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Il Cipresso is a gem because of the owner, Rina, her daughters and the entire family. They are friendly, helpful,kind and generous. They not only shared abundant fresh produce from their garden, but also time and conversation. We were especially fortunate to share grape picking and a meal with the family. The apartment is attractive, well equipped and very comfortable. We will definitely return and will recommend it to others.
The house location near Camucia,below Cortona, was perfect for us. We enjoyed being in those towns as well as visiting Perugia, Assisi, Lago Trasimeno, Arezzo, and other smaller towns in the area. Casa Lucia, the house we were in, was large and comfortable. The surroundings are rural and quiet. We were too late in the season to use the pool, but we could and did experience the warm, wonderful weeklong welcome given by Rina and her daughters, Lucia and Martina. That included abundant, delicious home grown vegetables, fruit, olive oil and homemade goodies. The young women are delightful. They promptly responded to our calls and questions. They visited and wanted to learn about us as well as share their stories. Their genuine, kind care made our week very special. We would definitely return and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, especially families with children.
Truly relaxing stay in a wonderful agriturismo
We were a group of 7: my wife, 2 y.o. & myself + father in law & wife + my sister. The house we stayed in (Casa Lucia) accomodated us perfectly. I truly think the photography on site doesn't do true justice to the place. It is embedded into a working farm, which truly adds to the experience, and is very closely located to the wonderful town of Cortona.
It is conveniently located if aiming at Central/Southern Tuscany. We visited Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano and Lake Trasimeno while staying in this house, and they were all ~40 minutes drives at most.
Three particular highlights:
- Our hosts were excellent, fully attentive at all times. Meals can be requested at an additional cost, and this is something that I would HIGHLY recommend as the quality of Rina's cooking is amazing.
- The pool is GORGEOUS. Truly wonderful. The photos don't do it justice.
- The patio that Casa Lucia has makes it a highly enjoyable space overall, effectively expanding the actual used space of the house.
All in all, would definitely recommend to all.
So glad you all had such a good time at the agriturismo with Rina and her lovely family. She is a marvellous cook! Do come back any time - you would be most welcome!
My husband and i stayed here for a week on our honeymoon in June and WOW!! Words can not express how beautiful this family and accommodation are! The cottages (there's 2) are clean and comfortable with 3 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge room combined! Each cottage has its own alfresco dinning area which is lovely and the pool was amazing!!! But really what made this holiday was Rina and her 2 lovely daughters. I was really worried as we were travelling with our 8 month old baby and getting around Tuscany without a car can be difficult. But the daughters were so accommodating driving us into Cortona or to the train station if we needed. The station is actually an easy 20min walk where you are able to get to places like Florence or Arrezo or just wonder around the town of Camucia. The location is perfect bringing the essence of Tuscany and it's beautiful countryside yet at the base of Cortona which is amazing! Anyone staying here MUST have a meal prepared by Rina!!!! In our whole month around Italy we concluded Rina's food was by far the best!!! The cooking classes are also a must if anything to get the recipes so you can try to recreate it at home! I seriously cannot rave about this place enough and if I could give it 10 stars I would!!
Special family trip
We had wanted for a long time, as frequent Italy visitors from the US, to have a relaxed, low key experience. Il Cipresso was the perfect fulfillment of that goal. Very conveniently located near Cortona, and the wonderful small hill towns of very southern Tuscany and nearby Umbria and Lake Tresemino, it could not have been more idyllic ! House was very well done, comfortable and equipped, but what made the stay was the wonderful Scateni family. The farm was beautiful, but the people made the visit. The house was well equipped, and many evenings after super day trips we would return to fix our own meals. But, on special nights, or after long days, the family would prepare amazing meals for us at very reasonable cost. We spent two weeks there, and some of our very best meals were prepared by Senoria Rina and her two delightful daughters. I only hope that we can return again. Cannot give enough stars.
Una perfetto viaggio a Toscana e Il Sopresso. Pt.1
Although this review is definitely overdue it is still easy to compose as the wonderful memory of the beautiful experience from this past September remains very fresh in our minds.
My girlfriend and I went to Italy in late August/early September of this year (2014). The culminating point of the 3 week journey was to spend 11 days in the heart of Tuscany. The desire was to rest and relax and for myself as a second generation Italian American, spend quality time living amongst Italians in their own space and time and in their own way. The stay at Casa Lucia was the definitive guarantee of that desire being met. Our stay their was so warm and so inviting and so peaceful and so joyful that ending our stay there was a very difficult thing to do.
The villa was the perfect combination of rustic yet comfortable setting we were hoping for. It held plentiful space for the two of us but also easily accomodated three family members from Australia whom we had invited to join us during their coinciding sojourn to Italy. With the absolutely beautiful produce shared with us by our warm and kind host, Rina, we cooked together, drank wine together and relaxed together. It couldn't have been more idyllic.
The property was very well maintained and it was such a welcome respite from the US city living experience that is our day to day existence. The working farm provided a backdrop to an authenitc Tuscan experience that couldn't have been better had it been scripted.
From the first point of arrival, our host, Rina and her daughters - Lucia and Martina - for whom the villas on the property are named, made us feel at home. They were lovely and intelligent young woman of whom their mother (and their Auntie who was also equally warm and fun and kind!) are well deserving of the right to be proud. They really displayed a sincere interest in making us welcome not as guests but moreso as visiting family friends. It was so much fun when first arriving to be offered delicous coffee and pastry by Lucia and Martina and to enjoy interesting conversation with them (in Italian!).
Since we'd arrived late in the day I'd decided to take Rina up on her offer of providing to guests either breakfast or dinner with reserved notice. It was worth every single Euro! It was delicious and lovingly served by Lucia and Martina on the lovely terra cotta tiled piazza in the back of the house. The antipasti and the pizze - assolutamente incredibile!
Nestling peacefully in the beautiful Valdichiana valley and close to the Tuscany/Umbria border, this agriturismo offers the perfect combination of both a relaxing and cultural holiday. Its location makes the apartment the ideal base for trips to some of the most famous towns of central Italy such as Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Assisi and Perugia. The medieval hilltop towns of Montepulciano, Montalcini, Pienza, Rapolano and Bagno Vignoni can also all be visited on a day trip.
The ancient Etruscan town of Cortona with its rich historic and artistic heritage is only 3 km away and offers a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Camucia with its station, shops, restaurants and bars is 1.5 km away or 10 minutes on foot. The little village of Monsigliolo is nearby and has a small supermarket, bar and tobacconist's.
Good motorway links make Florence, Siena, Assisi, Rome and Naples easily accessible.
Lake Trasimeno with its numerous sporting facilities and restaurants is 7 km away.
Beautiful walks, golf and horse-riding are all in the vicinity.
I have other rental properties in Tuscany and in the historic centres of Cortona and of Siena. Please contact me at Chantalrowley@tuscanyholidayproperty.eu