A journey to ancient Curtun
Cortona historic center
Maximum duration 3 hours
Difficulty: easy route
An itinerary to understand the territory through archeology, with the various stratifications from the Etruscan to the Roman period.
The tour will begin with a visit to the Archaeological Park, located at the foot of the Cortona hill, where the Etruscan Mounds of the Archaic period are found, evidence of the wealth reached by the Etruscan civilization in our territory, with reuse in the 3rd and 2nd century BC, Roman orbit.
Of notable interest is Tumulus II, visible are the dromos with pseudo vault, a full-bull drum that revolved around the large sepulcher and a precious monumental decorative element:
the podium-altar or terrace-altar, intended for funerary worship, in the base of which two sculptural groups with scenes of struggle are inserted, allusion by the deceased to oppose death with a heroic attitude.
We will continue towards the historic center, where we will meet further testimonies: in the walls, in the barrel vaulted cistern, in the Bifora door with two arches with construction phases of the IV and II century. a.c., we can define it as a triumphal entrance to the city connected to important suburban roads.
The final stage of the itinerary will be the prestigious MAEC Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the City of Cortona, which brings together, in addition to the numerous ancient collections of the Etruscan Academy, for example the Etruscan Chandelier, the Historical Library, funeral objects of the Tumuli including goldsmiths, the Tabula Cortonensis bronze sheet dated between the 3rd and 2nd century BC.
Also interesting will be the Roman section dedicated to the Villa-Fattoria “Villa d ‘Otium”, a luxurious residence, found in the 1990s in Loc. Ossaia, intended for agricultural production and also designed for rest and leisure the Romans, it was not exactly …. the “father of vices”, but it was the time to feed knowledge and study.
Highlights of the tour
- Archaeological park
- MAEC Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the City of Cortona