Activities at the Granaio
What to see and do during your holiday in Cortona
What to do at Granaio
The cottage is immersed in green: the garden in front of the house entrance and the park are 6000mq in total. In the inner there is an area dedicated to the vegetable garden, another to the orchard, another to the park; there are the natural stone table under the gazebo and wide spaces to relax, for reading and sunbathing.
For SPORTS fan guest there are different possibilities: mountain bike, trekking, running. The large variety of natural journeys fits to each exigency. We are at your disposal for any information, in the topic “Going free wheel” you will find specific suggestion about.
Suggestions for Mountain bike, Trekking, Cross-country race
– Sentiero della Bonifica
– S. Egidio Mount (1058 height, journey and pathways marked by CAI)
– Cycle track around Trasimeno lake
For WATER and SWIMMING fan: Cortona has a municipal swimming pool over the town, the position offers a singular view.
For ARTS and HISTORY lovers, Cortona lays on a 600mt mount facing south and is about 2km from Casale Il Granaio. Cortona’s old town centre offers high quality touristic proposal, the large presence of American, English, Dutch and German tourists symbolized the appreciation of this system.
Is very interesting to visit Etruscan museum completely renovated; Diocesan Museum where, among the wonderful others, you will find pictures of Signorelli and Beato Angelico; the Museum of Fortezza Medicea, in the panoramic position over the town; ancient churches and Convent (S. Francesco, S. Niccolò, S. Cristoforo, S. Maria Nova, S. Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio, Basilica di S. Margherita, Convento Francescano Le Celle, Abbazia di Farneta del sec. IX, ecc.), historical palaces (palazzo Signorelli, palazzo Vagnotti, ecc.); Tumulus and Etruscan find, among those the most important is that of Melone del Sodo, 1km from the Granaio.
In this wonderful renaissance scenary you will see medieval wall dripstone and the ancient entrance door to the town (in part raised on the old Etruscan foundation) alleys and palaces paved and covered with serena stone unique views on Valdichiana, Trasimeno lake and Amiata mountain on the landscape, shops and stores of local handcraft (pottery, leather, textiles, jewellery).
For good eating lovers, there is an excellent choice of restaurants which extol Cortonese and Tuscan traditional kitchen (Chianina steak, red and white meat dishes, game, tipical cheese and sliced meats, lake fishes…) matched with first rate extra virgin olive oil and superb red wines of area (Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, ecc)
Granaio’s vegetable garden offers a large variety of natural and biological products which follows seasonal course: black cabbage, cardoon, potatoes, beans, artichoke, broad beans, peas, lettuces, courgettes, aubergines, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, onions, ails, asparagus (sparrow grass), strawberries, plums apricots, peaches, sorbapples, jujubes,…
For cooking lovers, we will give you suggestions and advices for purchasing and preparing local and tipical products (steaks and red meat, pork, chicken, Tuscan bread, wine, oil,…) really genuine and in a very good quality-price relation.
Hoping to host you soon in Casale Il Granaio