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Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni | Arezzo, Montepulciano, Cortona | Pienza, San Quirico D'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, Montalcino | The Chianti Area | Volterra, Pisa and Lucca

Arezzo, Montepulciano and Cortona
Suggested tour of 1-or-2 day’s from Rome with the visit of Arezzo, Montepulciano and Cortona, the service is driver/guided and is individually personalized.

The tour will start from your hotel and we will drive north of Rome through three of the most beautiful Italian regions Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.
Arezzo is situated on a varied terrain of lowlands, hill and mountainside, Arezzo has ancient origins. It was founded by the Umbrians, became an important Etruscan center, and subsequently a strategic point for the Romans, finally, after many a bloody battle, it fell under the control of Medieval Florence. The numerous monuments testify to Arezzo's past: the Roman Amphitheatre, the Basilica of St Francis, the House of Petrarch, the Bacci Chapel, the Cathedral of St Donato, the Church of St Maria delle Grazie, the Church of St Annunziata, the Medici Fortress, the Town Walls, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Pretorio.  Arezzo was the birth place of many illustrious names such as the poet Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca). For centuries Arezzo has been producing ceramics, fabrics, leather goods, and wood carvings. Arezzo hosts a series of important festivals such as the "Giostra del Saracino", the Polifonico and a famous Antiques fair.
Without doubt Montepulciano has to be one of the most beautiful Medieval towns of Tuscany, resting at 600 meters above sea level protected by still impressively intact walls. Montepulciano is known for its noble Renaissance town houses and for the elegant architecture of its churches. Among the many monuments to be admired: Palazzo Budelli, Palazzo Comunale, the Temple of the Madonna of St Biagio and the Church of St Agostino. All of the buildings are of great artistic significance and are linked to Michelozzo, Antonio da Sangallo and Pietro Budelli. Montepulciano is also known for its fine wine, the Vino Nobile, much acclaimed internationally, and produced in the surrounding countryside. It is the home to many traditional events such as the summer Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, the Bruscello, and the Bravio with period costumes and tournaments which evoke the history of Montepulciano.
A small town which continues the traditions of its historical past. Writers of antiquity such as Erodoto, Polibio, Dionigi and Alicarnasso wrote of Cortona. It is only town of the Valdichiana area to have survived intact the bombings of the 2nd World War. Its striking historical center rests on the sharply terraced slopes of Monte Egidio.The Etruscan Academy of Cortona testifies to the past presence of archeologists and writers such as Ridolfino, Marcello and Filippo Venuti. Then there are the frescos of Fra Angelico.  Cortona hosts a wealth of cultural and popular events linked to past traditions such as the National Copper Fair and numerous exhibitions, conventions and performances organized by the Etruscan Academy Library. Worthy of mention are the Festival of Cortonese Gastronomy, the Consiglio dei Rioni, the National Chianina Cattle show, and the fairs organized for the promotion of Tripe, Bruschetta, Snails, Frog, Trout and Liver.