As we walked into the village we walked through a quiet tree lined park with a fountain and a play park. As we continued along we meandered past cafés, shops and alleyways. We arrived into the centre where there are steps up to a museum. Our hotel (Hotel Italia) is located down a narrow street not far from the town centre and used to be a palace. We had to book two rooms as they did not have any rooms that could accommodate 4 people. It worked out well. The girls room had excellent wifi but a non functional TV. Our room had the old world charm and we really enjoyed the quiet.
Breakfast was included every morning and included a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. The valley reminded us of the valley in Chilliwack, BC.
|centre clock tower|
|map of Cortona|
|view into the valley at breakfast|
|on the stairs of the clock tower|
|lovely park with a fountain|
|learning to play this instrument|
|centre of the village|
|our hotel reception|
We took a road trip to see a couple of the other villages. On our drive we definitely got to enjoy the tuscan countryside as we drove through the national park. I fell in love with the sun flower fields, hay fields, vineyards and olive groves. I could see myself growing old while tending to an olive grove or a sunflower field.
Our first stop was to find a cash machine that allowed us to pull money as the one in Cortona wouldn't allow us to pull money. It was lunch time so we decided to grab a meal at a local restaurant. Our next stop was a village I can not remember the name. It was stunning with narrow streets and a plethora of wine shops.
|sun flowers my favourite|
|Paige's awesome meal|
At our final stop we walked through a lovely tuscan village with stunning views. We stopped for gelato before continuing through the streets.
|yes, I could live here|
|tea anyone..... the dwarfs are friendly|
|the local hospital|
|a back garden|
We drove through some rain but were graced with a rainbow. Jordan was telling us exactly where the pot of gold would be.