Dining in Cortona

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Dining in Cortona

On our way out Florence and checking out of the Hotel Lungarno the staff asked where we were heading next.  When we replied Cortona the check-out agent perked up and said that we must eat at La Bucaccia.

So upon arrival in Cortona it was the first place we made reservations for.  We were lucky to get a table, the staff at Il Falconiere was able to call and reserve one for us.


La Bucaccia menu

The restaurant is small, very charming and it is very well regarded.  We had a bit of trouble finding it as it’s sort of in a basement of a building.  We wondered around and eventually found it. There are signs in the town square pointing the general direction of La Bucaccia.

We were shown to a nice corner table, the entire place was full or just about full.  We had a friendly young waiter.  Not long after we had a bottle of wine and our appetizers. Everything here is made by hand and very authentic.  In fact they sometimes run out of popular dishes towards the end of the night so it was good we got in before 8pm. Continue reading

Around Cortona

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
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Around Cortona

We hired a car to drive from our hotel, Il Falconiere to Cortona.  It was always a black Mercedes Benz van usually our favorite driver Micky. The cost is about $40 round trip for the 10 minute drive.  On the way to Cortona we asked Micky to stop off at the sunflower fields in the distance and he happily obliged. He was even nice enough to take a photo or two of us as a family. The sunflower fields are just a short 2-3 minute diversion from the main route up the hill to Cortona.


Our son in the sunflower fields 


Family shot in the sunflower fields

Once winding up the narrow roads to the hilltop city of Cortona you will be at a sort of town square area with lots of action.  This area gives you amazing views down all around the Tuscan countryside and you can see as far as Lake Trasimeno! As you walk down the small main road into the heart of the city you can’t help but enjoy the authenticity of the city.  It oozes classic Italy.   Continue reading

Il Falconiere Review

Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
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Il Falconerie


Il Faloniere entrance sign

After an amazing time in Florence we were excited to arrive in our Tuscan resort, Il Falconiere.   We arrived via train and met our driver eventually who after a 15 minute drive arrived down the long driveway of Il Falconiere.


Relais & Chateaux placard at Il Falconiere entrance

We were dropped off right in front of the reception and our driver said he would take care of our bags.  The first thing I said when we got out of our black Mercedes van was “wow, it smells great out here”! You could smell the lovely flower and lilac permeating the property! Continue reading