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There is always life in the piazza any time of year. The scene from our windows changes continuously and never fails to charm. Here you are in the heart of a small Tuscan town and you can observe the daily habits of its inhabitants and participate in the pleasant rituals and routines that make life here so delightful and relaxing.
At the Saturday morning market in the piazza you will marvel at the abundance of produce for sale. Not to mention the local cheeses and the giant 'porchetta'. Great between slabs of local bread. Did I mention the bakery downstairs? The scent of fresh bread greets you every morning. Nip down for their delicious whole wheat croissants filled with apricot jam and bring them upstairs for breakfast.
The location of our apartment lets you participate in every day life, not just see it from a tourist's point of view. We have a front row view with five windows on the main piazza of Cetona, which has been called one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany and featured in 'The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany'.
Here, everything you need is on your doorstep: restaurants, cafes, markets, grocery stores selling local delicacies. And, by the way, the bakery downstairs now makes pizzas in the evening, so for a few euro you can have the real thing and whisk it up to the apartment still piping hot. If you feel like something more substantial, there are the aforementioned first rate restaurants in the square. One is located in an old watch tower and the menu is centred on local specialities with a creative twist. In the other restaurant, you can often spot Italian celebrities and overhear conversations in different languages as it is also popular with local expats and visitors in the know.
If there is one thing people say about our apartment it is that the website photos do not do it justice! Hopefully I've corrected it with this new set of photos taken by a photographer friend. Be sure to go to the video link on this site which might give you a better idea of the spaciousness of our apartment. The apartment covers 2,700 sq ft (230 mq) and sleeps six people very comfortably.
The apartment has an interesting history, it has been a convent, town offices and many other things from the the mid 1700s. The coffered ceilings, frescoes and many other features are typical of the houses of nobility of those times. Located on the second floor (US), or what Italians call the 'piano nobile' (where nobles lived) it consists of a huge room comprising kitchen/ dining/ living room with original terracotta tiles, and two windows looking onto the piazza. The long refectory-style table is pefect for get-togethers of up to ten people. Oriental rugs and the marvellous frescoed walls make you feel as if you are in another age.
Across the handsome entry hall, there is a study, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two bedrooms have a view onto a courtyard garden, the other onto the piazza. One of the bedrooms has an 'ensuite' bathroom, the other bedrooms share a bathroom.
A separate room on the mezzanine contains a washing machine and dryer. There is also a communal terrace overlooking a verdant tranquil courtyard.
Our aim is to make you feel as if this is your home for the duration of your stay, that's why we supply a laptop computer with wi-fi internet access, a printer in case you need to print out a boarding pass, an Italian cell phone for local calls, a Magic Jack phone so you can call the States free of charge, adapters for your electronics, a washer and dryer, and anything else we can think of.
But our 'secret weapon' has to be our property manager who will give you an orientation of the apartment when you arrive and ensure that everything runs smoothly. She is American and she and her Italian husband live right in town and will be happy to help in any way they can. Read our reviews and you will see that virtually everyone mentions Linda. She will often give guests rides to the station or to pick up their rental car if necessary. The Italian cell phone we leave guests will ensure you can communicate with her, although you will no doubt bump into her in the piazza, it's where the whole town meets! She is there if you need her, unobtrusive if you don't.
If you want more specific information on the area, go to the tourist office (usually located across the square but temporarily in a building round the corner from us). There you can find a good selection of maps of local hikes and many suggestions of what to do in the area.
In the apartment you will find our own 'insider's guide'. Many guests have commented that they have found our recommendations have been key to their enjoyment of Cetona and neighbouring towns.
One shower has multi-jet and sauna features. Two hairdryers are provided....moreless
Our apartment is very spacious and has a separate study with a laptop, printer, a Magic Jack phone so you can call the States free of charge. One unique feature is waking up to the smell of fresh bread from the bakery below!...moreless
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Elegant dining table seats 10 or more, or eat at our custom-made kitchen island, which accommodates four....moreless
Rental is weekly from Saturday to Saturday unless by arrangement
Low season ........ Jan 9th-Apr 2nd, Nov 06-Dec 17 .. $1,700/week
High season .......Apr 2rd-Nov 6th ................. $2,000/week
Bookings of less than one week may be accepted during low season.
For Christmas and Easter rates, please enquire.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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The Val di Chiana area is known for its olive oil, wines and its very special grass-fed beef used for the famous 'bistecca fiorentina' (Florentine steak). Etruscan tombs and artifacts are a feature of Chiusi, which is about 10 minutes from Cetona. In the hills surrounding Cetona, there is a network of caves with remnants from the bronze age. Cave tours take place throughout the year.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Hello, I am Philippa Mannino. My husband, Gaetano, is Italian, I am English. We met in Rome when Gaetano was in his last year of university and I was working for the UN. Since we married, we have moved continually between Italy and the US, with a two year stay in Venezuela. We have friends and family spread throughout Italy, and Tuscany is a central location where everyone loves to come and see us. Although we know the area very well, we are constantly making new discoveries that we are happy to share with our guests.
Why the Owner Chose Cetona: Over the years we came to know Tuscany well and found that it was an excellent meeting point for friends we had made in various parts of Italy and Europe. Besides, who can turn down an invitation to stay in Tuscany! We used to stay in the glorious countryside of the Val d'Orcia area of Tuscany, but Cetona is much more convenient being a 15 minute drive from the Rome-Florence highway. The countryside is beautiful and Cetona is never swamped with tourists the way many other Tuscan towns are. Another convenience is the excellent rail service from Chiusi (10 minutes away) to just about anywhere in Italy.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: We fell in love with the wide sweep of Piazza Garibaldi and revel in being at the centre of an ever changing canvas of activity. Our windows onto the piazza are the best seats in the house. So much goes on in our piazza: festivals, dinners, religious events. It is such a treat not to have to get in the car to go to the grocery store; everything is on our doorstep. The weekly market on Saturday mornings provide an occasion to buy everything from the freshest produce to the latest fashions.