In southern Tuscany, a land of artistic and culinary wonders, rises up the dream village of Cortona. Located 30 km from Arezzo, Cortona, a village of Etruscan origin, stands on a hill, almost at 500 metres above sea level, from which you can admire the beautiful landscapes of the Val di Chiana.
The village is characterised by the presence of long city walls and a typical medieval architecture, made up of ancient buildings and narrow cobbled streets. Cortona has become famous worldwide since it was the setting for the adventures of the American author Frances Mayes in her autobiographical novel, and later film, "Under the Tuscan Sun". Cortona is the perfect rural destination for a dream holiday, immersed in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
Cortona, the ancient Etruscan village
On a hill in the Val di Chiana, in the province of Arezzo, stands the Etruscan village of Cortona. Around the 7th century B.C. Cortona became a very powerful city thanks to its strategic position, which allowed a great control of the surrounding territories and the walls that surround it for three kilometres date back to this period, as well as the Etruscan noble tombs scattered around the city. The village as it appears today dates back to the Middle Ages and is characterised by narrow streets intertwined in a continuous up and down pattern, flanked by majestic medieval buildings. Being situated at almost 500 metres above sea level, from the narrow streets of Cortona you can have breathtaking views and it is even possible to see Lake Trasimeno.
The historic centre of the town revolves around the central square, Piazza della Repubblica, the hub of social life, overlooked by two of Cortona's most important buildings: Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, both dating back to 1300. Further south we find Piazza Garibaldi, from which you can enjoy a unique view over the Val di Chiana. Cortona is a city rich in history and museums, including the Museo Diocesano, which houses treasures from the churches in the area belonging to the diocese, and the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, which houses extraordinary artefacts from the Etruscan and Roman civilisations that inhabited the city. Also not to be missed are the Franciscan Hermitage "Le Celle", the Fortress of Girifalco and the Basilica of Santa Margherita.
Internationally famous thanks to the book and then film, "Under the Tuscan Sun", Cortona is a dream destination, where you can immerse yourself in the Tuscan nature, among bucolic landscapes, excellent food and wine, discovering its varied and fascinating ancient history.
Cortona: a dream holiday to experience the true essence of Tuscany
The town of Cortona encapsulates the essence of Tuscany with its characteristic thousand-year-old stone buildings and picturesque narrow streets rich in craft shops, trattorias and breathtaking views. From its heights you can admire the sinuous hilly landscapes covered in olive groves and woodland of the Val di Chiana, perhaps sipping a glass of its renowned Syrah wine. To immerse yourself in the Tuscan countryside and enjoy a unique experience, Villa Ivana is the perfect location for your dream holiday.
Villa Ivana is a beautiful 17th century historic residence, immersed in a charming park of centennial trees and surrounded by the romantic Tuscan landscape, located not far from the beautiful historic village of Cortona. This magnificent residence will give you the opportunity to live a special experience for your romantic Tuscan holiday; thanks to the refined frescoed suites equipped with every comfort, including a jacuzzi and a sauna, the large outdoor swimming pool that adorns the park, the unique view over the Tuscan landscape and the hill where Cortona stands, Villa Ivana is certainly the ideal location for your stay in grand style.
Cortona: celebrate your love with a dream wedding in
Villa Ivana offers so much more, with its elegant reception rooms and delightful Italian gardens it is the perfect place to celebrate your dream wedding in true "dolce vita" style. The venue can easily accommodate up to 200 people and the large outdoor swimming pool and beautiful park with its centuries-old trees will be the ideal setting for your wedding in Cortona, while the sumptuous internal halls can easily be used for catering. The frescoed halls, the flowerbeds in the magnificent garden and the unique view over the Val di Chiana hills are details that will make the atmosphere magical and exciting, ideal for exchanging your vows.
Not only weddings, the structure is also designed to host meetings, conferences, receptions, gala dinners, product launches, fashion shows and prestigious cultural and social events. Being a family-run reception venue, their thoughtful attention to detail will make your event and your stay even more special. This historic mansion will allow you to celebrate your most important moments in a special and unique way.CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY AT VILLA IVANA❯
Località Ossaia, 51, 52044 Cortona AR