From its height of 600 meters Cortona dominates Valdichiana, and sights reach up to Lake Trasimeno and Monte Amiata. The medieval appearance of buildings and roads give the town a nice atmosphere.
The Basilica of Santa Margherita and Le Celle (a Franciscan sanctuary) invite the visitor to watch Cortona from up high, offering a path of art and faith a few steps from the town centre.
Walking in Via Nazionale, called Rugapiana because it’s the only flat street of the town, you meet Piazza della Repubblica, dominated by Palazzo Comunale, then ther’s Palazzo Casali, once home to the nobles of Cortona, now seat of the MAEC (Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della città di Cortona). The rooms house a number of interesting finds of Etruscan and Roman origin. In front of the Cathedral there’s Museo Diocesano, holding masterpieces from great artists like Luca Signorelli and Beato Angelico.
At the foot of the hill, you’ll find the Archaeological Park of Cortona.
Cortona is also in a strategic position to visit Tuscany and Umbria. You can reach in less than an hour by car the touristic locations of Siena, Arezzo, Assisi, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Florence and the Chianti.
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