Holiday in Cortona
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Brigitte WYCKHUYSE
and
Luc VAN CAUTER
60-62 Quercia verde,
52 044 -  Cortona (AR)
+39 338 88 32 363
querciaverde@hotmail.com

 

Last revision :
12/06/10

 

A land of art and history

> Briefly | Cortona | Painters | Etruscans | Laudario di Cortona

Cortona is one of the oldest cities in Italy:  according to Livy, Cortona is ‘the mother of Troy and the grandmother of Rome’.  

Although independent in the Middle Ages, Cortona was bought by the Republic of Florence in the 15th century and, thereafter, its history was closely linked with that of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. 

The city’s Etruscan origins are still readily visible in the city walls, gates and foundations and there are numerous vestiges of the Roman era too (the Villa d’Ossaia).  The Medieval, Renaissance and Classical quarters of the city were each conserved – in fact, the city of Cortona is virtually unchanged since the 18th century. 

Cortona itself and its surrounding area are rich in churches (San Michelarchangelo) and monasteries (le Celle, Farneta) of outstanding architectural, historical and religious significance.

And Cortona is just one of the many sites of artistic and historic importance in the region.  Close by are the unmissable towns of Arezzo, Perugia, Montepulciano, Siena, Pienza, Assisi, Sansepolchro, Gubbio, Orvieto and Urbino.  Florence can be reached in an hour and a quarter by train, and Rome is less than two hours away. 

It is said that 10% of the world’s patrimony can be found within a 90km radius of Cortona.