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February Foiano’s Carnival-Procession of carts decorated (10 km from Cortona)
April – 1st May National copper works fair. First potter fair of central Italy
May – May Medieval week -the “Archidado” games
August 14th -15th

Tuscan cooking festival “the steak festival”.

August – September National Antique Furniture Fair

The mushroom festival

The autumn festival

The grapes and chestnut festival

November 11th The chestnut festival
Dicember 8th XXXIa “Ciaccia Fritta” festival


Montepulciano (35 Km. from Cortona)

Monthly antique art fair:   this Fair takes place in the “Piazza Grande” every month on the second weekend.
Wine tour in the month of November.


Arezzo ( 30 Km. from Cortona)


The Antique fair takes Place in “Piazza Grande”, on first weekend, every month.


Siena (75 Km. from Cortona)

March 19th     Traditional Saint Joseph’s Festival. Stand selling “Frittelle” (griddlecakes) and local handmade toys.
                        The Festival takes place in the Church of Saint Giustino, Contrada of the Onda.

June – July       Palio with procession of the winning Contrada

August 14th – august 17th  Palio with procession of the winning Contrada.

Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago PG (km 22 from Cortona)


April Tulipan Festival. Procession of Carts decorated with tulipans. Historical Procession, typical cookery and folklore. 
April/May “Lest’s color the sky”. Kites Festival

Passignano sul Trasimeno

Passignano sul Trasimeno (km 20 from Cortona)


July - August - September “Summer music Festival”. Music Shows.
In the second ten days of July Boats Competition. Competition of boats in the Lake waters and along the town streets. the “Archidado” games

Tuoro sul Trasimeno

Tuoro sul Trasimeno (km 15 from Cortona)


First Ten days of december “Olive Oil Festival”

Cortona News


Tuscany & Umbria: news & events, itineraries to follow!

Cortona News



  1. Cortona
  2. Siena
  3. Assisi
  4. Montepulciano
  5. Montalcino
  6. San Gimignano
  7. Lago Trasimeno

Daily itinerary:

Visit of the historical center of Cortona:  squares,   churches and   museums. Possibility to reach the Fortezza di Girifalco (1556 AD) built on the highest part of the north-east of the city and the Basilica of Santa Margherita.


Visit the hermitage of Le Celle: Saint Francis of Assisi came to Cortona in 1211 and founded this hermitage in a quiet place.

Siena (70 km), extraordinary city of art, well known for its famous Piazza del Campo shell-shaped and divided into nine sections with a slight slope, where twice a year there is the Palio.

Assisi (70km) not only a city of art and medieval but also a spiritual place linked to St. Francis.


Going down you can visit Santa Maria degli Angeli with its monumental Basilica.


Along the way back is also enjoyable visit to Perugia (24km) on the top of a hill overlooking the entire Umbrian valley.

Montepulciano (27 km) is a Renaissance jewel. From the Porta al Prato to the center where You can admire sixteenth century palaces to arrive in Piazza Grande.


With a detour you can reach Pienza (13 km) one of the most interesting towns in Tuscany, part of the World Heritage of UNESCO, San Quirico d’Orcia (10 km) where you can admire the collegiate church, splendid Romanesque church.


You can continue untill you reach Bagno Vignoni (7 km) small spa on a plateau.

Montalcino (60 km) medieval town, with narrow and steep streets, renowned for the high quality wine production.

Then you can find the medieval village of Buonconvento (13 km) and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore (9 km), one of the main monastic sites in Italy.

Starting from San Gimignano (120 km), a small town situated on a hill overlooking the Val d'Elsa, in the heart of a countryside with olive trees and vines that has preserved its appearance of a medieval town, bristling with towers, which makes a tourist destination "unique" in Tuscany, you can also visit Colle di Val d'Elsa (15 km) and then reach Monteriggioni (15 km) tiny hamlet, enclosed by thirteenth century walls marked by fourteen towers.


Along the way back you can visit Siena (20 Km).

From the waters of Lake Trasimeno (20 km) waterway and bathing, are three islands Maggiore, Minore and Polvese.

You can visit the towns of Castiglione del Lago, which stands on a limestone outcrop which was originally the fourth largest island of the lake and the town of Passignano.

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