Agriturismo Podere della Chiesa - Santa Maria Nuova Cortona
"Farmhouse Podere della Chiesa - Santa Maria Nuova Cortona"...
Rising high upon the hillside below Cortona, the church of Santa Maria Nuova stands majestically keeping a watchful eye over the valley and the ancient farmhouse below. The antiquated dome ascends above the trees, and especially during foggy weather, aspires toward the heavens. Initial construction began in 1550 when Giorgio Vasari became engaged with the project. One of my favorite Renaissance men, Vasari was an Italian painter, architect, writer, and historian. He is famous today for his “Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects,” and considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing. The design changed to a classic Renaissance style temple based on the Greek cross plan. The Church’s location was predestined, as miraculous apparitions of the Madonna occurred on this exact setting. It is also located along the road which leads to Del Convento di Celle fondato da San Francesco (Convent of the Cells founded by St. Francis). Stationed below the ancient wall and olive trees, the noble dome seemed to pierce into the dramatic clouds above…confident in its symbolic beauty. Fog often seeps up the ancient hilltop of Cortona from the valley and lake below to the cooler fortified town above. The enchanting affect will bequeath one with mystical views of the distinguished Basilica. It remains immersed in a haze of clouds protecting the antique farmhouse and olive trees below.
- Dino Carbetta
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