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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona

Discovering Arezzo and Cortona with a sightseeing of Lake Trasimeno:
a daily trip between history and nature

Along the way that links Tuscany and Umbria you will find many locations of extraordinary beauty; one of them, without a doubt, is the city of Arezzo.

Arezzo has very ancient origins and, during the Etruscan period, has become one of the most important villages. Therefore, even now, you can find a lot of trails of that period.

Right in the centre of the city, underestimated by tourists, who prefer Florence and the other Tuscan cities, you can visit the wonderful Piazza Grande. This square is famous all around the world thank to the movie La Vita è Bella – Life is Beautiful, directed by the Tuscan director Roberto Benigni.

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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona – Piazza Grande in Arezzo

Walking through the streets you can admire the ancient Basilica di San Francesco, a church that will strike you with its simplicity. The church is placed in the surroundings of the square.

Borgo Grondaie suggests you planning carefully your trip in Arezzo, because a unique exhibition, called “Fiera dell’antiquariato”, takes place in the city square every month on the first weekend. Here you will find an incredible variety of ancient commonly used objects.

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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona – Antique market in Arezzo

Proceeding on your journey to the Umbrian region you will find Cortona, a fascinating thousand-year old village, which is

set higher than the other villages of the area.

The peculiarity of the town is its very ancient origin and the fact that nothing changed since its building up.

The best choice is to wear sport clothes, because of the steep streets; but here you will enter into a unique reality, where ancient and modern times are blended together.

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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona – Bifora Gate at Cortona

Cortona, just like Arezzo, became one of the most important town in Etruscan time, as the Porta Bifora and the majestic Etruscan walls, which enclose the historic centre, suggest. Porta Bifora is the only walls entrance left from the past.

Because of its position over the surrounding territory, the town offers a wonderful view on the entire valley. From there you will even distinguish the Trasimeno Lake.

To everyone who enjoys walking, we suggest the strada romana del torreone, where you will enjoy another amazing view of Cortona.

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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona – View from Cortona

While you are in the Umbrian region, a visit to the “Trasimeno” is compulsory. This is the 4th largest lake in Italy thanks to its surface area of 128 km². Here you will admire the impressive Rocca del Leone, a military fortification of the thirteenth-century, which is placed in the town Castiglione del Lago.

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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona – Castiglion del Lago

Whether you are interested, you can visit the three islands emerging from the lake. A specific ferryboat is available in order to reach them. Borgo Grondaie recommends you visiting Isola Maggiore, in which you will be able to see the ancient church of San Michele Arcangelo and its medieval frescos.

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Discovering Arezzo and Cortona – Lake Trasimeno

The province of Arezzo will also attract you with its typical dishes, like “pappardelle al sugo d’ocio”, Tuscan cold cuts and cheese. There is also a typical cake, the “gattò Aretino”, made with sponge cake, chocolate and alchermes.

The lake, with its stillness and nature, the province of Arezzo with the antiquity of its hamlets and the typical flavours of the place will make your trip through the area a unique and unforgettable experience

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