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Monte Maestrino’s Roman road

Breath-taking views of the Cortona area


The scenic route that has allowed myriad travelers to go from the area surrounding Arezzo to Perugia’s territory crosses the valley nestled between Monte Maestrino and Poggio della Croce. From the peak of the mountain, visitors can admire one side of the Val di Pierle, the widest and most populated valley in the Cortona area. On the other side, you’ll find the Val d’Esse, with the town of Cortona and Knoll of Sepoltaglia serving as backdrop.

This noteworthy tour leaves from Cortona, going downhill toward the towns of Contesse and Palazzone, until you reach the hamlets of S. Angelo and Metelliano. There, you’ll find a fork in the road which leads toward Ossaia and Sanguineto on one side and toward the district of Mercatale on the other. These routes were extremely significant during the Etruscan period as one can see from the area’s ample archeological sites. The road has several segments that were paved during Roman times which bear witness to the fact that the Romans used these ancient routes during their journeys.

The foundations of the city have been lost in legend
As far as the Florentine ruling class was concerned: to increase the value of the vast territorial consistency of Tuscany, like ancient Etruria, as well as the antiquity of all of its most famous cities since primordial civilisations immediately after the Great Flood, with the aim of obtaining for that territory and for those cities the recognition of Grand Duchy and the title of Grand Duke ...