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Self-catering holiday rentals in Cortona for your home stay

Cortona, in the Tuscany region of Italy, is a fascinating choice of holiday destination, thanks to its range of historic landmarks and cultural festivals, together with the idyllic countryside that surrounds it. It can trace its history back more than 1,500 years and there is lots of evidence of its varied past in the town centre. Among the main sights are the 13th-century town hall and its bell tower, the 16th-century Fortress of Girifalco and a fine selection of religious architecture. The churches range from Byzantine-style structures to grand Renaissance-era buildings, while there is also a hermitage founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. You can learn much more about the history of Cortona by touring some of the many archaeological sites just outside the town walls. A superb example of a Roman villa, a number of burial mounds and some magnificent Etruscan tombs are among the most important finds in the area. There is also a fascinating museum dedicated to Cortona's history, as well as the Diocesan Museum, which features a collection of artworks, including a pair of panels painted by Fra Angelico. There are lots of options for day trips during a holiday in Cortona, such as visits to the cities of Arezzo and Siena, bike rides in beautiful rural Tuscany and tours of the local wineries. After a day of sightseeing or relaxing in the countryside, you will find a wide selection of restaurants serving traditional Tuscan cuisine to dine at in the evening. In fact, food and wine are something of an obsession in Cortona and there are celebrations of local produce throughout the year, including festivals dedicated to wild boar, chestnuts, wild pigeon and porcini mushrooms.

Holiday letting in Cortona for your short break

There is a variety of luxury holiday villas in Cortona to choose from, most of which have outdoor swimming pools ideal for those long hot summer days. The properties sleep anywhere from six to 20 people, with most of them enjoying magnificent views over rural scenery. For something more traditionally Tuscan, you could opt for a converted farmhouse or water mill in the local countryside for your break. There is also a selection of high-quality apartments in Cortona that can accommodate between two and six people, including some in converted old houses in peaceful hillside hamlets a 20-minute walk from the town.

Best time to enjoy Cortona

A summer holiday in Cortona is an excellent choice, as the temperature soars over 25°C almost every day during June, July and August. The weather is perfect for sightseeing or relaxing by your villa's pool and there are also lots of cultural events to enjoy. The Archidado Joust in June is a colourful celebration of the town's medieval past, while the Cortona Mix Festival in late July and early August features a range of classical, jazz and rock music performances, and mid-August's T-Bone Steak Festi

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