August 2019 – Special Report: Cortona

This is a special report in conjunction with our new show on PBS – the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special with our friend Frances Mayes. She of course but Cortona on the map for modern travelers. Watch the show and then let us help you plan a trip and use this issue (available to members only) to help you figure out how to get the most out of your visit to Cortona.

Six People to Know In Cortona
Cortona’s history dates back at least 3,000 years, but it was most recently made famous by Frances Mayes’ book and movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Those works introduced the city to new generations, who now travel from around the world to experience Cortona firsthand. We give you a view of Cortona, through the eyes of six locals whose passion for their town in infectious.

Delicious Dining Experiences: Where to Eat In Cortona
Most chefs in Cortona are dedicated to showcasing the region’s traditional recipes with locally sourced ingredients. From café to Michelin Star dining and everything in between, we share with you our favorite and most popular dining spots, for all occasions.

What to Do In Cortona
Cortona is home to museums, the first monastery founded by St. Francis of Assisi, many special events throughout the year, and even an entire walking tour dedicated to the book and movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. We share key events and sights to factor into your plans when visiting Cortona.

Authentic Places to Stay In Cortona
When it comes to finding a place to rest your head in Cortona, you have the complete range of options – from luxury hotels to more affordable accommodations plus B&Bs and agriturismi. We share our recommendations for the ultimate, relaxing getaway under the Tuscan sun.

How to Buy a House Under the Tuscan Sun: Real Estate In Cortona Tuscany
Is it possible to purchase a home in Cortona and live your own version of Under the Tuscan Sun? The short answer is yes; the long answer is it’s complicated. From cost to legalities and logistics, we provide you with inside information before you consider pursuing your dream of la bella vita in Italy.

Our guest editor for this issue is award-winning journalist Jane Fullerton Lemons.

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