These are two of our favourite places in the area and we never tire of going back to both!
Arezzo is a commercial city with a beautiful historic walled centre is the capital of the province. It is well known for its monthly antiques fair on the first weekend of the each month and the Piero della Francesca frescoes. Also the annual jousting tournament is quite an event.
Parking is advised in the station car park just outside the city walls and a leisurely stroll around the centre can take in the Duomo and castle, Piazza Grande (antique shops) Basilica di San Francesco and the Piero della Francesca frescoes (booking advised ask Paolo).
Arezzo is a good shopping centre and the area around Corso Italia is the main shopping area (see Retail Therapy on the web page)
Having worked up an appetite perhaps a little lunch is required both
Agania , via Mazzini 10 Tel 0575 295381 (closed on Mon) and
La Lancia Doro , Logge Vasari , Piazza Grande Tel 0575 21033 (closed on Mon) are recommended.
Cortona probably on of the prettiest of the Tuscan hilltop towns and certainly one of Italys oldest! Always a delight to visit!
The town is beautiful particularly in late afternoon early evening for a stroll and to take in the sunset.Cortona has stunning views over the Val di Chiana towards Lago Trasimeno.
A stroll around here in the late afternoon (leisurely as the streets are steep!) is always an event in our books and an aperitif in one of the bars in the square or a gelato from gelato Snoopy can end the day before returning to the Villa.
Should you decide to dine in Cortona both of the following are regularly visited by us and are excellent restaurants.
Pane & Vino 0575 631 010 (closed on Mon)
Hosteria del Teatro 0575 630 556 (closed on Wed).
Directions and bookings can be provided.