on the way to Rome, discover Arezzo and Cortona on your way to Umbria,

Arezzo and Cortona, Exploring Medieval Treasures

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After being picked up directly at your accommodation in the Florence area, you will be whisked away along the winding, vineyard- filled roads of Tuscany to Arezzo, a hilltop Medieval city perched above four sun-drenched valleys. The vistas, ancient walls, and quaint streets are so quintessentially Tuscan, in fact, that Arezzo served as the setting for Roberto Benigni's Oscar-award winning film Life is Beautiful. Aside from the beauty and splendor of panoramic views, Arezzo is the birthplace of Renaissance artist/ architect Giorgio Vasari, patron of the Medici family who created many recognizable architectural and artistic Renaissance masterpieces. You can explore the museum at his home as well as the numerous Romanesque churches and Renaissance palaces. One of the most notable stops is the Basilica of San Francesco (dedicated to patron saint St. Francis of Assisi) which houses the newly restored series of frescos “The Legend of the True Cross” by Piero della Francesca. Also, schedule your tour for the first weekend of the month and you will also be able to explore the extensive outdoor antique market and bring home some of your own Tuscan treasures.

 

The second stop on the tour is the Etruscan town of Cortona, another hilltop stunner highlighted in the Frances Mayes’ bestseller (and book-inspired film) Under the Tuscan Sun. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, you’ll explore the steep, narrow streets bustling with small shops and locals, earning that exquisitely savory Tuscan lunch of crostini, pastas, and local desserts. The majesty of the views overlooking the famed Val di Chiana (Chiana Valley) and Trasimeno Lake (where Hannibal ambushed the Romans in the Punic Wars) are simply unparalleled. The picturesque Cortona has timeless appeal from the Etruscans to the Romans to modern-day Hollywood. Come explore this Tuscan gem with us!

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Available: All year round, rain or shine
  • Duration: approximately 8 hours
  • Travel time: approximately 3 hours
  • All drivers/guides are Tuscan locals
  • All tours can be customized according to your interests and/or timetable
  • Tours in Tuscany can make suggestions for a personalized itinerary based on your preferences
  • Quotes for tour will be personalized according to your needs, timetable, group size, etc.

 

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • Luxury, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick up and drop off in Florence and vicinity
  • English-speaking driver at disposal all day
  • All local taxes, gasoline, highway/parking tolls, and driver's meal

 

NOT INCLUDED

  •  Lunch
  • Admission fees where required unless otherwise specified
  • Guide inside of official tourist sites such as museums and churches

 

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Arezzo and Cortona day tour from Florence, vist south part of Tuscany and Umbria, the enchanting medieval town of Cortona and its Etruscan origins, the medieval treasures of Arezzo, Arezzo and Cortona on the way to Rome, discover Arezzo and Cortona on your way to Umbria, \"Under the Tuscan Sun\"