It’s all uphill to Cortona’s defenses, built in 1556. Handily, or ironically, the torturous, stepped ascent is enlivened by 15 mosaics depicting the Stations of the Cross by Cortonese Futurist Gino Severini (1883–1966). By the second time Christ falls, you'll feel like doing the same, though you can pause for a restorative drink at the bar by the Basilica Santa Margherita. The views from the four surviving bastions reward the climb, extending all the way across the Valdichiana to Montepulciano, south into Umbria toward Lago Trasimeno, and north toward Arezzo and the colossal Monte Amiata.
Fortezza di Girifalco
Viale Raimondo Bistacci
Our Rating Hours Hours vary but usually Sat–Sun 10am–7pm Phone 0575-637235 Prices 3€
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.