Reggie asked Frances Mayes:

Hi Frances-thanks for taking our questions! I have enjoyed reading your books about travel and living in Italy. I have a long running fascination with Italy and hope to visit someday. I am wondering if you could recommend a specific place to stay in the area of Cortona to really experience small town Italian life as you did. Thanks, and I look forward to reading your memoir soon. Reggie

Frances Mayes Nearby medieval Castiglion Fiorentino is pretty untouched and has a lovely valley where great olive oil comes from. It's about six miles from Cortona. Also, Anghiari, a bit farther away, is wonderful, as is San Sepolcro.

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