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Cortona's steep streets

Is there an escalator in Cortona, taking you from a parking area to the main piazza? I thought I read about it in one of Rick's books. We have some travelers with some walking difficulties.

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There is not an escalator in Cortona. But there is parking, if you can find a place, at the end of the only relatively flat street in Cortona. The name escapes me at the moment but I think it is the Via Nationale (spelling?). The parking is near or in the Piazza Garibaldi. We always park at a different place, but it requires walking up a steep hill.

You may be thinking of Assisi where there is an escalator, or Orvieto where there are some escalators.

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I was in Cortona 4 months ago and did see an escalator going from the side of the hill below Piazza Garibaldi to the parking lot. I did not personally use it, but I think that is what it was.
Rick may be right!

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I asked my husband, who has a better memory than I do even though it pains me to admit that, and he said that when we were in Cortona in March 2007 that there was an escalator from a new parking area up to the Piazza Garibaldi. I had no idea.

The good news is that from the Piazza Garibaldi to the main piazza the street is relatively flat. If I am remembering correctly! This is embarrassing because I have been to Cortona 5 TIMES.

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Yes, Piazza Garibaldi runs into the main street in Cortona, which is flat -- however this is pretty much the only flat street there -- still it is beautiful!