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Perugia: 1 hour away Ryanair fly from Stanstead.
Pisa: 2+ hours away, British Airways, Easy Jet and Ryanair.
Rome: 3 hours away, all major airlines fly to either Ciampino or Fiumicino airports.
Bologna: 3 hours away, British Airways and Easyjet.
Bologna/Forli: 2+ hours away Ryanair.
Florence: 2 hours away, Alitalia and Air France fly from London City Airport.
Places in the vicinity
Teverina is about 1.5 miles away and has one small shop and a petrol station. There is a restaurant at the top of the lane to Cerretella, and with prior arrangement the owner would also be happy to provide a simple meal to eat at home. Portole is about 6 miles away in the direction of Cortona and has a well stocked shop and a restaurant. There are two further restaurants on the way to Cortona.
Cortona is a fascinating town of very ancient origins. Perched on a steep hill it has vast and spectacular views over the fertile Val di Chiana towards the hills of Sienna and to the south there are views towards Lago di Trasimeno, the inland sea of Italy. The Etruscans made Cortona an important League city together with Arezzo and Perugia, and the huge stone blocks at the base of the city wall were laid by the Etruscans. The Romans colonised it in 450 AD and some time after that the Goths occupied it. It became a commune in 1200. Most of the aspects of today have a medieval and Renaissance flavour, and it is one of central Italy’s most interesting towns. In its galleries and museums are paintings by Fra Angelico, Signorelli, Lorenzetti, Duccio, to name but a few.
Its streets and squares are a delight, the Piazza della Republica must be one of the finest in Italy and attracts people of all ages and types to congregate and socialise. Cortona not only organises many concerts and art exhibitions, it is a centre for antiques and also holds a great number of gastronomic feasts and other activities.