CORTONA-AREZZO


The tour will not require a guide. Your English-speaking driver or tour assistant are not
authorized guides but rather a practical and valuable source to help navigate you to the points
of interest. While on board your vehicle your driver or assistant will provide you with some g
eneral information to help orient you for your walks around each town.
Please refer to the web-site link explaining each professional role. http://www.privatetuscanytours.com/en/Helpful-information Your driver will meet you at the location of your stay in Tuscany(Hotel, Villa, Farm,
Agritourism’s). At the end of the day your driver will bring you back to the location of your stay.
If you prefer to be dropped off elsewhere that can be arranged too just let your driver know
the details. Your driver will recommend which would be the best city to start for the first part of your tour. Cortona and Arezzo are located in the southeast region in Tuscany. Makes no difference if your
party is large or small the itinerary will not change. Cortona & Arezzo do not have any check
points or city entrances fee to pay at this time. Both entrances of both cities are reachable by
bus or van. As we drive towards Arezzo, we will pass some of the beautiful Valleys in Italy such
as: Val Tiberina, Val D’ Arno, Casentino, Val D Chiana. Another highlight is that your driver
will use the Cassia Road. Cassia Road is the second oldest road in Italy built by the roman
emperor Cassius. The land where Arezzo was first occupied by the Etruscans who settled there
long before the City of Arezzo was built by the Romans. Once we reach Arezzo you will have time to visit many wonderful places like museums, palaces,
The Medici Fortress, Roman, Amphitheater and San Francesco Basilica.
You will also find many works of art by famous Italian artist for instance Giorgio Vasari,
Francesco Redi, Guido Monaco and many more. Arezzo is also known for its goldsmith traditions dating back 900 BC the time of the Etruscans.
You will find may blacksmith shops along the streets in Arezzo where they still master the craft
using old tools and techniques. You may choose to have your lunch here or along the way to
Cortona we can stop at one of the small villages. The surrounding area is enriched by many typical little villages. One of the villages is Anghiari fampous for teh Anghiari battel on 1440 and for its olive oil , Lucignano’s city hall there is a museum, in the museum there stands a tree made of gold and gem stones that is a site for your eyes to see. It is a masterpiece that was built in the XV Sec by the goldsmiths of Arezzo for the noble people of Lucignano. In May the village of Lucignano also host a flower fair covering chariots with flowers and parade around the city. The fair is called “Maggiolata Luciagnese”. Poppi is another little village along the way to Cortona. The story of the town of Poppi relates to the Conti Guidi Family. The family ruled the town until 1440 up until the battle of Anghiari. It then became part of the Republica Di Firenze. In the 1200’s the fortification of the castle was converted into Nobel residence with its surrounding wall and 4 gates to enter. Dante Alighieri once lived in the Castle of Poppi from 1307 to 1311. He wrote part of his Inferno the XXXIII Canto. We will pass many other little towns along the way to Cortana with the same charming feeling in each of the towns along with lessons in Italian history. The next stop will be Cortona. Once we get to Cortona your driver will drop you at the entrance of the town. A good start as there is a terrace there where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the valley an Lake Trasimeno. Cortona is 600 Meters above sea level so the views will be fantastic. Cortona is a small town and the highlight of the town the Museo Diocesiano located inside the Palazzo Comunale in the Republica Square. Your driver will then take you to Santuario di Santa Marherita and Girfalco Fortress the highest point of the town. Cortona is also famous for being the location of the movie set of “Under The Tuscan Sun”. You driver can take you as far as the driveway to the famous villa of Frances Myers. Due to being a private villa you will to be allowed to enter the gardens or visit the villa. Next you will be taken to the Eremo Francescano La Celle it is a must see and located just a few km outside the walls of Cortana. It is a convent built by San Francesco in 1211 a very unique place to visit. Cortona and all the little villages surrounding are places where you will find great exhibitions of art, delicious food, great knowledge of history and of course the warm and friendly people. Now that you had a full and exciting day your driver will take you back to your residence of your stay. You can sit back, have a glass of a nice Italian wine and reminisce about what you learned and saw today.
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Testimonials

  • Shore Excursion from Livorno Harbour to Florence and Pisa

    Santiago Family from POrtorico. Shore Excursion to Pisa and Florence , back to the harbour. Thanks for travelling with us . Read more
  • Flavia Saiad

    After some days in Tuscany , here there are at the Station ready for another Italian's adventure Read more
  • Karen & Jhon from Boston

    E-mail dated back Septmber 2019
    Hi Sylvia - its' hard to believe but in a few weeks it will be a year since our wonderful trip to Tuscany and our three days of touring with you. We've told many, many people about our three days touring with you in Tuscany! We love to tell the story of the guy in the

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  • Judith Wolfe on Behalf of Linda Wolfe October 2018

    Dear Silvia,My customers have returned from their long extended trip to Italy. San Gimignano was their 1st stop.They said the tour you arranged was wonderful and the guide made it especially good, saying that he is one of the best they ever had.They also really enjoyed the lunch stop and view.Thank you... Read more
  • Mrs. Maristela Azevedo

    Hello, Silvia, how are you?
    I’d like to thank you for the great time you gave us!!!We loved everything!
    I told my husband that, the next time, we will rent an apartment in San Gimignano…and you will take us to the wineries…He loved it!
    Thank you very much for everything. It was everything wonderful!!!... Read more
  • Jaime Otero y Jose Carlos Gonzalez Bonilla

    Silvia: mille grazie per un giorno magnifico! Ha stato benissimo. We really enjoyed your company and the enthusiasm you brought to the tour. When we get back to Puerto Rico, I will look for you on Facebook.
    Saludos,
    Jaime Otero y Jose Carlos Gonzalez Bonilla Read more
  • Shane Quintard

    Ciao Silvia!

    Grazie ancora per il grande tour di Siena e San Gimignano - io e mia moglie e amici aveva un grande momento e che era esattamente quello che speravamo! La cantina è stata una scelta eccellente, come pure! Abbiamo lasciato ieri (1 febbraio) e ha fatto arrivare a casa in modo sicuro, nonostante ... Read more
  • Carole Gaddis

    Hi Silvia,  It's so good to hear from you.  We're fine.  We had six days at home after Tuscany and then flew to South Korea for two weeks!  We've just returned, exhausted!
    We had such a great time with you, Silvia.  The tip could never be enough to show our appreciation for your kindness and help.  ... Read more
  • The British Institute of Florence

    Gentile Silvia,  La volevo ringraziare per la sua disponibilità riguardo la gita di sabato.  Le signore le hanno fatto tutte molti complimenti per la sua guida!
    Grazie e a presto,
    Cordiali saluti,
    Liz Read more
  • Mrs Elizabeth ( wedding Planner ) Original Tuscan Wedding

    Ciao Silvia,
    Ecco i complimenti dalle Sposi del 16 Ottobre!!
    Our driver Johnny was so awesome!  He drove us all over the Chianti region.  He took us to a few wineries and we had a private tour of one of the wineries including a wine tasting and oil tasting.  He even took us into a store with a cellar ... Read more