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Absolutly Droolworthy Views!

Cortona, Arezzo, Italy
  • Apartment699 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom with unbelievable views across the valley

Our Most Popular Apartment! 2017 Certificate Of Excellence Winner!

This beautiful penthouse apartment of approximately 55 m2 (600 has classic Italian beamed ceilings, a wood burning fireplace for cozy winter nights, and unforgettable Tuscan views that everyone dreams of.

The completely renovated and decorated separate living room is filled with cozy furniture to sink into after a long day touring the region. Flat screen TV with DVD and free WIFI.

Enjoy the new romantic kitchen while preparing the local delicacies you picked up that day. The quaint and efficient kitchen is fully stocked with a fridge, dishwasher, stove, oven, coffee maker, eating bar/table and more.

After you simply cannot keep your eyes open any longer, retire to the master bedroom and fall into the new memory foam King sized bed with fluffy down comforters, dreamy pillows and super soft Egyptian cotton sheets. Drift off to sleep gazing at the vaulted ceilings above.

In the second bedroom, you will find similar vaulted ceilings hovering over two single beds with the same high quality memory foam mattresses, soft sheets and cozy comforters.

Your newly renovated bathroom with vaulted beamed ceilings is filled with thick fluffy towels, hair dryer, and consists of a toilet, bath tub/shower and clothes washing machine.

Baby crib/playpen and high chair (not guaranteed availability) please ask when booking

SOFIA is one of three (3) new Designer Apartments in the Historical Center of the Magnificent village of Cortona Tuscany.





Le due Terrazze Amalfi https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p4805821

Marcello https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3950491


60 euro cleaning fee payable in cash on arrival

VISITOR TAX due in cash of 1,50 euro per adult (over 12) / per night (max 4 nights) is mandatory for all of Cortona. This will be collected on arrival.

Our standards are very high and these apartments are truly magnificent!



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english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Samantha

We are a Canadian/British family that fell in love with Italy over a decade ago. After spending one too many winters in Canada, we decided to make the move to Italy full time, and we have never been happier, healthier and content. Italy is special, and Tuscany is unlike anywhere we have ever experienced. Just ask anyone who has had the fortune of visiting. Even if only for a few days, weeks or even extended stay, there is something alluring about this magical place. We fell madly, crazy and passionately in love with Cortona, its beauty, food, wine, community and people. We have learned to live life slowly, enjoy friendships, and savour the mouth-watering food! Retirement is fantastic, but we are still young and like to keep busy. As my dad once said, “The worst part of retirement is that you never have holidays!” How true! So, to keep us occupied, and mostly to meet more wonderful people from all over the world, we bought three apartments in the historical centre of Cortona to rent as tourist rentals. From these apartments (Casa di Amici) we have branched out and offer help to many local Italians that also have beautiful apartments for visitors to enjoy. So between long lunches, wine tastings and exploring all corners of Italy, we are here to help welcome many visitors to Cortona.

Samantha purchased this Apartment in 2014

Why Samantha chose Cortona

We found this gem on a regular visit to Cortona and couldn't believe our luck (and our guests)! With a little elbow grease and a talented designer, we transformed an ancient house into Casa di Amici (a friendly house). This independent house, on Via del Gesu (Jesus Street), is in the historical centre, but in a quiet part of town. We are literally steps from everything! Casa di Amici backs onto the oldest and most famous street in Cortona and just steps away from a magnificent church, where if you listen closely you can hear the nuns singing in the morning. Undeniably, beautiful. We have three (3) independent apartments inside the house. (Sofia, Marcello, Isabella). There are many places to stay in Tuscany and the Cortona area. However, we highly recommend you choose a location within the Historical centre. Although the surrounding Villas although very beautiful, are also quite remote and can be more inconvenient. We love to open the door and be steps to cafes, restaurants, shops and of course nightly passeggiata!

What makes this Apartment unique

VALUE for money 2 bedrooms Amazing View In the Historical Centre Full Kitchen with Dishwasher CHECK OUT OUR NEW PARKING APP FOR ANDROID CALLED "ParkItalia" If you choose to stay at Casa di Amici great! Or, if you just want to ask some questions about Italy, Tuscany or the region, do not hesitate to contact me. I love to talk about Italy and to help you have a trip of a lifetime!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Beds can be configured into two twins.
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Beds can be configured into King


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Fully renovated

          Location Type

            • Village
              Right in the Historical Centre of town but very quiet and tranquil


                • Adventure
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          We have central heating. May be a sur-charge in the winter months. Please ask at time of booking.
                        • Internet
                          WiFi Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          Soft, fluffy Italian linens on all beds.
                        • Living Room
                          Lovely large and bright living room with incredible view.
                        • Parking
                          No parking in front of the house. However there is a lot of free parking around Cortona and only a short walk into the Historical Centre.
                        • Towels Provided
                          2 sets of fluffy soft towels and hand towels for each guest is supplied.
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Of course! This is italy ;)
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Set of dishes for up to 6 people
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Full beautiful designer kitchen stocked with all the essentials too cook your favorite foods and try some local recipes! Full sized refrigerator, stovetop, oven, sink, fan.
                            • Oven
                              Full oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              A selection of spices, sugar and coffee for use by all of our guests
                            • Refrigerator
                              Full sized with freezer
                            • Stove
                              Four burner gas range
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  There is a small table for up to 4 in the Kitchen. Childs highchair may not be available. Please enquire at time of booking.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Limited local channels only - however we have NETFLIX on US accounts.
                                    • Television
                                      Flat screen TV
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • museums
                                            • ruins
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do' Italy is very relaxed and I have never met anyone that didn’t fall in love with the people, scenery, food and lifestyle. It truly is everything you have ever heard. The Italian people are generous, friendly and warm. Slow down. Take the time to really see Italy. Walk slower. Eat slower. Don’t expect the same luxuries as in North America. Don’t expect to be served immediately or have lunch in 15 minutes or less. Savor the day, the time with friends and the experience. Enjoy the views and make your memories. I see foreigners racing through towns trying to pack everything in in a short period of time. Resist. Italy will draw you in and make you question your life back home.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              15 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews


                                                              Leslie R.

