Le Dodici Querce (The 12 Oaks) is a private, family-owned villa situated within a private park -- on a hilltop 3 km above the medieval walled city of Cortona. The movie 'Under the Tuscan Sun' (based on a book by the famous travel writer Frances Mayes) was filmed in Cortona. Frances Mayes' restored house 'Bramasole' is located 1 km from Le Dodici Querce.
The Tuscan city of Cortona is 2,130 feet above the Val di Chiana Valley. Le Dodici Querce is easily accessible by car from Cortona. And for those physically able, Cortona is accessible by foot or bicycle.
Cortona is 2 hours from Rome and 1 hour from Florence.
The villa sleeps 5 persons in three bedrooms -- with one king-size bed, one double bed, and one single bed. There are two spacious bathrooms -- one with a bath and shower and one with a shower. All rooms have beautiful views of the gardens or mountains.
The villa is equipped with a modern kitchen including an oven/stove and dishwasher. While retaining the style of a typical Tuscan kitchen, the kitchen is furnished with everything necessary for cooking. A large dining room/living room is located off the kitchen. The living room has a beautiful Tuscan fireplace, a TV, antique furniture, and a beautiful view of the mountains and Lake Trasimeno. All rooms are tastefully furnished with Tuscan antiques purchased from local antique markets. There is also a small private chapel on the grounds that is ideal for wedding pictures. Both the kitchen and living room have double doors opening onto a large terrace -- where you can drink your morning espresso or sip your evening wine. In the morning you'll hear only the sound of the birds that populate the park.
In the afternoon you can feel the Tuscan sun while watching the butterflies as they fly from flower to flower. Evenings are best spent on the terrace with a glass of wine -- listening to the owls, while watching the sun set over the mountains and ancient Lake Trasimeno.
This private park is situated on three acres, surrounded by ancient oak trees. Your only company will be the birds and the butterflies. As you stroll through the park you'll smell the fragrance of the various flowers and herbs that grow in the gardens. Pick fresh rosemary or a bay leaf to use for your dinner preparation. Your stay at Le Dodici Querce will take you back in time; but it will also allow you to enjoy all the comforts of home.
If you want to devote yourself to a cultural experience, you can choose among Castiglione del Lago (8 km), Arezzo (30 km), Siena (80 km), Pienza (40 km), Florence (102 km), Perugia (54 km), Assisi (65 km), Montalcino (59 km), Montepulciano (40 km), Rome (190 km), and many other cities rich in history and culture.
Cortona in Tuscany. There are many museums and Etruscan ruins in the area. The apartments are close to wonderful restaurants, shopping, scenic views, and the train station. For those who enjoy water sports, Lake Trasimeno is only 15 minutes away by car or train. In the summer, you can watch the re-enactment of the famous battle by Hanibal. There are many open air concerts in the summer. For those who enjoy walking, there are many areas with inclines where one can exercise while looking at some of the most breathtaking views anywhere in the world. You can also walk an old Roman road and Cortona's beautiful Parterre.
Tennis and golf can be enjoyed several months of the year. Cycling and horseback riding are also possible in the local area. You decide to participate in wine and olive oil tasting. The Chianti wine region is outside your back door. Tour guides are available for hire. Language classes and cooking classes are available on a regular basis and are within walking distance from the apartments.
This area is the perfect location for day trips to Arezzo, Florence, Rome, Castelgione del Lago, Castelione Fiorentino, Citta de Castello, Assisi, Bologna, Parma, Pisa, Montepulciano, Perugia, Arezzo, Siena, Spoleto, Deruta, and Chiusi. There are also many other small towns hill towns to visit nearby. Rome is 2 hours by train and Venice is 4 hours. Milan can be reached in about 2 hours on the express train. The famous 'Tuscan Film Festival' is held yearly in Florence, and the 'Festival of the Worlds' is held yearly in Spoleto. You may also want to stay close to home and visit local places in Camucia or Cortona. If you are interested in Etruscan ruins then you are in the right area with the famous Etruscan museum in Cortona and several famous ruins in Cortona, Camucia, and Chiusi.
Distances: Florence 100 km, Rome 190 km, Chianciano Terme 40 km, Lake Trasimeno 16 km, Perugia 45 km, Assisi 60 km, Pienza 30 km, Montalcino 40 km, Arezzo 25 km, Siena 60 km, Montepulciano 20 km, Gubbio 70 km, Todi 70 km, Orvieto 70 km, S. Quirico D'Orcia 40 km, S. Gimignano 85 km.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites good for day trips:
Rome: The Vatican, Rome Historic Center
Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa & Villa D'Este
Cerveteri & Tarquinia
Umbria: Assisi and St. Francis' Basilica
Tuscany: Val d'Orcia, Pienza historic center, Siena historic center, San Gimignano, Pisa and Piazza del Duomo, Florence historic center.
Marche: Urbino historic center.
On site Amenities (included or available from Vacation Rental Owner):
Special: panoramic view of Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno, spectacular sunset over mountains, lovely gardens, situated in private park, furnished with Tuscan antiques. Fireplace, barbecue, terrace with patio furniture and view of mountains and Cortona, lawn chairs for sunbathing, private chapel on grounds that is great for wedding photos, modern kitchen with everything needed for cooking, all linens included, gated grounds with lots of parking, beautiful gardens that are great for wedding or special occasion photos, photographer can be arranged. Taxi, bus, and train service nearby. Hospital and pharmacy nearby. Internet, Fed-Ex, and fax services nearby. Live theater, museums, Etruscan ruins, churches and monasteries, and restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining in Cortona. Many other small towns located within 20-30 minutes of the property. Very close to Florence and major railway lines. Easy access to Rome and Fiumicino Airport.
Cortona in Tuscany. There are many museums and Etruscan ruins in the area. The apartments are close to wonderful restaurants, shopping, scenic views, and the train station. For those who enjoy water sports, Lake Trasimeno is only 15 minutes away by car or train. In the summer, you can watch the re-enactment of the famous battle by Hanibal. There are many open air concerts in the summer. For those who enjoy walking, there are many areas with inclines where one can exercise while looking at some of the most breathtaking views anywhere in the world. You can also walk an old Roman road and Cortona's beautiful Parterre. Tennis and golf can be enjoyed several months of the year. Cycling and horseback riding are also possible in the local area. You decide to participate in wine and olive oil tasting. The Chianti wine region is outside your back door. Tour guides are available for hire.
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Apr 1 2014 - Apr 30 2014
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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