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Charming small villa near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, WiFi - LA COLONICA

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome

About the property

2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Sleeps 4/5. Views over olive grove.

La Colonica is a completely private house in the large grounds of an old and very beautiful ex-farmhouse in the Cortona area. It is the perfect base to visit Florence, Siena, Chianti, and the hill and wine towns of Tuscany and nearby Umbria like Assisi and Perugia; itineraries provided. A/C in all rooms. It is comfortable and welcoming. Ideal for up to 4 adults or a family of 5. Lovely Garden setting in really beautiful gardens. 2 large very comfortable bedrooms with en-suite private marble bathrooms and A/C. One bedroom is a double with four-poster bed. The other bedroom can either be a double or a twin. Large living room; open wood-burning fireplace. Dining room; Kitchen. Panoramic dining patio. The house is totally self-contained and private; not overlooked. Beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. Very well furnished and fully equipped. Dishwasher and washer. Wi-Fi; SAT TV; DVD; CD. Parking in grounds. Swimming pools and thermal spas nearby. Maid service possible. Excellent good value local restaurants. Short walk to nearby pretty village. • FREE GPS, laptop, and Italian cellphone. • Welcome amenities on arrival include our own organic olive oil, fruit and flowers from the property and local wine. • Rental rates are all-inclusive: utilities, A/C, Wi-Fi, linen, baby crib/cot, final cleaning, taxes. A CAR IS ESSENTIAL!

The house is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria or for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and elegant surroundings. See Cortona, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, the Chianti region and Rome. Explore the unique towns of Pienza and San Gimignano, or Lake Trasimeno. Visit Montepulciano, Montalcino (Brunello wine) and the Chianti region and enjoy their famous wines. Visit the monasteries of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Sant'Antimo (where the English Patient was filmed). Or simply relax and enjoy your private garden!

There is a friendly and well-behaved dog on the property (see the reviews!).

Discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more or for occupancy by 2 persons depending on the season.

• FREE baby crib/cot, child bed and high chair: no charge. Experienced baby-sitter available.

• Swimming Pools - Thermal Spas: There are numerous very nice reasonably priced swimming pools in the area, all within a short drive. All towns have one. The nicest are Camucia (near Cortona), Trequanda (magnificent setting), and Castiglion Fiorentino. Foiano is rarely crowded. Badicorte is very popular with children as it has numerous slides etc. Three famous thermal spas are nearby: Rapolano Terme has two spas, and there is a wonderful outdoor thermal pool with stunning view at Bagno Vignoni (40 minutes drive through some of the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany).

• Local events and open-air markets: Local Open-Air Markets (mornings): Monday: Foiano; Tuesday: Sinalunga; Wednesday: Monte San Savino, Castiglione del Lago; Thursday: Camucia, near Cortona (the largest and the best!), Lucignano; Friday: Castiglion Fiorentino; Saturday: Cortona, Arezzo.

• The famous horse-race in Siena, the Palio, is held on 2 July and 16 August. Each village and town has local feasts: please ask us for details. The biggest are in Cortona end July/early August. Lucignano has a May festival in the last two weeks of May. Each town/village often has open-air concerts and other musical events. Cortona has open-air operas and concerts, and there is a music festival in Monte San Savino. Cortona has several historic processions. Jousting competitions on horseback in Arezzo, Castiglion Fiorentino and Montalcino!

• The huge open-air antiques fair in Arezzo takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Cortona, Arezzo and Monte San Savino have numerous antique shops.

Places to see: All are within one hour's drive. We can provide detailed itineraries and advice where to eat etc.

• FLORENCE. Leave your car at the small local train station and take the train to Florence, leaving and returning every hour; 1 hour’s journey. Avoid the traffic problems in Florence!

• SIENA is about 40 minutes away by car, driving through magical country side. Easy parking. Siena has the famous horse-race, Il Palio, and is perfectly preserved. From Siena visit SAN GIMIGNANO and the CHIANTI region.

• CORTONA AND LAKE TRASIMENO. Cortona is a jewel!

• LUCIGNANO: Best kept secret in Tuscany! Spectacular medieval village.

• MONTE SAN SAVINO: small market town with Loggiato in the main street and marvellous garden and amphitheatre. Nearby is the Castle of Gargonza.


• Wonderful walks (we provide maps etc).

• If you are tired of sight-seeing, or simply want to relax ... your garden awaits!

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2017

About Owner

I decided to restructure this small villa and the beautiful old farmhouse which shares the grounds. The whole enterprise was a major restructuring job. In addition, fields had to be converted into gardens so so we now have 2-3 acres of olive grove and gardens. I enjoy meeting my guests from all over the world and making sure that they are well-looked after. I am very lucky in having good helpers, particularly the housekeepers and the gardener. Each year I plan a new project for the garden. Of these, the nicest so far are a secret garden, a formal Italian garden and a rose garden. The most recent project is a surprise xeric garden (local low-maintenance plants ideal for this climate) in the olive grove, and is centered on a sculpture I designed which was executed by a local craftsman. Just that small project took 9 months! I love to get guests' suggestions for new projects.

