Here is a time-based tour for one week in Tuscany with Cortona as home base. This is a great itinerary for all those interested in exploring what Tuscany has to offer. Explore art, the main cities, great food, thermal baths and nature, all while immersed in the remarkable landscape.
Why Cortona? When visiting Tuscany, Cortona makes a great home base as you get to experience life in a small Tuscan town, but in close access to the main roads. Located about 20 km far from Lake Trasimeno, from Cortona you can easily reach the major art cities of Siena and Arezzo (40 minutes), the well known cheese and wine towns Pienza and Montepulciano (even closer), and two different thermal baths at Chianchiano or Rapolano.
Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun is set in Cortona and has made the town ever more popular in recent years.
We suggest that you rent a villa outside Cortona or an apartment in town for one week and just slow down, drink up the atmosphere and a good glass of local red wine. Here is a suggested day-by-day itinerary that fits in plenty of the sites, but also makes lots of time to relax.