Villa Sant'Andrea

Vacation Rental Villa in Tuscany

Cortona

  

A short eight minute drive from Villa Sant'Andrea is the ancient hill town of Cortona. Outdoor cafe's, marvelous restaurants, quaint shops, and friendly people make Cortona a pleasant place to spend the day. It is a city with Etruscan origins and is rich in art and history.

 

 Corton, the birthplace of Luca Signorelli (1450-1523), the precursor of Michelangelo, and also the birthplace of Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669) architect and painter of Roman baroque, and Gino Severini (1883-1966) who was a part of the futurist’s movement gives art lovers a feast for the eyes. 

The Museo Diocesano is home to a wonderful collection of paintings, including "Annunciation" and "Madonna and Saints" by Fra Angelico, and also a group of work by Signorelli the Bolognese artist, G. M. Crespi (1655-1747) called "Ecstasy of St. Margaret".

Inside the Palazzo Pretorio is the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca which displays items from Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations and also art and artifacts from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

The churches of Santa Margherita, San Domenico, Santa Maria del Calcinaio, and San Niccolo are all worth a visit.

Inside the church of Santa Margherita there is a fine Gothic tomb (1362) which enshrines St. Margaret. Via Santa Margherita which leads to the church is decorated with mosaics by Gino Severini representing the "Stations of the Cross".

San Niccolo in contrast, is a small and intimate church, and usually on the short walk from the center of town, you will be graced by the singing of the nuns from the nearby Convent as they sing their prayers.

Le Celle, a San Franciscan working monastery is located about 5 minutes outside of Cortona. You can find it by following the signs toward the church of Santa Margherita, and by turning before reaching Santa Margherita at the sign that indicates Le Celle.

Teatro Signorelli, Cortona's beautiful theater, hosts concerts, drama, movies and operas.

Tuscan Sun Festival in August is "an exciting program that includes not only world class concerts, but a daily program of events that spans fine art, film, culinary and wine, fitness and wellness, and local culture and history."

With all the charm of this city, there is one absolute "must see": The sunset over the Valdichiana and Lago (Lake) Trasimeno which is spectacular. From the outdoor patio of Risorante Tonino, you can enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar or you can also dine on the terrace.

The Tourist Office in Cortona is located on the main street at: APT Cortona Via Nazionale, 42 Tel. 0575/630352 Fax 0575/630656

 

Recommended Restaurants

Osteria del Teatro  Via Maffei, 2 - Cortona (AR) - Italy
Telephone 39.0575.630556

Trattoria La Grotta, just off Piazza Signorelli at Piazzetta Baldelli, 3, Telephone 39 0575-630271

La Locanda nel Loggiato, with balcony seating overlooking the piazza. Piazza di Pescheria Cortona
Telephone 39 0575 630575

Il Falconiere Relais near the foot of Cortona.
Localita S. Martino 370, Cortona
Telephone: 39 0575 612 679

Ristorante Tonino -P.zza Garibaldi,1 Cortona Telephone 39 0575 630 500

Worth the Drive-Restaurants outside of Cortona

Ristorante Del Borgo
Piazza Bartolini, 12
Scrofiano / Sinalunga Telephone 39 0577 660133  

Locanda dell’Amorosa Sinalunga

 

Recommended Shopping

In Cortona

Shoes

Enrico Lorenzini

Piazza Republica 18, Cortona

Phone 0575 603296

Meats and specialty salami-Cinta Senese

Le Delizie Toscane

Via Nazionale 53, Cortona

Phone 0575 601790

Wine

Marco Molesini Enoteca

Piazza Republica, 3  Cortona

Phoe 0575 62544

www.molesini-market.com e mail wineshop@molesini-market.com

 

 

Around Cortona

Cheeses

La Bottega delle Bonta'

Via Lauretana 14/16, Camucia

Phone 0575 604 535

Hair Stylist

Nuccio

David in Camucia

0575 603357