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Car Rentals

We recommend renting a car as everything is fairly remote. If you'd like to share a rental with another wedding guest to split the cost, let us know and we'll try to do some matchmaking.

IMPORTANT: If you're coming from the USA, please visit an agency called Maiellano Car Rental. Maiellano has very competitive all-inclusive rates—among the best we've found for Italy, and you get cars from a reliable company (Hertz). On top of that, we have arranged for an additional 10% discount off the rates quoted on Maiellano's website. Use the site to find a car and a quote, but do not book it. Instead call Maiellano at 1.800.223.1616. Then dial extension x5383 and ask for Josephine. Mention the "Cavagna Wedding," and she will book your car with the 10% discount.


Traveling By Train

If you don't want to rent a car, take ground transportation from Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Stazione Termini in Rome, and from Malpensa Airport to Stazione Centrale in Milan. Trains to Cortona stop at the lower suburb of Camucia (the station is called Camucia-Cortona), which is on one of the two Rome-Florence train lines. Bus service will take you up to town. Visit TRENITALIA for complete timetables.

As long as enough people have cars, you should be able to hitch rides to wedding activities. Arezzo, Florence, and Orvieto are easily reached by train from Camucia, and Perugia is 45 minutes from Cortona's other train station in Terontola. We are looking into the possibility of a shuttle bus for the reception, but we do not yet know whether one will be possible.


Maps

Many of our locations do not come up accurately in online maps, so please refer to the maps and directions you find on this page. Make sure to use everything you find on this page in conjunction with a detailed road atlas. An affordable spiral-bound one is available from Touring Club Italiano at any highway rest stop and most newstands.

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Map 1 - Central Italy: Shows airports and highway system in relation to Cortona.
Map 2 - Area (Small): General map showing Cortona and its environs.
Map 3 - Area (Large): Detailed map of the area, with all wedding locations marked. File size is 21.8 MB.
Map 4 - Easy Cortona Driving Map: Shows the route from the A1 highway to Cortona.
Map 5 - Villa Michelangelo: Shows the Niccone Valley, with routes to Villa Michelangelo highlighted in pink.
Map 6 - L'Archibugio: Shows the driving route to L'Archibugio restaurant.


Directions to Cortona

Refer to Maps 1-4, especially Map 4.

1) If coming from Rome, take the A1 autostrada (highway) north, for Firenze and Milano. If coming from Milano, take the A1 autostrada south to Bologna, then Firenze, and then heading for Rome.

2) Take the Valdichiana-Bettolle Sinalunga exit. If traveling north from Rome, this is the first exit after the Area di Servizio Montepulciano Est (East Montepulciano Service Area). If traveling south from Florence, this is the first exit after the Area di Servizio Lucignano Ovest (West Lucignano Service Area).

3) Pay the exit toll. Then follow signs for the toll-free highway to Perugia (going east) and get on it.

4) More than one exit will get you to Cortona. The best one is the Cortona-San Lorenzo exit, labelled "Uscita San Lorenzo" on Map 4. At the stop sign, make a right, toward Cortona.

5) Continue following signs for Cortona. The town should be clearly visible on the side of the hill as you approach. Drive past Camucia and keep following signs for Cortona.

6) You will eventually reach a road that circles around Cortona's walls. Make a right onto this road to reach L'Istituto Santa Margherita and the Hotel San Luca; consult Maps 7 and 8 (below) for their precise locations.


Getting Around Cortona

There is a circular road around town. Park at any gate and walk to the center of town: Piazza della Reppublica. It will be clearly marked and anyone you meet can direct you. We recommend parking around Piazza Garibaldi near the southeastern gate – less uphill walking! If you are staying at Istituto Santa Margherita or Hotel San Luca, you will be able to walk to the center of town very easily.

Below are maps of Cortona itself.

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Map 7 - Cortona (PDF Format): Detailed maps and index of Cortona and its comune (administrative area), including Camucia, Terontola, and Mercatale.
Map 8 - Cortona (Windows BMP Format): Detail of the town center, with Piazza della Repubblica and wedding hotels marked.

