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Fortezza di Girifalco

Via di Fortezza, Cortona, Italy
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Ranked #14 of 17 Attractions in Cortona
Type: Historic Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the additional hike up to the top of the hill to visit the Fortress. The exhibition of photos would not have merited the strenuous walk up the hill but the views are outstanding and not to be missed. Why anyone would contemplate attacking such a fortress defies logic. I'd just camp in the town and starve the inhabitants... More

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Nagoya, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Very nice place to visit with great views. I didn't care much for the art exhibit inside though, finding the displays ruined the atmosphere of the fort's interior. If you find yourself at St. Margaret's church then head up to this fort if only to take pictures of the view.

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

There's apparently no way to tell when it's open except to climb up there and take your chances. Pretty impressive ruin even from the outside, though.

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Henderson, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We stayed a week in Cortona, and spent a day on the climb up to the fortress. We enjoyed the historical aspects of the fortress itself, but the view is what made the trip worthwhile. We walked from town, but saw parking father up the hill.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We've been to quite a few fortresses in Italy and France. This one was decent. The first few floors are somewhat unremarkable (as fortresses go). They put in new concrete smooth steps, which made it easier to climb (nice), but not so authentic. Also, there is sort of an art gallery of photographs unrelated to Italy (I stopped on one... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I'm one that has to walk to the top of every single town and view the fortress, and the best part about this one is the gasp-inducing climb from town. If possible, check it out on one of the nights it has star-gazing or a Medieval Festival. There is a fee to enter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Fortezza di Girifalco is situated at the top of the hill that makes Cortona a hilltown. The fort itself isn't as spectacular as others, but the view from the top is incredible. If you go, make sure you take a camera. If it's a clear day, you can see Montepulciano on the other side of the beautiful Tuscan valley. You... More

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