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Casa Trend, Camucia, CortonaA niche, design and home accessories shop in a corner of Camucia, where it is worth stopping to enrich your home with quality and design objects.I'm sure that some of those who will receive this email have ...

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Pozzo della Chiana
Battle of ScannagalloRe - enactment in Pozzo della Chiana 4th - 5th June 2024In the later part of May or early June, there is a reenactment of an important battle which occurred during the ‘War of Italy’ in the area ...

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Medieval Festival
LA GIOSTRA DELL’ARCHIDADO, Cortona June 1st - 9th The Archidado Joust, officially created in 1397 to celebrate the wedding of the Lord of Cortona and a noble woman from Siena, is a historical event in which the different quarters of the ...

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Past to Present
The city of Todi is located in the Umbria region and belongs to the province of Perugia.Today, it has 15,000 inhabitants. From Cortona, it takes about an hour’s drive, first along the RA6 towards Perugia, then taking the SS3bis/E45 southbound. ...

Patrick & Kaat Muylle -
Lichtervelde, Belgium

Our journey with Cortona International
Ciao from Macon, Georgia U.S.A.! I am Emily Hinson and together with my husband Alex we would like to share our journey to becoming residents of the most wonderful place we have ever experienced, Cortona. Our journey began 30 years ago when ...

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Sentiero della Bonifica
The Beauty of Valdichiana  This beautiful diverse valley lies between the provinces of Arezzo and Siena in Tuscany and stretches into Umbria and beholds many of Tuscany’s magnificent medieval towns and picturesque views. The 104km of the Valdichiana, is furrowed by the ...

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The oldest in Italy
Carnival events are held every year in the city of Foiano and is one of the most famous carnivals in Italy and the oldest having been started in 1539. For 5 Sundays the city of Foiano hosts street parades and ...

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Charles Colett describes his experience of transforming a palazzo into the discerning traveller's dream location...
Palazzo Passerini was always conceived as a place in Cortona for the discerning traveller and not as a personal home. We (Mark Farmer & I, Charles Collett) spent the majority of three years designing, planning and curating an experience for visitors. As architects ...

Charles Colett -
Cortona, Tuscany

ALONDRA GONZALEZ REYNOSO, A UGA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM STUDENT, SHARES HER ARTIST STATEMENT ON CORTONA...
Alondra Gonzalez Reynoso, a student with the University of Georgia (UGA) Cortona Study abroad program, spent this last semester studying photography under the tutelage of Jeff Curto, professor of photography. A business student back in Georgia, this was the first time she ...

Alondra Gonzalez Reynoso -
Georgia, USA

Lucy Wood in Bahari Moja, Kenya - a community-based organization focusing on marine pollution...
As the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-3) was taking place in Nairobi, Kenya (Nov. 13-19th 2023) - in order to discuss and develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including the marine environment - Bahari ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

SEE WHAT'S ON AND WHERE IN CORTONA, INCLUDING THE LIVE NATIVITY IN PETRAIA, PLUS CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN TUSCANY
From 15 December to 7 January discover the festive atmosphere in Cortona. This year the theme is of light and reflection with many attractions, events and initiatives organised for the period. See calendar below. Not to be missed is the ...

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LIGHT & REFLECTION IS THE CHRISTMAS THEME FOR 2023 WITH IMAGINATIVE PROJECTIONS & INSTALLATIONS...
This year's theme for Christmas in Cortona is Light and Reflection and as of Saturday 8th December when the Christmas lights were first turned on, the beautiful projections on the town hall and surrounding buildings have been admired by many. The ...

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From Italy's choice for the Oscars to award winning cheeses & to Europe winning the Ryder cup...
Impressive statistics as to the amount of pasta eaten across the globe and equally impressive numbers of daily visitors to the Colosseum. A cheese company in Arezzo comes home with 4 medals from a major trade event (as it did ...

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A wonderful gluten free chocolate & almond cake that is easy to make and delicious...
This has to be one of the BEST chocolate cakes out there and it's also gluten free. Eaten cold it's sublime (and I don't usually use adjectives like that!), but when slightly warmed it's like eating a chocolate soufflè which is even better ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF CURTO SHARES A COLLECTION OF SUGGESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INSIDE THE CITY'S WALLS...
Photographer Jeff Curto, former Chair at the Society for Photographic Education, Professor Emeritus at the College of Dupage in Illinois and this year teaching a course for the University of Georgia's Fall programme in Cortona, has once again shared with us a series ...

