1. Get lost in the historic centre of Cortona
Fall in love with Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Signorelli, Piazza Garibaldi, lose yourself among churches, historic buildings and breathtaking views.
The museum is a quite gloomy former church whose interior is enlightened by a small but prestigious collection of Renaissance paintings. The art collection was first realized in 1945 and contains important works by Pietro Lorenzetti, Beato Angelico, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Sassetta and Luca Signorelli.
This outstanding 15th-century Renaissance church is located along the winding road leading to Cortona (2 miles away from Porta Sant’Agostino). It was built over a former tannery (known after the lime used in the tanning process as calcinaio) to host an image of the Virgin that had miraculously appeared on the tannery walls.
An American writer (Frances Mayes) bought and renewed a villa in Cortona where she began to spend all of her summers. Here you will find enchanting views , mild climate and delicious food .The memoir that has thrilled America was born out of the beauty of an ideal life characterized by the rituals of the countryside. Today the villa is a destination for thousands of tourists coming from all over the world and willing to visit and sense the atmosphere of the bestselling book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. One can reach the villa on a nice 30 minutes walk of about 4 Km starting from the public gardens in Cortona “Parterre gardens”.
Each fourth Sunday of the month, from 9 am to 8 pm the antique market of Cortona takes place in Piazza Signorelli, inside the city walls. In the various stalls you will find used items, collectibles and 20th century products and objets d’art. The market hosts about 50 exhibitors.