Why visit CORTONA?
Because it is the closest city to the border with Umbria and few know that from the panoramic terrace of Piazza Garibaldi you can see the west side of Lake Trasimeno.
Because in the upper part, there is a sanctuary dedicated to a local saint, Santa Margherita, who lived in the second half of the XIIIth century, belonging to the third Franciscan order. Her corpse is still exposed in a glass case under the main altar and the people of Cortona are particularly devoted to her.
Because inside the Archaeological Museum, there are two unique pieces of Etruscan age, a chandelier from the fifth century B.C. and one of the very few documents written in the Etruscan language that has come down to us, known as the "Tabula Cortonensis" of the 2nd century BC
Because visiting Cortona means, to immerse yourself in a culturally vibrant city full of initiatives, such as the international photography exhibition, "Cortona on the move" which takes place in August and "the Under the Tuscan Sun Festival" inspired by the film, shot here now in 2003, which made it famous in the USA to such an extent that hundreds of Americans visited it and many of them decided to buy a house by settling here forever or to spend their holidays.