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Cortona's busy night life, captured by a night time wildlife camera, reveals all, even a lone wolf...
I originally thought of getting a wildlife camera to see if I could catch images of the wolves which so many people claimed to have seen in the Cortona hills and valleys but which had always eluded me. Going on ...

Mr T -
Cortona, Tuscany

Cortona's olive oil is of exceptional quality, but its production is, perhaps inevitably, on the decline...
While the benefits of a daily spoonful of olive oil are making the headlines, the number of productive olive trees in the Cortona area are decreasing. The decline is due to a variety of reasons, but the main dynamic, is ...

Mr T -
Cortona, Tuscany

A revolution for electric cars, the benefits of olive oil, La Dolce Vita luxury train ride and more...
A particularly interesting news item of the last two months is the breakthrough technology - born in Italy - for the recharging of electric cars. Another item, describes how a young start-up company used its initiative to deal with a ...

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A SELECTION FROM CI'S HOMEPAGE SLIDER OF SCENES IN AND AROUND CORTONA THROUGH EACH OF THE SEASONS...
Each season CI changes its home page slider with a collection of seasonal or topical photos from in and around Cortona. The slider doesn't appear on mobile phones, so we thought we'd post some of our favourite slider pics from ...

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HOW TO ENTERTAIN UNEXPECTED SUMMER GUESTS WITH TWO DELICIOUS DIPS THAT CAN BE CREATED IN MINUTES...
Two simple summer dips (or crostini toppings) which take less than 5 minutes to prepare. As long as you’ve got the ingredients in stock, they are ideal as appetizers for entertaining unexpected summer guests. Accompanied by a salad and some ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS TO OUR COMPETITION CELEBRATING THE WONDERFUL POPPY FLOWER...
Poppies are beautiful, joyous flowers that arrive in spring and endure throughout the summer, but they are also associated in many countries around the world as a symbol of remembrance for those who died in the First World War. Apparently, ...

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From Milan to Rome to Naples: best airports in Italy, the possible ancestor of the Neapolitan pizza and more...
Two of Italy's international airports are awarded a prize in the Best Airport Awards 2023, the discovery of Pompeii Pizza, a government IT alarm alert, where best to eat in Tuscany while on vacation and the capture of the Colosseum ...

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PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF CURTO SHARES A COLLECTION OF WONDERFUL POPPY PICS TAKEN WHILE TRAVELLING THROUGH ITALY...
Photographer Jeff Curto, former Chair at the Society for Photographic Education, Professor Emeritus at College of Dupage in Illinois and this year teaching a course for the University of Georgia's Fall programme in Cortona, has once again shared with us ...

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From a new 3-day music festival in Castiglion Fiorentino to the ominous threat posed by artifical intelligence...
Flash Festival Tuscany, a 3-day music festival held in Castiglion Fiorentino from May 18th to May 20th and now in its third year, seems to have created quite a following among the younger revelers. Despite the rain (and mud), the ...

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A collection of photographs of historic castles and hamlets taken with a drone by Nicola Burazzi
Not only has CI's Nicola Burazzi mastered the art of photography, but also the drone. Useful for taking aerial shots of properties to establish their location, come the weekends he enjoys travelling around and seeing what else he can find. ...

Nicola Burazzi -
Foiano, Tuscany

FROM THE ACQUISITION OF NEW CAR PARKING SPACES IN CORTONA TO NEWS OF A CURVACEOUS MERMAID IN PUGLIA...
Social media gives people a voice for good or bad: this month it hasn't turned out too well for Italy's Ministry of Tourism with its Italy - Open to Meraviglia campaign using Botticelli's Venus as a modern day 'influencer' nor ...

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ITALY AND KENYA ARE BOTH HOME TO LUCY WOOD. SHE SHARES SOME THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS ON BOTH COUNTRIES..
Lucy Wood has spent a lifetime travelling between Kenya and Italy – the former where she spent much of her childhood and adult working life – the latter where she and her Italo-Canadian-English husband, chose to ultimately raise their children. ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

With a visceral connection to Italy going back 20 years, Lea shares some of her impressions and insights...
Lea McKnoulty, born and raised in Australia, was in her 50’s when she realized she was living ‘everyone else’s dreams but her own’.  On her subsequent journey towards self-discovery, she wrote and illustrated a mindfulness book for children and adults, ...

