arezzo piazza grande 25 km
arezzo piazza grande by night
castiglion fiorentino church san francesco
castiglion fiorentino la piazza del comune 6 km
castiglion fiorentino the procession on Good Friday
castiglion fiorentino the flag wavers
Alley in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy
franciscan hermitage le celle 17 km
Cortona the Etruscan Chandelier
Lake Trasimeno isola maggiore 30 km
La Verna Sanctuary and Pilgrimage Site in Tuscany 75 km
National Park of foreste casentinesi 75 km
perugia IV November square 65 km
montepulciano piazza grande 46 km
siena piazza del campo 69km
lake trasimeno san feliciano 51 km
Travelling through the Chiana Valley, you can’t avoid visiting the marvelous Etruscan city of Cortona, surrounded by ancient walls, characterized by its overshadowing exclusive buildings, its Romanesque churches, the Etruscan Academy Museum of Cortona (MAEC) with its Etruscan and Roman treasures and its breathtaking narrow streets. And we can’t forget to mention the beautiful valley of Siena and the Val d’Orcia, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its landscapes. Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, are other typical Tuscan suburbs that are worthwhile to visit.
Castiglion Fiorentino 5 Km - Situated on a hilltop 345 meters above sea level, the town has splendid views overlooking the Val di Chio, with beautiful olive groves. The panorama is dominated by the 10th-century Castle Montecchio, home of the famous captain of mercenary troops, John Hawkwood. The town it self originated on the hilltop in Etruscan times in the 8th century B.C.
Cortona - 17 Km The town of Cortona stand high on a hill 600 meters and has a spectacular views of the Valdichiana, Lake Trasimeno and Mount Amiata. Originally, an Etruscan stronghold, From the Piazza Garibaldi (still referred to by the local population by its older name, Piazza Carbonaia) is a fine prospect of Lake Trasimeno, scene of Hannibal's ambush of the Roman army in 217 BC (Battle of Lake Trasimene). Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the basis of the present wall. The main street, via Nazionale, is the only street in the town with no gradient, and is still usually referred to by locals by its older name of Ruga Piana. . The Medici fortress affords the best views of the town and countryside. In the north east of Cortona you can tour the hermitage Eremo delle Celle, founded by S. Francesco in 1211.
Arezzo - 23 Km Arezzo is an old city in central Italy. It is the capital of the Province, in the region of Tuscany. Arezzo is about 80 km south-east of Florence. It is at an elevation of 296 m above sea level. Piazza Grande medieval square is one of the finest in Europe, with stunning buildings on every side. Situated behind the 13th century Romanesque apse of Santa Maria della Pieve, the Piazza Grande was once the main marketplace of the city. It was also the site of Giostra del Saracino, an ancient joust held here in the 16th and 17th century.
Arezzo has some treats in store for wine lovers, who can take a trip along the Terre di Arezzo, or 'Road of Wine', to admire and enjoy the sights and tastes of this picturesque wine growing region. This winding 200km route will take you through vineyards, olive groves, tobacco plantations and forests, and visitors can taste and purchase some of Italy's finest wines along the way. Food lovers will also find some of the area's finest gastronomic delights here.
Gubbio - 77 Km The Roman town of Gubbio has the most medieval appearance of the northern Umbrian towns. It is famous for its local crafts and well preserved medieval traditions, including the procession of Candles in May.
Assisi - 77 Km Assisi, the most enchanting and spiritual town in Umbria lies at the foot of the biggest hillside in Umbria, Mount Subasio. Founded by the Etruscans and later became part of the Roman Empire, the town is the birthplace of San Francesco Patron Saint of Italy.
Montalcino - 63 Km is located on the hill top that over look the three valleys of D’Orcia, D’Arbia and D’Ombrone. It is structured in a typical medieval way and it offers places of interest to visit, such as the Town Hall Palace, the Cathedral and S. Agostino, S. Egidio and S. Francesco churches.
La Verna Camaldoli - 63 e 62 km The sanctuary of La Verna is located on the Tuscan Apennines perched up on a mountain covered with beech and fir forests. The sanctuary is clearly visible from the whole of the Casentino and the Tiber valley and stands out for its unique shape with its peak ( m 1283) being divided into three parts.
Siena - 60 Km To the south west of Arezzo, edging through the Chianti region, enter Siena and step back to the Middle Ages. Formed by the meeting of three hills on which Siena is built, the square is divided into nine sections, commemorating the council of nine who governed the town in the 13th century
Perugia - 59 Km The city of Perugia is divided into five quarters, each named after the original city gates: Sant’Angelo , Porta Sole, San Pietro, Eburnea e Santa Susanna. Piazza IV novembre is the city’s main square here you will find the San Lorenzo Cathedral finished in 1430 and the Fontana Maggiore designed by Fra Bevignate.
Pienza - 44 Km The medieval village of Pienza is to be regarded as a real monument as a whole in its orderliness and rationality and offers some incredible views of the Val d’Orcia as in a painting by the best Renaissance artists.
Montepulciano - 38 Km The highest of the Tuscan hill towns, Montepulciano, offers stunning views and fine example of Renaissance architecture
Background photo: The Franciscan Hermitage of le Celle a few miles from us