Terontola is a tidy country town at the foot of the hill near Castiglione del Lago. Situated between the shores of Lake Trasimeno and the fabled hills of Cortona, it is at a historical crossroads, giving it good access between Florence and Rome, and between Perugia and Foligno. It is in Tuscany, but right where it skirts the border with Umbria, making it a good locale for seeing the beauties of both regions.
The town has an important rail station, and so there are shops and restaurants there, including a bank, grocery store, pharmacy, fresh market, butcher shop and fresh pasta shop. The Tin Tin Cafe is a popular spot for a cappuccino and cornetto (croissant).
From the valley, Terontola ascends into the hills where there are characteristic stone farmhouses, olive groves, and tall cypress trees dotting the landscape. The hamlet of Terontola Alta is included in the territory of the town. There are country inns scattered about that are good options for tasting local dishes at reasonable prices.
The lovely Lake Trasimeno is just a few minutes away, where the pretty town of Castiglione del Lago is a delight to wander. Water sports and boating excursions can be enjoyed on the lake itself. The incredibly preserved Medieval town of Cortona is a must-see when you're in this area, where the famous book, Under The Tuscan Sun, is set. Terontola is convenient to the Valdichiana, Citta della Pieve, Perugia, Arezzo and Montepulciano. Because of its railway station, the cities of Florence and Rome are in relatively easy reach, as well.
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What looks like an ordinary lakeside town was actually the scene of one of history's epic battles.
Camucia di Cortona lies lazily at the foot of the hill on which her big sister, Cortona, sits like a showgirl.
Cortona gives a great first impression when you see it stumbling up its hillside from the valley.
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