Friday, September 02, 2005

The medieval towns are treasures of Renaissance art and architecture

The medieval towns are treasures of Renaissance art and architecture. The Etruscan remains in the museum in Cortona should be seen; it has the best display in Europe. Cortona is the Italian city with the longest uninterrupted human habitation, so they say. Roman sculptures and medieval buildings provide further architectural joys. Look for the huge building blocks on the lower parts of the walls: these are the Etruscan ones. Ice creams are good too: go along the main street away from the Comune, Town Hall, towards the Theatre, about fifty paces, ices on the right.
The weekly markets for food, clothing and household goods in Cortona, Umbertide, Città di Castello and all the other towns and cities are very colourful, and many bargains can be found. There are monthly second-hand markets in Perugia, Arezzo, Città di Castello, Pissignano, Passignano - two separate towns - and Castigleone del Lago.

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