Cortona with Etruscan Museum and Diocesan Museum
Cortona is a charming town of Etruscan origins rich in art, history and fabulous museums.
In the 18° C Cortona was made famous by its two cultural institutions, The Etruscan Academy and the Etruscan Museum, both founded in the year 1728 to focus on the the new studies and researches on the ancient Etruscan civilization and its mysterious origins.
The guided tour of the Etruscan Museum - now called MAEC or Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the town of Cortona - with its archaeological collections of Greek and Etruscan pottery, gold jewelleries and bronze artifacts of an exceptional interest, can be easily combined with the guided tour of the Diocesan Museum -which houses mainly medieval and Renaissance paintings and art masterpieces,- thanks to the possibility of purchasing a combo ticket. This latter museum collections are particularly important for the religious and devotional paintings brought there from churches and monasteries of Cortona and its surroundings at the end of the World War II. Among its most famous paintings you would see works by Pietro Lorenzetti, the wonderful Annunciation painted by Frà Angelico during his stay in Cortona, the Lamentation by Luca Signorelli, Bartolomeo della Gatta and frescoes painted by Vasari and his school in the lower Oratory.
This tour would start as a general introduction to Cortona with Piazza Garibaldi and its magnificent panoramic view over the Valdichiana, the Church San Domenico, Via Nazionale, Piazza della Repubblica with the Town Hall, Piazza Signorelli and the Duomo to continue as a guided tour to the impressive art collections of the Etruscan and Diocesan Museums.