Title of course:
Numerical Methods for Optimization
Scuola Matematica Interuniversitaria,
Via S. Marta 13/A, I-50139 FIRENZE, Italy
(Cortona), August, 2002.
Basic calculus and linear algebra
original outline of the course (ps file); and
original outline of the course (pdf file).
map of Cortona region and
where it is and what to expect locally and
The Best in Tuscany (tourism) and
more on Tuscany with maps/guides to main cities
Perugia are two places quite close
to Cortona. Assisi is located on hills rising to higher mountains.
It is usually packed with tourists (catholic pilgrims), but
definitely worth seeing. Hint: finding a place to park is tricky.
On the way back you may want to stop in Perugia. This is a very
Arezzo is also nearby.
Firenze is also always packed with tourists,
but going to see
the Uffici Museum and the cathedral is a must.
The city itself is not as interesting as
Siena. Siena is not as big, but it
is located on several hills, giving it a spectacular appearance.
In Siena you should definitely go to see the
Piazza del Campo.
It has the shape of a shell, and gives you an impression of medieval
Pisa and the coast: Aside from the piazza dei miracoli (with the
leaning tower and the cathedral), Pisa is not as
interesting as many of the other places.
Lucca has a nicely kept old center of the city.
Further down the coast (further south then Elba) is the
monte argentario with Porto Santo Stefano and
Porto Ercole. Both these are typical coastal towns, with
fishing boats, a nice harbour, nearby beaches - very enjoyable.
It is a resort for rich Romans, getting out of
the city during the summer.
Finally, there are several other smaller places in Tuscany which
are definitely worth to go and see, such as
Montepulciano (located on top of a hill, beautiful sight, good wine)
Possible places on the seaside on the east: Ravenna and
Rimini are the major cities there.
One thing to keep in mind: 100 km on country roads
may take quite some time....