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Build in 1250 yet totally remodeled in 2014- Located in Historic Cortona City

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom,2 Bath located inside Historic City Center of Cortona- Walk Everywhere

Completely Renovated- Unit has upstairs air conditioning, washer & drier, gas heat, wi-fi, 2 Flat screen tv's with dish, Marble Bathrooms, with two entrances- one on main street and one on lower level to a Calle, with little picnic table. A new kitchen with full size refrigerator and new gourmet stove. Lower level has radiant heat flooring. Inside the ancient walls of Cortona, just steps away from fine dining, elegant shops and wonderful Cultural Events.

Perhaps best known these days as the setting for the book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun,” gorgeous hillside Cortona has a long history dating back even before its time as an important Etruscan center. Top attractions include the Duomo (Cathedral), the small Museo Diocesano across the piazza with its superb art collection, and the fascinating Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca with its assembly of Etruscan and Roman era items. Cortona is also bursting with splendid churches spanning many periods.

Unit is unique as it is spread throughout three floors. First floor ( Lower Level) houses bedroom, separate bath with shower and separate laundry room. There is also a entrance to the cute little ally with a patio behind the home. The main level that has the main entrance onto the street via moneti. It has a living area , a new kitchen, fireplace, eating area and reading nook.

The top floor is the master suite consisting of a king size bed and beautiful new marble bath with skylight. Spectacular views of the Chiana valley.

More Details

Owner
Kim Kipp
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Kim Kipp

Kim and Diane bought the property after it became available after Kim had stayed there 10 years earlier- Diane invested sight unseen!

Kim Kipp purchased this villa in 2013

Why Kim Kipp chose Cortona

Both the property and the town have a unique pull. The emblem above the front door serves to prove that the casa was once inhabited by St. Margherita - patron saint of Cortona. St Margherita is usually depicted with her trusty dog. Cortona is a lovely town with plenty to do on its own but its proximity to Rome and Florence can not be overlooked.

What makes this villa unique

Inside Walls Of Cortona.. a stroll to all the wonderful amenities of Cortona. 1 1/2 hour train into Florence..2 1/2 hour train in to Rome

Amenities

Cortona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Completely renovated in 2014
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Single is trundle bed ultimately sleeps 2.
  • Master Bedroom Upstairs has a King size bed, wall mounted flat screen tv, and Private Bath. Guest room in Lower Level with Private Bath and Outdoor Patio.
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
Notes:
The activities are endless. I live there the month of June with 3 small children. 2 1/2 hours from Rome and 1 1/2 hours from Florence by train, not to mention the all the darling little towns nearby.

Reviews

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(7 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
5

Charmingly decorated and very comfortable. Wonderful view of valley and lake from various windows.

  • 5 of 5

Located in a very quiet part of town but close enough to the various Piazza's where there was some activity like music, flag competitions or food and antique markets.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Cortona. It was lovely to come back to this home every day. Wine tasting and sampling all the restaurants around the town were our highlight. Newly renovated but keeping with traditions this home is truly perfect for anyone wanting to visit Cortona.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, MN USA
5

Incredible!

  • 5 of 5

Was here for a wonderful relaxing stay in October. It's an amazing property! The views are amazing and everything in Cortona is just a short, scenic stroll from the villa. Well appointed, clean, comfortable, words can't describe. Would, and have, recommended this to my friends and will definitely go again. Stay in this lovely villa and thoroughly enjoy the community and people.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wisconsin
5

Simply amazing

  • 5 of 5

The home is simply amazing but the owners are what helped put our vacation over the top fabulous! They helped arrange car transfers from the train station to the home and set us up with our own personal driver for the day to shop, wine taste & tour without having to worry about renting a car. They also set up a private cooking class with a local woman in her very own kitchen! The "real deal"! They personally know the area so were able to advise us on what to do and where to go like a "local". The location of this rental home couldn't be better. The renovations, furniture and amenities such as Wi-Fi and an espresso machine made us feel right at home. The gorgeous view out the master bedroom allows you to see for miles. The master bedroom also has a large bathroom with a huge marble shower. The master & 2nd bedroom are on two different levels of this home giving privacy to both. We enjoyed sitting at the small bistro table out back for afternoon wine & snacks with views of the city. We normally don't visit the same place twice but this house will be the exception. We can't wait to go back to Cortona and stay in this home again.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vernon Hills, IL
5

Wonderful Tuscan Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with five girlfriends in September. Beautiful tuscan decor with new appliances and all the conveniences of home. The new bathrooms, kitchen and laundry are fabulous and not usually found in a rental. Perfect for a short getaway or a longer stay. The location is perfect! In the center but quiet and a short 5 minute walk to stores and restaurants. The owner told us of several fabulous side trips: thermal spa, wine tastings and a monastery founded by Saint Francis of Assissi! Perfect vacation!! Will definitely stay here again. P

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL, USA
5

September 2014

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with a group of friends--4 adult women total. The house is wonderful--captures the ancient charm of Cortona homes, but with modern amenities. The home provides fabulous bathrooms, reliable Wi-Fi, wonderful bedding and mattresses, a washer and dryer, and the location is great. While the house is not huge, it provided plenty of space for us and was a great place to come back to after exploring Cortona and the surrounding area. I think the house seems roomier than the pictures suggest--that was a pleasant surprise. Staying here made me feel less like a tourist than I did in other areas of our trip. The owners provided great tips on restaurants and fun things to do in the area. I will definitely stay here again if I am in the area and would easily recommend it to friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
134 Kilometres
Florence Airport, Peretola - Florence, Italy (FLR
Nearest Train
3.3 Kilometres
Camucia
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A-1
Car: not necessary

Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana, or Chiana Valley, in the province of Arezzo in southern Tuscany.

The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters (about 1968 feet) above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno.

The heart of Cortona is Piazza della Repubblica, with the Palazzo Comunale or town hall building overlooking the square.

The city is small but offers many interesting places to visit, among these the Diocesan Museum (where you can admire a beautiful panel painting of the Annunciation by Beato Angelico) and the MAEC (The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona), where it is possible to see many artifacts found in the Eruscan archeological sites in the area. You can also request additional information about the Archeological Park at the museum.

You should not miss a visit to the beautiful Santa Margherita Sanctuary, patron of the city, and to the Girifalco Fortress. Both are on the highest point on the hill and are easy to reach after a short, uphill walk. Following the path that follows the city walls, you can also enjoy a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside. The Girifalco Fortress, constructed for military purposes, has undergone many substantial changes throughout the centuries and today only a part is open to the public.

Various small shops on the main streets of Cortona offer local handmade items and gastronomical products. Great red wines are made in the area (we are just a few kilometers from Montepulciano and Montalcino) and all of the wine bars offer a wide selection.

There are many restaurants in the city, most offering traditional local and Tuscan cuisine (the Chianina cattle, one of Italy's oldest, high quality bovine breeds is bred in Valdichiana).

Just outside of Cortona's walls you'll find the Franciscan hermitage Le Celle, the first monastery built by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1211, where a small community of friars still lives today. Through the course of the centuries, the hermitage was restructured and enlarged several times but Saint Francis's small cell has always been conserved in its original state and can be visited today.

In summer, there are many festivals dedicated to the arts which sees the participation of several international stars and artists.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tourist TX 2.0/pp/4night $32
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $75

Fuel used for heat will be charged at end of stay. Meter reading to be done upon arrival and departure to determine usage.

Free Wi-FI, Washer AND Drier ( rare in Italy),

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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