A short eight minute drive from Villa Sant'Andrea is the ancient hill town of
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.
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 (
The Tourist Office in Cortona is located on the main street at: APT Cortona Via Nazionale, 42 Tel. 0575/630352 Fax 0575/630656
Osteria del Teatro Via Maffei, 2 - Cortona (AR) - Italy
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
Piazza Republica 18, Cortona
Phone 0575 603296
Meats and specialty salami-Cinta Senese
Le Delizie Toscane
Via Nazionale 53, Cortona
Phone 0575 601790
Marco Molesini Enoteca
Piazza Republica, 3 Cortona
Phoe 0575 62544
La Bottega delle Bonta'
Via Lauretana 14/16, Camucia
Phone 0575 604 535
David in Camucia