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Cortona Culture

Considered a social and cultural satellite of nearby Florence, the locals live and breathe art, music, dance, and theater. The city has numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Tuscan Sun Festival, the Sacred Music Festival, the Archidado Joust and the Cortona Mix Festival. The Mix Festival is a unique blending of cinema, arts, literature, wine tasting, numerous social events, and the opportunity to sample local products.

 

For those that enjoy various culinary specialties, there are festivals centered around different delicacies as well, including the Sagra della Bistecca (T-bone Steak Festival), the Sagra della Lumaca (Escargot Festival), Sagra del Fungo Porcino (Porcini Mushroom Festival) and the Sagra della Pastasciutta (Pasta Festival), all of which can be enjoyed even more when accompanied with local wine pairings. Some of the most well-known grape varieties grown in this region include Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah, all of which thrive in the clay soil composition.

 

The famous Teatro Signorelli hosts a number of spectacular productions each year, and every weekend it turns into a movie theatre for those that enjoy films. Also known as a major antiques market, the city boasts rare finds and elegant picks you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you choose to enjoy the festivities that celebrate this city’s culture, or choose to simply stroll through town enjoying the various squares and cafes, you will certainly enjoy the rich heritage found in this fabulous city. There are key cultural sites that should not be missed, such as: The Duomo (Cathedral): rebuilt in the Renaissance style on a pre-existing Romanesque pieve, it is home to Pietro Berrettini’s (also known as Pietro da Cortona) painting, Nativita.

 

The Etruscan Tombs: Discovered in the early 1900s, these rounded mounds are noteworthy for the Etruscan inscription on the lintel above the door. Only the Melone I of Sodo can be visited inside.The Tanella di Pitagora: Situated just outside the city walls, this Hellenistic tomb dates back to the second or third century B.C. It was meant to be mathematician Pythagoras’s (his theorem is still the bane of algebra and geometry students worldwide) tomb. The rectangular chamber is dotted with niches and boasts a vaulted ceiling.

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