Enjoy wandering around Castiglion Fiorentino
a lovely walled Tuscan town with narrow streets, a lovely piazza and many hidden delights. Or spend the evening there having dinner by the piazza, watching the world go by.
Follow the N73 towards Anghiari and Sansepolcro in the eastern corner of Tuscany.
Anghiari is a well-preserved medieval centre atop a crag. Sansepolcro is the birthplace of the artist Piero della Francesca and a couple of his masterpieces can be seen in the Museo Civico.
Cortona is a must on anyone's list of things to see.
This gorgeous hilltop town is so picturesque it will take your breath away. It is full of interesting shops selling art and crafts, and local produce.
Whilst in Cortona, follow the Roman road called Strada Basolata
which starts from the Chiesa del Torreone (at the top of Cortona) and climbs up towards il Monte S.Egigio, following the ridge of the mountain/hill. Fantastic views!
Go to market!
In the nearby city of Arezzo, a famous antique fair is held on the first Sunday of every month. Dealers come from all over Italy to attend. See if you can find a bargain!
Enjoy the Tuscan Sun Festival.
It takes place in Cortona during the middle two weeks of August. Concerts, art exhibitions, and readings take place in the various churches and theatres, as well as many outdoor settings
If you have read the books 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and 'Bella Tuscany'
take them with you and see the places mentioned in the books come alive for you - much of the content of the novels is set around Cortona.
Enjoy the Giostra del Saracino
which takes place in the Piazza Grande in Arezzo in June and September. People from the town dress up in medieval costumes and parade through the town, which ends with a jousting competition.
A 'must do' on anyone's list is to experience the 'passeggiata'.
No, it is not an Italian dance! In any town or large village, especially on a weekend or holiday, the inhabitants of the town will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to have a stroll around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before dispersing for dinner. It is the perfect time to people watch!
Spend the day by the lake.
Lake Trasimeno, to the south, is the Umbrian version of the sea! There are plenty of water sport activities, or take a trip on a boat to the islands. Wander around Castiglione del Lago or paddle in the lake. If you are there at the end of July, you will see the Palio of the Boats - a big boat race on the lake.
Take a tour of the many vineyards in Chianti.
Either go at your own pace stopping where you want to, or ask at any of the tourist offices for information on organised tours.
Go a little further afield
and visit the wonderful historic towns of Siena or Florence, whose cultural wealth and architectural beauty is world renowned.
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