Val di Chiana attractions

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 Museum in Cortona

Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona

In the 13th-century Palazzo Casali, this fascinating museum displays substantial local Etruscan and Roman finds, Renaissance globes, 18th-century decorative arts and contemporary paintings. The Etruscan collection i…
Landmark in Cortona

Fortezza del Girifalco

Lap up the 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 – count on a good 15 minutes for the steep hike up. Check the we…
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…
Museum in Castiglion Fiorentino

Museo Civico Archeologico

Find this well-put-together archaeological museum at the top of the picturesque walled town, inside Castiglion Fiorentino's impressively restored medieval fortress. The museum incorporates medieval prison cells and …
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 14th-centur…
Church in Cortona

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

The views of the Val di Chiana from the terrace in front Cortona's small duomo (cathedral) are spectacular. Treasures from the duomo are today displayed in the neighbouring Museo Diocesano.
Tower in Castiglion Fiorentino

Torre del Cassero

Scale this half-ruined tower, part of the impressively restored medieval fortress crowning Castiglion Fiorentino, for panoramic views of the Val di Chiana.
Museum in Castiglion Fiorentino

Pinacoteca Comunale

The lower part of Castiglion Fiorentino's fortress plays sentry to a small collection of art including Taddeo Gaddi's Virgin and Child.
Church in Cortona

Chiesa di San Domenico

At the eastern end of Via Nazionale is this 15th-century church, home to a 1515 painting of the Madonna and Saints by local luminary Luca Signorelli.