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Summer is in Full Swing in Tuscany

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,700 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


About the property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The piazza is abuzz with people enjoying the outdoor cafes. Summer is in full swing with all the small local towns celebrating in some form or other, but you can be sure food and wine is always a feature of their festivals. This is the time when the town is at its liveliest and yet it is never flooded with tourists the way many Tuscan towns are. Cetona preserves its character and you never feel you are just one in a thousand tourists.

The scene from our windows on the piazza changes with the seasons 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. No need for a car to arrive at two of the best restaurants in the area, which are a stroll across the piazza and visible from our windows.

There is always life in the piazza any time of year. You will enjoy observing the daily routine of the Cetonesi as they go about their lives. Linger over a cappuccino in the piazza or enjoy a glass of wine at Nilo's, where trays of delicious nibbles accompany a drink order. This is our definition of happy hour!

At the Saturday morning market in the piazza you will marvel at the abundance of produce for sale. Not to mention the local cheeses, the hand sliced gourmet prosciutto 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. Pizzas, pasta dishes and a selection of local wines and craft beers are available at our downstairs cafe.

Read our reviews and you will see how much our guests enjoy living in a small town where the rhythms of life don't seem to have changed and tourists are few. As an English/Italian couple living in the States, we know that modern conveniences, such as wireless internet, a washer and dryer are important to our guests and we provide many extras, including our insider tips to places of interest.

Although you may be tempted to spend your vacation just soaking up the local atmosphere in town, there are numerous charming hill towns within an easy 30 to 45 minute drive away. The main Rome-Florence highway is 15 minutes from Cetona and the train station of Chiusi is only 10 minutes. From Chiusi there is a regular service to Rome and Florence. Trains also go to Cortona, Siena, Arezzo and many other lovely places.

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 guests feel as if this is their home for the duration of their stay, that's why we supply wi-fi internet access, a printer, an Italian cell phone for local calls,, adapters for your electronics, a washer and dryer, a microwave and anything else we can think of.

If there is anything else you require, we have a lovely friend in Cetona, an American lady, who can answer any questions and provide back up.

For more specific information on the area, go to the tourist office, it is right in the piazza. There you can find a good selection of maps of local hikes and many suggestions of what to do in the area. I'm also happy to suggest tailor made itineraries for excursions to places that will make your stay really unique and memorable.

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.

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Philippa Mannino
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2018

About Philippa Mannino

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. We now live in Connecticut. We have friends and family spread throughout Italy, and chose Tuscany for its magical countryside and central location. Although we know the area very well, we are constantly making new discoveries that we are happy to share with our guests.

Philippa Mannino purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Philippa Mannino 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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.


Cetona Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not leave wet items, such as water bottles, on polished surfaces.
  • Be careful when manoeuvring suitcases not to damage walls.
  • Please separate recycling and organic matter from garbage and throw in appropriate bins down alley to left of building.
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One shower has multi-jet and sauna features. Two hairdryers are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Red bedroom - 1 queen , This bedroom faces the piazza
    Yellow bedroom - 1 queen , This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom
    Blue bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Beds can be put together to make a queen size
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Sofa bed for an occasional overnight guest
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • tennis
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!


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(45 traveler reviews)

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Summer is in Full Swing in Tuscany
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

Absolutely perfect, charming, comfortable, well-equipped in a great setting above the Cetona piazza.

  • 5 of 5

The property could not have been better. Spacious, beautiful, rustic, comfortable and the piazza and Bar Cavour (where the locals gather) is right downstairs for convenient access to your daily espressos. Plus the place is pure local charm with few tourists. But the locals are wonderful also including the two bar owners, Andrea and Walter. It is easy to buy groceries in the square and there are two additional fine restaurants. Beyond that one should not miss the Saturday market which fills the square with fresh food and goods to sell. Our hosts, The Manninos could not have been more hospitable and supportive. Wonderful property! Wonderful Context! Wonderful hosts!

Arnold Gorlick and Thuy Pham

P..S. Cetona is beautifully located to drive to historic sites if you have a car or the Chiusi train station is just a 10 minute drive away to connect to almost anywhere in Italy with ease.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cetona - Stunning apartment on the Piazza

  • 5 of 5

We had another lovely stay in this stunning apartment. This was our third visit and we plan to come again soon. The location is fantastic – overlooking the piazza of this typical Tuscan hilltop town. The piazza has a handful of restaurants and bars and is the social hub.

Back in the apartment, the main kitchen/living area is worth a mention. A smart open-plan space, it has all the mod cons - Smeg dishwasher, large fridge, gas range cooker, microwave, etc. Very well equipped. Stylish furniture, hand-painted trompe l’oeil walls, terracotta floor tiles and generous windows / balconies, all create a distinct and luxurious feel, yet it is comfy, practical and we found it very easy with children.

