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Cortona is a typically elegant Tuscan hill town in a dramatic setting on a narrow ridge overlooking olive groves and vineyards. It's an irresistibly picturesque and atmospheric destination, its medieval character intact in its impressive architecture. There was an important Etruscan settlement here and Cortona has an informative museum devoted to the finds. The evocative churches of Cortona contain art treasures to reward any sightseer happy to negotiate the town's steep and winding streets. Online accommodation specialist Venere can offer a great choice of Cortona hotels to fit any needs and suit all budgets. Book your Cortona accommodation in advance with Venere and look forward to a memorable visit to this romantic Tuscan town.
What's Cortona Like?
Cortona's setting immediately marks it out as somewhere unusual. The ridge top location means all the streets slope away from the central avenue of Via Nazionale. Cortona has a remarkable collection of Renaissance and medieval churches to impress visitors. The 11th-century church of Sant'Angolo a Metelliano combines Byzantine and Romanesque styles. The 15th-century cathedral stands on the site of a pagan temple and features notable paintings by Pietro Berrettini and the Signorelli school. It is claimed that the reliquary holds a fragment of the True Cross. Before the Romans, Cortona was the site of Etruscan settlements, and the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca includes ancient artifacts alongside 20th-century paintings by local artists. Prestigious Renaissance artworks are on display in the Diocesan museum in the old church of Buon Gesù. At the highest point of the ridge, Cortona's fortress is a well-preserved example of 16th-century architecture, now used as a space for art rather than artillery. Cortona hotels offer an ideal base to explore this fascinating Tuscan town.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Cortona
Tuscany is used to English-speaking visitors and language is rarely a problem in the cafes and restaurants of Cortona's old town. The regional cuisine of Tuscany features prominently on menus in Cortona. Game and wild mushrooms are often used in pasta sauces, while main courses can include wild boar stew or buristio, a traditional blood pudding flavored with fennel and nutmeg. Cortona has been producing excellent wine for thousands of years and provides local red, white and dessert varieties. The Venere site gives you access to all the information you need to narrow down our selection of Cortona hotels to your perfect choice. Use our candid and accurate guest reviews, sample room layouts and informative photo galleries to get a firm impression of what to expect from Cortona accommodation.
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