Sights in Cortona
Sights in Cortona, Italy
This small charming town was recently made famous by the novel and movie, "Under the Tuscan Sun." The ancient medieval hill town of Cortona is surrounded by a massive rectangular wall clinging to the hillside, and is surrounded by olive groves. Some lower sections of the wall are from the 4th century B.C. when it was an important Etruscan city. The town's steep streets sometimes turn into staircases as they wind among the stone buildings.
Outdoor cafes, restaurants, quaint shops, and friendly people make Cortona a pleasant place to spend the day. It is famous as the “City of Art,” and for traditional ceramics of green and dark yellow on an off white background.
For a special treat visit Cortona on Saturday, its market day. Create your own picnic from the fresh offerings and enjoy the local color. With all that this city has to offer, there is one absolute "must see" - the wonderful view over the Val di Chiana and Lago (Lake) Trasimeno. Make a point to see it at sunset if you can.
Today some 150 students from the University of Georgia come here every summer to study art. Cortona was the birthplace of these Important artists:
Sights located within the city wall
The Museo Diocesano- Home to a significant collection of paintings, including "Annunciation" and "Madonna and Saints" by Fra Angelico.
Santa Margherita- Inside
the church of Santa Margherita there is a fine Gothic tomb (1362) which
enshrines St. Margaret who founded the church.
Teatro Signorelli- The Teatro Signorelli was used for the filming of some scenes in Roberto Bernini's film, "Life is Beautiful."
off the beaten path and climb the streets upward until you reach the ancient Medici
Fortress with wonderful views of the town.
Sights located outside the city wall
Etruscan tombs (6th and 7th centuries B.C.) have been discovered in the countryside below the city. Ippogea (or Tomba) di Pitagora is just down the hill from the city. Ippogeo Melone I del Sodo and Melone II il Sodo are in a small hamlet called Il Sodo, at the crossroads of SS71. These tombs can only be visited with a private guide.
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is just below the city walls and was built in 1485.
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