Scendendo giù per le antiche scale a Cortona per trovare il moderno
"Going down the old stairs in Cortona to find the modern"...
Entering Cortona, one realizes the charm and charisma of this hilltop village. With its steep streets, ruined Etruscan and Roman walls, narrow alleys, and medieval buildings, Cortona maintains ancient origins and has remained uniquely unchanged today. Before embarking upon my one month journey in Italy, I prepared by walking, running, and exercising 3-4 hours a day to get in shape to hike the steep grades carrying a 25lb. camera bag over the strenuous terrain of the Italian countryside. No amount of training prepared me for the hot and humid climate, mountainous landscape, and steep grades throughout the country of Italy, and the extremely grueling le strade in Cortona. The tiny walled town of Cortona was probably not the most fortified with large amounts of photogenic attractions within its ramparts, but professed to be the perfect central Tuscany location. Cortona was perhaps the most quaint and charming of towns during my Italian journey, and I was surprised to see the University of Georgia has maintained a campus there since 1970. If one has the legs and heart to traverse the steep grades of this ancient Tuscan village, Cortona offers great rewards and blessings under the bellissimo Tuscan Sun. The warm ambiance of Cortona, in contrast with its grueling hills…one may find colorful, delicate, and enduring beauty.
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