|Shopping|| 3 || km ||Airport|| 120 || km |
|Suburban traffic|| 500 || m |
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On the slopes of the hills rises Cortona, one of the jewels of Tuscany. Its buildings are made of sandstone and have wooden balconies which highlight the medieval streets and squares. Cortona is a town of Etruscan origin, located in the mountains of the province of Arezzo. The city was established on one of the earliest inhabited hills of the province and has a similar topography and wonderful streets like Assisi and Volterra. The American writer Frances Mayes bought an old house in Cortona during the nineties and completely refurbished it. Here he wrote “Under the Tuscan Sun” (1996). It became a bestseller and then a film in 2003. Since then Cortona has become a popular destination with tourists. The city acquired additional publicity when it served as a backdrop for some scenes in Roberto Benigni's film “La vita è bella”. Cortona is situated not far from the border of Tuscany and Umbria. In the west the town spreads as far as the Valdichiana Valley, with the extinct volcano of Monte Amiata (1738 m) in the background. Lake Trasimeno in Umbria is visible from the higher elevations of the city. Cortona has a beautiful footpath full of cafes and restaurants. In summer there are a number of activities possible here. 12 kilometers from the residence there is Lake Trasimeno. It's like a small sea. There are beaches, ferries, islands, rocks and fishermen. Lake Trasimeno is one of the enchanted cores of Italy, located south of the Apennines. The Big Island is the only inhabited island of the lake. It has several dozen residents who live among the nice rocks. The island is known for its women with their expensive, almost century-old braids. Cortona is located 30 km south of the city of Arezzo, 75 km east of Siena and 115 km south of Florence. All facilities such as shops, restaurants and public transportation are located within 3 km.