Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Captivating Cortona

One view from the charming hillside town of Cortona in Tuscany, Italy,
looking towards the country's 4th largest lake - Trasimeno
(that's it just off centre to the right of the mountain range)


Cortona is a fascinating township, with its narrow, cobbled lanes . . .


. . . with splashes of floral colour complementing the ancient stone buildings


. . . including Sunflowers, often symbolic of the region



One of many stepped laneways inviting further exploration (for the fit and adventurous visitors!)


. . . and again pretty floral additions brightening the pathways


Although not apparent from these images, the town was alive with locals and visitors, the streets adorned with flags and an air of excitement could be felt as preparations were underway for an outdoor evening concert in the Piazza della Repubblica. 
In the meantime, the charming galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops were being kept busy.
A fascinating town, deserving of longer exploration and discoveries!

Joining in with Outdoor Wednesday

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9 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

What an amazingly photogenic place! I've always meant to visit Tuscany but so far have never made it.

Light and Voices said...

As I scrolled down, I couldn't wait to see what you posted next. What a scenic place.
JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

Felicia said...

Oh my how BEAUTIFUL. Why can't the have town like this here in the USA. Thank so much for sharing your lovely photos.

I love the stonework and narrow streets so gorgeous.

NatureFootstep said...

those narrow street are beautiful. It is amazing how much decoration they built in the walls.

Carole M. said...

beautiful to see these photos Valerie; it was many years now when I visited there. Carole, at snaphappyonline.blogspot.com

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Beautiful photos! They make me want to go back to Tuscany!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Loved seeing these photos of a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing. I am have to admit I am no longer fit enough to climb stairs like that - wish I could. :/
Thanks for stopping by.

Indrani said...

Beautiful sightings.
You have captured the street sights so well.

Andrea said...

Wow, how wonderful to see that place, i am so enamored with the old sites in Europe. But i've just been to Rome and Vatican yet.

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