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Built on a hill overlooking the valley below, Cortona was once Umbrian fortress, but between the seventh and eighth centuries BC it passed under Etruscan domination.
Testimony of the great Etruscan and medieval power that Cortona was, is given to us by the imposing walls that still surround it.

The main monuments to visit: the Palazzo Pretorio, home to the Etruscan Academy museum, the Girifalco Medicean Fortress, the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum, the Church of Santa Margherita, which dominates the town and the Convent of the Cells, founded by San Francis of Assisi.