These are images taken on my Monte Ginezzo walk, a hike in the hills near Cortona. This is another route from my walking guide book, Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border, now available from Amazon in its third edition as an ebook. The route starts at Passo della Cerventosa, beyond the hamlet of Portole located high in the hills behind Cortona. As you climb along the ridge towards the highest point of Monte Ginezzo, there are magnificent views to the Appenine mountains in the east and Lake Trasimeno to the south. To the west you look down across the broad expanse of the Val di Chiana, a wide plain below Cortona, and beyond to Montepulciano and the extinct volcano of Monte Amiata. This is a reasonably short walk, taking around two hours, so it is suitable for children and, if you set off early enough, you can get to Cortona afterwards before the shops shut for lunch.
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