One day in Cortona
A tour in the historical centre of Cortona.
Written by our official local guide Valeria Lorenzini.
The itinerary will take you through the many palaces, churches and monuments that are to be found in this ancient walled town.
From this little square you can admire the panoramic views taking in the mountain of Saint Egidio and the extensive valley below.
After visiting this area we will take the small side street of Via Jannelli which we will lead us down to some of the oldest medieval houses in Cortona. From here we will return to Piazza delle Repubblica. The route we will take (Via Roma) gives us the additional opportunity to see Piazza del Comune and its tower from the rear.
The original style of the church was Gothic. Unfortunately, the additional side altars that were added during a later period covered up many of the frescoes. However, today after some simple restorations we can see some of the original frescoes. This church in Cortona is important because it was the second ever church to be dedicated to the Saint Francesco and is in the original and simple style that is associated with all Franciscans churches.
On Day in Cortona Part II
Tour of the historical centre of Cortona town by Ms Valeria Lorenzini, official local tour guide.
Overlooking the hill of Cortona, the spectacular fortress of Girifalco can also be visited. Inside its walls you will find a café where you can stop for a snack and taste local products.
Text and itinerary of Valeria Lorenzini
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