Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Cortona is a small Tuscan town, about twenty miles south of Arezzo, with a rich historical and cultural environment in which students can easily immerse themselves. Cortona is built on the crest of Monte-Sant-Egidio and is surrounded by a massive ancient city-wall that for the most part corresponds to or is made up of walls constructed during the time of the Etruscans. Other remains of Etruscan and Roman buildings can still be seen within the city walls. The architecture of Cortona is often a mixture of periods and styles, revealing layers of history. Cortona's painting tradition was dominated by the Sienese tradition throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The flowering of artistry has been constant throughout Cortona's history.