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Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Self catering romantic villa with private pool overlooking Tuscan terraces

Exquisite Tuscan holiday villa, originally built in the 15th Century but lovingly restored in the last 7 years, overlooking lush green rolling hills within a short distance of magical Cortona, the jewel in the Tuscan crown. Set in 30 acres of unspoilt National Park countryside in the Hills above Cortona, the setting for Francis Mayes book and film -Under the Tuscan Sun. Exclusively private pool with magnificent gardens and shady pergolas. The house has all day sunshine until the late evening and an excellent access road.

Three large well equipped bedrooms and modern bathrooms and three shady pergolas dotted around the property. Full modern kitchen with all appliances.Library with 500/600 books.

Sip a chilled glass of Prosecco under the vine pergola while enjoying the views.

House and Contents: The house which originally dates from the 15th Century has been completely renovated and newly furnished by us over the last 7 years and we think we have given the house a homely Tuscan feel. The house offers an exteremely high level of comfort and style, very comfortable beds, top class bed linen,exquisite carpets, well stocked kitchen, very powerful showers and comfortable settees.Library with 500/600 books. 3 private Pergolas dotted around the gardens which will ensure that you can relax on your own when necessary. All of these pergolas have first class garden furniture.

The house is nestled amonst lush green hills and rolling countryside and offers unrivalled private and uninterrupted views of the countryside. The house is located in a nature reserve and there are many examples of magnificent eagles flying around in the thermals. It is impossible to build new houses in this region as regional authorities want this area to remain as it was for hundreds of years.

Broadband wireless internet access available throughout the house - we fought against installing this but due to pressure from younger members of the family............we gave in!

We have striven to restore the house sympathetically, in the Tuscan manner whilst at the same time giving it 21st Century facilities. Most of the house contents are handmade to the highest quality by local Tuscan artisans. You will find the essentials such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt pepper etc. etc. in the kitchen. Please feel free to use these items and if you run out just replace what you have used so that the next family to use the house can avail of the facilities.

Exclusive use of the private pool.: The 12m X 6M pool sits on the edge of a terrace overlooking the Tuscan hills just below the house. The area whilst being very close to the house is private.There is a vine pergola close by where you and your party can enjoy evening drinks watching the sun set or pick the grapes just above your head. The pool is for the exclusive and private use of guests during their stay at the house. It has a solar cover which ensures that the water temperature is very comfortable and relaxing. The area around the pool is fenced and gated to ensure the safety of little children.There is a magnificent professionally landscaped garden overlooking the pool with a colourful variety of shrubs and flowers. The pool and the area around it can be lit up at night so that you can enjoy a midnight swim if you feel like it. There is a power plug on the wall so as you swim listen to your favourite music. Cold shower by the pool for cooling down.

This area is also a wonderful vantage point to watch the sun rise in the morning and see the skies lit up with the colours only seen in Tuscany - be inspired like the renaissance painters!

Places of Interest:

Le Celle - just about 1km outside Cortona as you drive towards our house there is a little road to the left signposted to Le Celle. Le Celle is an old (still working) Franciscan monastery which appears to be carved out of the side of the mountain. It is a place of serenity, simplicity and beauty and if you can spare an hour or so to explore it you will experience peace and serenity itself.St. Francis passed through here on his way to Assisi and founded the monastery. There is a little cell where he slept and prayed and on seeing this you will appreciate what a simple uncomplicated life he led. There is a book in the library which gives the history of the monastery. There are services there on Sunday mornings and even if you are not Catholic you feel welcome in this holy place.


Cortona is a wonderful magical little place, narrow winding streets,full of restaurants,Trattoria and shops and a hugely impressive Etruscan museum which is definitely worth a visit.

There are usually open air concerts during the summer in the Piazza Signorelli (named after a famous renaissance painter who was born in Cortona) - everything from a jazz/blues band to the Carabinieri band doing their thing to operatic festivals.

The Commune di Cortona put on music/art/wine tasting/vineyard visiting festivals each year - most of these are free - details available from the Tourist office situated just inside the MAEC museum entrance in Piazza Signorelli. Cortona Antiques fair every September. Giostra del Saracino also in nearby Arezzo every September.

