5 July 2017

A Week in Cortona: Part Two - Exploring Cortona

As a follow up to Monday's post introducing my recent trip to Italy, I wanted to give you a little post around the town we stayed just outside of, Cortona. We popped in a couple of times to have a little explore, have a little shop and eat some food, and it was so pictureque. I think it's basically impossible to take a bad picture of Cortona.

It is really tailored to tourists, with lots of hotels, restaurants and attractions. However, it is a hillside town - meaning it climbs up a huge hill - so if you do go wear comfortable shoes. Not sandals you've recently bought and haven't really worn in properly... I speak from experience.

Anyway, we had a little look around the two main piazzas, we didn't walk all the way up to the top because I'm super lazy and my feet hurt, but my brother and his girlfriend did and they said although it is a trek, the view is definitely worth it. However, if you don't want to go up to the top then there's lots of view points you can go to on the lower levels, like we did, which are still breathtaking.

We had a wonder around the shops, bought some gelato (oh my god, go to Dolce Vita as it was incredible), a little souvenir and then we had some drinks and food over various days. And as I love good, I thought I'd give you a little run down of the places we ate.

We went here on our way from the airport to our villa on the first day, and it's perfect for a light lunch, or just a drink. Weirdly, it's the only place we could really find that did pizza. The pizza was, incredible, like gold standard I'd have it over dominoes incredible. And was also a good size, not too small but not ridiculously big. It was very reasonable in terms of price as well. It's along one of the side streets, so it's perfect for people watching and hiding from the hot sun. However, the next couple of times we were there during the day I don't think it opened until gone 1pm, so just something to keep in mind if you like an earlier lunch.

La Loggetta
This was recommended by Franco, the husband of the lady who taught us how to make pasta (yum, love). It sits on a balcony over looking one of the main piazzas so you can people watch whilst you eat. Or as my Dad was doing, house martin watch while you eat. He has an obsession. The location is basically ideal, and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I started by trying what I believe is a traditional Italian apperatif, Aperol Spritz, not going to lie - not a fan, but then I don't like soda water so. The food itself was gorgeous, I started with the cannelloni, but my husband the carbonara which was incredible - definitely try that if you go there. I then followed up with the guinea fowl, which was nice but I wouldn't say amazing. Other people in my party had the lamb and steak dishes, and I wish I'd gone for the steak to be honest. Then onto dessert.

Caffee Tuscher
For a light lunch on the last day we went to Caffee Tuscher, next door to Bar 500. So again, it's down a side street so great place to people watch and get away from the main hustle and bustle from the main piazzas. You can sit outside on the street, or inside should you wish. They had a HUGE range of drinks, including the strongest margherita I've ever tasted in my life. Basically tequila in a glass. Food was nice as well, not too fancy or anything special to write home about, but we had a couple of traditional pasta dishes and both were very tasty.
What's your favourite Italian town?

Much love, Lisa May

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