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  • 1 Museo Diocesano Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza del Duomo 1 I - 52044 Cortona

    The Diocesan Museum and its valuable collections are housed opposite the cathedral in the Chiesa del Gesù (Church of Jesus), which has a superb carved ceiling dating from 1536. Fra Angelico is represented by two of his best works: an Annunciation, an..

  • 2 Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Località Calcinaio 227 I - 52044 Cortona

    Sienna architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini built this church employing sombre stone and Brunelleschi style. The elegance and the harmony of its design and the well-proportioned structure make an admirable piece of architecture. It is a shame that ..

  • 3 Palazzo Pretorio Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Luca Signorelli I - 52044 Cortona

    This palace built in the 13C was later modified (admire the façade on Piazza Signorelli which is preceded by a large 17C staircase). The building is home to the remarkable Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona.

  • 4 The Etruscan Academy museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Piazza Signorelli 9 I - 52044 Cortona

    The most remarkable Etruscan piece is probably the surprising bronze oil lamp made up of a Gorgon's head surrounded by 16 sirens and goddesses holding up 16 beacons of light. It is worth mentioning that there is also an Egyptian section and some pain..

  • 5 Piazza Garibaldi

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Garibaldi I - 52044 Cortona

    This large esplanade enjoys expansive views of the Val di Chiana, extending as far as Lake Trasimeno and Montepulciano.

  • 6 National street (Via Nazionale)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Nazionale I - 52044 Cortona

    This important shopping street is completely flat - A feature that tired shoppers will certainly be glad of. The bordering narrow streets, which are quite charming, do climb upwards though (especially the vicolo Vagnucci which offers an attractive vi..

  • 7 Communal palace (Palazzo Comunale)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Signorelli I - 52044 Cortona

    A bell-tower and a dramatic staircase looking onto the piazza della Republica were added to this 13C palace in the 16C. The Council room, which dominates Signorelli square, has retained its medieval character with a ceiling of richly painted beams an..

  • 8 Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo I - 52044 Cortona

    Situated beside the ramparts this pleasant square offers attractive views over the valley. The cathedral which contains many paintings is Romanesque, but was modified during the Renaissance.

  • 9 Saint-Christopher's church (S. Cristoforo)

    Religious buildings

    Piazza di San-Cristoforo I - 52044 Cortona

    This long narrow church is believed to date back to the late 12C. Its sacristy is surmounted by a Bell wall. Inside the church, there is a 14C fresco.

  • 10 Saint-Nicolas Church (S. Niccolo)

    Religious buildings

    Piazza San-Niccolo I - 52044 Cortona

    Built in the 15C its façade is fronted by a graceful porch (which also runs along one side of the building). The Baroque interior houses two remarkable works by Luca Signorelli.

  • 11 Church of Saint-Marguerite (S. Margherita)

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Santa-Margherita 1 I - 52044 Cortona

    Since there was already an isolated campanile at the top of the town, it only seemed natural to build a church around it. logic prevailed in the 19C it was built. Inside, gables with an original design top the Gothic tomb of the saint. The church's m..

  • 12 Saint-Dominic's church (S. Domenico)

    Religious buildings

    Largo Beato Angelico I - 52044 Cortona

    This early 15C Gothic church features works of art by Luca Signorelli, Lorenzo di Niccolo Gerini, Bartolomeo della Gatta and a fresco by Fra Angelico. From the esplanade, you have a beautiful view over lake Trasimène.

  • 13 Church of Saint-Mary the New (S. Maria Nuova)

    Religious buildings

    Via del Giardino I - 52044 Cortona

    This church has a square arrangement in accordance with the Renaissance ideal and a dome which Vasari added. It also contains many paintings, including a Birth of the Virgin by Allori.

  • 14 Pythagorus' tomb (Tanella di Pitagora)

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Maestà-del-Sasso I - 52044 Cortona

    In a pretty site surrounded by cypress trees, this is a circular, Etruscan mausoleum which dates back to the 4C BC. As for Pythagorus, it is certain that he never set foot in Cortona, this fanciful notion probably the result of a mix-up between Corto..

  • 15 Le Celle Franciscan retreat

    Religious buildings

    Strada dei Cappuccini 1 I - 52044 Cortona

    After bringing the pope to acknowledge his rule (1210), St Francis began an apostolic programme, the first stage actioned in Cortona. Here he set up his first community, won over by the silence and deprivation of the place. The convent, made up of hi..

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