In fact almost every village and town in the area have their own Festa during the months of June/July/August and September.Full details of all these Festas are available from the Tourist.

Lake Trasimeno:

Located south of Cortona in the Province of Umbria this is the 4th biggest lake in Italy and was the scene of a famous battle between the Carthiginian army of Hannibal and the Roman Legions in and around 200 BC. Hannibal defeated a much larger Roman army on the shores of this lake during his famous campaign with the elephants. Plenty of books about this in the library!

On the shores of the lake there is a little town, Castiglion del Lago. Wonderful little restaurants specialising in Umbrian food and wine and with a particular emphasis on fish dishes.

All the famous Tuscan towns such as Florence, Cortona, Siena,Pisa, San Gimignano, Montepulciano are within easy reach of the house.

Shopping: There is an excellent Coop supermarket in Camucia, the new town just below Cortona - open all day.. You will be able to do all your grocery shopping here. In addition to a vast selection of groceries and vegetables there is a fabulous meat counter, deli counter and fresh fish counter. They stock a very good selection of wine, beers and bottles of Prosecco for the wine cooler start at about €3.00.

There is also an off licence known locally as the Yellow House or Casa Gialla - yes it is painted yellow! This is just outside Camucia as you drive towards Terontola, on the left side of the road past the last roundabout. They sell a very good selection of top class wines and if you don't feel ilke spending a lot of money you can buy good locally produced box wine there.

Cortona Shopping:

Molesini's in Piazza Republica - The main Piazza in Cortona - If you don't feel ilke a big shop Molesini have a good selection of cheeses, meats, salamis and general groceries etc. They will make up a panini for you on the spot with whatever you want in it. Across the road the Molesini family also own an off licence with a very good selection of wines.

Pasta Fresca - Cortona - just 100 metres on the right inside Porta Colonnia - this lady makes home made pasta to die for - home made lasagne and all kinds of Italian sauces. This year she is also opening a Rosticceria in the same shop so if you want a succulent roast chicken this is the place to go. Phone numbers are in the guide in the house.

Local Shopping: There is a little shop in Portole just 3km away from the house beside Albergo Ristorante Portole where you can get the essentials if you run out.This is run in Summer months by the Hotel owners mother who comes up from Florence every year to get the air. Have a Capuchino and a panino at the tables outside with a magnificent view looking towards Lake Trasimeno.


Camucia market is held every Thursday from 8.00am to 1.00pm. Usual Italian fare everything from a needle to a rotovator!

Get a porchetta panini made up for yourself at one of the many stalls. Porchetta is a Tuscan delight - a whole pig is spit roasted , stuffed with lots of herbs. Mouth watering!

Restaurants: Cortona is full of delightful restaurants - there is a full guide to most of them in the house. Children are welcome at all restaurants.Best to book most in advance during July and August so as not to be disappointed.

Albergo Ristorante Portole just 3 km from the house also have an outside terrace for dining in Summer months

We have lots of other bits and pieces of information on the house, the area which we have put together over the past 10 years which we will gladly share with you.

More Details

Property Manager
Villa Gioia
Member since: 2007
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This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018


Cortona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom one just off the master bedroom, with bath,shower, hand basin, toilet and bidet. Bathroom two is ensuite to the downstairs bedroom with wash hand basin, toilet and shower. Bathroom three is just off the library and serves general purpose and bedroom three and contains wash hand basin, toilet and shower. All bathrooms are modern and fully tiled.Water pressure on all showers is excellent.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is located in the mezzanine to cater for overflows.
  • Master bedroom has a large double bed in cherry wood, two bedside cabinets with lamps and one big wardrobe. Bedroom has original beamed ceiling and floor of traditional cotto. Exquisite rug by bed. Windows looking out towards the pool and the Tuscan/Umbrian hills.Bathroom , shower and bidet beside this bedroom.Electic fan. Bedroom two downstairs has two single beds and a double, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and private entrance leading out to the garden and the wisteria covered pergola.There is an en suite bathroom with shower. Bedroom three is above the library, one double bed with bedside cabinets, exquisite rug,wardrobe and private terrace overlooking Val Tiberina where you can have your morning cappuccino and admire the stunning views. 4th bedroom is an overflow one and is in the gallery over the dining room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 3 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Kitchen:Fully fitted kitchen with marble topped work surfaces - island work station with butchers block. Big selection of pots, pans, crockery for your gourmet meals. Full range of cutlery,crockery - everything you will need during your stay. Prepare your food inside and take it out to eat - choice of 3 pergolas to choose from -or use the bbq to cook outside. A local woman, with an extensive range of culinary skills is available to come to the house and cook for you and your party. This is an extra cost,not expensive, but well worth the experience. Previous guests to the house have commented that she prepared an amazing 4 course traditional Tuscan meal - everthing cooked from fresh produce grown on her farm -right before your eyes and if you want to get involved in the cooking she will be happy to show you how it is done. Have your own private dinner party served to you on the pergola overlooking the terraces and the pool.