Lea McKnoulty -
Brisbane, Australia

Patrick and Kaat Muylle visited Monte San Savino and share with us the happy experience...
*Why God was wrong to live in France:  We are Kate and Patrick from Belgium. After 25 years of annual holidays in the region of Cortona we decided two years ago to buy a small holiday home there. Now we divide our time ...

Patrick & Kaat Muylle -
Lichtervelde, Belgium

A series of beautiful photographs taken in and around Tuscany, including Cortona, by photographer Jeff Curto...
Former Chair at the Society for Photographic Education and Professor Emeritus at College of Dupage in Illinois, Jeff Curto - photographer - has, for the past few decades, spent many a week photographing his way across Tuscany and around Italy. ...

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WHILE RESEARCHING ARTICLES FOR THE MONTHLY BLOG, I OFTEN COME ACROSS SMALL OR USEFUL SNIPPETS OF NEWS...
Busy month for Italy's Agricultural ministry, some good news for resident Italian Brits with UK driving licences and details of international and national flights out of Perugia this summer. Read on....PERUGIA AIRPORTDomestic and international flights for the summer season:The summer ...

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A new series where people with second homes in Cortona, compare the home environments in which they live...
Home from Home: a new series where we ask people with second homes in Cortona, to take a look at the home environments in which they live and explore the differences and/or similarities between the two. We kick off with ...

Roger Jupe -
London, UK

WE PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR PEOPLE TO SEND IN THEIR BEST OR FAVOURITE PHOTOS OF 2022. THIS IS THE RESULT...
  Photography: The art of capturing an expression, an event, an action, an emotion, the essence of a place. To all those who contributed their best or favourite photos of 2022, thank you so much. It makes really great viewing and ...

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SUE AND RICHARD CAREY SHARE A WEEK IN CORTONA IN WHICH THEY MORPH FROM VISITORS TO HOME OWNERS...
We first visited Cortona in 2017 whilst on a four-month tour of Spain, France and Italy in our motorhome. My sister had recently bought an apartment in Cortona after she had completely fallen in love with it and couldn’t wait ...

Sue & Richard Carey -
Herts, UK

LIST OF OFFICIAL AND CONFIRMED DATES, ISSUED BY CORTONA'S COMUNE, FOR THE MAJOR EVENTS OF 2023.
  Cortona’s comune has now released official dates for its major events for 2023. (We are making progress!) There wasn't a great deal of info to go with them, but where possible we have researched the event, to give a bit of added ...

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Bob Delonti was raised on Italian food and learned many recipes from his mother. This is his favourite...
As the fall season comes to an end, with winter knocking on the door, I can’t help but think about my mother’s cooking and the smells that filled my childhood home. She made many wonderful dishes but one we enjoyed ...

Robert Delonti -
California, USA

COMFORT FOODS ARE AN 'EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE' MOST OF US KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT. GLENN LEWIS SHARES HIS...
There are two categories for comfort food: one that makes you comfortably numb, and another that simply makes you numbly comfortable. I am sharing a recipe for each type as this time of year requires all the comfort we can ...

Glenn Lewis -
Amsterdam, Netherlands

COLOUR PSYCHOLOGY HAS BECOME BIG BUSINESS OVER THE YEARS! HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT AUTUMN COLOURS...
There is no colour without light and there is nothing that can beat natural sunlight for effect when it comes to Autumn. This year, like last year, we enjoyed blue skies and beautiful sunshine until mid-November, rendering even the olive ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

WITH WINTER ON ITS WAY, WE HAVE ASKED SOME PEOPLE TO SHARE, THEIR FAVOURITE COMFORT RECIPES...
I was first introduced to moussaka, a layered Middle Eastern casserole, at a dinner party in San Francisco in the ’60s. I was young, single, a hippie, and unaccustomed to being invited to sit-down dinners. When I arrived at the ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

