To meet Cortona means meeting art, history and mysticism. To know this “out of time” town is an unique breakthrough of the past. Within its Etruscan walls Cortona jealously preserves, the witness of a very noble town. Cortona can offer you those witnesses together with an enchanted landscape between the Trasimeno Lake and the Apennines.
Situated at 600 meters over the sea level Cortona overlooks the entire Chiana valley and reaches the faraway top of Amiata mountain. The medieval look of the buildings and of the narrow ways (“vicoli”) confers to the town a very fascinating atmosphere. Santa Margherita Cathedral and the Franciscan Sanctuary of Celle invite the tourist to discover Cortona from above providing an artistic and faithful itinerary few minutes away from the historic centre.
While walking along Ruga Piana, currently named via Nazionale, the only flat road of the town, you reach Piazza della Repubblica, where the medieval Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Casali is located, previously residence of that noble family, now hosting the Etruscan Academy Museum. Its rooms gather an interesting collection of Etruscan and Roman archaeological finds. To the very north-side of the town just in front of the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum is located. A small place that preserves works of the greatest local artists such as Luca Signorelli and one of the most beautiful Announcements of Beato Angelico. Just outside the town Meloni I and II of Sodo are situated, Etruscan underground tombs of VI century BC. Going towards Foiano della Chiana you can visit Santa Maria Abbey in Farneta that with its cripta is one of the oldest expression of Romanic style in Arezzo. A prestigious event is Cortonantiquaria one of the most interesting fair of the national antiquaries. It takes place yearly in the seventy century rooms of Palazzo Vagnotti, starting the last Saturday of August to the second Sunday of September (from APT Arezzo).
Famous are also the “Steak Festival”, August 14-15 and the Archidado Tournament in May.
Besides its artistic beauty Cortona is a very significant goal for tourists even for its strategic geographic position. From Cortona it is possible to easily reach several cultural and artistic highly interesting places such as Florence, Siena, Perugia, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, the Trasimeno Lake, Arezzo, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto, etc...