Cortona itself is an unforgettable destination, dating back to the Etruscans, around 900 b.c. It is a perfectly preserved town, with warm people and a history that pre-dates ancient Rome. It is one of the original 12 Etruscan settlements in Italy and in its vicinity many Etruscan ruins and tombs can still be seen today. Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the basis of the present wall.
The main street, via Nazionale, is the only street in the town with no gradient, and is still usually referred to by locals by its older name of Ruga Piana. It is one of the most beloved towns, due to it being the location of the popular book and film “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Inside the Palazzo Casali is the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, displaying items from Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations, as well as art and artifacts from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
TRAIN FROM DOWNTOWN ROME
Take the Leonardo Express train at the Fumicino Airport into Rome Termini, which is the main transportation hub of Rome. There are automated ticket machines inside the main entrance which you can use to buy a ticket with a credit card. Follow the directions above machine for finding your train. There is also a ticket window with an agent if you want to buy ticket there, or have a question about finding your train. You are buying a ticket to CORTONA. Your train will be the one headed in the direction of FIRENZE. Make sure you validate your ticket in any of the yellow ticket stamping machines located at the heads of the train platforms. Your stop will be Camucia/Cortona. The ride is approximately 2 1/2 hrs. Get your bags stationed at the doors before the stop; train stops only for a minute or so.