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Il Roseto - Special prices for 2017 ! ! Get a quote ! ! "Plan your dream"

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,453 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Best points

In the heart of the city of Cortona, in a very quiet position, the apartment enjoys all the best facilities available to give its hosts the perfect holiday. A large and beautiful garden of 100 square meters, equipped with table, chairs and a Barbecue ... make it a dream corner in the city of Cortona. The apartment has been completely renewed in Jun 2010, and refurnished with extreme care of details.

Apartment/ flat 6 - 8 persons.

5 room(s) , of which 3 Bedroom(s), Kitchenette, Living room, Dining room, 2 shower rooms

Surface area : 135 m2 / 1456 sqft, Garden : 100 sqm / 1076 sqft

Year of construction : 1500, Date of last renovation : 2008


Bedding : 2 Double bed, 1 Sofa bed, 1 Bunk bed(s) (2 places).

Dish washer, Washing machine, Dryer, Sheets and towels included, Parking lot belonging to the building, Cooking stove, Oven, Microwave, Fridge freezer, Coffee maker, Toaster, Tumble Dryer, Shower, Bidet, Barbecue, Baby cot, Baby high chair, Cellar, Outdoor furniture, Deckchair, Parasol, Iron, Ironing board, Heating, Fireplace, Internet WiFi, VCR, Cable TV / Satellite TV, TV socket, DVD player

Additional services

Baby-sitters available, E-mail reception, Dial-up internet access, Airport transport upon demand.


Pets not allowed, Smokers unwelcome, Owner lives in the area


Ground floor

View of Town .

Altitude 600 m / 1710 ft.

Aspect North-East.

Historical site : less than 50 m.

Cortona : less than 50 m.

Detached house.

Restaurant : less than 50 m, Shops : less than 50 m, Town centre : 100 m / 285 ft, Bank : 100 m / 285 ft, Pharmacy : 100 m / 285 ft,

Activities in the vicinity

Equitation, Municipal swimming pool, Museum, Historical site, Forest, Vineyard, Horse riding, Hiking

Means of access

By Car: From A1 (either north- or southbound) take the Valdichiana exit. After you pay your toll, turn to the right. At 0.5 km from the tollbooth take the Perugia Superstrada (direction Perugia). Continue on it for 12.3 km to the Cortona/Camucia exit (don't take the earlier exit unless you want to stop by Farneta). In just under 3 km you'll see Cortona on the hill. Follow the signs to Cortona; about 7 km further you'll be at the city walls.

Hints and Tips


• COOKING CLASSES @ IL ROSETO - learn how to make your own TUSCAN meal and then enjoy it in a catered dinner


Where to eat: Osteria del Teatro, Pane e Vino, Trattoria Toscana, Trattoria Dardano, Antica Trattoria, Locanda del Loggiato, the Hosteria Bucaccia, Restaurant Tonino. What to do: For requests of transfers, excursions and guided tours please contact our friends of Saracino Viaggi Tour Operator.

Keywords: Indipendent apartment

More Details

Fernando Donati
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Fernando Donati

I grew up in this very house in the centre of Cortona and have always loved it with all of my heart. After a short time in which nobody has lived in here, I've decided that I had to invest in my 'sweet home' and completely restored it, starting from its basement. At the end of all the works that were done I was just amazed the first time I re-entered it. 'That's the right place to let other people experience what it means to live Cortona and its life!'. I hope you'll enjoy all that my town, Cortona, has to offer and I am sure you'll want to keep coming back too! Fernando, Cortona, Italy

Fernando Donati purchased this house in 1531

Why Fernando Donati chose Cortona

'... mother of Troy and grandmother of Rome' (Virgil - Aeneid III and IV)

'... From Cortona there is a magnificent view; one’s gaze loses itself in the distance...' (François Mitterand, 1987)

'... a marvellous city where everything speaks of God – the nature, the mountains, the woods...' (John Paul II, 1993)

'... No map planner would describe it thus, but it is fascinating' (Frances Mayes - 'Under the Tuscan Sun', 1997)