The following grid locations refer to the detailed map of the Cortona town center in Map 7:

Place
Grid location
Piazza della Repubblica/Municipal building (ceremony site)
C3
Istituto Santa Margherita
E4
Hotel San Luca/Piazza Garibaldi
D3

 

Directions to Villa Michelangelo

The address for Villa Michelangelo, where we are holding our reception, is:

Località Leoncini Monte 39
Sant'Andrea di Sorbello
52044 Cortona (AR)
Tel. +39 0575 619157 (incoming only)

Unfortunately this address does not come up accurately in any online map we have tried. In most cases the villa's road isn't even depicted. So please use the directions below. Driving time from Cortona is about 30 minutes. We are also looking into the possibility of renting a shuttle bus from Cortona.

From Rome/Milan:

Follow steps 1-3 of "Directions to Cortona," above. At that point you will find yourself on a toll-free highway, traveling from route A1 toward Perugia. Then follow the directions below, referring to Map 3 and Map 5.

4) Do not take the Cortona exit. After you reach Lago Trasimeno, the big lake on your right, take the Touro exit. Head north, away from the lake and toward the ridge

5) You will drive through the town of Tuoro. Stay on this road heading toward the top of the ridge by following signs for Mercatale and/or Umbertide.

6) At the top of the ridge you will pass by a trattoria (restaurant) called "Lo Scoiattolo." If you are joining us here for dinner on Wednesday, June 30th, make a mental note of the location. Keep driving over the ridge and descend into the Niccone Valley. Continue to follow signs for Mercatale.

7) Continue through and past Mercatale. Disregard the sign for Cortona. Follow signs for Umbertide.

8) Exactly 3.90 km east of Mercatale, you will see a small bar and convenience store called Il Pino (The Pine), sitting by itself at an intersection with a small road lined with mulberry trees. Make a LEFT here, onto this road.

9) Follow the paved road, making a RIGHT at each intersection or turnoff so long as the road is still paved. Do NOT make any right hand turns onto unpaved roads so long as paved road remains available.

10) After 3 km the paved portion of road ENDS and there is an immediate intersection with an unpaved road. Now make a RIGHT.

11) After 10 or 20 meters, make a LEFT. This is the driveway to the house.

12) The driveway is long and a bit steep, about 400 meters (1/4 mile). You will arrive at a large garage with three red doors, and the house is just above. Parking is front of the garage. We encourage people to share rides, because parking is limited.

From Cortona:

Refer to Map 3 for steps 1-2 and Map 5 for steps 3-4.

1) Leave Cortona from the south, initially heading down toward Camucia. Follow signs for Mercatale.

2) You will end up on route SP35, heading east up a small valley (the Val di Pierle) and toward a ridge. If you are on the right road, you will pass through places like Campaccio, Pergo, and Montanare, but they are just small clusters of buildings. Cross over the ridge, continuing toward Mercatale.

3) You will reach the Niccone Valley and the small town of Mercatale. Follow signs for Umbertide, which will mean taking a left turn in the town center.

4) Go to step 8 of "Directions to Villa Michelangelo from Rome/Milan," above. Follow steps 8-12.


Directions to Lo Scoiattolo Restaurant

The address for Lo Scoiattolo, where we hope to meet you for dinner at 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 30th, is:

Località La Cima
06069 Tuoro sul Trasimeno (PERUGIA)
Tel. +39 075 844119

Online maps are not entirely accurate, so please follow the directions below. Driving time from Cortona is about 30 minutes, and from Villa Michelangelo about 20 minutes. Refer to Map 3 for the directions below.

From Cortona:

1) Leave Cortona from the south, heading down toward Camucia. Follow signs for Ossaia and Terontola. You will end up on route SR71 after Ossaia. Incidentally, Ossaia's name means The Place of Bones—a grim reminder of the defeat Hannibal inflicted on the Romans here more than two thousand years ago.

2) After Terontola, SR71 meets the highway running between Perugia and Siena. Take it going east, toward Perugia.

3) You will get off the highway at the next exit, the Tuoro exit. Head north, away from the lake and toward the ridge.

