Villa Ugo is located in Cortona, in the province of Arezzo, in an ideal and strategic geographical position, not far from numerous cultural sites and attractions of Tuscany, such as: Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Pienza.
The estate, located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, is also an ideal starting point to visit the beautiful cities of Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy: Perugia, Spoleto, Orvieto, and Assisi. Definitely not to be missed, and only a few kilometers away, is Lake Trasimeno.
Our town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tuscany, visited each year by tourists from all over the world. The ancient Etruscan city, known as a “lucumonia,” is situated on a hillside 500meters above sea level. Discover how ancient peoples and their cultures (Paleolithic, Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance) shaped this city by visiting our museums, archaeological sites, and monuments, or by walking down the main streets and in the surrounding countryside.
The town is home to a wide range and number of cultural events and festivities, including the international festival of photography Cortona On The Move (between July and September), the exhibition of antique furniture Cortonantiquaria (between late August and early September), and the Archidado, a crossbow competition (scheduled for the second weekend in June).
Considered "the pearl of the Renaissance," Montepulciano is known mainly for the grandeur of its palaces, the elegant beauty of its churches, and for its "Vino Nobile," one of the most internationally appreciated Tuscan wines. With its shops and restaurants, the main road climbs the hill all the way to the central square, Piazza Grande. Don't miss the "Bravio delle Botti,” the uphill wine-barrel rolling competition that takes place every year in Montepulciano between the 8 neighborhoods of the town, on the last Sunday of August.
Montalcino is a beautiful historical town nestled deep in the beautiful landscape of the Natural Park of Valdorcia, a Unesco heritage site, and known throughout the world for its extraordinary and precious wine, Brunello di Montalcino. The town itself is small and perched on a hill between Monte Amiata and Siena; practically intact since the 16th century, it offers its visitors breathtaking views. Don’t miss the Jazz & Wine Festival, held in July, for its combination of great food, music, and wine.
Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy, and is known around the world as a home for major works of art and historic architectural creations.
In the center of town lies the famous Piazza del Campo, where twice a year, once in July and once in August, the exciting Palio horse race is run. In 1995, Siena’s historic center of town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in central Tuscany, Siena is surrounded by a picturesque, hilly landscape.
Florence is the symbol of the Renaissance and home to great artists, sculptors, painters, and poets. With its museums, palaces, and churches, it offers visitors the chance to experience some of the most important artistic treasures in the world. After getting your fill of art-filled museums, such as the famous Uffizi Gallery, take time to stroll through the old streets of Florence, from the romantic Ponte Vecchio to the Boboli Gardens.
Lake Trasimeno is a wildlife paradise: home to wild ducks, cormorants, swallow-tailed kites, and kingfishers. The lake is beautifully framed by rolling hills, forests, sunflower fields, vineyards, and olive orchards.
The land around Lake Trasimeno is rich not only in natural beauty but also in small, historic villages, perfect for easy and relaxing day trips. Some of the towns overlook the lake directly, while others are farther away; all are shaped by the grace and charm of this large body of water.
Assisi is the noble city where St. Francis and St. Chiara were born; its thousand-year history reveals important Roman, medieval, and Renaissance splendors. In terms of the wealth of artistic monuments, it is considered one of the richest in Italy. The jewel of the city, and key religious site, is the Basilica of San Francesco, decorated with Giotto’s luminous frescoes. In keeping with the city’s history and the deep religiosity of the city’s Saints, Assisi is imbued with an air of profound spirituality.
Perugia lovingly preserves precious traces of its major historical periods, first as a powerful Etruscan town and later as an important medieval city. One major cultural destination is the University, which has existed for more than 700 years. Perugia is a city full of secrets: let curiosity guide you through its multisensory experience. Public and private museums, artisan’s workshops, and Umbrian cuisine are all worth enjoying, matched only by the magical views of the Umbrian landscape.