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Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet
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A fabulous place in a fabulous part of Italy..

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure this summer of staying for two weeks in Villa Gioia located in the hills above Cortona in Tuscany. It was our first visit to this part of the world and certainly won’t be the last as we have much more to see.

The house is perfect and provided a home from home which we all enjoyed : Lovely views from the various terraces which enabled us to take in the wonderful scenery over a glass of red, the gardens are a delight, full of butterflies with rosemary, sage, fennel, thyme and lavender giving off an intoxicating smell, a wonderful swimming pool which provided a welcome respite from the summer sun and the house itself is so well equipped, full of information and very comfortable so we wanted for nothing. The pictures on the website look great but the real thing is even better ! Luca is close on hand to provide good advice and insights on the area including where to park and the best local trattorias..

We were able to visit some of the places on our list, Perugia and Assisi in Umbria, Montepulciano, Sienna, San Griminagno among the villages in the Tuscan hills we visited but for much of the time we enjoyed taking in the wonderful scenery in the area as well as the fantastic food ( porchetta paninis are something else ..). Our Tuscan experience was something we won’t ever forget.

We would certainly recommend Villa Gioia to anyone who is looking for a luxurious place to stay whilst discovering this wonderful area and we hope to return to discover and experience more some day

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick - so glad you and your family really enjoyed your holiday.It is often the case that guests who stay at the house are reluctant to leave it to do the sightseeing tours because it is so relaxing there. When we bought and renovated the house many years ago the first number of guests who stayed there referred to it as a healing house probably a reference to a place where one can relax after a hectically busy business year or after some emotional upset - who knows? We are very much in tune with the surroundings and are compulsive gardeners. We keep threatening to relax by the pool someday ourselves!
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Marlborough, UK

Delightful villa in thr Tuscan hills.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 weeks as a treat for our twins finishing university. The villa itself was a delight, in a beautiful setting. The villa is very well equipped.We loved sitting out in the evenings, watching the fire flies and listening out for the wild boar below. We ate out both at the Hotel in Portole as well as nearby pizzeria which we preferred as they do a lot more than pizza's. Highlights for us included Sienna, Montepulciano, Cortona and a trip to Leuter winery. The drive up/down to Campucia gets very tedious so the key is to call in to the supermarket on the way back from a day out.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Hilltop Villa

  • 4 of 5

Classically constructed with huge ceiling beams and thick stucco walls, the villa is multi-level. It is fully stocked and equipped, from a great kitchen with country-kitchen dining table (the heart of the villa), to hundreds of DVDs, books and many games. The pool is very nice and the exterior is beautifully landscaped and maintained. The views of the valleys below are tremendous with a number of outdoor seating areas to enjoy. The villa is private and quiet, laying 16 kilometers outside of Cortona along a scenic ridge-top road, about a 20 minute drive along the many switchbacks. The nearest grocery stores with convenient parking are in Camucia, about 30 minutes away.

There is a washing machine with outside clothes lines for use. Three of the bedrooms are up or down a flight of stairs, a drawback for those for whom steps pose some difficulties. Only one bedroom has a bathroom adjacent to it. And for extended stays, there is little available storage space for unpacking clothes, etc. The owner is gracious and helpful, responding to any needs very quickly.

