Information about the town of Cortona in Tuscany, central Italy
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
and the Val
d'Orcia, as well as parts of Umbria
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.
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.
Cortona Tourist Information
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