Since 1963, each year between the end of August and the beginning of September, Cortona hosts Cortonantiquaria, the longest-running Italian event dedicated to the world of antiques. It is a benchmark for all lovers of art collecting. The exhibition allows visitors to go on a dreamlike journey back in time, enjoying vintage and antiques shopping and also bringing great value to the Italian antiques market. This is a must-attend event for all who are passionate about antiques, but it also pulls in all curious types and visitors who want to discover Cortona.
The exhibition area develops throughout the historic rooms of Palazzo Vagnotti, an 18th century gem that during the event days host treasures including paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, centuries-old silver pieces, French-influenced furniture, sculptures, jewelry, objects in wrought iron and still other items.
The program also features many related events, from exhibitions to tastings of traditional products and wine, plus a prize that since 2001 has been assigned to various people with a special connection to the city.