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Villa Caterina is a gem in the tiny village of San Martino in the Tuscan hills outside Cortona. The home is beautiful and quite comfortable, with all the amenities. Raffaello, the owner, is a very kind and considerate man, eager to make us comfortable and at home. We had a few hot days and enjoyed the pool from which you can see Cortona. A large supermarket a few minutes away made it easy for us to cook meals from local produce, which was delicious.
We four friends were very satisfied with not only the home, but the communication from Stephanie and Raffaello.......they want to be sure you are happy and go out of their was to make it happen!
Grazie Steph & Raff!
Susan & Marty
Carole & Jerry
This villa is beyond perfection and showcases all there is to love about Tuscany--the people, the countryside, and the lifestyle...
Giovanna greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the house and property. She lives there with her dogs and, sometimes, her parents. Her warmth was the cherry on top of our stay and her loyal cohort of dogs will endear themselves to guests instantly. There is a long history of "agritourismo" in Italy of families renting part of their farm to travelers and Giovanna's commitment to this tradition and to hospitality truly made our experience. Giovanna took the time to give us her personal recommendations for the area (Val d'Orcia is a MUST) and she even made us a poolside pitcher of fresh lemonade (with gin) from lemons grown on her farm. Even though Giovanna, and sometimes friends or family, is there and available for help, she respected our privacy at all times and gave us plenty of space to relax.
The Villa is absolutely gorgeous and well-kept with stunning local plants, flowers, and trees. The property and, specifically the pool, has spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside leading up to the town of Cortona. The farm was easy to find using google maps and there were shops, restaurants, and a grocery store located a short drive away. After the bustle of visiting Rome and Florence, this villa was the perfect retreat and the highlight of our stay in Italy. The outdoor kitchen and farm table made for the perfect setting for one of the best meals of our trip (home cooking is something travelers will surely miss) and Giovanna let us use fresh herbs from her garden for our family dinner. The upper-level of the villa is the guest area with a private entrance. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The main room has a huge fireplace that would be great in the cold months. The kitchen has everything we needed (including a drip coffee-maker, which we missed as Americans).
My family (7 adults) can't recommend this villa enough and are truly thankful to Giovanna for hosting us. We all feel that our stay at her villa was something truly Italian that we could not have experienced anywhere else in the world. Thank you Giovanna, we hope to return!