Cortona & Le Celle Monastery

Cortona & Le Celle Monastery

Cortona is a small town of Etruscan origins, rich in art, history and fabulous museums. Its wonderful hilltop position is unique and the view all over the Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno simply stunning. Strolling over picturesque alleys and squares you will walk on the only level street of Cortona, via Nazionale, with its lovely boutiques, stopping at Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the sunshine seated on a bench, at the table of one of the cafes or even on the steps of the Palazzo del Comune stairway, as the locals love to do. You will also discover the countless art tresures which remind us of the town’s past splendour : tombs of Etruscan princes, medieval churches and palaces, and precious Reinassance and Baroque paintings. Due to its position so close to the Umbria Region, Cortona is also a place rich of memories of the presence of San Francis of Assisi. He came to Cortona severel time during his life once in 1211 when he met the Cortonese noblemen Guido Vagnotelli who donated him a rocky and wooded place where he then founded Le Celle and a second time when he celebrated the Easter Mass at the monastery. Le Celle is thence one of the earliest Franciscan settlements chosen and wanted by Francis. In this very secluded place among the forests I found the vestiges of the Redeemer: the water, sign of living Jesus; the rock, sign of Jesus a stone to build up the life; a crack into the rock like the wounds of Jesus so deeply wished by Francis to follow with his body the love of Jesus for humanity at the point that he got the Stigmata.

TOUR DESCRIPTION: A classic private walking tour of Cortona comprises the Garibaldi Square with its magnificent panoramic view over the Valdichiana, the Church of St. Dominic, via Nazionale, The Republic Square with the Town hall, the Church of St. Francis and the Cathedral. Then by the car the tour continues ouside the city walls of Cortona to the Franciscan Monastery of Le Celle, immersed in a forest and a place of an extraordinary beauty, calm and Franciscan spirituality.

DURATION: 3 hours
2  people:  € 80
3-4 people:  € 60
5-15 people: € on request
The private tour includes
-Private guide of Cortona and Le Celle English speaking
-Private transfer by car to Le Celle Franciscan Monastery and back to Cortona
Up to 30 people €130 plus €2 per person over 30 people (groups with their own bus)