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Fortezza di Girifalco

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Address: Via di Fortezza, Cortona, Italy
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An Ambitious Climb...

I thought I would be able to touch the sky if I climbed any higher :) The highest point in Cortona, so all the good reason to build a Fortezza there. We walked up to it after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 11, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best sights for tourists. The views are breathtaking and and if you can tear your eyes away then the signs are informative and the history is fascinating. Keep your phone on, you'll get a total thirst for wanting to know more and more of the history. Make sure you travel all the way to the top and... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

I thought I would be able to touch the sky if I climbed any higher :) The highest point in Cortona, so all the good reason to build a Fortezza there. We walked up to it after we visited the St. Margherita church. We thought, we might as well go all the way to the top. There was some art... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Breathtaking views for miles around Cortona! If you didn't bring your camera, despair. If you did, pack lunch, because you'll be clicking for quite some time. The fortress itself is an impressive mass of concrete walls designed for fortification which history proved to be unnecessary. However, its worth the visit.

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Tazzie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The Fort is above the the town of Cortona and a good 15- 20 min walk, all up hill, and steep. However if you take your time to admire your surroundings as you go, it is no hardship, especially as you are rewarded with such wonderful views of the Tuscan plains north and south. The Fort was wonderful to explore,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We arrived and were clearly the first visitors they had the day. The teenager in charge of ticketing asked us to enter via the courtyard as he needed to switch the lights on inside the building. There was no one else so it made for a great experience. The views over the valley from the fort are also breathtaking. They... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I arrived just after 10 to find the Fortezza closed, despite the advertised opening time of 10. Luckily for me, the two maintenance men saw me and let me in and proceeded to give me a private tour of the entire Fortezza! When the totally uninterested ticket guy arrived half an hour late, the maintenance men told him in no... More 

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Spectacular 360 view from the battlements. The exhibitions were really interesting. Its a climb worth making, take water with you, you can replenish at the wee auto-shop at Santa Margherita

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Sitting above Cortona this structure dominates and has tremendous views across the town and the surrounding plains. There is almost no explanation however of how the fort functioned or how is was built. We understand that at some time it was derelict. Worth the visit for the views alone and hopefully in time more interpretative information will be made available.

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Do walk up from the town if you can manage to do so. The views from the fort are certainly worth the effort as the town, the valley, the lake and the distant hills are all spread out below you. I should have liked a description of the history of the fort rather than the photographic collection of Tuscan towns... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

This old fortress has best views over the Tuscan hillscapes being at the top of the mountain above Cortona. The many reviewers saying it is hard to reach may not realise there is ample parking at the church of Santa Margerita and even spaces next to the entrance 100 meters up the path. They were currently setting up for an... More 

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