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André Rieu Concert in Piazza Della Republica, Cortona

Cortona is a small town in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous as the base for some scenes in Roberto Benigni's film Life is Beautiful, in Italian La Vita č bella. It is also famous as the setting for the 2004 film Under the Tuscan Sun and the live concert in the in Piazza Della Republica by André Rieu and his "Johann Strauss Orchestra" broadcast in the United States on the PBS television network.

Cortona may be accessed by rail: the closest station is Camucia on the main Florence - Rome line, three kilometres away. Cortona was one of the 12 Etruscan cities, and it was also important during Roman times. Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the basis of the present wall. The town's chief artistic treasures are two panels by Fra Angelico in the Diocesan Museum, an Annunciation and a Madonna and Child with Saints. A third surviving work by the same artist is the fresco above the entrance to the church of San Domenico, likewise painted during his stay at Cortona in 1436. Cortona is beautifully set on a hill high above the Val di Chiana plain.

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