Cortona sits majestically on a green terraced olive grove mountainside. It is a steep medieval city where cut-stone staircases take the place of many streets, and views over the wide Chiana Valley stretch south to Umbria’s Lake Trasimeno. It is rich in Roman remains, well-preserved Etruscan ruins and tombs; medieval quarters and renaissance churches. We suggest visiting the beautiful Etruscan museum MAEC and walking up to the Sanctuary of Santa Margherita and the Girifalco castle.
Just outside the walls of Cortona, the Franciscan Hermitage ‘Le Celle‘ was the first convent built by St Francis of Assisi in 1211, now inhabited by a small community of monks, in a lovely, silent and spiritual place. Visitors can still see the stone cell of St Francis, left as it was after his death.
On the way to Cortona, few minutes drive from Poggiobello, you can visit the beautiful Romanesque Farneta Abbey.
- Itinerary: Poggiobello – Farneta – Cortona – Le Celle
- Total Km: 22 km
- Driving Time: 35 min