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Elegant and spacious living room with windows on the piazza

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Last updated: 06/11/2016

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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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. There are no souvenir shops in Cetona just many opportunities to experience life as a local. 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.

The scene from our windows on the piazza 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. 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.

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. Pizzas, pasta dishes and a selection of local wines and craft beers are available at our downstairs cafe.

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 guests feel as if this is their home for the duration of their stay, that's why we supply a laptop computer with wi-fi internet access, a printer, an Italian cell phone for local calls, a Magic Jack phone for free calls the States, adapters for your electronics, a washer and dryer, 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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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 06/11/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 2700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    30 years old...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Red bedroom: 1 queen

    This bedroom faces the piazza...moreless

  • Yellow bedroom: 1 queen

    This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom...moreless

  • Blue bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Beds can be put together to make a queen size...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen

    Sofa bed for an occasional overnight guest...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Numerous guidebooks available, plus selection of novels...moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Elegant dining table seats 10 or more, or eat at our custom-made kitchen island, which accommodates four....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    One mobile unit...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance:

    Free calls to the US....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas heat - very efficient...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    One large couch, two loveseats and two armchairs. Two windows onto the piazza...moreless

  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking:

    You can park in the piazza near the apartment for 30 minutes to unload/load....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    There is a large, free car park five minutes walk from our apartment....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Call the States for free with our Magic Jack left at your disposal!...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Lap top and wifi connection is available....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    American coffee maker, plus French press and Italian moka...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes include ceramics made in town...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Gas hobs, electric oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Oct 29 - Dec 17, 2016
3 night min stay
$450
$1,800

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • cleaning $200

Notes:

Please enquire about rates for groups of less than six people. Rates are subject to confirmation and may be revised.

Down payment of 25% of rent required to hold reservation. Balance required eight weeks prior to arrival. Refundable damage deposit of $500 required. Cleaning fee of $200 not included in rent.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

  • la frateria di padre eligio

    "This place is nourishment for the soul as well as the body. The setting is breathtaking, th..."

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  • Osteria Vecchia da Nilo

    "One of the two excellent restaurants in Cetona. Da Nilo's offers Tuscan cuisine at its best..."

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  • L Osteria del Merlo

    "Situated in an old watch tower at the entrance of Piazza Garibaldi, this restaurant offers s..."

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  • Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona

  • Parco Archeologico Naturalistico e Archeodromo di Belverde

    "A network of caves that date back to prehistoric times and a recreated stone age village are..."

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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Perugia
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Val di Chiana
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Chiusi
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A1 Rome-Florence
30 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Several
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.

 

Owner info

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 SI, Italy:
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.


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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 06/11/2016

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Photos

  • Elegant and spacious living room with windows on the piazza

    Elegant and spacious living room with windows on the piazza

  • A table fit for a feast

    A table fit for a feast

  • Make a grand entrance!

    Make a grand entrance!

  • Looking from the living room to the hall with view of the piazza

    Looking from the living room to the hall with view of the piazza

  • Board games and cards provided, plus guides and paperbacks

    Board games and cards provided, plus guides and paperbacks

  • The piazza bedroom

    The piazza bedroom

  • Blue bedroom with view onto courtyard

    Blue bedroom with view onto courtyard

  • Yellow bedroom with view on courtyard

    Yellow bedroom with view on courtyard

  • Our doorway

    Our doorway

  • Our doorway and Cafe Cavour

    Our doorway and Cafe Cavour

  • Pippo's Ceramics - we have lots of his handiwork

    Pippo's Ceramics - we have lots of his handiwork

  • From our windows

    From our windows

  • Kitchen area.  Lots of room for chefs and sous-chefs!

    Kitchen area. Lots of room for chefs and sous-chefs!

  • Our famous red fridge

    Our famous red fridge

  • These antiques were bought in the piazza

    These antiques were bought in the piazza

  • Need to stay in touch with the world?  Two desks, wi-fi, laptop and printer..

    Need to stay in touch with the world? Two desks, wi-fi, laptop and printer..

  • View from piazza bedroom

    View from piazza bedroom

  • Plenty of room in this locally made armoire

    Plenty of room in this locally made armoire

  • courtyard view from blue bedroom

    courtyard view from blue bedroom

  • We had to save this beautiful bathtub...

    We had to save this beautiful bathtub...

  • Our building is the one in the centre

    Our building is the one in the centre

  • Lots of tiny cobbled streets to explore

    Lots of tiny cobbled streets to explore

  • The watchtower.  "Il Merlo", a wonderful restaurant is here

    The watchtower. "Il Merlo", a wonderful restaurant is here

  • Looking down from the old town

    Looking down from the old town

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Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016

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