Cortona is a twenty minute drive over the hill from Cadigosto. Their Saturday market is my weekly pilgrimage for great locally grown organic produce, cheeses and delicacies of the region, along with great dining options.. Umbertide is also the same distance away, but at the other end of the valley towards Gubbio, and Citta Di Castello. Umbertide has a lovely weekly market and is a very good town for almost all supplies you could need. We are close to Perugia between Rome and Florence. Driving to Rome takes two and a half hours. To Florence it is an hour and a half. By rail from Terontola our local station, Rome is an hour and forty minutes by fast train, or two hours twenty by normal service. Florence by train is an hour and a half.
The Niccone valley, where we are situated is separated from Cortona and it's famous Valdichianna valley by a range of hills which has managed to keep life here tranquil and slow. The valley is given over almost entirely to agriculture, the main crops being vineyards, maize and sunflowers, together with the remanants of an earlier tradition of tabacco cultivation. Mercatale is our local small village that is 4 kilometers away, when guests wish to dine out but not venture far. They have several good restaurants and offer
facilities which a much larger town would envy including three bars,
two banks, two supermarkets. the best butcher in the region and much