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Mirko Tessandori

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian, Mon papa peut parler français

Your Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday townhome in Cortona area - Under the Tuscan Sun Apartment

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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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Mirko Tessandori (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian, Mon papa peut parler français

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!!!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(55 traveller reviews)
Your Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 55 reviews
5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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.

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  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toluca Lake, CA
5

Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

It is difficult to top all previous the excellent reviews but I'll try. The property description is too modest. This one bedroom apartment has an great kitchen, a comfortable bed. a good size bathroom. I wish we would have stayed a month.

The view is better than the picture. The restaurants in town were very good to excellent. The town center is a short walk but you will climb a hill or two. It is a hill town. Good opportunity to burn a few calories.

But the most important attribute of this property is the owners. Mirko and his mother Vanna are first and foremost high quality individuals. They are honest, affable, funny and helpful. They treat you like you are a member of their family. Make time to take a cooking lesson/dinner with Vanna. You will learn both macro and subtle techniques that will make your cooking better. Most importantly it is simply a fun evening. Take a week and do this. Don't stay in a hotel and change every 3 days. This city is centrally located to many other Tuscan cities. We had a car and enjoyed our daytime drives.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wareham, Massachusetts, USA
5

UNSURPASSED TUSCAN WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY! EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS!

  • 5 of 5

It’s difficult to find words to describe the incredible experience we had staying in this LOVELY apartment, but I’ll try. First, the location is wonderful;a town gate & free parking across the street;a reasonable 5-minute walk up to town & main piazza. The few steps to the front door, alone, will immediately charm you. Upon entry you immediately sense the loving care that goes into making this space one that makes you feel as if you are entering as cherished visitor into the family’s home as opposed to renter in a rental unit. The entire apartment is immaculate, well-equipped, renovated & decorated beautifully while maintaining signs of its ancient origins & has, as the “icing on the cake,” an incomparable view. The bed is incredibly comfortable, linens crisp & snug, closet sufficient to store our clothes. LOVED that we had the option of opening the French doors to the spectacular view yet could pull the screen down to safeguard against mosquitoes at night. There is a little terrace below the French doors where you can sit & enjoy the view while sipping on a glass of Prosecco. As beautiful & comfortable as this apt was, it is eclipsed by the warmth & cordiality of Vanna & Mirko who are the heart & soul of their lovely residences. I had corresponded with Mirko over a few months & had already felt as if I had known him always. Meeting beautiful Vanna seemed a natural extension of a friendship already launched. Mirko was kind enough to pick us up at the station, & Vanna was waiting to welcome us, literally with open arms, to 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. The highlight of our visit was spending an evening with them cooking, laughing, singing & creating a wealth of beautiful memories. Vanna’s home is charming & warm, and her & Mirko’s generosity of spirit creates an incomparable ambiance imparting a true flavor of genuine Tuscan hospitality. The apt’s proximity to Cortona proper is a great boon, there is so much to explore here, but it is also an excellent base from which to visit surrounding towns. Dardano’s & Bucaccia in Cortona, & Rist Masolino in Panicale stand out as our outstanding dining experiences, though we ate great food everywhere (1 major disappointment, Il Gozzoviglio). But in the end, our trip was made especially exceptional through the warmth and solicitude of this special mom and son combo. We can’t wait to return. Mille grazie Vanna e Mirko! Baci!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Florence International Airport - 1h20m
Nearest Ferry
127 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Train
1.8 Miles
Camucia-Cortona
Nearest Motorway
13.6 Miles
A1 Valdichiana
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Trasimeno Lake
Car: not necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday townhome in Cortona, Cortona area

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High Season
1 May 2016 - 6 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
£423
for 4 nights
From
£93
£596
£1,799
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
7 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£341
for 4 nights
From
£72
£425
£1,272
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£423
for 4 nights
From
£93
£596
£1,799
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Utilities £53

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Cortona area in Arezzo Area

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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