The gates of Cortona

etruscan gate cortona

Cortona has nine gates in the surrounding walls.  This is perhaps the oldest:  this gate was used by the Etruscans when the town was called Curtun.  People have been walking through it for over 2,500 years.  Those large boulder-like stones are the original Etruscan base of the wall.  The Romans rebuilt the walls with a more fine masonry structure.  This gate is called “la Bucaccia” – evil hole – because it was through this gate that pillagers came in 1258.

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