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Top Choice Museum in Cortona

Museo Diocesano

Little is left of the original Romanesque character of Cortona's cathedral, rebuilt several times in a less-than-felicitous fashion. Fortunately, its wonderful artworks have been saved and displayed in this museum. …
Top Choice Tuscan in Cortona

La Bucaccia

Cortona's finest address, this gourmet gem is at home in the old medieval stable of a Renaissance palazzo. Cuisine is Tuscan and Cortonese – much meat and handmade pasta (chestnut ravioli!) – and the cheese course i…
Top Choice Museum in Cortona

Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca

The plain facade of 13th-century Palazzo Casali was added to the original building in the 17th century. Inside, this fascinating museum displays substantial local Etruscan and Roman finds, Renaissance globes, 18th-c…
Church in Cortona

Basilica di Santa Margherita

For an effective cardiovascular workout, hike up to this largely 19th-century church through Cortona's warren of steep cobbled lanes. Inside, the remains of St Margaret, patron saint of Cortona, lie in a in a 14th-c…
Landmark in Cortona

Fortezza del Girifalco

There's a stupendous view over the Val di Chiana to Lago Trasimeno in Umbria from the remains of this Medici fortress atop the highest point in town.
Italian in Cortona

Osteria del Teatro

The walls are clad with photos of actors who have dined here after performing in the nearby theatre, and service is suitably theatrical – waiters wield what could well be the biggest pepper grinder in the world, and…
Cultural in Cortona

Giostra dell'Archidado

A full week of medieval merriment (the date varies to coincide with Ascension Day) culminates in a crossbow competition.
Tuscan in Cortona

Taverna Pane e Vino

Simple seasonal dishes are the trademark of this vaulted cellar, a hot spot with local bon vivants who come here to indulge in their pick of Tuscan and Italian wines in the company of bruschette, terracotta dishes o…
Monastery in Cortona

Eremo Francescano Le Celle

This Franciscan hermitage hides in dense woodland 3km north of Cortona. Its buildings sit next to a picturesque stream with an 18th-century stone bridge, and the only sounds to disturb the tranquil atmosphere are th…
Fair in Cortona


Cortona's well-known antiques market sets up in the beautiful 18th-century halls of Palazzo Vagnotti.