Cortona, The Two Drifters,

Cortona is a beautiful town in Tuscany.

We ended up spending two weeks in this area doing another Helpx work exchange. We stayed with a lovely couple at their Tuscan villa up in the hills above Cortona and had the best fortnight experiencing some of the Italian lifestyle.

Palazzo Casale, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

The house we stayed in.

Fog, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

Such a beautiful area – we saw it in all kinds of weather!

We did a variety of jobs while staying with them, Scott helped build a cupboard and did some wood chopping. While I put all the weekends of watching Dad in the garden to good use, blowing the autumn leaves away and mowing the lawns! (I know most of you are finding that hard to imagine!) We also painted the cupboard and learnt more about Italian cooking, helping prepare our meals for while we were there. This included learning how to make bright pink pasta which looked so pretty and tasted even better!

Eilis Mowing, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

Th evidence of me mowing the lawns!!

It was a lot of fun and a perfect break from the constant travelling we have been doing lately. We also really enjoyed exploring the local area, going on some beautiful walks through the surrounding Tuscan hills.

Stunning sunset, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

The stunning area we were in near Cortona

Cortona is a pretty town that was used for the filming of Under the Tuscan Sun and is very much a quintessential Tuscan town with very steep, narrow streets winding throughout. It’s very cute with its cobblestone streets and walled city.

Alleyways, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

So many alleyways

Cortona market, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

A market in Cortona

View from Cortona, The Two Drifters,

Looking at the view from Cortona

The most exciting part of our two weeks in Cortona was that we woke up one morning to see the whole area completely covered in snow!! It was our first real snow (other than the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland) so we were pretty excited about it! Think this was very amusing to the others who were completely used to it!

First snow, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

First snow!

Excited about snow, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

We were pretty excited!

Road snow, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

Snow covering the road

A definite highlight was going to the shop to buy some wine…this is a bit different to buying wine in Australia…it’s basically like a petrol pump! You take in your container and decide whether you would like red or white and they fill it up for you! It was so cheap as well! We thought it was a brilliant idea!

Wine pump, Cortona, The Two Drifters,

A pump for wine!

We had a great couple of weeks in Cortona and were incredibly lucky to stay with a very lovely couple, who were incredibly generous in sharing their Italian life with us.

Wandering, Cortona, The Two Drifters,


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Written by twodrifters
Hi there, we're Scott and Eilis, an Australian couple. We have been together for over 10 years and got engaged 2 days before we started our adventure of exploring Europe on a one-way ticket. We love adventures and have been lucky enough to have had plenty of them and now are endlessly dreaming of the next ones. We hope you enjoy our photos and stories - there's such a lot of world to see! Feel free to contact us at: