The jewels of the Val d'Orcia
Our driver will meet you at a convenient point and take you for a full day-trip into the Val d’Orcia region. Get far beyond the guidebook to understand Arezzo.Before Rome was even in existence, Arezzo was already one of the strongest and richest of the Etruscan towns and it had a place in of pre-eminence in the Etruscan League. Modern Arezzo is not only a lovely city… it’s also one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany. The ancient crafts have come down through the centuries and today Arezzo still produces exquisite gold jewelry and high fashion clothing for the whole world. Its cathedral dominates the city, looking out past the rooftops towards the surrounding hills. Today this square is the theater of the famous Jousting Contest held in June and September. Antiques lovers will be delighted if they visit on the first Sunday of the month, where excellent bargains can be found in the market of furniture, paintings and ceramics. The next stop is Cortona, one of the oldest cities in Tuscany. More than 2000 years of history make Cortona one of the most fascinating and characteristic of Italian cities. Built above the Medici Fortress, Cortona is a city constructed with steep streets paved with huge stones. From the city walls, you can admire one of the most beautiful views in Italy. This tour is ideal for a more extended stay in Tuscany.