Locanda del Giglio - Ristorante Fiorentino

Via Luca Pacioli, 60, 60 ~ 52037 Sansepolcro (AR), Cortona, 52037, Italy
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First trip To Italy

by Olliebear2

This is our first trip to Italy and we would like to stay in or around Cortina. Can anyone recommend a quaint/romantic, villa/farmhouse? Something with nice views, interesting local owners. English speaking not neccesary. We really want to experiance an 'authentic' Italy.

Thanks,
Dan & Lin

Re: First trip To Italy

by vtveen

Cortona or Cortina ???

Re: First trip To Italy

by Olliebear2

Sorry, it should have read, 'Cortona'.

Re: First trip To Italy

by Beausoleil

Hi. Will you have a car or are you using public transportation? We had a car and stayed at a wonderful farm south of Cortona. It's an easy drive to Cortona, Perugia and Siena. The farm is an olive farm overlooking Lago Trasimeno, just stunning views. The owner is an Italian lady who teaches English (when she isn't supervising the olive harvest). Here is her web site. http://www.montepetreto.it/holiday-villas-umbria.htm#QUERCIA

You can find all sorts of farm apartments (agriturismo) on the web. We've used a couple. Here is one that's in English. http://www.agriturismo.com/englisch.htm

We always try to stay on farms and just love it. Meeting the owners is great
fun and the other guests are always interesting.

Have a fun trip.

Re: First trip To Italy

by Olliebear2

If I can work up the nerve, we will rent a car. This seems like the best way to go where you want. Thanks for the info. Is this farm within walking distance to restaurants, stores, etc,? Do they serve food? Is it mandatory to eat there?

I will check out the website. Thanks again for the info.

Re: First trip To Italy

by Beausoleil

At the web site you can click on a map to get an idea of location. It is up on a hillside overlooking the lake (Trasimeno). You could walk over to San Savino but it's pretty small. I'm not sure you could walk anyplace else. The best restaurant we found was a couple km away in San Feliciano right on the lake. It was fabulous. There's a park on the lake there and colorful fishing boats.

You really would need a car to stay there though. Frankly, you need a car if you want to stay at a farm. There is one farm farther north we've stayed a couple times and there is a bus line but buses are not too frequent so you'd have to plan well. If you want to stay on a farm, plan to rent a car. If you don't want to drive, plan to stay in town.

We've always driven in Italy and never had a problem. We much prefer Tuscany and Umbria and points north. Driving in southern Italy is not fun . . . constant road construction and fewer tourist amenities. Tuscany is great for driving. We lease a car in France (cheaper!) and then drive down into Italy. That way we can fly into Nice which has a really nice airport. You can explore options on airports from wherever you live to various places in southern France and Italy.

We don't drive in cities if we can avoid it. Most places have parking outside town and you can either walk into town or take a bus into town. It makes life easier on the driver. 8^)

You might type Cortona into the VT Search Window and then check Hotel and Accomodations Tips on the Cortona Travel Pages.

Good luck.

Re: First trip To Italy

by Olliebear2

Thank you all for the help. Wow! There sure is a lot of research to do. I'm sure I'll be asking for more help.

Thanks,
Dan

Travel Tips for Cortona

Tanella di Pitagora

by iandsmith

It was with some excitement I followed the sign to the Etruscan tomb. The excitement was soon tempered by the reality. A single tomb behind a fence, obviously having to be erected because of vandalism or the potential for such. Then there was just the one, unlike the hundreds at Sovana or even other towns whose names I've forgotten.
I'd have to say you're better off spending more time in the town!

Monastery Eremo de le Celle

by alloquisha

When I asked the tourist office for suggestions on walks in the area, they mentioned a monastery but no details. It wasn't a huge endorsement, but we got bored quickly and decided to go (but got lost the first time). Being stubborn, we returned to the western road outside of town to find this place. We had thought it was a 5km walk round-trip. Not so!

SO it is dusk, and we are walking along an incredibly dark, winding road (DO NOT GO ALONE AT NIGHT) An hour passed and we were just about to give up as the sun had completely disappeared. We rounded a bend and there was the Monastery Eremo de le Celle, chiseled out of a stonefof a Tuscan Hill. The sight of it was awe-inspiring. It's setting, carved out of the rock and stradding a gushing waterfall, could not be more evocative. We arrive just as the monks were blowing out their candles for the evening. We were speechless.

Unfortunately because of the dark, our photo was bad (the one here is of a house on the road) - but in a way, I'm glad that I can't post anything on here, it would not do the Monastery justice! This is the Tuscany that I think many people hope to see but might not get a chance to fight through the commercial grit.

Some tips if you make the trek: allow 45 min - one hour to make the walk, one way. Watch out for cars and bring a flashlight if you go at night.

How to get there from Cortona:
- Take the NW exit from Cortona, the Porta Colonia. Turn right onto the road that fronts the city walls. There is a turn on your left that leads to the church of S. Maria Nuova. Don't take it! There is another minor road after this, but it is just a glorified driveway so ingore it!
Keep following the road along the wall until it veers away and off into the wooded hills. You will see some signs along the way to the monastery, and the route fairly well marked.

And remember...you ARE probably going the right way...it's just a looong walk. A bottle of wine can make it a bit more interesting though....

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