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Cortona has a fascinating history, rich in historical events, of religion, of art of absolute importance. Arezzo, Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Assisi, Perugia, are just some of the many places to visit: Cortona is perfectly in the center of a proposed cultural and historical envied around the world.
Cortona has a fascinating history, rich with historical and religious events, and of very important art.
Arezzo, Firenze, Siena, Montepulciano, Assisi, Perugia, are only some of the many places to visit: Cortona is in the centre of a perfect historical and cultural position, which is envied throughout the world.
The story of Cortona begins between the VIII and VII centuries BC, where at the beginning of the XIV century, the church of Madonna degli Alemanni was built, and which after 1786 was transformed in to Palazzo Signorile. The style of the building, the place where it is situated, and the panoramic position, remind us of a fascinating atmosphere of an era, respected by a sympathetic and complete restoration, which has recovered the stylistic and architectural character of the villa and which had remained hidden by works carried out in previous centuries. Today, it has become villa marsili, the only hotel in Cortona which looks out over the valley.
Val di Chiana
The sun shines with particular sweetness of this last part of Tuscany, and every season is ideal to discover the spiritual areas, where the active imagination can be tempted to recover, in a single embrace, the past and the present in a dream sparked by 'art and history. A small town, wide, with a surface of the municipality is the fourth largest in Tuscany and the 29th in Italy.
The sun beats down with a particular sweetness on this last limb of Tuscany, and every season is suitable to discover areas where the active imagination can be stimulated to recover, in a single embrace, the past and present in a dream aroused by art and history. Here, very much alive and present in the museums, in the archeological areas, in the monuments, in the historical centre and in the countryside, the testimony of an uninterrupted succession of culture (paleolithic, etruscan, roman, medieval and renaissance). A wide town, the surface of the township is the fourth most extensive and the 29th of Tuscany in Italy.
Arezzo 30km from Villa Marsili
Arezzo is located on a hill in eastern Tuscany. As evidenced by the very architecture of the city, it boasts ancient origins that has seen it as one of the major Etruscan cities and then a strategic Roman city. The highest part of the city retains a strong medieval aspect, dominated by the Cathedral and the Medici Fortress.
Arezzo sits on a hill in oriental Tuscany. As witness, the architecture of the city itself takes pride in its very old origin which has seen it to be one of the most important etruscan cities, and subsequently, a strategic roman city. The highest part of the city retains a strong medieval aspect, dominated by the Cathedral and Fortezza Medicea. The Cathedral, which has gothic traits, houses valuable works of art, amongst which, La Maddelena di Piero della Francesca and the stained glass windows of Guillaume de Marcillat. At the centre of the city Piazza Grande is found, which unfolds a true anthology of styles; the penultimate Saturday of June and the first Sunday of September becomes the scene of the Giostra del Saracino, a jousting tournament of medieval origins. The same piazza, and a great part of the historical centre, every first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday holds the Fiera Antiquaria, antique fair.
38 min 43.462714, 11.880790
Lucignano 33km from Villa Marsili
And 'one of the most interesting centers in Tuscany because of its original castle on an elliptical plan, closed by walls with towers. The ancient village has perfectly preserved, the Town Hall, of the XIII century. Inside is a small museum with paintings from the Sienese school and Arezzo as well as valuable pieces of gold late Gothic as the famous "tree" relic of Lucignano.
This is one of the most interesting places in Tuscany because of the original castle like elliptical construction, enclosed by a wall with towers. The old hamlet has the Palazzo Comunale, from the 1200's, which has been perfectly preserved. Inside there is a small museum with paintings from schools in Siena and Arezzo, as well as a precious testimony of late gothic jewellery, such as the famous reliquary “albero” of Lucignano. The imagination and creativity of its inhabitants are shown in Spring, during the Maggiolata Lucignanese, where the sounds and colours of the flowers revive a tradition rich in history and music.
35 min 43.274259, 11.748183
Montepulciano 23km from Villa Marsili
Montepulciano, is built along a narrow ridge of limestone, at a height above sea level of 605 meters. The village is surrounded by walls and fortifications and is known principally for its imposing Renaissance palaces, the elegant beauty of its churches and for its "Vino Nobile", one of the most popular Tuscan wines internationally.
Montepulciano is built along a narrow crest of calcium, at a height of 605 mts above sea level. The town is surrounded by a circle of walls and fortifications, projected by Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio in the 1500's. Montepulciano is recognised mainly for its grand renaissance buildings, for the elegant beauty of its churches and for the “Vino Nobile”, one of the most appreciated Tuscan wines, on an international level. The urban centre is developed along a street that comes up through the hill, arriving at the central square, Piazza Grande, which is found at its summit.
