Museums of Cortona

Museums of Cortona

The ancient and noble town of Cortona offers to  visitors and art lovers two beautiful museum, both of them housed into two magnificent historical buildings in the old town centre, that can be visited together in an half day guided tour. The guided tour of the two museums can be easily done in the same morning or afternoon tour due to the short distance from one to another.
In this tour you will discover the incredible richness of the two museums of Cortona e the town most famous artworks.This visit allows to have a significant insight of the rich and various archeological and artistic heritage of Cortona.
The MAEC (Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the Town of Cortona or Etruscan Museum) is located in the Palazzo Casali in the Signorelli Square. The Museum, like the Historical Library, was started in the year 1727 by the three brothers Marcello, Filippo and Ridolfino marquises of the noble family Venuti. Other donations from other members of the Academy were added in the XIX C, like the collection of ancient Aegyptian objects by  mons. Guido Corbelli and the fine collection of paintings by the noble family Tommasi from Cortona. Archeological excavations in the territory of Cortona during the XIX- XX C and those still undergoing have provided the Musem with very important Etruscan objects like the unique bronze Chandelier, the bronze tablet (Tabula Cortonensis) inscribed with one of the longest inscription in Etruscan language and the bronze, ivory and golden artifacts and jewelleries found in the princely Tomb named Melone II del Sodo. Among the paintings the Tuscan School is particularly well represented with works by Luca Signorelli, Cristofano Allori, Baccio Ciarpi, Pietro da Cortona and the Venetian School with Giovan Battista Piazzetta. A group of works by Gino Severini, a founder of the Futurist Movement born in Cortona was donated by the artist himself to his hometown. Porcelaines, furnitures and other fine objects testify the ancient traditions and history of Cortona.
The Museo Diocesano was started in 1945 in the former XVI Church of the Buon Gesù (Good Jesus)  and encloses some of the most beautiful religious artworks preserved in Cortona, moved in there after the World War II from the nicest churches of Cortona and its territory. The most remarkable painting is the famous Announciation by Fra’ Angelico, painted during his stay in the Monastery of St. Dominic in Cortona as a friar (1434). There are other fine paintings by Pietro Lorenzetti, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Giuseppe Maria Crespi e the moving Lamentation over the Dead Jesus by Luca Signorelli painted in 1502 and where according to tradition and to Vasari the body of the dead Jesus was inspired to the artist by his beloved son who died in the plague in the same year. A masterpiece of the XVI C art of weaving is the Parato Passerini, while the goldsmithry religious art is well represented by the very precious Reliquiary donated from Jacopo Vagnucci to the community of Cortona in 1458. A second section of the museum is located underground in the former XVI C Oratory of the Good Jesus and shows its beautiful decoration with frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and his pupil Cristoforo Gherardi.
DURATION: 3 hours
2-3 people:  € 90            8-9 people: € 40                                            
4-5 people:  € 65            10-11 people: €35
6-7 people:  € 50            12-15 people: €30
The tour includes:
•  Private English-speaking guide 
•  Tickets of the Etruscan Museum and the Diocesan Museum

Up to 30 people €130 plus €2 per person over 30 people