CORTONA, ETRUSCAN TOWN
An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with art, with history, with mysticism. Knowing this city "out of time" is a real rediscovery of the past. Cortona jealously, inside the Etruscan walls, the evidence of a noble civilization. Cortona can offer these testimonies and along a charming landscape between the Lake Trasimeno and the Apennines.
On a 600 meters high dominates the whole Valdichiana and a view that stretches to the horizon to find the peaks of Amiata. Its medieval buildings and lanes give the town an evocative atmosphere. The Basilica of Santa Margherita and the Franciscan sanctuary of Celle invite the visitor to discover Cortona from above, offering an itinerary of art and faith within walking distance from the historic center.
Cortona is not only a place of historical and artistic beauty. Every year there are numerous events that make your stay more pleasant and "mundane". Here are the main ones:
From November to March: Theatre Season Teatro Signorelli
April: religious celebrations at Easter
May: pageants and Joust dell'Giostra dell'Archidado
From June to September: Summer Cortona
August: Mix Festival
Museum in Cortona
The Diocesan Museum of Cortona is located opposite the cathedral in the architectural complex of Jesus, extended on the initiative of Monsignor Giuseppe Franciolini in 1945 with the renovation of an annex in which, in addition to accommodation of the caretaker and the direction of the museum is housed on two floors a context of exhibition halls. The museum is divided into nine exhibition halls and houses works of art ranging from the second century AD to the modern art of this century coming mostly from churches in the city and placed here for reasons of conservation and security. They hold important works by Luca Signorelli, Pietro Lorenzetti, Fra Angelico. The work is certainly more important L 'Annunciation by Fra Angelico; see also the works by Luca Signorelli, who was born in Cortona around 1455 and died here in 1523, one of the most significant painters of the Italian Renaissance. His nudes anticipate Michelangelo while his landscapes echo the rhythmic compositions of Perugino.The Diocesan Museum is located in front of the Cathedral, inside the architectural complex named "Of Jesus". The museum is composed of nine salons and hosts masterpieces dating from the II century BC to modern art today Mainly coming from the local churches here and protected for security Reasons. Here you can find important paintings by Luca Signorelli, Pietro Lorenzetti and Beato Angelico.
The MAEC - The Museum of the Etruscan, today Maec or Museum of the Etruscan city of Cortona, has eighteenth-century origins. The original center was founded in 1727, when Abbot Onofrio Baldelli donated his collection and his library Etruscan Academy, just constituted by brothers Marcello, Philip and Ridolfino Venuti and a small group of young noble Cortona, interested Enlightenment. Studies promoted and published in the Academy, who thanks to their authors assumed a European importance, gave rise to the movement of etruscheria, whose gradual evolution arose the modern discipline of archeology.
In particular, the Museum has continuously enriched, from the eighteenth century, with many works of archaeological interest, found in the territory of Cortona, or donated by various members, and with art and crafts from different historical periods. Next to it, the Library, which was the second main field of interest of the Academy. Today the Museum boasts unique collections in the world and thanks to a project launched two decades ago is now one of the most important Italian museums.
The inauguration of the new rooms was made in 2005, while in 2008 the Maec was enriched with 6 new exhibition halls, where are also exhibited the artifacts found in the amazing Etruscan necropolis of the archaeological area of Sodo, discovered a few years ago.