40 min 43.098925, 11.787460
Montalcino 63km from Villa Marsili
Home to the Brunello that has been called the best and most famous Italian wine, Montalcino from a height of 567 meters, dominating the surrounding countryside, perched on a hill on which stands the imposing century fortress. Just outside town, near Castelnuovo dell'Abate, find the Romanesque abbey of Sant'Antimo, the impressive temple founded by Charlemagne in 781.
Homeland of that Brunello which has been labelled the best and most famous Italian wine, Montalcino, from its height of 567 metres, dominates all of the surrounding countryside, set on a hill which dominates the majestic three hundred year old fortress. Just outside the city, towards Castelnuovo dell'Abate, in the Starcia valley, we find the romanesque abbey of Sant'Antimo, an intimate and impressionable temple, embraced in an almost fairytale atmosphere, set up by Carlo Magno in 781.
1 ora e 10 min 43.055224, 11.488970
Pienza 40km from Villa Marsili
Jewel of the Renaissance, was a stronghold of Siena famous for being mentioned in a novel by Giovanni Boccaccio. Much of the architecture built under Pope Pius II between 1459 and 1462 that called to work one of the most famous architects of the time, Bernardo Rossellino, turning the birthplace into a splendid Renaissance town.
Pienza, a small jewel of renaissance in the heart of Tuscany, in the province of Siena, owing its name and popularity to Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who became famous as Pio II. A great part of its most beautiful architecture was actually realised by Papa Pio II himself, between 1459 and 1462, and who called one of the most famous architects of that era to work in Pienza, Bernardo Rossellino, who transformed the hamlet of Corsignano in to a splendid renaissance town, an exceptional example of architecture and urbanism of the 1500's.
50 min 43.077232, 11.679183
Bagno Vignoni 59km from Villa Marsili
Enter inBagno Vignoni is like going beyond the wall of time, like stepping into a reality completely alien to our century, leaving everything behind. It breathes really looked new, or rather old. It is from here where the big tub in the '500 took a bath Saint Catherine of Siena and Lorenzo de' Medici, the Magnificent, you can admire one of the most beautiful views of the area.
To enter Bagno Vicnoni is like going back in time, so as to emerge in to a completely different reality to that of our century, leaving everything behind. You really do breath a new fresh air, indeed very old. It is from here, where in the year 500, Santa Caterina da Siena and Lorenzo de'Medici, known as the Magnificent, took a bath in the big tub, that you can admire one of the most picturesque panoramas of the area.
1 ora e 15 min 43.027713, 11.616302
Firenze 100km from Villa Marsili
Tuscan city known throughout the world as a city of art par excellence, today reports its past splendor of its monuments and Renaissance buildings. Florence with its museums, palaces and churches houses some of the most important artistic treasures of the world. Among the places of art and religious site in the city are undoubtedly the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia Gallery.
Capital of Tuscany, Florence is the city of art par excellence is known. Millions of tourists every year trample the streets in search of art, history, sun, good food and fine craftsmanship. Visiting Florence means to walk among the monuments of the great history everyday, visit the sumptuous palace and gardens, taste the local produce in local markets or in local inns. The most popular monuments of the city are the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello, and the Accademia Gallery.
1 ora e 20 min 43.777626, 11.248700
Siena 71km from Villa Marsili
And 'one of the most artistic of Italy, with important and famous monuments, palaces and squares, is the city of the Palio. The Palio of the most popular and is the most deeply felt among the Italian demonstrations, which combines and maximizes the potential characteristics of a party with religious and civil.
This is one of the most artistic cities of Italy, with important and recognised monuments, buildings and squares, and the city of the Palio. Without fear of being mistaken, we can affirm that the Palio delle Contrade is the most famous and the most deeply felt of the Italians' events, which adds and expresses to its maximum potential the characteristics of a feast both religious and civil, of a fascinating show, of a historical and cultural reenactment, which culminates in a breathtaking horse race, riden with the exalted pride, spirit and competitiveness of the contrade.
56 min 43.320134, 11.331111
Il Chianti 30km from Villa Marsili
Chianti is a historical and geographical region, symbol of peasant Tuscan is the territory that embraces the southern part of the province of Florence and the northern part of the Siena. Hilly area with rocky terrain on which it seems miraculous that a thin fertile strata may be so luxuriant, with woods, vines, olives and vegetables.
Chianti is a historical-geographical region, symbol of the Tuscan farming civilization, which includes the hills which stand out between the Chianti mountains. Hilly area with a rocky land, on which it seems a miracle that on a thin fertile stretch, the vines, the olive trees and the vegetable gardens are exuberant, not to mention the woods. A geographic region which has its own history because it was the land of conflict between Siena and Arezzo and between Florence and Siena, Land of saints and fighters, of great artists, of farmers and lords, a land of hills, mounds with farms and villas, castles and parish churches, abbeys and tower ruins, stone hamlets and austere buildings, land which has given life for around five centuries to one of the most famous wines of Italy.
