Il sera sole si irradia sopra la collina cima di Cortona
"The evening sun radiates over the hilltop of Cortona"...
The ancient church of Santa Maria delle Grazie Calcinaio is resting on the hillside, presiding in a welcoming posture to all those strong enough to brave Cortona’s steep inclines. The Church was constructed between the years of 1485 and 1513. It is the architectural work of Francesco di Giorgio Martini who designed it after having been contacted by his friend and great artist Luca Signorelli. The Renaissance-style church built on a Latin cross plan with an elegant dome soars into the olive trees on the hillside above. It was the church of the guild of the shoemakers, who used their vats of lime for tanning leather, protected by an image of the Madonna painted by Bernardo Covatti, which is now displayed on the main altar of the church. Cortona was perhaps the most quaint and charming of towns during my Italian journey, and I was surprised to see the University of Georgia has maintained a campus there since 1970. If one has the legs and heart to traverse the steep grades of this ancient Tuscan village, Cortona offers great rewards and blessings under the Bellissimo Tuscan Sun.
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