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Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Self catering romantic villa with private pool overlooking Tuscan terraces

Exquisite Tuscan holiday villa, originally built in the 15th Century but lovingly restored in the last 7 years, overlooking lush green rolling hills within a short distance of magical Cortona, the jewel in the Tuscan crown. Set in 30 acres of unspoilt National Park countryside in the Hills above Cortona, the setting for Francis Mayes book and film -Under the Tuscan Sun. Exclusively private pool with magnificent gardens and shady pergolas. The house has all day sunshine until the late evening and an excellent access road.

Three large well equipped bedrooms and modern bathrooms and three shady pergolas dotted around the property. Full modern kitchen with all appliances.Library with 500/600 books.

Sip a chilled glass of Prosecco under the vine pergola while enjoying the views.

House and Contents: The house which originally dates from the 15th Century has been completely renovated and newly furnished by us over the last 7 years and we think we have given the house a homely Tuscan feel. The house offers an exteremely high level of comfort and style, very comfortable beds, top class bed linen,exquisite carpets, well stocked kitchen, very powerful showers and comfortable settees.Library with 500/600 books. 3 private Pergolas dotted around the gardens which will ensure that you can relax on your own when necessary. All of these pergolas have first class garden furniture.

The house is nestled amonst lush green hills and rolling countryside and offers unrivalled private and uninterrupted views of the countryside. The house is located in a nature reserve and there are many examples of magnificent eagles flying around in the thermals. It is impossible to build new houses in this region as regional authorities want this area to remain as it was for hundreds of years.

Broadband wireless internet access available throughout the house - we fought against installing this but due to pressure from younger members of the family............we gave in!

We have striven to restore the house sympathetically, in the Tuscan manner whilst at the same time giving it 21st Century facilities. Most of the house contents are handmade to the highest quality by local Tuscan artisans. You will find the essentials such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt pepper etc. etc. in the kitchen. Please feel free to use these items and if you run out just replace what you have used so that the next family to use the house can avail of the facilities.

Exclusive use of the private pool.: The 12m X 6M pool sits on the edge of a terrace overlooking the Tuscan hills just below the house. The area whilst being very close to the house is private.There is a vine pergola close by where you and your party can enjoy evening drinks watching the sun set or pick the grapes just above your head. The pool is for the exclusive and private use of guests during their stay at the house. It has a solar cover which ensures that the water temperature is very comfortable and relaxing. The area around the pool is fenced and gated to ensure the safety of little children.There is a magnificent professionally landscaped garden overlooking the pool with a colourful variety of shrubs and flowers. The pool and the area around it can be lit up at night so that you can enjoy a midnight swim if you feel like it. There is a power plug on the wall so as you swim listen to your favourite music. Cold shower by the pool for cooling down.

This area is also a wonderful vantage point to watch the sun rise in the morning and see the skies lit up with the colours only seen in Tuscany - be inspired like the renaissance painters!

Places of Interest:

Le Celle - just about 1km outside Cortona as you drive towards our house there is a little road to the left signposted to Le Celle. Le Celle is an old (still working) Franciscan monastery which appears to be carved out of the side of the mountain. It is a place of serenity, simplicity and beauty and if you can spare an hour or so to explore it you will experience peace and serenity itself.St. Francis passed through here on his way to Assisi and founded the monastery. There is a little cell where he slept and prayed and on seeing this you will appreciate what a simple uncomplicated life he led. There is a book in the library which gives the history of the monastery. There are services there on Sunday mornings and even if you are not Catholic you feel welcome in this holy place.


Cortona is a wonderful magical little place, narrow winding streets,full of restaurants,Trattoria and shops and a hugely impressive Etruscan museum which is definitely worth a visit.

There are usually open air concerts during the summer in the Piazza Signorelli (named after a famous renaissance painter who was born in Cortona) - everything from a jazz/blues band to the Carabinieri band doing their thing to operatic festivals.

The Commune di Cortona put on music/art/wine tasting/vineyard visiting festivals each year - most of these are free - details available from the Tourist office situated just inside the MAEC museum entrance in Piazza Signorelli. Cortona Antiques fair every September. Giostra del Saracino also in nearby Arezzo every September.