Porcini, so called the King of mushrooms, have a delicious nutty flavour and add richness and depth to any dish...
It’s hard to cultivate porcini mushrooms, so fresh ones, are a very prized seasonal food. In northern Italy and Eastern Europe weather conditions tend to be more conducive to their growth which explains how they end up even in supermarkets, but the best ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

Sally Uhlmann does it again with a wonderful selection of colourful and tasty cheap and cheerful dishes...
It’s that time of year when Cortona vegetable gardens are producing such an abundance that it can be baffling to figure out ways to utilize it all. Between hot summer days, guests, and a desire to keep things simple, it’s a challenge. Hopefully these ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS CAPTURING THE ESSENCE AND VIBRANCE OF SUMMERTIME IN CORTONA...
Summer in Cortona is not something one tires of easily. I’ve done 38 of them now, so reckon I am able to make a fair judgement!What’s wonderful about this time of year, especially when living in a town like Cortona, are the ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

BEES, BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES WOULD INDICATE A HEALTHY BIODIVERSE ENVIRONMENT - HERE IN CORTONA GARDENS ARE A-BUZZ!
Ever been on an insect safari? Well, Mid-summer in Cortona can’t be far off the mark.  All you need do is watch a lavender bush (or a bed of marigolds) for an amazing display of hummingbird hawk-moths, hover bees, honey bees, bumble bees ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

Yet again Sally Uhlmann comes up trumps with quick and simple ideas for satisfying guests' appetites...
Wine and Nibbles, Into the Night: The “Season” in Cortona has arrived, marked by the return of those who leave for part of the year, house guests, and friends who pass through to share an afternoon. The longer days and ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

Marie Lardino has Italian roots, but she never expected to experience the lifestyle of her ancestors in real time..
Experiences of a lifetime don’t come along very often. So when I received an invitation from a neighbour, Anna Costantini, to participate in Cortona’s Medieval Archidado festival, it was an exciting moment. The way I saw it, I already get ...

Marie Lardino -
Cortona, Tuscany

With town and countryside a riot of colour, we couldn’t help but take a series of photos for our blog...
It’s that time of year again! Splashes of vibrant colour everywhere: Red poppies and wild flowers adorn the olive groves and hillsides.The wisteria and wild rose bushes are in full flower. Everything is busy and buzzing: in the countryside the constant hum of ...

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IT SEEMED APT TO INVITE SALLY UHLMANN, AUTHOR OF JUST COOK WITH SALLY, TO SHARE SOME EASY SEASONAL RECIPES...
Bring on the Favas! Italian Springs are glorious between the wild poppies and yellow flowers dotting the meadows, trees leafing out, longer sun-filled days, and the bounty of produce suddenly available in the markets. Fava beans are a harbinger of Spring, making their appearance ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

Blue sky days usually mean a beautiful sunset. It's well worth taking time out to watch these winter displays...
From the mountains to the valley floor, Cortona’s winter sunsets are giant displays of colour that are spectacular to witness.  They are more or less the only displays of colour during the coldest winter months - unless you’re up with the birds ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

Here are some insights into what passions moved our buyers to purchase the homes they bought...s.
The last two years have been challenging for many people, but in spite or because of Covid, the property market has been very robust. CI completed on 15 properties in 2021 alone - definitely a record - with some of the properties bought ...

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Producing your own olive oil is done for love not money, but that first bruschetta will make it worth the effort...
So you’ve bought your house in Tuscany and it has a whopping great olive grove out the back.  Now what?  What maintenance does it require?  Who will pick the olives? When should one harvest them? How much will the whole enterprise cost? ...

Lucio Corti -
Cortona, Tuscany

After an 11 month absence from Cortona, the owner of this transformed townhouse finally made it back...
Holed up in the UK and unable to travel to Cortona since September 2020, the final stages of this town house’s transformation, was done with the owner pretty much left in the dark. Having given the Fedi team carte blanche to do whatever ...

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Sally Uhlmann offers some useful tips and trips for how to entertain guests...
There’s a chill to the morning, the sun lazy in burning off a cloak of fog coating the plains of Valdichiana. Boo, my sweet co-pilot and dog, awakes me at 7, tail wagging, nose pressed to my face, a paw ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

A long, hot and dry summer has seen 50 percent less rainfall in some areas of Cortona...a worrying situation...
From his hillside perch above Pergo, Tommy Simmons has been recording annual rainfall, for over 40 odd years.  With temperatures soaring this summer, he watched rainclouds forming over the Esse Valley, Sepoltaglia and the Valdichiana with  increasing frustration as Pergo ...

