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Top Choice Tuscan in Cortona

La Bucaccia

Cortona's finest address, this gourmet gem resides in the medieval stable of a Renaissance palazzo. Cuisine is Tuscan and Cortonese – much meat and handmade pasta (chestnut ravioli!) – and the cheese course is super…
Top Choice Burgers in Cortona

Beerbone Artburger

The feisty burgers cooked up at this contemporary restaurant on Cortona's main pedestrian drag are no ordinary burgers. Select your Tuscan meat – Chianina beef or cinta senese pork, smoked over applewood – and choos…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Cortona

Falegnaneria Rossi

An exquisitely carved shop sign depicting a horse hangs above the entrance to the workshop of Giancarlo Rossi, a third-generation carpenter and cabinetmaker who crafts beautiful objects for the home – both functiona…
Top Choice Museum in Cortona

Museo Diocesano

Little is left of the original Romanesque character of Cortona's cathedral, rebuilt several times in a less-than-felicitous fashion. Fortunately, its wonderful artworks have been saved and displayed in this museum. …
Top Choice Museum in Cortona

Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona

In the 13th-century Palazzo Casali, this fascinating museum displays substantial local Etruscan and Roman finds, Renaissance globes, 18th-century decorative arts and contemporary paintings. The Etruscan collection i…
Tuscan in Cortona

La Fett'unta

Hanging baskets of flowers mark the entrance to this tiny, deli-style fiaschetteria (simple wine bar) known for its first-class budget dining. Inside, tempting cold cuts and pre-prepared dishes sit beneath glass, be…
Italian in Cortona

Osteria del Teatro

A cherry-red bicycle strung with freshly cut flowers greets diners at this theatrical address. B&W snaps of actors who've dined here after performing in the nearby theatre decorate the walls, and service is a pe…
Tuscan in Cortona

Taverna Pane e Vino

Simple seasonal dishes are the trademark of this vaulted cellar, a hot spot with local bon vivants who come to indulge in their pick of Tuscan and Italian wines in the company of bruschette, terracotta dishes of ove…
Landmark in Cortona

Fortezza del Girifalco

Lap up the stupendous view over the Val di Chiana to Lago Trasimeno in Umbria from the remains of this Medici fortress, atop the highest point in town – count on a good 15 minutes for the steep hike up. Check the we…
Monastery in Cortona

Eremo Francescano Le Celle

This Franciscan hermitage hides in dense woodland 3km north of Cortona. Its buildings sit next to a picturesque stream with an 18th-century stone bridge, and the only sounds to disturb the tranquil atmosphere are th…