Castiglion Fiorentino is a Tuscan town of absolute value from where you can enjoy beautiful views towards the Val di Chio valley and towards the foothills of the Apennines.
he historic center offers a fascinating evidence of the Medieval time with its town walls, gateways, the tower of Cassero (14th century), the Church of S. Angelo (12th century), the Church of S. Francesco, the Church of S. Agostino and the Palazzo Pretorio. Subsequently (in the Renaissance period) other monuments were built: the beautiful loggia by Vasari (1513) in the Town Hall Square, the Church of Gesù (1545) and the Church of Consolazione (1607).
It is one of the most appreciated and visited tourist destinations, a harmonious mixture of history, culture, arts and traditions. Its glorious past in the Etruscan times is still well recognizable. Cortona is perched on a hilltop from where one can enjoy a spectacular view of the Valdichiana valley and Lake Trasimene.
The old town of Cortona can be easily visited on foot. From Piazza della Repubblica to Piazza Signorelli it's nice to walk along the famous “Rugapiana”, the main street full of shops, bars and restaurants.
Arezzowas an important city during the Etruscan domination. In the higher part of the town, dating back to the Middle Ages, we find the Cathedral, the Medici Fortress, aristocratic palaces and picturesque towers. The lower part is modern and constantly expanding. The Church of San Francesco with frescoes by Piero della Francesca is not to be missed.
Siena is a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1995. A must-stop is Piazza del Campo, the symbol of the city. Other important monuments that deserve a visit are Palazzo Pubblico, the Museum and the Cathedral built at the end of the 12th century.
Montepulciano is a lovely medieval town, a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture. Montepulciano is known as the pearl of the 15th century where there are many famous buildings to see such as the Cathedral, the Loggia del Mercato, the Avignonese and Tarugi palaces and also the Bucelli Palace with burial urns and Etruscan and Latin inscriptions.
At short distance from the border with Tuscany there is Castiglione del Lago, a nice Etruscan town whose medieval walls and the ancient castle are still well preserved. It rises on a promontory that once formed the fourth island of Lake Trasimene, the fourth largest lake in Italy. The area of Trasimene is full of fascinating attractions and in the summer it is possible to visit its islands or the towns in the surroundings. The best beaches are near Castiglione del Lago.
Perugia is the capital of Umbria. It is an important cultural and tourist destination that has been seat of a prestigious university for over 700 years with students coming from all over the world.