House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
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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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Week in Cortona
I would recommend this house to anyone wanting to explore Cortona and the surrounding area. The distance to the car park was reasonable and when returning we always found a space available. The home offered an great courtyard to relax in in the evening.
Cute house - not handicap able
We had a wonderful time at Il Roseto during our stay at Cortona. When looking for a place to stay in Tuscany I searched on VRBO for a few filters: a certain number of bedrooms, certain number of bathrooms, and handicapable capabilities.
Yes - the house is on one floor, but the walk up to the house is steep (so is the rest of cotrona) and there are some large steps to get into the dining room and another bedroom.
Other than that - we had a great time staying at the house! Whatever you do - do not try to drive to the house! We made that mistake. Figure out where the hosts want you to meet up and walk to the house.
Mobility issues aside - this is located in a great area for people who can easily walk to all of the lovely restaurants and shops in the towns square. Any issues we had with the house were quickly fixed.
Perfect Home, Great Location
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
Best location in Cortona
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!)
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.
Outstanding! What a lovely apartment - in a great town!
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!