Cortona, Italy, is a historic medieval hilltop and charming town in the Val di Chiana region, in the
Provence of Arezzo, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times. Val di Chiana is
a region filled with historic art, culture, traditions, and delectable cuisine.
The town of Cortona sits on top of a hill and is enclosed by stone walls dating back to the Etruscan and Roman times. The enchanting atmosphere of the hills of Cortona offer a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside and Lake Trasimeno.
And just outside of Cortona's walls is my very favorite place, the Franciscan hermitage Le Celle, the first monastery built by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1211, where a small community of friars still lives today. Through the course of the centuries, the hermitage was restructured and enlarged several times but Saint Francis's small cell has always been conserved in its original state and can be visited today. It is a special, peaceful spot immersed in nature.
From the Etruscans, to the Romans, to the Medici Fortress, there is much to see and do. We are so excited to introduce this beautiful town to our guests in 2022 for our Culinary Traveling Genes Adventures! Can't wait to see you there!