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September can be a slightly melancholy time of year, but also very beautiful and fruitful...
The Cortona landscape is once again changing. Summer is subtly making way for Autumn. Leaves are beginning to turn russet red, grapes are almost ready for harvesting, as are the olives, sunset is a little earlier each day.Cortona - full frontalValdichiana from ...

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After 18 months separated from my family, I finally made it to the UK despite all the confusing travel requirements
A Family Re-union: After booking a flight to the UK, I almost gave up at the first hurdle, so complicated were all the Covid requirements the airline bombarded me with.  I just couldn’t get my head around what I was required to do, ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

Settling in to her new home has meant a garden redesign for Sally Uhlmann, author of Just Cook with Sally...
I am most fortunate: I found my home.  In July 2020, I made an impromptu day trip to Cortona, having no idea my impulsive urge to visit this ancient hill town was a crucial step towards daily joy. I returned two weeks ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

Take-aways are often associated with fast-food, but not so in Italy where you can often pick up a three course meal
Linguine with scampi followed by a Mediterranean fry up of prawns and calamari may not be quite what the doctor ordered, but as we all know fish can be cooked in a myriad of ways and most of it healthily!  Think Mediterranean ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

SUMMER IS ONE OF CORTONA'S MOST SUGGESTIVE SEASONS ABETTED BY THE BLAZING HEAT CEASING ONLY AT NIGHT...
Morning: Awakening to the cool of the day, revitalised, accompanied by the sounds of shutters drawn up, deliveries in arrival, shop fronts being swept, tables and chairs set out in piazzas and the aroma of fresh ground coffee and cornetti hanging in the air.Midday: ...

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These beautiful birds that can bring such joy, are also amazingly resilient and agile creatures...
I can (and do!) spend hours, watching the swifts. We probably have about 30 nesting in the walls of the house. When I sit out on the balcony they fly by within touching distance.  I felt curious about these wonderful birds who give ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

A GREAT WAY TO RELAX AND GIVE YOURSELF A TAN IS WITH A GOOD BOOK. HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR SUMMER 2021...
With Summer 2021 now officially arrived, what better way is there to relax than sitting under the shade of a tree or on the beach with a good read?  But often the question is what to read? Jeannie Tognola has ...

Jeannie Tognola -
Oxford, UK

Meandering your way through alley ways and hidden corners of Cortona is a great way to spend an afternoon...
Monday 17th May was one of the few sunny days we’ve had in Cortona and I felt that a walk was definitely in order. I came up with the idea of taking photos of the many window boxes and flower displays the ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

I am just one small person occupying a place where countless others have gone, leaving their marks in stone walls..
Cortona Life in the Time of Covid: I am writing from Amsterdam, here for a two-week visit to my apartment, after spending nearly 7 months living in Cortona during what was supposed to be a two-week visit to harvest the olives back in October 2020. ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

Due to be held this weekend this event is definitely worth marking in your calendar for 2022!
Cortona’s Fiera del Rame, del Fiore e del Coccio (flower, copper and earthenware fair) is always a welcome and cheerful event and usually held on the first weekend of May. It is held in Piazza Signorelli and via Casali where stalls displaying new ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

Come mid to end June the EU commission foresees the return of European travel and Covid safe holidays...
Although you’re missing the buds and blooms of an Italian Spring this year, promising news is emanating from the European parliament which foresees travel restrictions being relaxed over the next few months. When interviewed recently on Italy’s popular "Che Tempo Che Fa" programme, ...

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Cortona is turning greener everyday, with more and more blossoms and flowers appearing...
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”  A great quote, by an unknown author said to be inspired by spring (and a whole lot more, I would say!).A Spring that even this year, after 12+ ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

If you need to let off steam or burn a few calories, mountain trekking has to be one of the most satisfying ways...
Talking from experience, a good, bracing hike can do wonders for one’s state of mind.  This spring and summer, I have set myself the goal of re-discovering the mountain walks I first made over 30 years ago.  With Spring already in the air, ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

The greater flamingo is common to Italy and can be found in marshy, coastal regions...but a novelty for Cortona...
It may be the first time ever that flamingos have flown over Cortona, but their change of flight path was a welcome event last week with everyone agape at the sight of these extraordinary birds - heralded by an excited hubbub of noise ...

