CortonaNovember 29, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C
After one last delicious breakfast at our favourite breakfast place, Caffe Montanucci, and one last stroll to see the Duomo in the early morning light, we sadly departed Orvieto to make our way to our next town, Cortona. We have loved our time in Orvieto and hope the next stop can live up to our experiences here.
On arriving in Cortona our lovely hostess even met us at the train station to drive us to the old town, where we are staying. This was a lovely surprise and even more appreciated as the rain had set in. One thing I did not learn about Cortona when researching for our trip was that it is a very steep town and pushing and pulling our suitcases up the cobblestone streets from the lower car park, in the rain was not fun and a bit exhausting. Thankfully we did not have too far to walk. And the walk was worth is as our apartment for the next few nights is beautiful. So far we have been very lucky with the places we have chosen – fingers crossed that luck continues.
Thankfully the rain did not last long and we were quickly able to do a light unpack and head out to explore Cortona. Being that it is our first time here we were excited to see what it was like and were not disappointed. Being that it is a town on a hill, the views surrounding the town are breathtaking.
Cortona’s origins actually predate recorded history with on of its most popular foundation myths was that the son of Noah, Crano, navigated to the area following the great flood and founded his city on the hillside. It is more likely that Cortona was founded by the Umbrians, a tribal group in ancient Italy and soon taken over and enlarged by the Etruscans. The original town was settles around 3000 years ago, some three to four hundred years before the founding of Rome. It is now a town of archaeological sites and is very proud of its history.
Its latest claim to fame is that it is home to the villa Bramasole, built in 1504, the location for the 2003 movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. With the stunning views and beautiful countryside I can see why it was chosen as the location. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon exploring the surrounding laneways, browsing in the shops and admiring the scenery. One shop that stood out in particular was the one with its own shop cat, and a very vocal and friendly cat he was. He was very demanding when it came to wanting affection and pats and we were happy to oblige. It is great to see pet owners love their pets as much as we do.
Tired from all our walking (just up the street and back) we just had to stop at a wine bar for some refreshments - wine, beer and bruschetta. It was great to relax and appreciate our surroundings and get chatting to a local or two. What a pleasant way to spend the afternoon before heading back to our apartment for a light siesta before heading out again. I think we are going to enjoy Cortona.Read more