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one of the highest villages of Italy, with beautiful views of Tuscany and Umbria

Cortona is a small charming town in the province of Arezzo. The city, surrounded by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times is built on a hill that reaches 600 meters high. This elevated position gives a good view from different points of the city, allowing you to admire the beautiful landscapes of the Valdichiana and even the lake Trasimeno.

The small town offers many interesting things to visit, including the Diocesan Museum (collects various objects and works of art from the churches of the territory belonging to the diocese) and the MAEC (The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona), where it is possible to see many artifacts found in the Eruscan archeological sites in the area.
Do not miss a visit to the beautiful Santa Margherita Sanctuary, patron of the city, and to the Girifalco Fortress. Both are located on the highest point of the hill, which you can reach easely after a short, uphill walk along the city walls overlooking the surrounding countryside.
Just outside the walls of Cortona, lies the Convento delle Celle, first monastery built by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1211, where still lives a small community of friars.