Cortona

At the border between Tuscany and Umbria, discover Cortona’s history and beauty

In south-eastern Tuscany, on the border with Umbria, the town of Cortona is one of the main tourist destinations of the Chiana Valley. It has a great location, approximately 600 meters above sea level, making it strategic and indeed appreciated during Etruscan times.
The town sits on a hill, but visiting Cortona doesn’t necessarily require too much effort because convenient escalators lead to a large parking lot in the historic city center.

What to see and do in Cortona

Piazza Signorelli
Close to the Piazza della Repubblica lies Piazza Signorelli, where you can admire Palazzo Casali, and where you can also find the Etruscan Academy Museum of the city of Cortona. To the right of the palace is the Signorelli Theatre, another one of the city’s points of interest. Heading down Via Casali, you arrive at the Duomo di Cortona.
Basilica di Santa Margherita and the Fortezza del Girifalco
At the highest point, not to be missed is the Basilica di Santa Margherita, with its sixth century Bell Tower and the ancient Francescan convent still inhabited by monks and nuns.
Above the Church lies the Fortezza del Girifalco, built by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de’ Medici and today often home to shows.
Piazza della Repubblica
It is Cortona’s main square, the ideal starting point for your visit to the city. In fact, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the Palazzo Comunale look out upon the square.
Church of San Francesco
From Piazza della Repubblica you pass under the archway of the Palazzo del Capitano del Popoloand you arrive at the Church of San Francesco, where some relics of the saint are preserved.
Via Nazionale
Heading back towards the center of Cortona from the highest area, you come to Via Nazionale which is the only flat one, a nice relief for your feet! Here you can find lots of local artisanal shops, the perfect way to finish off your visit.
  In a tranquil location surrounded by green, yet close to all points of interest