La Val Tiberina
Anghiari 58km from Villa Marsili
Beautiful medieval town on the slopes of the hills between Sovara and the Tiber valley. In the heart of the old town is Taglieschi Palace, seat of the State Museum that collects artistic works of great value (a polychrome wood Madonna by Jacopo della Quercia, terracotta Della Robbia and a portable organ of '500 still working).
Splendid medieval hamlet at the foot and between the hills of the Sovara torrent and the Tevere valley. In the heart of the historical centre Palazzo Taglieschi is found, the home of the Museo Statale which houses artistic testimonies of high value (a Madonna in wood polychrome by Jacopo della Quercia, Robbiane terracottas and a grand piano of the 1500's which still functions). In Spring, the streets and the lanes of the old hamlet come to life with tourists and the shops open their doors to many visitors who each year in large numbers do not miss the chance to visit the traditional Mostra Mercato dell'Artigianato and of Valtiberina in Tuscany.
50 min 43.541016, 12.051180
Monterchi 53km from Villa Marsili
Typical village of the high Tiber Valley, perched on a hill that stands isolated on the border between Tuscany and Umbria is dotted with ancient medieval churches and monasteries, one of which is just behind the ramparts walls. But what makes it universally known Monterchi is the presence of an absolute masterpiece is the fresco of the Madonna del Parto by Piero della Francesca around 1459, probably to honor his mother, born in Monterchi.
This is a typical village of high Valtiberina, perched on a hill which stands isolated, at the border between Tuscany and Umbria, studded with ancient medieval churches and convents, one of which is close to the the rampart walls. Monterchi is famous because of the presence of an absolute masterpiece: the fresco of the Madonna del Parto, painted by Piero della Francesca in approximately 1459, probably to honour his mother, who was born in Monterchi.
50 min 43.483243, 12.114037
Perugia 47km from Villa Marsili
Perugia, the great "Guelf strong-hold" rises up in the region's heart, with five historic districts enclosed by Etruscan walls: enormous bastions formed by gigantic square masses, were constructed 22 centuries ago and still visible for long stretches. When the city of Rome was little more that an encampment of huts, in the Etruscan Perugia had 7 portals, among which one was particularly mighty, the Porta Pulchra or of Augustus.
Perugia, the great “Arce Guelfa” rises above the centre of Umbria, with its five historical quarters enclosed by etruscan walls: enormous bastions formed by gigantic squared boulders, and put in place 22 centuries ago, and still visible for long stretches.
When the city of Rome was little more than a group of huts, in the etruscan Perugia you would enter by any one of 7 doors, one of which being that of the Porta Pulchra or d'Augusto, which was particularly grand.
55 min 43.154438, 12.393549
Assisi 67km from Villa Marsili
Considered one of the richest artistic Italian destination. The historical events that the city has known have left precious evidence in the form of churches, palaces, castles, ruins, etc. The jewel of the city ', the center of the religious world, is the Basilica of San Francesco.
Assisi, for its richness of its monuments, can be considered artistically one of Italy's richest destinations. The historical events that the city has known has left precious testimony in the form of churches, buildings, castles, ruins, etc. In the main square of the city you will find, perfectly kept, a Romanesque temple (Tempio di Minerva), but undoubtedly, the jewel of the city, and centre of the religious world, is the Basilica di San Francesco.
1 ora e 5 min 43.069706, 12.617982
Gubbio 67km from Villa Marsili
Laying on the slopes of Mount Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past .The town of Gubbio is famous for the religious festival, an event that has secular traditions and it held continuously every year on May 15, eve of the feast of the patron Saint Ubaldo, who died in 1160.
Nestled at the foot of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is one of the oldest cities in Umbria, well preserved over the centuries, and rich with monuments which are testimony to its glorious past. Gubbio is home to the Corsa dei Ceri, a run held every year always on the 15th day of May, in which three teams, devoted to St. Ubaldo (the patron saint of Gubbio), S. Giorgio, and S. Antonio, run through throngs of cheering supporters (clad in the distinctive colours of yellow, blue and black, with white trousers and red belts and neckbands), up much of the mountain from the main square in front of the Palazzo dei Consoli to the basilica of St. Ubaldo, each team carrying a statue of their saint mounted on a wooden octagonal prism, similar to an hour-glass shape 4 metres tall and weighing about 280 kg.
1 ora e 20 min 43.351733, 12.576033