4) You will drive through the town of Tuoro. Stay on this road heading toward the top of the ridge by following signs for Mercatale and/or Umbertide.

6) At the very top of the ridge, with an excellent view of the lake, you will reach Lo Scoiattolo.

From Villa Michelangelo:

1) Descend from the Villa to the Il Pino Bar. Make a right toward Mercatale.

2) In Mercatale, stay on the same road, disregarding signs for Cortona and following signs for Tuoro.

3) You will climb up a ridge. At the top of the ridge, in view of the lake, you will find Lo Scoiattolo on your left.


Directions to L'Archibugio Restaurant

The address for L'Archibugio, where we hope to meet you for dinner at 8pm on Thursday, July 1st, is:

Vocabolo Villa 39/bis
Lugnano
06018 Città di Castello (PERUGIA)
Tel. +39 075 8649000

Unfortunately this address does not come up accurately in any online map we've tried, so please refer to the directions below. Driving time from Cortona is about 45-60 minutes depending on which route you take.

L'Archibugio is not that easy to find. We suggest you meet us in the parking lot of the Il Pino Bar and follow us there. Il Pino is on the road between Mercatale and Umbertide; see Directions to Villa Michelangelo (above) for how to get there. We will leave the Il Pino parking lot no later than 7:30pm.

From Cortona:

The most direct road from Cortona goes over a high ridge and isn't that well marked, so you need to make sure you are familiar with all the town names on your route. Consult Map 3 closely.

1) Leave Cortona from the north side of town, heading northeast on route SP34 over the ridge and toward Portole and San Leo Bastia.

2) When you reach Portole, stay on SP34, heading down a valley toward San Leo Bastia. You can get to L'Archibugio along other roads but they are poorly marked and poorly maintained.

3) Drive through San Leo Bastia, heading for Calzolaro and Città di Castello.

4) At the tiny village of Calzolaro, you will make a left on route SP104. At this point the road should be marked for Lugnano.

5) Continue to follow signs for Lugnano. After 3-4 kilometers you will reach a turnoff to Lugnano. It will be a left hand turn — almost a U turn, in fact.

6) The road will climb up to Lugnano, which is a very small place. In town you will need to make a left. There should be a small sign for L'Archibugio at the intersection.

7) L'Archibugio is maybe a couple hundred yards further on, at the end of a driveway on the left.

From Villa Michelangelo:

Please refer to Map 3 and Map 6.

1) Descend from the Villa to the Il Pino Bar. Make a left toward Umbertide.

2) After several kilometers, the road will end in a town called Niccone. Make a left when you reach a T intersection, toward Città di Castello.

3) You will reach a small village called Montecastelli. Here you will make a left onto route SP140, following signs for Trestina and/or Nestore.

4) Nestore is another small village. Here you will make a left on route SP105 following signs for Calzolaro. There may be a sign for Lugnano too, by this point.

5) At Calzolaro (another tiny village) make a right on route SP104. At this point the road should be marked for Lugnano.

6) Go to step 5 of "Directions to L'Archibugio Restaurant from Cortona," above. Follow steps 5-7.

From Perugia, Rome, or Milan:

Follow these directions if you're joining us after a day trip to Assisi or Perugia, or if you're coming directly from Rome or the North. Refer to Map 3 and especially Map 6.

1) You will approach via highway E45, running between Cesena and Perugia. Look for the Promano exit between Umbertide and Città di Castello.

2) After you exit, head north, following signs for Città di Castello.

3) After about 2 kilometers, when you reach the village of San Biagio, turn left, toward the west, following signs for Trestina.

4) You will pass through the town of Trestina, heading west, following signs for Bivio Lugnano.

5) When you reach Bivio Lugnano (which translates to "Lugnano Junction"), you will make a left, following signs for Lugnano.

6) Continue to follow signs for Lugnano. After a couple of kilometers you will reach a right hand turn to Lugnano, which will be a small road heading up a hill.

7) Go to step 6 of "Directions to L'Archibugio Restaurant from Cortona," above. Follow steps 6-7.

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Questions? Email us at HeidiandCarlo@gmail.com.

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