In fact almost every village and town in the area have their own Festa during the months of June/July/August and September.Full details of all these Festas are available from the Tourist.

Lake Trasimeno:

Located south of Cortona in the Province of Umbria this is the 4th biggest lake in Italy and was the scene of a famous battle between the Carthiginian army of Hannibal and the Roman Legions in and around 200 BC. Hannibal defeated a much larger Roman army on the shores of this lake during his famous campaign with the elephants. Plenty of books about this in the library!

On the shores of the lake there is a little town, Castiglion del Lago. Wonderful little restaurants specialising in Umbrian food and wine and with a particular emphasis on fish dishes.

All the famous Tuscan towns such as Florence, Cortona, Siena,Pisa, San Gimignano, Montepulciano are within easy reach of the house.

Shopping: There is an excellent Coop supermarket in Camucia, the new town just below Cortona - open all day.. You will be able to do all your grocery shopping here. In addition to a vast selection of groceries and vegetables there is a fabulous meat counter, deli counter and fresh fish counter. They stock a very good selection of wine, beers and bottles of Prosecco for the wine cooler start at about €3.00.

There is also an off licence known locally as the Yellow House or Casa Gialla - yes it is painted yellow! This is just outside Camucia as you drive towards Terontola, on the left side of the road past the last roundabout. They sell a very good selection of top class wines and if you don't feel ilke spending a lot of money you can buy good locally produced box wine there.

Cortona Shopping:

Molesini's in Piazza Republica - The main Piazza in Cortona - If you don't feel ilke a big shop Molesini have a good selection of cheeses, meats, salamis and general groceries etc. They will make up a panini for you on the spot with whatever you want in it. Across the road the Molesini family also own an off licence with a very good selection of wines.

Pasta Fresca - Cortona - just 100 metres on the right inside Porta Colonnia - this lady makes home made pasta to die for - home made lasagne and all kinds of Italian sauces. This year she is also opening a Rosticceria in the same shop so if you want a succulent roast chicken this is the place to go. Phone numbers are in the guide in the house.

Local Shopping: There is a little shop in Portole just 3km away from the house beside Albergo Ristorante Portole where you can get the essentials if you run out.This is run in Summer months by the Hotel owners mother who comes up from Florence every year to get the air. Have a Capuchino and a panino at the tables outside with a magnificent view looking towards Lake Trasimeno.


Camucia market is held every Thursday from 8.00am to 1.00pm. Usual Italian fare everything from a needle to a rotovator!

Get a porchetta panini made up for yourself at one of the many stalls. Porchetta is a Tuscan delight - a whole pig is spit roasted , stuffed with lots of herbs. Mouth watering!

Restaurants: Cortona is full of delightful restaurants - there is a full guide to most of them in the house. Children are welcome at all restaurants.Best to book most in advance during July and August so as not to be disappointed.

Albergo Ristorante Portole just 3 km from the house also have an outside terrace for dining in Summer months

We have lots of other bits and pieces of information on the house, the area which we have put together over the past 10 years which we will gladly share with you.

More Details

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Villa Gioia
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18 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Cortona around the AR

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom one just off the master bedroom, with bath,shower, hand basin, toilet and bidet. Bathroom two is ensuite to the downstairs bedroom with wash hand basin, toilet and shower. Bathroom three is just off the library and serves general purpose and bedroom three and contains wash hand basin, toilet and shower. All bathrooms are modern and fully tiled.Water pressure on all showers is excellent.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This is located in the mezzanine to cater for overflows.
  • Master bedroom has a large double bed in cherry wood, two bedside cabinets with lamps and one big wardrobe. Bedroom has original beamed ceiling and floor of traditional cotto. Exquisite rug by bed. Windows looking out towards the pool and the Tuscan/Umbrian hills.Bathroom , shower and bidet beside this bedroom.Electic fan. Bedroom two downstairs has two single beds and a double, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and private entrance leading out to the garden and the wisteria covered pergola.There is an en suite bathroom with shower. Bedroom three is above the library, one double bed with bedside cabinets, exquisite rug,wardrobe and private terrace overlooking Val Tiberina where you can have your morning cappuccino and admire the stunning views. 4th bedroom is an overflow one and is in the gallery over the dining room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 3 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Kitchen:Fully fitted kitchen with marble topped work surfaces - island work station with butchers block. Big selection of pots, pans, crockery for your gourmet meals. Full range of cutlery,crockery - everything you will need during your stay. Prepare your food inside and take it out to eat - choice of 3 pergolas to choose from -or use the bbq to cook outside. A local woman, with an extensive range of culinary skills is available to come to the house and cook for you and your party. This is an extra cost,not expensive, but well worth the experience. Previous guests to the house have commented that she prepared an amazing 4 course traditional Tuscan meal - everthing cooked from fresh produce grown on her farm -right before your eyes and if you want to get involved in the cooking she will be happy to show you how it is done. Have your own private dinner party served to you on the pergola overlooking the terraces and the pool.


