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Fortezza di Girifalco

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Address: Via di Fortezza, Cortona, Italy

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Fun for kids, great views for the parents

We doubted a moment to pay the entrance fee (6€ for adults), but it was certainly worth it. The Fort is quite big and you can access almost everything. The kids loved running... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Leuven, Belgium
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid 5€ each in order to access the fortress expecting some info or something to see. All the rooms are empty, there is only one walkable wall and nothing more. Yes, views from top are nice, but you have same views from the road. Not worth the ticket price imho.

Thank Claudia V
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a short walk uphill from Santa Margheritas church you will find amazing views and history. There is a little bistro up there that looked nice.

Thank sansa31
Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We doubted a moment to pay the entrance fee (6€ for adults), but it was certainly worth it. The Fort is quite big and you can access almost everything. The kids loved running around in it. The views are by far the best of all Cortona. You can access it by car or walk to it from Basilica Santa Margherita... More 

Thank mvandevelde52
Tarquinia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

The Fortezza is built on the top of the mountain overlooking the valley below. Spend some time on the edge of the S. Margherita bastion to admire the breathtaking view from Lake Trasimeno to Mount Amiata. The place hosts art and photography exhibitions that are worth looking at. There is also a small bistrot where you can have some good... More 

Thank MarcoEtGiusy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

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 

1 Thank Rory K
New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

4 Thank Wenovo
Bozeman, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank Frank S
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank SoozTazzie
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank BlissOnEarth
Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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