Owner purchased this villa in 2005

Why Owner chose Cortona area

This area, the Val di Chiana is strategically located to see some of the finest parts of Tuscany. There are stunningly beautiful towns like nearby Cortona, and the wine-producing hill-towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The countryside is magnificent in every season. Florence is only 1 hour away, Siena 45 minutes, and Rome a little more than 2 hours. This area is still unspoilt. There are excellent reasonably priced local restaurants and lots to do. We provide details and touring itineraries.

What makes this villa unique

Most guests say that the gardens and olive grove are the best features of La Colonica. Others like the dining patio and its views. All like the comfort of the house which is air-conditioned and cool in summer and cozy with an open wood fire in winter. There is much to see and do in the area: we provide itineraries. Or else, just stay at home, enjoy the sun, explore the property and its various gardens. Eat out on the patio, using our home-grown organic olive oil. Have a barbecue! Enjoy the local food and wine: buy home-made fresh pasta, or try out the wonderful local pastry-shop. Discover your favorite gelato (ice-cream). Visit the designer discount outlet malls nearby. Go to one of the many local festivals and meet the local people!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first visit to Tuscany. Beautiful location. Your suggestions of side trips were wonderful. We enjoyed many of the local wines and the olive oil from your property was enjoyable. We were referred to come here by relatives and will continue this tradition of telling other Canadians about this little place of beauty.

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.
Apr 2010
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Charming small villa near Cortona, garden, olive grove, A/C, WiFi - LA COLONICA
average rating of 5.0 based on 100 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is a truly wonderful place to stay but its biggest selling point is its location. We went to Florence by train in one hour, and to Siena, Assisi, Perugia, and every single wine-producing hilltown you can think of by car - all less than one hour away.

The cottage is brilliantly decorated, really spacious and has proper air-conditioning in every room. Two really good sized bedrooms and immaculately clean bathrooms. Beautiful living areas (really well-designed and decorated) but we more or less lived on the patio from breakfast on. Everything is well-cared for and you can see it. There is huge attention to detail. Very nice unobtrusive owners and staff including the cleaner who is a darling. We wanted self-catering but we ended up eating out a lot and found some great ristoranti - the owners provide a guide and do the bookings if you want. Best thing of all - once you get inside the gates of the property, its like you're in another world. We have been to Italy seven times now and this is definitely our favorite. Last but not least - the cost is very reasonable as everything is included. We are going back!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pennsylvania, USA

Most Wonderful Place Ever

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to spend a wonderful vacation in a perfect place to tour Tuscany, then LaColonica in Marciana Della Chiana is where you want to be. From the moment we booked our stay to the day we departed, we couldn't have had a better experience. Cesare and David are the most incredible hosts and, indeed, the most incredible people. They go out of their way to be helpful and to provide every comfort and convenience one might need, and they do it with such good nature, kindness and generosity of spirit. Speaking of generosity, how nice it was to find two bottles of local wine and fresh flowers on the dining table when we arrived. The property, itself, is a bucolic delight -- a restored farmhouse where the owner lives and a lovely cottage for guests on beautifully maintained grounds with olive groves, flowers, fruit trees . . . We were two couples staying there -- my husband and me and my brother and sister-in-law -- and the cottage is laid out perfectly for each couple's privacy. The common living area in the center is flanked on each side by a very nicely-sized bedroom with ensuite. The kitchen is small, but fully equipped; and the dining room overlooks the olive groves. The covered back patio is a wonderful place to have breakfast; and anyplace on the property is perfect for an afternoon glass of wine. Anna, the housekeeper, keeps the cottage impeccably neat and clean and readily supplied with linens, and she is always anxious to be of help. I could go on and on; but you should just stay there and happily find out for yourself how perfect it is.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house with beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are finishing up our 2 week stay at La Colonica and could not be more pleased! You can walk into the small village of Marciana Della Chiana to eat, but the setting behind a gate feels as if it is in the middle of the country. There are many places to sit and relax outside and it is beautiful with the olive grove and hills in the distance. The house is well furnished, clean and comfortable; we had another couple stay with us and you each have your own bedroom and bath. When we arrived there were fresh cut flowers and a bottle of red wine and one of white wine left for us. David acquainted us with the house and gave us notes for many different trips, walks and restaurants in the area. The location was great to visit Tuscany and Umbria. All in all, this has been a wonderful vacation and we will hope to return to La Colonica!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property in fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect for day trips throughout Tuscany and Umbria and David is very helpful in providing details including restaurants. From the fresh cut flowers upon arrival to the olive oil produced on the property every thing is done right. Many Americans find Italian bathrooms lacking; not at this property. We have stayed many places in Italy over the years and this was one of the most enjoyable. Even Rocco, the dog, was a delight. I have recommended La Colonica to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beat All Expectations

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is lovely and very comfortable with two large bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. It has a beautiful front and backyard. It even has a washing machine. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, dishes and glasses. My favorite room was the dining room that looks out over the backyard.

