On our grand Tour de Europe we left off talking about Venice. From Venice we rented a car and road tripped our way to Cortona, Italy.
Hindsight is 20/20 and I unfortunately planned our trip in such a way that we were rushed. We only had one day in Venice and we only had one day in Cortona because I wanted to leave ample time for our next stop: Rome.
I truly wish that we had more time in Cortona. It is such an authentic and gorgeous city. Yes, there were a few souvenir shops, but only a few. Cortona sits in the middle of Tuscany; it’s an ancient walled city set on a hill.
The city is full medieval architecture; steep hills to be dominated; and narrow, cobbled alleyways to be explored.
We adored every second that we walked around and explored this little town.
There was also a happy coincidence: the one night that we were in town happened to be the grand opening of a museum so we were all given free admission. As a cherry on top, to celebrate the grand opening there was concert and a car show in the town square.
It was an interesting experience to walk through the museum with the old stone walls vibrating with the sounds of techno music, which emanated from outside.
I didn’t realize there was no photography allowed in the museum so I got a few shots before I was yelled at. Oops.
After doing a little reading up on Cortona, I found the legend of the city’s founding to be supremely interesting. Legend has it that 108 years after the flood, Noah found the area surrounding Cortona and stayed there because the land was so fertile. Crano, one of the Noah’s descendants climbed to the hilltop and liked the view so he built the city of Cortona on the hill approximately 200 years after the flood.
Our night in Cortona was full of gelato and exploring and pointing and oohing and awwing. I do hope that some day we will get to return and give it the time that it deserves. If you ever get the opportunity to go to Italy please stop into Cortona. You won’t regret it.