Cortona has been proud to host every year between August and September since 1963 Cortonantiquaria, a national antiques exhibition market. It is set up in the beautiful 18th century halls of Palazzo Vagnotti, one of the better preserved of the city, which shows the charm of different stories, styles and tastes.
Every year dozens of exhibitors, coming from all over Italy, from Lombardy to Sicily, display their old furniture and other art objects, which are accurately selected and certified: paintings, sculptures, earthenware, silver and bronzes, prints, engravings, carpets, weapons, jewels, fans, laces and much more. Thanks to the quality of the items exhibited, to the experience in the organization by the Tourist Office of Arezzo and to the beauty of the halls, the antiques exhibition of Cortona is considered one of the most prestigious antiques fairs at the national and international level. The fact that some exhibitors have come back every year since the beginning shows all the success and importance of this antiques exhibition market.
Antiques trade in Cortona is not only an exhibition event, but also something closely related to traditions of a great economic and cultural value for this region, such as craftsmanship and restoration. Cortonantiquaria is a must for antique and modern art lovers, but also a fashionable crowd-pulling event taking place at the end of summer, since it gives anyone the chance to become familiar with this beautiful world. This renowned antiques market combines the peculiar fascination of antique works of art with social events, like conferences and wine tasting.
In particular, every year since 2001 the local authorities award the Cortonantiquaria Prize to an important personality in arts, culture or entrepreneurship, who has based professional engagement on quality and reliability and who has a special connection with Cortona. The Province of Arezzo is supported in the fair organization by other public bodies, like the Chamber of Commerce of Arezzo, and by private corporations, like the Banca Popolare di Cortona.