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...I bought a 400 year old farmhouse in September 2020, in walking distance of Cortona. I’ve come home...
Why Cortona? Considering buying a home in Cortona? Or just curious what it is like to become an Ex-Pat? If so, I invite you to join me here, over the coming months, for a glimpse at my journey of settling into my ...

Sally Uhlmann -
Cortona, Tuscany

Check out the wow factor of this open plan kitchen-living room. Second sneak preview of Cortona town house...
The Fedi Team have done it again! In Transformations: No. 1 we showed you the ground floor makeover of this Cortona town house: the concept was to keep it simple and rustic as per tradition. In contrast, the project for the first floor ...

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ARE YOU UP FOR A RENOVATION PROJECT IN 2021? HERE IS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF A CORTONA TOWN HOUSE UNDERGOING WORKS...
Are you up for a renovation project in 2021? If you’re one of those clever people who can see potential in sad, grim-looking homes, but don’t necessarily have the time to transform one personally, then look no further.This town centre property was bought ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

the work of Giorgio Bassani may be less well known to those wishing to read Italian novels in english...
Set in the northern Italian town of Ferrara before, during, and after the Second World War, The Novel of Ferrara by Giorgio Bassani brings together his six classic books, fully revised as a single volume by the author at the ...

Reg Weir -
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Round trip from Piazza Garibaldi via Cortona's public gardens, up to Torreone, Porta Montanina and Poggio.
About 1 hour on foot.Starting from Piazza Garibaldi, where you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the Val di Chiana, you head off towards Cortona’s public gardens (the parterre) where most Cortonese, young and old, take their daily walks.View from Piazza ...

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Although just 12 kms from Cortona, the mountains are a world away – rugged, wild and extremely beautiful
The mountain ranges above Cortona – Monte Sant’Egidio, Monte Castel Giudeo, Monte Ginezzo – at little more than 1000 metres above sea level – are a 15 minute drive up from Cortona. Although just 12 kms from the town, the mountains are a ...

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With social distancing and the unavailability of many things we will have to content ourselves....
Its always a little strange celebrating the 4th of July outside of the United States. We all have our celebrations of independence and in the past we have found a way to mark the occasion with the Americans that were here. We have ...

Rebecca Ghezzi -
Cortona, Tuscany

I discovered the Trusted Housesitters website some years ago… it was like regaining my freedom!
While many of us may not take a holiday abroad this year, if you’re planning a getaway of some sort and have a pet (or a menagerie like me), take a note of this website address: www.trustedhousesitters.com.I have twice used Trusted Housesitters ...

Alison Koetser -
Cortona, Tuscany

The neo-Gothic church of Santa Margherita standing today, is the result of numerous interventions and alterations..
The Church of Santa Margherita is situated above Cortona, almost at the top of the hillside, just below the Medici Fortress (Fortezza Medicea), with spectacular, dominant views out over the entire Valdichiana. The church was originally the site of a small oratory, ...

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The canile is one of the most joyful places I know; truly uplifting, even in the worst of weathers...
When I was first persuaded, somewhat reluctantly, to go down to our local kennels (canile) in Ossaia, I was very worried that it would be a sad place, full of tragic, caged dogs. Thankfully my fears were unfounded. In fact ...

Hazel Murray -
Cortona, Tuscany

THE CHURCH OF SAN CRISTOFERO CAN BE FOUND IN THE QUIET UPPER REACHES OF CORTONA TOWN IN IL POGGIO...
The Church of San Cristofero stands in the upper reaches of Cortona in il Poggio. It is probably the oldest church in Cortona and a plaque states that it was consecrated in 1192. In 1575 it was renovated and modified due ...

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ALTHOUGH THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE IS UNLIKELY TO RE-INTRODUCE HORSE RACING IT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT....
Recently work began on the redevelopment and conservative restoration of the stone amphitheater in Cortona’s public gardens. “Il Parterre”,  together with the circular space at the entrance of the park, was designed in 1842 by the engineer Allegretti.At that time it ...

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