The artistic and historical attractions  of Cortona.



The history and culture of our old town


Maec (Museum of the Etruscan Academy and city of Cortona)

Founded in 1727, today it is an archeological museum of modern conception. Besides the wonderful Etruscan and Roman treasures take place the sections dedicated to Ancient Egypt, the city medieval history, the great works of art and painting of the Renaissance and Modern Age made by important native artists like Luca Signorelli and the futurist Gino Severini.


Piazza Signorelli, 9 

Tel. 0575637235





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Museo Diocesano del Capitolo


The Diocesan Museum collects some of the most precious treasures of Tuscan history of art from XIII th to XIX th century; among the most important artworks the “Annunciazione” by Beato Angelico, "La Madonna in gloria" by Bartolomeo Della Gatta, "Il Compianto sul Cristo morto" by Luca Signorelli, "L'Estasi di Santa Margherita" by Crespi.


Piazza Duomo, 1

Tel. 057562830   





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(MO. PA) Archeological and  Paleontological Museum of Farneta 


The little museum holds today only a part of the huge collection of paleontological finds collected along many years of studies and research by the lamented Don Sante Felici since the 60s. The copious fossils  recovered from the fiels around Cortona date back to Inferior Pleistocene, about 1 million years ago. 


Località Farneta

For visits call Hotel Farneta Tel. 0575610241

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Chiesa di San Francesco 


Like the Basilic of Assisi, it was built by  by Friar Elia in 1247 in the place where in Roman age took place the thermae. Here are conserved the tunic, the handwritten missal and the cushion of St Francesco.

Chiesa di San Domenico 


Built in the XIV th century and completely restaured in 1557, it conserves on the façade a fresco by the Beato Angelico.

Chiesa di San Marco 


Composed by two overlapping churches of XVI th century. Very interesting the frescoes and  paintings of the lower Church and the mosaic on the façade representing S.Marco by Gino Severini (1883-1966).

Chiesa di San Niccolò 


A jewel of XVth century architecture, it belongs to the omonimous Laical Company, instituted by the inspiration of Bernardino da Siena.

Duomo di Cortona  


Built in the half of XIVth century upon the ancient ruins of a precedent Church settled on the basis of a pagan temple, it’s the most ancient Church of Cortona.

Chiesa di San Cristoforo 


Nearby S. Niccolò, it was consacrated in 1192. Gravely damaged by a fire in 1575, the final restoration of 1960 gave back a great fresco of XIII th century representing tha Crucifixion, the Annunciatione and the Ascension.


Chiesa di Santa Margherita


Situated on a little hill, it stays in the same place of a XI th century Church, re-built in 1288 by St.Margherita, who lived her last years in a room at the back, and there died. Right afterwards the inhabitants of Cortona built near that ancient little Church the actual one, which conserves the corpse of the Saint.

Convento di Santa Chiara  


It has been built to host the Community of Clarisse Sisters founded by Santa Chiara, who were living  in Cortona since 1225. It stayes in the upper area of the city.

Pieve di San Michele Arcangelo a Metteliano, Cortona 


Built on the ruins of a roman temple dedicated to Bacchus, the first arian Church has been converted to Christian worship in Langobardic Age. In 1907 it was declared Italian National monument.