En route to Florence, enjoy a relaxing drive through Lazio and the Umbrian countryside. Small hilltop towns are scattered along the way, evoking at best Italy's traditions and culture. Castiglione is a fortified city on a small promontory on the west side of Lake Trasimeno. The territory was originally subject to rule by the Etruscans and Romans, then from the 13th century the town had a great strategic importance because it controlled the roads that went from Rome to Florence. The city is still surrounded by the 13th century walls and it is divided into two parts, the inhabited part that goes toward the land and that part which goes toward the lake which has only the Duke's Palace and a large medieval fortress, the Castle of the Lion (Castello del Leone) from which Castiglione takes its name.
A splash of inky blue on the hilly landscape, Lago Trasimeno is where Umbria spills over into Tuscany. Italy's fourth-largest lake is a prime spot if you want to get away from well-trodden trails and slip into the languid rhythm of lake life. Hannibal destroyed the Roman army here in 217 BC, and the lake's numerous fortifications attest to its strategic position and turbulent past.
Continue your journey to Cortona, a small charming town in southern Tuscany. The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters (about 1968 feet) above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. The city is small but offers many interesting places to visit, among these the Diocesan Museum (where you can admire a beautiful panel painting of the Annunciation by Beato Angelico) and The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona, where it is possible to see many artifacts found in the Eruscan archaeological sites of the area. Various small shops on the main streets of Cortona offer local handmade items, gastronomical products and, of course, Tuscany's great red wines.
Now it is time to drive on to your Florence destination.
This tour is also available starting in Florence and ending in Rome.
- Countryside drive
- Fortified town of Castiglione del Lago
- Tuscan town of Corton
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