The Centro Convegni, managed by Cortona Sviluppo S.r.l. for the Comune of Cortona, has its offices in the former convent of Sant’Augustino, adjacent to the church bearing the same name. The construction of the complex dates to the mid-thirteenth century and is situated in Cortona’s historic center, inside the circuit of city walls originally built by the Etruscan civilization.
The complex is walking distance from all the major tourist sights in the city, the Palazzo Comunale, the two museums (the MAEC and the Museo Diocesano), Via Nazionale (the shopping street), the Signorelli Theater and the Parterre public gardens. The convent is laid out on a square plan surounding a cloister decorated with 29 frescoes raccounting the life of Saint Augustine. Since 2008 the center has had a wonderful new meeting hall: The Auditorium of the Church of Sant’Augustino which can accomodate up to 300 people and is situated in the Church of the same name which dates to the 13th century.
Masterfully remodeled and featuring the most modern technology is a multi-functional space which is suitable for exhibitions, conferences , cultural and technological events. The center has 10 conference rooms which can welcome small groups as well. All are equiped with a wide band internet connection, audio and video systems and exhibit space outside the rooms.
The entire convention center has a total capacity of over 600 places and continues to welcome some of the most noted Italian and foreign institutions, including the ‘Scuola Normale Superiore’ University of Pisa , the Region of Tuscany, The University of Florence, The ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, the University of Naples, the University of Alberta Canada, The Feltrinelli Foundation, The Italian Genetics Association, The Tuscan Sun Festival and the Democratic Party (PD).
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