With those minor considerations, our stay was wonderful and the Cortona-Camucia area is terrific as a vacation area and hub from which to travel (often by train) to different areas. We went as far as Rome and Venice from there as day trips.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty villa with great pool and facilities

  • 5 of 5

Villa Goia is a wonderful setting, a dramatic view of the Tuscan hills and very close to beautiful, busy Cortona. Arrangements were excellent and the house is very well organised with everything you could want. We had a lovely, relaxing holiday with our family and would love to return there. Sarah

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah - delighted to have you and your family back in the future.
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Wonderful villa in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned regretfully from a wonderful week at this villa.

The setting on the top of a wooded valley is beautiful, and the garden is full of lavender, rosemary and jasmine with wonderful scents and the only sounds are the buzzing of the bees.

There are so many places to sit and enjoy the variety of amazing views, that we had difficulty choosing which one to enjoy.

The pool is a refreshing temperature and children and adults all loved it.

The house itself is very comfortable and well equipped. Our teenager made full use of the DVD collection, whilst the adults enjoyed taking advantage of the kitchen facilities and wine fridge.

Our local contact was extremely helpful and even booked us a meal at a local restaurant which was superb. He also organised for us to have a traditional Tuscan meal cooked for us at the villa which was delicious.

We were able to drive to some very interesting towns and Lake Trasimeno, and although we avoided going to Siena or Florence, they were also within easy reach. The road to Cortona had the most lovely views across the hills with Lake Trasimeno in the distance.

It is a perfect base from which to enjoy the culture, history, food and wine of Tuscany.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Charlotte! Tuscan authorities are generally very fastidious about maintaining the integrity and beauty of their surroundings and that is why this area has not changed in hundreds of years. In a very fast moving world it is comforting to know that places like this still exist but at the same time be within easy reach of urban areas. We have placed a huge emphasis on landscaping around the house and in particular with rosemary and lavender so really glad you enjoyed that!
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Wonderful views, beautiful gardens, characterful and homely villa.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in this beautiful property. It is in a very quiet location, high up in the hills above Cortona. The gardens are sublime, with massed planting of lavender, rosemary, sage and jasmine scenting the air. The views are even better than the photos suggest. There are several terraces with comfortable seating, so you can always find a quiet spot for a meal or to read a book. The pool was excellent, with a generous terrace, comfortable sun loungers, umbrellas and fabulous views. It was clean and well maintained, and the water was never too cold to enjoy a swim. The villa itself is full of character, and feels like a well loved family home. It is not smart, but is comfortable and well equipped.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful reflections of your stay there Ian and Sally. We are so glad you enjoyed the house, gardens and pool. Because the house is in a national park area no one is allowed to build any new houses so what is there has been there for hundreds of years and if the Commune of Cortona have their way that's how it will be in hundreds of years from now. We use the house a lot ourselves and leave it feeling like a house and not a rental so that people can relax and feel at home there. Because of the location of the house it gets on average 14 hours of sun each day and the pool is perfectly positioned to take advantage of that. I can still imagine seeing legions of Roman soldiers trudging along the old Roman roads in the area but that is probably helped by having an extra glass of Sangiovese!
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A1 exit Valdichiana
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Albergo Ristorante Portole
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Car: necessary

Exquisite villa with an exclusively private pool overlooking lush green rolling Tuscan hills within a short distance of magical Cortona, the jewel of Tuscany with its narrow winding streets and Piazza's full of life and activity. Home of Under the Tuscan Sun book and film.Enjoy traditional Italian markets as in Cortona and Camucia. Enjoy the magnificent pool and gardens while sipping a glass of chilled Prosecco under the pool pergola. Relax by the pool and listen to your favourite Italian arias.

With easy access to Florence, Siena,Pisa, San Gimignano, the Chianti region, Montepulciano and a host of other historic Tuscan towns and cities this house is perfect for exploring the region.

Have our neighbour cook a fabulous dinner party for your group at the house - watch her weave her magic in the kitchen with fresh produce from their farm.

Get up at 6.00 am to watch the sun rise and see what inspired the renaissance painters - the colours are breathtaking.

Other Activities: Cortona


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $561.48
Final Cleaning $140.37

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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