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Your Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 nights


Cortona Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This charming apartment, made of stones, consists of bedroom with queen size bed and a big wardrobe/closet, living room with a convertible sofa-bed and a breath taking view of the Val di Chiana Valley, full kitchen with dish washer, breakfast table and the same beautiful view as the living room. The bathroom has shower, bidet, sink and toilet. Also includes a washing machine for clothes, Free WiFi, Air conditioning and ceiling fans.

The house has been completely renovated in May 2009, taking care of any little particular and mixing the old Tuscan style with a modern touch.

NEW!!! Under The Tuscan Kitchen: Tuscan home cooking classes available now!

Free WiFi!

Air Conditioning

We also have 4 more apartments right next door, if you see that this one won't be available on the calendar. So, feel free to contact us and ask us about availability and price!

LAST MINUTE SPECIAL RATES: from time of inquiry till a month later (if not already rented out). Email us to get a special price!

Built on a hill, this stone town house is right outside the old city walls (dating from the 2nd century B.C.) of Historical Centre of Cortona, an old city founded by The Etruscans, the ancient civilization that built Rome. Cortona is conveniently located in a 1,15 hrs drive from Florence, 2 hrs from Rome and Pisa International Airports, 30 mins from Perugia (in Umbria) and Arezzo, 45 mins from Siena, 35 mins from Montepulciano, 1hr from Assisi (Umbria) e Montalcino (where the famous 'Brunello' wine comes from)...all the best sights of the famous Tuscan countryside, with yellow sunflower fields in the summer and multi colored trees in the spring!

Cortona is famous as the inspiration and setting for the book Under the Tuscan Sun, (that later became a movie) written by USA writer-novelist Francis Mayes. It also homes a branch of the Georgia University - USA, for artistic matters, since 1970.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Mirko Tessandori
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian, Mon papa peut parler français
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Mirko Tessandori

I'm a musician traveling the world, living between the US and Italy and I manage my family properties from wherever I am. I cherish the friendship we get to establish with our guests, that then become our friends and come back to stay with us! :-)

Mirko Tessandori purchased this townhome in 1948

Why Mirko Tessandori chose Cortona area

This is my family house and we owned it since ever as far as we know. My mother, grandparents and great grandparents lived here.

What makes this townhome unique

A breath-taking view of the Valdichiana Valley, 2 steps away from a nice park and 5 mins walk from the Historical Centre, the 'Rugapiana' promenade with all its shops, the main square with its clock tower and flight of steps over the 'Piazza'! I also enjoy very much walking at the 'Parterre', a long tree-lined unpaved road that takes you to a Tennis court overlooking the whole Valley...priceless!!!


based on 57 traveler reviews

Your Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun
average rating of 4.9649124 based on 57 reviews

“Spectacular views of Tuscan countryside from terrific apartment!”

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 5 nights in this lovely apartment and it was the highlight of our 20 day trip through Italy. The apartment has everything one needs - it is clean, nicely decorated and really charming! We were greeted with a bottle of wine waiting for us in the kitchen after our hostess Vanna so kindly picked us up at the train station in Camucia. The bedroom has a wonderfully comfortable bed and storage closet, the kitchen fully equipped and a comfortable sofa bed to relax on. There is a cute terrace also available with table/2 chairs -accessible a few steps from the apartment door. Vanna offered a cooking class which we took advantage of and it was a wonderful evening of conversation, fun, food and wine! The one thing I can say that meant so much was having a hostess close by for any questions or needs we had --Vanna was just one door down and so helpful. We fully recommend "Under the Tuscan Sun" and we are already planning our return trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Tuscan Rental

  • 5 of 5

This rental was amazing. The location is perfect, just a short walk up the hill to the town of Cortona. Mirko was very helpful and answered all our questions. Vanna picked us up at train station and took us back on the day we left. We also took Vanna's cooking class which was quite a treat. She used simple, easy to remember recipes so we would be able to make at home. Also we were involved in the preparation of the food. This rental was everything it was presented to be. . We will definitely stay here again when we return to Cortona..Vic and Amanda

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great view!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful apartment well located just outside the wall of the town. The view from the living room windows is stunning, even prettier than the picture. The apartment is very well furnished with quality fixtures. Parking was usually available across the street but a couple of times we had to park a block away. The center of town is just a long block away, but it is straight up hill. A highlight of our 2 week stay was the cooking class by Vanna, Mirko's mother. Vanna lives in the apartment next door and was very helpful in anything we needed. Overall a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely appartment. Just as the pictures show

  • 5 of 5

Vanna very helpful, picked me up at station.

Everything you needed there.

Other apartment equally good too.

Lovely atmosphere and good that it's near parking and bus stop.Would definitely recommend.


  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

During our whirlwind trip throughout Italy, we took some time to stay at Under the Tuscan Sun for 4 days. It was amazing and a treat to be away from all the tourists in the large cities. Vanna welcomed us with a hug. We enjoyed exploring Cortona and the beautiful surrounding countryside of Tuscany. Free parking was very close to the apartment. Vanna made us a wonderful Tuscan meal in her private kitchen. It was a pleasure getting to know her and having her answer our every need.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Your Italian Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

Look no further if you’re on the hunt for your own little Italian hill-town fantasy.

LOCATION: While on a fairly well-travelled street, the door is accessed on a side pedestrian path and the windows face the opposite direction over a magnificent view. From the apartment, you’ll need to climb uphill a bit to reach the town center, but it shouldn’t be a problem for any reasonably-fit person.

COMMUNICATION: Mirko responds quickly and kindly on-line. He manages the apartments for his mother, Vanna, who stays on-site.

APARTMENT: Roomy, well-equipped, modern fixtures, good bed, nicely designed. What a pleasure to sit and gaze out down the hillside in this delightful gem of a place.

We did a small amount of cooking here and found it fun to purchase basic groceries in the tiny food stores in town. (Just make sure you don’t visit during their lunch break of 1:30-4:30 PM, when they’re closed. This is Italy, after all!)

TRANSPORTATION: On our first visit to Cortona, we had a rental car. This time we decided to use our feet and public transportation. Vanna may offer to pick you up from the train station in Camucia if she’s free. Otherwise, she will help you reserve taxi rides from one of the local drivers to help get you around as needed.

COOKING CLASS: We booked Vanna’s cooking class, which was a highlight of our time in Cortona. How many opportunities do you get to learn how to cook Italian food at the hand of an Italian grandmother? Vanna used recipes she had memorized from watching her own grandmother cook in this very location so many years ago. Vanna is a little shy about her English skills, but she actually does quite well if you speak slowly and simply and enunciate well.

OVERALL: What fun we had here. Largely we attribute that to the delightful Vanna, who made us feel completely at home during our eight days in Cortona. This is an excellent value, and an opportunity of a life-time.

NOTE: This apartment is just one of five owned by Mirko and Vanna in the building. I would not hesitate to rent any of their units. Just look for “Mirko T” as the contact person.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Florence International Airport - 1h20m
Nearest Ferry
127 Miles
Nearest Train
1.8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
13.6 Miles
A1 Valdichiana
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Trasimeno Lake
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Cortona Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
May 1 2016 - Nov 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Nov 7 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Utilities $70

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Cortona Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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