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Cortona, Italy: a journey through the ages

Cortona, Italy: a journey through the ages

Cortona, Italy: a journey through the ages By Andy Levine on Feb 28, 2013 in Europe , Italy , Regions , Western Europe - Read 654 times Tweet The hill town of Cortona rises above the Val di Chiana, its white marble and stonework reflecting the sun like some great beacon. This Etruscan town’s origins actually predate recorded history, but its storied existence has long been a focus of commerce, pilgrimage, and war here in central Italy. One of its most popular foundation myths was that the son of Noah, Crano, navigated to that area following the great flood and, finding it fertile and calm, founded his city on the hillside. Cortona was more likely founded by the Umbrians, a tribal group in ancient Italy, but soon taken over and enlarged by the Etruscans. The original town was settled around 3,000 years ago, some three to four hundred years before the founding of Rome. The E...

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