Discover a majestic stone trapezoid with four bastions. Fall in love with Tuscany as you experience the charm of the Middle Ages and gaze upon the Val di Chiana area from above. Relive the splendor of yesterday.
The Girifalco Fortress is deeply rooted in history. The fortress, located on the Cortona hill, was already in existence at the time of the Etruscans and over the centuries has undergone large-scale transformations. The most important one was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1556. He built four majestic bastions onto the old mid-13th century fortress.
At the end of the 18th century, the fortress was sold to the town of Cortona and it was used as a town prison and as a place of refuge during World War II.
Today the Girifalco Fortress is a dominating stone giant. You can take a tour that starts in the courtyard with its dungeon and the guard’s station, but don’t miss seeing the four bastions – the Bastion of Santa Maria Nuova, the Bastion of Santa Margherita, the Bastion of Sant’Egidio and the Bastion of San Giusto. The Fortress is like the “guardian of the valley” that still plays an important role in the life of the town because of the different cultural events, festivals and summer parties that take place here.
The Fortress is the perfect destination for nature, history and landscape lovers. You can get to the Fortress by walking along theEtruscan walls. Once you get there, you’ll be rewarded by breathtaking views that make all the effort of the walk worthwhile.
The view at sunset turns into a picture-perfect moment that reminds you to live every romantic minute, immersed in this dreamlike atmosphere and the surprising colors of Tuscany.