Cortona! Still under the gorgeous Tuscan sun.

I visited Cortona for the first time today and it is a charming Tuscan village set high, and encircled with old walls, upon the top of a hill.

The bus from the train station at Camucia brings you right into Piazza Garibaldi, from which there are breathtaking views of the Val di Chiana and an amazing view of the distant Lago Trasimeno which is actually in the neighboring province of Perugia, in the Umbria region of Italy which borders Tuscany. The lake is south of the river Po and north of the nearby river Tiber, has a surface area of 128 km and is the fourth for surface area in Italy.

Marble memorials enshrined on walls of buildings remind you immediately that you are in Italy.

A few meters into the center of the old city led me to the funerary announcements that I’ve seen in Siena and Pisa, among other places.

Below I spotted one of the most charming letter boxes I’ve ever seen! How cute is this?

Looking down towards Camucia from Piazza Garibaldi, the huge local cemetery complex dominates the view:

I spent some time in the famous museum of Etruscan civilization. It’s a fine museum, with many treasures. But the the Diocesan Museum, located on the former site of the local Church of Gesù, won my heart for it houses this masterpiece by Far Angelico:

I will talk about this painting of the Annunciation in another upcoming post, because it was just that beautiful. The Diocesan Museum has other fine works as well, including important paintings by Pietro Lorenzetti, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Luca Signorelli and Sassetta. Signorelli was born in Cortona and has, as you might expect, a big presence there. I don’t have other pictures to show you, because I’m not a big fan of Signorelli.

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