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What to see in Cortona and its surroundings? Between the town of Cortona and the Pierle valley there are many interesting places from the historical and natural point of view. The countryside around Cortona is scattered with incredibly beautiful pieces of history like fortresses, castles, churches and other monuments. These perfectly preserved traces of the past can be admired along the road between a valley and a hill, amid woods and views of Lake Trasimene, on the border between two spectacular regions: Umbria and Tuscany.

What to see between Cortona and Val di Pierle

It is not easy to choose among the things to see between Cortona and Val di Pierle because all the following places deserve a visit. Luckily they are all concentrated in a little patch of land on the border between Umbria and Tuscany and the majority of these Etruscan and Medieval jewels can be easily visited in one week.

Here is a list of the main things to see divided by category.

Castles and Fortresses

Etruscan ruins

  • Archaeological park of Cortona
  • Museum of the Etruscan Academy

Medieval villages

  • Cortona
  • Camucia
  • Arezzo
  • Castiglion del Lago



  • Cathedral
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Basilica of Santa Margherita
  • Abbey of Farneta
  • Church of San Cristoforo
  • Church of San Marco
  • Church of San Domenico
  • Church of Santa Maria Nuova di Cortona
  • Hermitage Le Celle
  • Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio

Last but not least, those loving active tourism can choose among a wide range of things to do between Cortona and Val di Pierle such as water sports, hiking, wellness and meditation, guided tours to wineries and farms and much more.