This was reviewed under the title “Cooking Class”
Stefania and Anna operate an excellent cooking class out of her home in Cortona. It is a short drive from Siena. We made 6 different pizzas from scratch (Anna’s specialty), a pasta dish, and a Ricotta Chocolate Torte. Everything turned out perfectly. Stefania has excellent English skills and the class was informative and lots of fun. Plenty of wine and laughter. I highly recommend!
Another reviewer entitled his review in one word: “Beautiful”
A very beautiful city with incredible views. Unlike many of the other hill towns, Cortona has a series of escalators that save you a major part of a rather strenuous climb. The city is beautiful and the views are great. We happened to be there on a market day–lots of fun. Maybe not so much fun in the summer when parking would be a lot more difficult
And read what a couple who decided to get married in Cortona, after 18 years of living together .
“Our beautiful wedding in Cortona, Italy, and our fantastic wedding planner”
After 18 years of living together and having a sixteen years old daughter, my now husband and I decided to get married. We just loved Italy and decided that if we were going to do it, it would be in Cortona, Italy, We had visited this superb little town in Tuscany in 2008.
We are from Canada, and even if we knew Tuscany and Cortona, we could have not done it without a wedding planner. I cannot recommend enough Mrs. xxxxxxx of the xxxxx, Cortona Wedding. She’s a professional that knows her stuff; she is Italian and lives in Cortona. Therefore she knows everyone, and certainly knows Tuscany. She was organized, calm when needed and quite enthusiastic and forceful when needed, and funny. I had a very good idea of what I wanted, as to the venue, the flowers and the music, but of course help is needed when you organize a wedding in another country!
She came with us and organized all the needed appointments, the priest, the Town Hall for the legal papers, the florist etc. I wanted a singer at the wedding that could sing opera and good musicians. xxxxxx provided everything and more, with a warm Italian charm, the whole at a reasonable price. She did not count her hours and we felt in good hands right away, as we were able to communicate with her by email and Skype. She is also fluent in English and was able to find us a priest that could perform the ceremony in French.
You knew she cared, and did her work with a smile! What more could we asked for. We had a fantastic wedding! She found the photographer, the florist, the hairdresser, and the favors for our guests. She was also able to find a Vespa to rent for one of our guest, there were no more to rent in Cortona. Again, Cortona is great; xxxxxxx knows everyone and everything, and what a formidable time we had with our guests because of her, we will never forget this wonderful event.
And most of the visitors are just inspired by visiting Cortona and posting a review as this one:
One of our primary reasons for visiting Tuscany was to experience the beautiful hill village of Cortona. As we wound our way up the narrow road to the town, a magnificent vista spread out below us. Terra cotta roof tops, church domes and steeples presented themselves. Parking was a joy, walking up the steps to the piazza was like unwrapping a gift. Cobbled streets met us, fountains , gift shops, trattorias, and piazzas. History unfolding itself at every turn. We were staying in a lovely place, 20 minutes away called La Cattedra and we returned to Cortona many times to enjoy the hospitality and beauty.
Visitors staying in the area, loves the local accommodating system called Casa Vacanze, or agriturismo:
“Staying on a farm in Cortona”
We stayed with friends at xxxxxxx just outaide the walls of Cortona. This fantastic “Agriturismo” working farm overlooks the most spectacular view of the Tuscan valley below Cortona, and is setup for groups of friends or families (with or w/o kids) to stay in the lap of comfort. I would start each day with a morning swim, doing laps in the infinity pool overlooking the valley followed by a snack of figs from the trees near the pool and then a walk up the hill to a fabulous cafe for my morning stroll and latte. The owner of the farm, xxxx, offers cheese making classes, dinners with eveything home made with organic ingredients from the farm, even a pasta sauce made with wild boar hunted on his property. Two buildings for guests, can sleep up to 5 couples. Great holiday.
Driving in the area, will expose you to the most wonderful scenic roads:
“SCENIC DRIVE TO VAL D’ORCIA FROM CORTONA”
While staying in Cortona, you need a car to see Tuscany. We had rented a car for the week, therefore daytrips were easy to Siena, Assisi, Arezzo, Lake Trasemino, Montepulciano.
The most amazing full day drive (Road SS146) for Tuscan scenery views and photography is the Val d’Orcia region, which changes depending on the season. Leave early around 9am and drive towards Montepulciano. Plan to stop on your way back to Cortona, driving through Pienza and to the furthest town, Monticello. have a taste of the famous Brunello wine with a plate of local pasta “Pici al ragu” for lunch. Take the same road driving back, SS146. Stop in Pienza and tour the old walled city (one hour), buy some famous pecorino cheese. End your afternoon in Montepulciano, enjoying a tasty gelato while shopping for souvenirs or touring enotecas for wine tastings.
(All the reviews are collected from Tripadvisor and posted during 2013.)