Cortona Mountaintop Retreat was Home to St. Francis, Etruscans
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cortona cottage description
This heavenly mountaintop retreat on 1,000 acres has the peace and tranquility that St. Francis himself sought when he took refuge for a year in the eighth-century hermitage that still stands behind the house. The rental cottage overlooks the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona, and the Roman Road winds just below through sloping pastures and shepherd's huts. Miles of mountain hiking paths are just out the door. The property commands a stunning view of the rooftops of Cortona, the Valdichiana, and in the distance Lake Trasimeno, Monte Amiata, and Monte Cetone.
For rent is a simple, rustic, but spacious and beautifully renovated 13th-century stone cottage, located on the country estate of an Italian gentleman whose family goes back 2000 years and who speaks English and is an endless fund of local history and lore. The cottage stands close by the owner's villa. A central kitchen with fireplace and table leads into two master bedroom suites, each with bath and anteroom (one with additional twin beds). Mountain breezes keep this spot cool even in the heat of summer; birdsong fills the air from dawn to dusk.
On foot one can follow the ancient Roman Road from this property down to the cleft below Cortona where St. Francis established a monastery in 1211. Or take your walking stick and circle the mountain's heights, on wooded trails that open to 360-degree views. Just out the door are miles of mountain trails, ranging from a shady stroll on even ground to a day's demanding hike.
The property and its lovely green lawns provide an ever cool and fresh retreat from sightseeing in the heat of the Italian summer. Yet it is only a short drive from the town of Cortona (15 minutes by car) Arezzo (20 miles), Montepulciano (15 miles), Siena (50 miles), Perugia (32 miles), Florence (62 miles), and dozens of other storied towns and cities of Umbria and Tuscany. Express trains from Terontola station speed to Rome and Florence at regular intervals.
Note: A smaller cottage on a hillside below Cortona is also available for rent, as is a beautifully restored and furnished farmhouse (sleeps 9) from which one can walk to town. Please inquire.
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Wood Fireplace
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
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True Tuscan experience
True Tuscan experience
This mountaintop retreat was more than I could have imagined. My parents and I rented the house and found it to be one of the most beautiful and relaxing places we've ever been. It is truly unique and amazing. The views are spectacular, the house is wonderful, and the owner Paolo and his wife are extremely friendly and welcoming. There are a bunch of hiking and walking trails right on the property, plus it is only 15 minutes or so to the wonderful town of Cortona. It was a great jumping off point for us to explore many of the small towns in the area. The best thing about this home is that it was really a place where we could get away from all of the tourists and just enjoy the Tuscan landscape and fresh air. I highly recommend this property.
- Guest Rachel (United States)
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 08/02/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Weekly Rates .. €800/week for mountaintop retreat (sleeps 6), May-Oct. Minimum stay 1 week, €100/night thereafter. Sat-Sat not required. Heating surcharge for central heating per day depends on use and fuel prices Payment via PAYPAL or personal check; 50% deposit due on reservation.
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A stunning view of Cortona's rooftops, Lake Trasimeno, and the Valdichiana
Restored 13th-century cottage with all amenities
Adjoining this Great Room are two separate suites with bath
St. Francis spent a year in this 8th-century hermitage behind the main villa
An ancient Roman road winds through meadows where Etruscan artifacts remain
The master bedroom and adjoining reading room have a spectacular view
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