CORTONA: A JEWEL IN THE HILLS OF TUSCANY
Snuggled inside its ancient Etruscan walls, the town of Cortona straddles a hilltop overlooking the immense Valdichiana valley and the western tip of Lake Trasimeno. The centre of town is Piazza della Repubblica square which is dominated by the magnificent 15th century town hall and clock tower (Palazzo Comunale). The rest of the town spirals out from the main square in a labyrinth of lanes and alleways lined with of shops filled with local curiosities, handicrafts, gastronomical delights and inviting wine bars.
Just a short hop from the town centre you can visit Cortona's fascinating hilltop Fortezza Girifalco, one of the exhibition sites of Cortona On The Move, as well as the beautiful sanctuary church of Cortona's patron saint - Santa Margherita - located just below the fortress. Also worth visiting are the Museo Diocesano, the cathedral museum displaying important religious art such as the famous Annunciation of Beato Angelico, and above all the Etruscan Museum of Cortona, or MAEC, which houses valuable relics found in the many Etruscan archaeological sites of the region.
And in a hidden gorge a little way to the northwest lies the Franciscan hermitage of Le Celle, the first monastery to be built by St.Frances of Assisi outside his home town, in 2011. Still inhabited by a small community of monks, you can visit the fascinating site to admire the tiny cell which was the Saint's quarters, still perfectly preserved in its original state despite the many phases of construction work and restoration that have taken place over the intervening centuries.
COME TO CORTONA
How to reach us
- Florence Peretola International Airport about 120 Km away.
- Perugia Sant'Egidio Airport about 60 Km away.
- Roma Leonardo da Vinci Airport about 200 Km away.
- Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport about 220 Km away.
- Florence-Rome railway line, Terontola or Camucia station
- Terontola-Perugia-Assisi-Terni railway line, Terontola station.
- Once arrived at the railway station you can reach Cortona by taxi or bus (read the timetables below).
Take the Valdichiana exit from, A1 highway (Autostrada del Sole A1). Just After the toll gate exit, take E45 freeway (slip road from Siena to Perugia) in the direction to Perugia, then take the second exit towards Cortona (Cortona San Lorenzo). Follow the road signs to arrive to the SS71 road, in Camucia. Continue towards Cortona city.
BY L.F.I. bus service
If you arrive by train at Camucia, Terontola, Castiglione Fiorentino, Arezzo railway stations it is possible to reach Cortona by L.F.I. bus service.