Basilica di Santa Margherita

Basilica di Santa Margherita

Basilica di Santa Margherita
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Nancy W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Cortona is my favorite place in the whole world! It was my fourth trip to Cortona, but I saw things I hadn't seen before. The Saturday market is very nice. Shopping and places to eat are wonderful. I would go again tomorrow if I could! You need to stay for several days to really appreciate Cortona.
Written August 9, 2022
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Kroulak
Brno, Czech Republic4,104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We walked up with children from parking thrue the city-take it aprox 1.5 hrs and its really nice tour. Basilic is very quite and relaxed place👍
Written August 27, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
I visited many churches and cathedrals in my life time. Big and small. All over the world.

Call it a tourist's curiosity, more than religious beliefs. I do have a few favorites, but I did not expect to be awed and touched as much as I was here.

Maybe it was the story of St. Margherita the patron of Cortona that I found so touching. Her remains are in a 14 century glass-sided tomb above the altar.
I think it was the simplicity off it, people walking up freely close to the tomb to pray and view the remains, the size of a six year old child....she died in 1397....

In Italy, lot off the churches are on hills and in Cortona the very steep cobbled lanes make for an amazing workout. When you reach the destination you will find yourself in a large empty area, part of it being a parking lot. Surprise! After an almost impossibly exhausting climb, to discover we could have driven there by car, that in the meantime sat in the garage below in the hotel...

Well, I guess it was too late for us, but if you have car, know you can drive up there.
The way down was slightly more fun ...

It is a must see in Cortona. On foot or by car. Don't miss it...

Arrivederci
Written January 11, 2016
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Ellie C
Rhinebeck, New York, United States195 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We made the 20-minute steep uphill climb to this church from the center of Cortona. The church itself is nice but the views are not vastly different from those you can get from Piazza Garibaldi. I was hoping to get a view of the town spilling down the hill, but the trees block this potential vista, which was disappointing. You do see good views of the valley below the town of Cortona. We went up beyond the church to the Fortezza, but still, no view of the town.
Written September 12, 2023
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MontagueSomerset
Dorset, UK367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
May I suggest that you attempt the walk up to the church, it is 800 metres on cobblestones and one of the steepest in Italy but if you can manage it you will see the Stations of the Cross on the pathway and the labyrinth of tiny lanes of the city.
The remains of the Saint are on display in a glasscase above the altar.
Santa Margherita is the patron saint of Cortona and led a very interesting life, from sinner to saint.
For further punishment the climb continues up to the Fortezza Medicea with fabulous views of the plain.
You can drive up if the climb is too difficult but we were determined to walk up even in the mid Summer heat ( you know what they say about mad dogs and English men ).
Written July 7, 2015
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Rowan R Cortona
Cortona, Italy277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
The Basillica di Santa Margherita is a very special place. It sits on a plateau above the town of Cortona (it is quite a sleep walk up from the main square -Piazza Repubblica, but making this brisk 10-15 walk up towards Mt Sant 'Egidio is a great way to see that there is more to Cortona than just Via Nazionale). The site has a rich religious history going back to the Etruscans but what one now sees is largely the result of very significant restorations in the 19th Century. The tranquility that is so apparent inside the Basilica, is I think because of the physical presence of the entire preserved body of Margherita da Laviano who came to Cortona in 1271. She dedicated her life to God and to helping the sick and the needy, she was beatified in 1515 and canonised in 1728.This church is a must visit for anyone coming to Cortona.
Written November 3, 2014
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Izzy's Travel Diaries
Szeged, Hungary592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
I know several people had remarked on it before me, but going up really does feel like a pilgrimage. You climb up Cortona's steep streets to reach it. It's a nice journey, though you have to pace yourself, it can push the untrained heart. The streets themselves are worth going up on. The buildings feel older on the way, and there is one small park that just begs a picnic.

The church itself is grand. The grey and white facade is truly beautiful. It looks quite modern, while being from the 13th century. Inside it doesn't disappoint either. The simple lines and the rich colours give it an airy feel. The only creepy thing is the mummy at the main altar, which used to be Saint Margaret.
Written October 27, 2013
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snez125
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Walk uphill to the top of town. Church and castle at top. Church has the relic of st. Margarita at the alter.
Written May 26, 2019
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Bob W
Maineville, OH452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Not far from Cortona.We stopped and had lunch overlooking the valley.Has shade.free restrooms.We had lunch here picnic lunch.
Written May 4, 2019
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cindic413
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Beautiful setting for this cathedral, perched on a Tuscan hilltop. The story of Santa Margherita is very interesting also.
Written October 29, 2019
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