                                                              We loved every minute. The apartment was adorable. Had everything we needed, great location, Samantha was super helpful. Cortona is now one of my favorite places!

                                                              This apartment is so fantastic and in a perfect location.

                                                              Tammi O.

                                                              From the moment we booked this property, Samantha was wonderful to work with. She met us at check in and explained everything and answered all of our questions. She was available and got back to me quickly with every single question I had, and I had a lot. We couldn't get a cab ride one morning to meet our friends at a resort down the hill and Sam was so nice and drove us there! I cannot wait to come back and stay in one of her apartments again. Also, the bed was super comfy and I loved that it has a washing machine. We stayed 4 nights and I could have stayed longer!!

                                                              Truth in Advertising

                                                              Jane Y.

                                                              When you book a private property that you've never seen, there's always hope that what you see online is truly what you receive. In this case, seeing is believing. We liked what we saw and read on the HOMEAWAY site and we weren't disappointed. And then there was the personal treatment afforded to us by Samantha, the owner. She was great in communicating from the time we booked in January. We had several questions and she was always prompt in replying. The location to the center of Cortona is prime but not so close that there is any street noise. All rooms were comfortable, especially the beds. I would not hesitate recommending the residence to anyone.* There are stairs but we viewed them as the extra exercise we needed after all the wonderful food consumed. Grazie, Jane (Washington D. C.)

                                                              Charming Cortona stay

                                                              Marla M.

                                                              We loved everything about this apartment and Cortona!! Samantha was a lovely host, and was so wonderful in communicating with us prior to our arrival. The apartment was perfectly appointed and near the main square. It was an easy drive to the neighboring towns.

                                                              A rooftop view of the surrounding houses, some the oldest in the city , make this a special place.

                                                              Robert S.

                                                              The location is ideal, close to the main piazzas but on a quiet street with no traffic. We spent a week happily walking to the surrounding valleys and around the city. It was our first time travelling without a car and we recommend the experience of stopping to smell the roses, ( and wisteria and lilacs etc.) in one location. The Etruscan treasures in the Museo and as part of the city's fabric make Cortona a very special destination. Coming "home" to Sofia was always a treat and we thank you, Samantha, for sharing.

                                                              Expectations Exceeded !

                                                              RICHARD W.Toronto, Canada

                                                              The picture of the rooftops and the red and white flowers is what drew us to this property in the first place. The reality was breathtaking and that view will stay with us until we return the next time. The Sofia apartment was everything we expected and more and suited us perfectly. Although our stay was only three days, we felt at home. The apartment is spotless and tastefully furnished and we felt comfortable and very content. The kitchen was very well appointed and would be a real asset during an extended stay. As it was, the restaurants of Cortona were too good to allow for home cooking ! Samantha was very welcoming and helpful, willing to share her knowledge of the area and local cuisine. We appreciated the information Sam shared with us prior to the visit and she was most accommodating when our arrival time changed. The overall experience was first rate and we would highly recommend this property.


                                                              Cortona, Arezzo, Italy

                                                              Cortona is an ancient Etruscan town in the heart of Tuscany. It is famous for its history, archaeological finds and beauty. And for fans of Under the Tuscan Sun, this is the town where author Frances Mayes lives and the book/movie was made. Although most are disappointed when they learn the fountain was just a Hollywood prop, you can take a stroll up the hill and see her stunning house Bramasole. It truly is everything you imagine and more! But Cortona is more than the book, it has significant historical significance. Older than Rome, it has a very well appointed Museum and many churches and historical sites that should not be missed. Because Cortona sits on a hill, the views from every angle are spectacular. You can wander the old streets and never get tired of the beautiful sunsets and hidden vistas. Cortona is well equipped with 2 small grocery stores, pizzerias, bakeries, butchers, wine shops, many restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries. We have many festivals throughout the year revolving around art, food, wine, chocolate and special holidays and celebrations. The summer is packed full of things to see and do, with open-air concerts, Sagra's and many more things to do. It is a safe, warm, friendly place with the most welcoming local community that loves to see visitors fall in love with their city. Sometimes, when I walk through the streets here, I can almost imagine the sound of “Clippity-clop” of the horse hooves along the ancient cobblestoned streets. To think that I am walking where Etruscans walked thousands of years ago.... I still have to pinch myself to make sure that living here isn’t just a dream.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              NOTE: Cleaning fee of 60 euro Cleaning per stay and payable in cash on arrival. Heating for winter charged at a 1,50 per metric cube used. Tourist tax for CORTONA is 2 euro per person / per night for a maximum of 4 nights (8 euro) This is collected in cash on arrival.

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