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Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

A fabulous place in a fabulous part of Italy..

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure this summer of staying for two weeks in Villa Gioia located in the hills above Cortona in Tuscany. It was our first visit to this part of the world and certainly won’t be the last as we have much more to see.

The house is perfect and provided a home from home which we all enjoyed : Lovely views from the various terraces which enabled us to take in the wonderful scenery over a glass of red, the gardens are a delight, full of butterflies with rosemary, sage, fennel, thyme and lavender giving off an intoxicating smell, a wonderful swimming pool which provided a welcome respite from the summer sun and the house itself is so well equipped, full of information and very comfortable so we wanted for nothing. The pictures on the website look great but the real thing is even better ! Luca is close on hand to provide good advice and insights on the area including where to park and the best local trattorias..

We were able to visit some of the places on our list, Perugia and Assisi in Umbria, Montepulciano, Sienna, San Griminagno among the villages in the Tuscan hills we visited but for much of the time we enjoyed taking in the wonderful scenery in the area as well as the fantastic food ( porchetta paninis are something else ..). Our Tuscan experience was something we won’t ever forget.

We would certainly recommend Villa Gioia to anyone who is looking for a luxurious place to stay whilst discovering this wonderful area and we hope to return to discover and experience more some day

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick - so glad you and your family really enjoyed your holiday.It is often the case that guests who stay at the house are reluctant to leave it to do the sightseeing tours because it is so relaxing there. When we bought and renovated the house many years ago the first number of guests who stayed there referred to it as a healing house probably a reference to a place where one can relax after a hectically busy business year or after some emotional upset - who knows? We are very much in tune with the surroundings and are compulsive gardeners. We keep threatening to relax by the pool someday ourselves!
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one of the best holidays we had

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed 14 wonderfiul days in Villa Gioa.

A place of peace and time to rest.

We will definitely be back, because relaxation and tranquility is possible without any restrictions.

Beautiful Cortona, with great bars and restaurants.

To enjoy it is also just the right place.

We love this house and the beautiful garden, the breathtaking views and nature and look forward to being back in summer of 2019.

Thank you so much!!!!

Dorle, Daniel, Käthe, Wolfgang, Arthur and dog Berta from Germany

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dorle, Daniel and family,and dog Berta! Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay in our house. We are delighted that you enjoyed your vacation and that you have also booked it for 2019! Delighted also that you Dorle with your love of horses have found a local stable for you to go trail riding next year. We are very privileged to own this house and land in a beautiful location looking onto the mountains of the National Park. Over the years we have christened this house 'the healing house' as the peace and tranquility seems to peel away the stress that affects us all in this sometimes mad world we live in! We will be making a few improvements over the winter as we mostly always do so that will be the surprise in store for you in 2019!
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Heswall - UK

Our holiday in Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

Its all as it says " On the Tin !

Relaxing ; peaceful ; wonderful views ; great pool.

With all the facilities you could ask for.

Occasionally the odd shower or grey cloud to remind us of back home , but normally blue skies & sunshine to while away the days.

Plus the hordes of beautiful butterflies ; the well laid out shrubs & aromatic herbs , and especially the early morning visits from the bounding hare.

Val & John Smith + family.


