From a hilltop,
the view stretches all the way to the horizon.
A clutch of houses surrounding a square, a bell tower standing high and a hill. This is Cortona. Away from the town's walls the view stretches through the Valdichiana landscapes all the way to Lake Trasimeno. The small centre within is steeped in history drenched in Etruscan culture, the Medieval domination and the Florentine Renaissance. The evidence can be found by visiting the Diocesan Museum (where the Annunciation by Beato Angelico is kept), the MAEC (Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the City of Cortona), the Santa Margherita Sanctuary and the Girifalco Fortress, sitting atop the hill.
Local cuisine, traditional dishes, interesting facts
Located just a few kilometres from Montalcino, Cortona is also a "wine town", whose wines can be enjoyed in one of the centre's many wine bars and restaurants, accompanied with Tuscan specialities, including the excellent beef from Italy's oldest and finest breeds, the Chianina.
Where to eat enjoying a bottle
of Acqua San Benedetto
Località Vallone 40, Camucia
Restaurant La Bucaccia
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