The three main bedrooms are generous doubles, one with private ensuite (shower, bidet and grand roll top bath) and two sharing a second suite with high-tech power/steam shower and bidet. A study can be used as a fourth bedroom with double sofa bed (where the kids stayed). A utility room on the lower floor is well equipped with washer and dryer and there is a drying rack on the balcony. Be warned though, If you hang clothes out to dry here, try not to drop them into the contained courtyard below! I had to hunt for access via the kitchen of a local bar.

If you are lucky enough to visit when the owners are in town, you may get a guided tour of the amazing medieval wine cellar, typical of many Cetona properties. The steps just keep on going – at least 50 – leading to a vast cellar, carved in damp crumbling sandstone. Well worth a look if you get chance.

The kids enjoyed the park round the corner - large expanse of grass, tennis courts and basketball court. The local landscape is very picturesque. The apartment is perfect for walkers and art lovers. There are many significant frescoes (Giotto, Piero della Francesca) in the vicinity and chances to draw, paint or take photos in the Tuscan / Umbrian landscape. Access via Chiusi (only 10K from Cetona and connected by bus) is great for trains to Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Assisi. A night train connects with Venice and trains in Italy seem incredibly good value. We hired a car for a couple of days in Chiusi and visited Arezzo and spa’s at Chianchiano Therme.

Can’t recommend this place highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a one week stay for two couples. Close to everything. Lovely apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples staying in this luxurious and very comfortable large apartment located in the main square of Cetona. Everything was at our fingertips, including excellent restaurants, cafes, food markets, lovely walks on narrow streets surrounded by magnificent buildings hundreds of years old. The apartment has lots of tall windows that open on to the square, but it's very quiet, even serene. We were 30 minutes from several incredible hill towns of Tuscany. A beautiful, magical place.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice remarks. The apartment is indeed strategically located and we really enjoy being in the heart of this charming, unspoilt Tuscan town. A week is not nearly long enough to enjoy it to the full - please come back for a return visit!
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Beautiful spacious apartment on lovely piazza

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is truly stunning.This was my second visit and the location is perfect for exploring Tuscany and Umbria. The position on the piazza is great. The square has two friendly bars, and takes you to cobbled alleys around the old town, and in turn to paths through the surrounding (very picturesque) countryside. This is an ideal location for painting, walking, dining, wine tasting. We made two trips on this trip to different spas. The first was Chianciano Terme, a spa and wellness centre heated by natural springs Next, we ventured to a natural spa, in the woods at Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo (see This was an amazing unique experience. It involved a little scrambling, so only for the sure-footed. Car hire is a convenient way to get around but local buses run between Cetona and Chiusi (local train station) and we made use of this. On departing the flat we took the sleeper train to Venice, (convenient for low cost flights from Venice to Leeds-Bradford). The apartment itself is very tastefully and thoughtfully furnished. Everything you could need is here, from washer-dryer, dishwasher to elegant bathrooms, study, exquisite open dining kitchen living space - with hand painted 'trompe l'oeil' detailing and characterful bedrooms. I would highly recommend this as a holiday let for either a family holiday (our situation), romantic getaway, group visit, painting or writing retreat, or site seeing. The owner was very helpful, for example, giving us useful information about the local spas, wine-tasting, restaurants, walks and transport options. Thanks, we had a wonderful time !

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huge Apartment in Quintessential Piazza

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, comfy, fully equipped, (HUGE) apartment in the middle of a quintessential piazza bordering Umbria & Tuscany. We were there in the middle of summer when it was very hot, but the apartment never became uncomfortable because of the 3 huge ceiling fans in the living room that saved us from the outside heat. The a/c in one of the bedrooms was a nice added touch for my heat-sensitive husband. This apartment is literally above a coffee shop/bakery/dance party w/live dj's at night. On a few nights we opened the windows to people watch from the apartment and saw a group of people dancing and singing to the music. It was like the party was in our house and my 2 little boys started dancing in the living room (as did we). When it was time for them to go to bed we simply closed the windows and you could not hear one single thing. Very thick windows. There's a grocery store about a 5 minute walk away, 2 coffee shops in the piazza, a handful of decent restaurants, bakeries, fresh meat and fruit/vegetable stores, and a wine store that sold wine for as little as 2 euros sold in a plain bottle without labels. It wasn't very good, but they also had other really good wines for like 6 euros a bottle. Parking is about 5 min. away from the apartment. We didn't want to leave. Could have easily stayed another week or 2 exploring the alleyways, and backstreets of old Cetona.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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painting in tuscany and umbria

  • 5 of 5

an elegant roomy apt on the piazza..everything you need within walking distance...beautiful buildings..warm ,helpful people..fabulous food everywhere within a few steps...great alleys and paths to explore and beautiful towns within easy driving...loved how at 4 the piazza came alive with people visiting, children and dogs artists we walked every alley and country road...loved the easy walk excellent restaurants..we had a great relaxing trip!!!.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Val di Chiana
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
A1 Rome-Florence
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Lake Trasimeno
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates are subject to confirmation and may be revised.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.