09 - 23/06/18.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay a Villa Gaoia

  • 5 of 5

A warm and welcoming home in the mountains above Cortona has everything one could possibly need. The beds were very comfortable, the house was immaculately clean which is very important to us. There was a lovely welcome basket of goodies and a book of "things to know", house rules and suggestions on dining, shopping, site seeing which was very, very helpful. There is a lovely family that maintains the house - Karolina, the lovely daughter speaks excellent English and she is a delight. Her mom is an excellent cook as we decided to have her cook for us one evening. Karolina's dad helped get the heat on in the house as we were there very early in the season and it was quite cool. The views and the gardens are breathtaking. The bedrooms are spaced enough apart for privacy which was lovely. The kitchen had every type of bowl, appliance and kitchen utensil we could possibly need. All is in all it was a wonderful accommodation for 2 couples or a large family! The only thing we do want to mention is the roads to the house are extremely windy and slow going.You need to be prepared for this drive. It took a good 20 min. to get down to the town of Cortona. The address does not work on our WAZE GPS so it was a bit difficult to find but the hosts couldn't have been nicer to guiding us via phone. We would highly recommend your staying here! Peaceful and great for families with children. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marylin, we are so delighted that you and your group enjoyed your stay in our house. It is located in a very beautiful and unspoilt national park and the views are stunning. The kitchen is the heart of the house and as you commented there are every conceivable type of pots and pans to help you enjoy the Tuscan cooking experience. I must admit that when we found out that the house was being rented by a top NYC interior designer we held our breath but we are glad it surpassed your expectations! Many thanks agin for your wonderful review.
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Marlborough, UK

Delightful villa in thr Tuscan hills.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 weeks as a treat for our twins finishing university. The villa itself was a delight, in a beautiful setting. The villa is very well equipped.We loved sitting out in the evenings, watching the fire flies and listening out for the wild boar below. We ate out both at the Hotel in Portole as well as nearby pizzeria which we preferred as they do a lot more than pizza's. Highlights for us included Sienna, Montepulciano, Cortona and a trip to Leuter winery. The drive up/down to Campucia gets very tedious so the key is to call in to the supermarket on the way back from a day out.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Hilltop Villa

  • 4 of 5

Classically constructed with huge ceiling beams and thick stucco walls, the villa is multi-level. It is fully stocked and equipped, from a great kitchen with country-kitchen dining table (the heart of the villa), to hundreds of DVDs, books and many games. The pool is very nice and the exterior is beautifully landscaped and maintained. The views of the valleys below are tremendous with a number of outdoor seating areas to enjoy. The villa is private and quiet, laying 16 kilometers outside of Cortona along a scenic ridge-top road, about a 20 minute drive along the many switchbacks. The nearest grocery stores with convenient parking are in Camucia, about 30 minutes away.

There is a washing machine with outside clothes lines for use. Three of the bedrooms are up or down a flight of stairs, a drawback for those for whom steps pose some difficulties. Only one bedroom has a bathroom adjacent to it. And for extended stays, there is little available storage space for unpacking clothes, etc. The owner is gracious and helpful, responding to any needs very quickly.

With those minor considerations, our stay was wonderful and the Cortona-Camucia area is terrific as a vacation area and hub from which to travel (often by train) to different areas. We went as far as Rome and Venice from there as day trips.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A1 exit Valdichiana
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Albergo Ristorante Portole
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Car: necessary

Exquisite villa with an exclusively private pool overlooking lush green rolling Tuscan hills within a short distance of magical Cortona, the jewel of Tuscany with its narrow winding streets and Piazza's full of life and activity. Home of Under the Tuscan Sun book and film.Enjoy traditional Italian markets as in Cortona and Camucia. Enjoy the magnificent pool and gardens while sipping a glass of chilled Prosecco under the pool pergola. Relax by the pool and listen to your favourite Italian arias.

With easy access to Florence, Siena,Pisa, San Gimignano, the Chianti region, Montepulciano and a host of other historic Tuscan towns and cities this house is perfect for exploring the region.

Have our neighbour cook a fabulous dinner party for your group at the house - watch her weave her magic in the kitchen with fresh produce from their farm.

Get up at 6.00 am to watch the sun rise and see what inspired the renaissance painters - the colours are breathtaking.

Other Activities: Cortona


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Cortona,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May/June 2019
28 Apr 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July/August 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September/October 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 2 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Final Cleaning £100

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