Cortona

Information about the town of Cortona in Tuscany, central Italy

Cortona

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Le Celle

Frances Mayes

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In the imaginations of many visitors to Tuscany, Cortona has become the quintessential Tuscan hill town, thanks in large part to the books of Frances Mayes. There is in fact a kernel of truth in this. Cortona is a town on a hill - a hillside town rather than a hilltop town - and it is indeed packed with charm and interest. The location of Cortona makes it a good base from which to explore southern Tuscany, especially Lake Trasimeno, Montepulciano and the Val d'Orcia, as well as parts of Umbria including Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi.

town of Cortona in Tuscany, central Italy

Within Cortona, visitors naturally gravitate to the beautiful and interesting Piazza della Repubblica with its 13th Century town hall and clock tower, and of course its pleasant piazza ambience, especially on a sunny day. Another major sight of Cortona is the Duomo, the 15 C Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Cortona is richly endowed with other magnificent churches in a wide range of architectural styles, all of them worth a brief visit at the very least.

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Cortona was a major Etruscan city, one of the Etruscan Dodecapoli, the league of twelve cities, and traces of their structures can be seen throughout Cortona. Cortona also has an excellent Etruscan Museum, the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca.

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Cortona

Cortona sights

Cortona accommodations

Farneta

Le Celle

Frances Mayes

Private Tours

Cortona map

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