Many people when visiting Tuscany have the problem of deciding which to visit, Siena or Cortona?
Well, of course, they are chalk and cheese and both must be visited during a trip of 5 days or more to Tuscany. Our recommendation is to stay at Palazzo Passerini and make a day trip to Siena. Make Palazzo Passerini your base in Tuscany - the less you have to pack up and move the more relaxing the trip.
Siena is about an hour by car from Cortona and is a vibrant and exciting city to visit and has a very special atmosphere. BTW, don't look for the fountain or several other places seen in the film, Under the Tuscan Sun... they were built for the movie!