Tips For Trips

With temperatures reaching as high as 40°, Lucy Wood and family decided on a day out ... destination swim!
Fully acknowledging that being August both roads and beaches would be populated, we set off in search of places to cool down – August has recorded some of the hottest temperatures ever. Our destinations are both in the Provincia di Grossetto:  Cala Violina is ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

Castiglion della Pescaia is the perfect sea side town to visit if you have a young family...
Castiglione della Pescaia is a bit like Cortona-on-the-sea with slightly less panache. It is an extremely quaint town, dating back to the Etruscans and historically a fishing port, situated between blue sea and green hills. It is just 159 km from Cortona (1hr ...

Team -
My Cortona

From wine windows to the protection of Michelangelo's David, some interesting history of Florence...
Centuries ago, the bubonic plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, swept through Europe, killing one-third of the continent’s population at the time. Originating in Asia, the disease made its way to Italy during the late Middle Ages, and spread north from there.Thus, ...

Doumina Whyman -
Seattle, Washington, USA

Siena is one of Tuscany’s most beautiful towns and is just 50 minutes from Cortona, making it an easy day out...
Doumina Whyman, founder of the Enthusiastic Traveler, shares her notes on what to do and see in Siena, as well as some interesting facts on the famous Siena horse race, Il Palio which is held twice each year, on 2 July and ...

Doumina Whyman -
Seattle, Washington, USA

San Gimignano made a comeback in the 19th century, when it was discovered by northern European tourists...
About an hour's drive from Cortona, you can organize a day trip to San Gimignano; a very famous town, with a glorious history.San Gimignano was born along the Via Francigena - initially a very small village (about 1000 years ago).The trade and flow ...

Nicola Burazzi -
Foiano, Tuscany

Marking 500 years since the Renaissance artist's death the exhibition has been extended to 30th August 2020...
Perhaps understandably Raphael would have worn a face mask to cope with the foul smells on the streets of Renaissance Italy. It was in keeping then, that Val and I should cover our noses and mouths when we ventured to Rome on a ...

Roger Jupe -
London, UK

Starting in Etruscan times the residents of Orvieto excavated a shadow, alternative city in the obliging tufa stone
Orvieto, with its spectacular cathedral and memories of the days when the popes made it a favoured retreat, takes 75 minutes by car and less than an hour by train from Camucia-Cortona.The town sits on a pedestal, a sheer-cliff mesa, and looks much ...

Roger Jupe -
London, UK

Baron Bettino Ricasoli was an important figure for Chianti…he created the recipe for Chianti wine…
The castle of Brolio, in Gaiole in Chianti, dominates a beautiful part of Chianti with breath-taking views over an unspoiled landscape. It is a one hour drive from Cortona.The first recorded data regarding the castle dates back to 1009. In 1141 it was ...

Nicola Burazzi -
Foiano, Tuscany

AREZZO IS THE HOME OF ANTIQUES WITH ITS MONTHLY FAIR HELD ON THE 1ST CALENDAR SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH...
Arezzo is a beautiful city, alive, rich and relatively little known.It was once referred to as, "the city of gold", a large industrial zone with thousands of metalworking companies.Today it is changing direction and is opening up to tourism and events; it was the ...

Nicola Burazzi -
Foiano, Tuscany

AN EXCEPTIONAL TOWN IN NORTHERN TUSCANY FAMOUS FOR ITS HOSTING OF AN ANNUAL SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Lucca is definitely one of my favorite cities - it is the essence of Tuscany - extremely elegant and proud of its history and traditions. It is a place rich in culture, with a strong identity (sometimes even a bit snobbish).It is ...

Nicola Burazzi -
Foiano, Tuscany

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