Things to see and where to stay at Cortona in Tuscany, Italy


Cortona has seen its fame increase over the past few years with the publication by Frances Mayes of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and other books about her life in this area. However, Cortona, Italy has always rightly been a popular Tuscan "hill town" destination - Tuscan "hillside town" would better evoke Cortona's steep, narrow mediaeval streets. Remains of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen forming the base of the present walls, and the town is dominated by a Medicean fortress. The Palazzo Pretorio houses the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca where Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian artifacts, as well as mediaeval and Renaissance objects are on display. The Diocesan Museum houses two masterpieces by Fra Angelico among others.

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