land of art and history
Cortona | Painters
| Laudario di Cortona
is one of the oldest cities in Italy:
according to Livy, Cortona is ‘the mother of Troy and the grandmother
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.
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.
itself and its surrounding area are rich in churches (San Michelarchangelo)
and monasteries (le Celle, Farneta) of outstanding architectural, historical
and religious significance.
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.
is said that 10% of the world’s patrimony can be found within a 90km
radius of Cortona.