What makes this house unique

Upon arriving we were greeted by the owner's son and wife and escorted through the narrow cobblestone streets of Cortona to our new home for the week. The green door in the wall gave no indication of the quaint courtyard and substantial house that awaited us. This had been the owner’s family home and it was evident by the sturdy furniture and fully stocked cabinets. Everything you needed to make your stay comfortable was supplied. It was more spacious than we envisioned and the location couldn’t have been more ideal. The main piazza was a short stroll away but far enough to make for a peaceful evening. The owners were warm and welcoming and always a phone call away. We had locked ourselves out one evening and a relative happily came to our rescue. Our departure date fell onto a holiday and after returning our car the day before we realized bus service wasn’t running on the holiday. The same relative happily picked us up at the crack of dawn to give us a lift to the train station. We have already recommended Il Roseto to friends and would love to stay again when we return to Italy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay at Il Roseto in Cortona, Italy was a wonderful experience. The place is beautifully remodeled with all the amenities of home. We could not have been happier.
May 2009
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Cortona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1453 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Perfect Home, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Il Roseto for 16 nights. Fernando's son, Pierfrancesco met us at the train station and we followed him to Il Roseto. This family home is inside the beautiful hilltown of Cortona. Pierfrancesco was very helpful and very friendly. This home was clean and spacious and had everything we needed and had a bottle of wine and fresh fruit on the table to welcome us. We loved the outdoor garden patio and often enjoyed lunch or dinner outside. The apartment is just a minutes from the piazza. We walked into town several times a day visiting many shops and restaurants. We started most days with cappuccino at Caffe Bar Signorelli. We also enjoyed all the photography exhibits from: "Cortona on the Move" International Photography Festival. We walked up to the Medici Fortress, which had photography exhibits in gallery spaces on each floor. The MAEC Esruscan Academy Museum had a photography exhibit which included Pete Souza's collection of "Obama, An Intimate Portrait." This was our third visit to Tuscany. We had an amazing time and we hope to return.

Joe and Kate, Cooperstown, NY

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best location in Cortona

  • 5 of 5

For those who want to stay in the center of historic Cortona, look no further! This place has it all and is perfect for a family or for two couples to share. Fernando, the owner, was a pleasure to work with and he made sure everything went smoothly. Although we enjoyed many of the nearby restaurants, we also did a lot of cooking and the kitchen had everything we needed. The house itself is all on one level and beautifully decorated, but the real highlight is the private garden with all the rose bushes. We will definitely try to stay here again the next time we are in Cortona (hopefully soon!)

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and another couple stayed for one week. We were in Portugal and Italy for four weeks, and this was our favorite rental. Fernando and his son were very helpful. All communications received prompt responses, and the property was exactly as represented. I’m basically confirming all of the other very positive reviews.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding! What a lovely apartment - in a great town!

  • 5 of 5

I have just recently finished renting this apartment - and it was absolutely wonderful! We found Il Roseto on VRBO and started to communicate with the owner. He was great - all emails were answered quickly, and questions were answered. The apartment was clean and ready for us when we arrived - with a bottle of wine and fresh fruit on the table to welcome us! That really was a nice extra touch. The apartment is a great place....all very comfortable - with three nice bedrooms and two great bathrooms. The owner also had the TV and Wifi working - which is great to have. The best part of the apartment, though, is the outside patio/garden! That truly made it ...sitting outside having coffee or drinks in the evening was so nice! Cortona is a great town to visit - and Il Roseto really is THE place to stay! Fernando, the owner, is very helpful and easy to contact if needed....and we loved our time at his place!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home! Perfect location, super helpful owner!

  • 5 of 5

My dad and I stayed in Il Roseto for one week in early April. The home was wonderful…beautifully enclosed patio with outdoor seating, one formal dining room and living room with a comfortable couch. Bathrooms are updated, bedrooms have lots of closet space!

The location couldn't have been better (but make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes - there are lot of steep hills in this town!) The center of the town is a quick 2 minute walk from the home where you can find a fully stocked and friendly staffed marketplace. There are multiple restaurants, cafe's and little shops in the city center.

The train station is a short 10 minute bus ride. The bus system was very reliable and inexpensive (1.50 Euro, I believe). Plus! While you wait for your bus you have a beautiful view of the Tuscan landscape. Cortona and Il Roseto villa are not to be missed! Fernando and his son came to pick my father up at the train station and gave us a tour of the villa. He had even gotten us a few snacks and a delicious bottle of red wine!

My father and I were very impressed and loved every minute of our stay! I look forward to returning to Il Roseto!!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear thank so much for your wonderful words. I hope to see you soon. Bye Fernando & family
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  • 5 of 5

A girlfriend of mine and myself had a girls getaway and had the pleasure of staying 11 nights at this beautiful, spacious, and VERY clean home in Cortona ! We both can't say enough great things about this home.......the pictures are a reality of how it looks. We felt so comfortable and safe. Fernando, as well as his son, were the ultimate hosts. Fernando was always available via cell phone or email, he kept in touch on a regular basis making sure we were ok.

The home is also within a few minutes walk to the main square, which was wonderful when we just wanted to go into town and have dinner and wine knowing it was a short walk back. We had rented a car, visited several of the other Tuscany towns and were always lucky to have found free parking close to the house.

We definitely plan on returning and staying at this home again !

This is a not to be missed will not be disappointed !

I'm sure you will love it as much as we did !!!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks so much for these beautiful words I hope to have you back soon as a customer. Greetings from Fernando and family
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Il Duomo of Florence
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Ponte Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery
Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Duomo
Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Campanile di Giotto
Piazza del Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli)
Piazza Del Duomo
St. John's Baptistery
Restaurante Il Latini
L'Osteria di Giovanni
Osteria Acquacheta
Sangimignano 1300 - S.R.L. - Riproduzione Della Citta' Medievale Museo Storico
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
110 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Camucia-Cortona Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Osteria del Teatro
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Trasimeno Lake
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $353.73

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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