Arezzo and Cortona
What to expect
Our tour starts from Arezzo, with an introduction to the history of the city. After passing under the medieval walls, we will revisit the various phases of the city’s development, from its Etruscan foundation to the Middle Ages and its conquest by the Medici during the Renaissance. The first stop on our tour is the Church of San Domenico featuring the splendid Crucifix painted by Cimabue, an example of early Renaissance innovations. Our visit will then proceed by climbing towards the Cathedral of the Saints Donatus and Peter, which contains a splendid fresco of Mary Magdalene painted by Piero della Francesca, the best known artist from Arezzo and among the main disseminators of Renaissance innovations across the various Italian courts. The Cathedral also offers the chance to admire the gorgeous stained windows by the French artist Guillaume de Marcillat, and before continuing our visit on the city streets we will stop in front of the main local religious symbol: the Madonna del Conforto Chapel. Another highly symbolic location in the city is Piazza Grande with its Loggias designed by Vasari, where twice a year the medieval-born Saracen Joust takes place. Our last stop for the morning is the so-called Church of the Aretini, Santa Maria della pieve. Its portal features a gorgeous sculpture depicting the cycle of Months. In the afternoon, we will continue our visit in Cortona. One of the most suggestive places in Tuscany, this small town is perched on a hill and surrounded by unforgettable dreamlike landscapes. Here you can breathe a slower rhythm of life, made of small gestures that have been repeated for thousands of years, in a perfect balance between man and nature. We will walk the narrow streets of the town, amidst artisan workshops and typical Italian gastronomic products. During our walk, as we encounter piazzas, churches (such as the Duomo di Santa Maria) and buildings once owned by the most important local families, we shall narrate the history of the town before finally reaching the square of the Municipal Palazzo, the heart of Cortona, another place we are sure you will never forget.
Guided tours organized by Icona Toscana are conducted by authorized tour guides.
You can choose the language of your tour between Italian and English. However, on request, we can organize tours with trusted colleagues in the following languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian.
Our guided tours take place regardless of the weather conditions.
For information on our tours, please contact us at email@example.com. We will reply as soon as possible. If you intend to book one or more tours, we will send you a form to compile with data concerning yourself and/or your group plus information regarding the dates of your stay and any particular needs you may want us to know about.
We require the advance payment of 30% of the total fee via bank transfer or Paypal (with an extra 4% to cover service costs) as guarantee of your confirmation. Once the payment is confirmed, we will send you a voucher featuring a summary of your purchase, including the meeting time and place for your tour.
To cancel the service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and communicate all details of your booking. From the date of booking up to 20 days before the date of the tour, no cancellation penalty will be applied and any payment will be returned. For cancellations communicated between 2 and 20 days before the visit, the penalty amounts to 30% of the total sum, i.e. the down payment which will not be reimbursed. For cancellations communicated less than 48 hours before the tour, we will require full payment of the service fee.
The payment of the tour guide service can be paid in cash (Euro) directly on the day of your visit, via bank transfer or via PayPal (with a 4% extra to cover service costs). This fee does NOT include entrance tickets and reservation fees for museums, churches, temporary exhibits or special events. The fee for tour guide services is VAT free, pursuant to art. 10 – comma 22 – of Presidential Decree n. 633/72. Regardless of reservations, access to museums may be delayed in periods of increased affluence, and the organizer declines all responsibility for these delays.
If you are interested in different tours and visits than those listed on this website, we can agree the compensation fees and conditions via e-mail.