Cortona perched and cascading down a mountainside.
It is steeped in history from medieval but more especially its etruscan heritage.
Artists during the summer season of the beautiful tuscan sun, visit here to either do a course in art or the italian language or as an artist capture the beauty and the steeped history of the town.
One needs to spend some time in cortona to feel the vibration and energy and community of a proud people. people proud of the wonderful history they boast, two important museums, one most recent, plus others, situated in palazzo casali, in piazza signorelli, and refurbished so as not to be intrusive of the beauty of the building itself.
Here excavation works of etruscan tombs and other excavations from around cortona are superbly displayed and shows the wonderful artisan work that italians are proud to be part of.
During the festival, being march through august, music and entertainment in their own “ mini covent garden” teatro signorelli, where concerts, operas and other entertainment are numerous, and also in magnificent churches with wonderful accoustics abound. see web site for details.
It is also famous for its antique fair which is through august to early september.
but more importantly within walking distance, if renting or living in cortona, there are restaurants to suit all tastes, cafes, bars, art galleries, antique boutiques, fashion with all tastes catered for, fabrics, tabacs, hairdresser and salon for all those ladies that enjoy a pedicure, manicure or special massage.
It also has a very special place with regard the situation, as it sits in the triangle of arezzo to the north, perugia to the south and chiusi. but it also has access to a very efficient train service, where for a small price, one can be in florence in 1 ¼ hours or rome in 2 hours. You can visit sienna and all of chianti but sometimes it is good to have the access also of a car, but without a car it is also possible with efficient public transport.
The heart – the main feature is the heart of cortona, the people. who are always a smile away, always willing to help in any way they can to make their tourist or person living here happy. they have warmth, and care for their tourist that they feel comfortable and that they will return time and again, or even purchase as they feel so much part of a great community spirit.