The owner was extremely helpful in suggesting restaurants and making reservations for us since no one spoke Italian. The recommendations were fantastic; great food, excellent wine at a very reasonable price, and interesting villages. He also recommended several cooking schools and the one we chose was fantastic. We recommend this, giving it a 10 out of 10!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

An extraordinary property if you are looking for an authentic, comfortable Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at La Colonica. The peaceful setting is beautiful, with comfortable outdoor seating overlooking olive trees and manicured yard. The cottage is incredibly well-equipped and tastefully decorated. Excellent recommendations for restaurants, tours, and things to do were provided by Cesare and staff. This is a perfect home-base for Tuscan day trips. We would definitely stay here on our next trip. It has our highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Castiglion Fiorentino Camucia-Cortona
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

La Colonica is located in a pretty village in the heart of the Val di Chiana countryside near Cortona. The house is surrounded by large (2.5 acres) gardens and olive grove with views of the surrounding hills. Short walk to the center of the nearby medieval village. Excellent local, reasonably priced restaurants. Because of its strategic location, it is the perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria and for a relaxing holiday in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. Ideal location to visit Cortona (made famous by the film and book Under the Tuscan Sun), Siena (26 miles), Florence (50 miles), Perugia (40 miles), Assisi (50 miles) and Arezzo (12 miles). Rome (112 miles) is reachable by car or train. Nearby are the medieval hill towns of Southern Tuscany and Umbria, including Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the beautiful countryside of the Val d’Orcia. Lake Trasimeno and the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore are nearby. Discover the beautiful Chianti wine region and the towered city of San Gimignano. Tour a winery in an ancient castle or monastery, or take an Italian cooking class in Cortona.

Florence: about 1 hour by train.


Rates & Availability

Cortona Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest
JUNE 10-JULY 1 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 11 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest
OCTOBER 14-28, 2017
Oct 14 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mar 3 2018 - May 4 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 5 2018 - Jul 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 7 2018 - Aug 17 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 18 2018 - Sep 28 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 29 2018 - Nov 9 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

All-inclusive rates include: utilities, central heating or A/C (normal consumption), logs for open fireplace, A/C, Wi-Fi Internet, linen, Baby Crib, Child bed, High Chair.
Final cleaning: included in rental price,


Free Communications package: GPS, Italian cellphone, laptop.

Housekeeping: Our totally trustworthy housekeeper can clean the house, wash and iron. It can be weekly, daily or as required. Please ask us for cost.

Experienced babysitter: costs extra.

• Stay in Florence: Combine a stay in Tuscany with a stay in one of our beautiful apartments in the historic centre of Florence: Property 156288 on Homeaway or 156288ha on VRBO (sleeps 2/4) OR our 2-bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment with stunning views of all of Florence: Property 343064 on Homeaway or 343064ha on VRBO (sleeps 4/5). The perfect Italian vacation!

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Cortona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , En-suite bathroom for Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , En suite bathroom for Bedroom 2
    Half Bathroom - toilet , Handbasin and toilet - off living room
  • Marble bathrooms. Spacious and well equipped. Hairdryer, robes and slippers in each bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Four poster Double bed: 65 inches/165 cm wide
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 Large Double (69 inches/175 cm) or 2 Twin Beds
    Sofa Bed in Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed in living room
    Baby Crib - 1 baby crib , Baby Crib/Cot
    Child bed - 1 child bed , please ask us for details of size etc
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are spacious and bright. They are exactly the same size. Both have large en suite bathrooms (shower/WC etc). Bedroom 1 has a four-poster double-bed (65 in/165 cm - midway between US King and Queen size) and stunning hill views. Bedroom 2 can either be a large double bed (69 in/175 cm - nearly US King size) or a twin (two single beds); it has lovely garden views. New Orthopaedic mattresses. Both bedrooms are completely private, very quiet and not overlooked. Terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, marble bathrooms. Very well-furnished: large wardrobe, dresser, 2 bedside tables and lamps; central light; chairs. Outside shutters and mosquito screens on all windows. Double sofa bed in living room is large and easy to use. Baby Crib/cot available. The sleeping arrangements are perfect for a group of 4 or a family of up to 5 (plus baby in crib/cot). Both bedrooms are air-conditioned (like the rest of the house).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
• Recently refurbished. Mint condition. Really well-furnished. Fully equipped including 2 full dinner services, glasses, tablecloths, cutlery, bedlinen, towels, clothes-line, washing-machine, ironing board and iron etc. Extra charge for maid/housekeeper service (optional: daily or as required, who will clean, wash, iron) and for baby-sitter. Large really beautiful gardens and olive grove. Private Herb garden. • Air-conditioned throughout. • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet connection. • FREE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE: GPS, Italian cell phone, laptop computer, unlimited Wi-Fi internet: totally free of charge. • FREE baby crib/cot and high chair • Fax/safe in farmhouse; phone through switchboard. • Bed-linen changed weekly; towels changed every 3 days. • 2 TVs: in living room and in Bedroom 1. • Staff on premises. • Two very well-behaved friendly dogs on the property (see the reviews!). • SWIMMING POOLS (5 mins) - THERMAL SPAS nearby

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