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Villa Gioia

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian

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

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Cortona area - Villa Gioia

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.

Have our neighbour, a truly excellent cook, prepare a dinner party for your group with fresh produce from their farm, to eat under one of the pergolas. A memorable experience.

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 magnicent 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.

Dinner Party at the house!

Our neighbour who is truly excellent cook will cook for your party at the house a 3/4/5 course meal which is as good if not better than most restaurants. She comes to the house, brings her own fresh ingredients from their farm and cooks the most mouth watering dishes -all served to you at the table. If you want to watch her weave her magic in the kitchen feel free to do so and she washes up afterwards! She will require a few days notice to do this and will take into account any dietary preferences of members of your group.

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.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Villa Gioia (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Italian


based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

Classic Tuscan villa -Private pool overlooking golden Tuscan terraces, Internet
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

Best Quality villa you could ever rent!

  • 5 of 5

This year we have had two villa holidays. The first was in a James Villa ( best of ) in Majorca. The second in this Tuscan Villa. We booked James before to Guarantee the quality - how wrong we were!

This Villa surpasses any Best of James Villa. It has a lovely setting in the mountains, great pool and great accommodation. Also you actually feel that you are staying in a friends house as the villa is extremely homely and welcoming. The Kitchen is full of the essentials - herbs, preserves, coffee etc, the book shelf and video drawer full of interesting reads and films. The water is wonderfully hot and the shower pressure is fantastic. And very important - wonderfully comfortable beds and very good quality linen!

We had a great week - helped by the owners friendly brother Luca he was available to organise restaurants and taxis and with the neighbour Jolande who cooked two incredible Tuscan meals for us - at a very reasonable price!

All who stay here will be delighted!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peter - we are delighted you and your party enjoyed the house, the area and the food! And delighted you rate us ahead of the Best of James Villa! This makes it all the more worthwhile for us as we really strive to make sure that all our guests really relax in a warm comfortable environment.
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Beautiful setting for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

If you want a perfect example of a quintessential Tuscan Villa them this is it! High in the hills above Cortona, the gentle breeze together with the beautiful surroundings were a welcome relief after hot August days exploring surrounding Tuscany. The villa is spacious and has absolutely everything you might need from a washing machine and dishwasher to the most amazing wall mounted bottle opener! There are lots of spaces to take yourself off to inside and out if you are feeling like a bit of solitude and equally there are shady terraces perfect for socialising, which we did plenty of! If you are after an impersonal slick villa this is not the place for you. However if you want a charming home full of beautiful things this is it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Carol for your kind words. I am so glad it worked out for you and your family and even your 20 something son who is more Ibiza than Tuscany!! We always try to offer that little bit more and take care of you when you rent our house. That bottle opener you referred to was given to us by an engineer friend who designed and made it but never took it any further.We have used it on many occasions and it has never failed to open a bottle!!
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amazing trip

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing holiday in the villa. It was more than we expected. Even though it was winter, the house was remarkably warm using the stoves, and it was a fun experience. The views were stunning and the house itself was perfect. Cooking in the kitchen was one of the best parts of our trip. We will definitely be back, in the summer so we can use that beautiful. pool!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Erin and we are glad you enjoyed the house and the area. In winter as in summer the villa has a serenity about it that we fell in love with when we embarked on our Tuscan adventure many years ago. Amongst ourselves,we call it the healing house as many who have stayed there have come away feeling refreshed and invigorated! We look forward to welcoming you back in the summer in the not too distant future.
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so beautiful villa in tuscan mountains

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my family (4 kids 12, 13, 16, 18) stayed for 2 weeks in this beautiful villa and enjoyed it so much. It's so calm, and relaxing and the surounding scenery is so lovely

Cortona is a 15 min drive away with many very nice restaurants and a beautiful old town

No need to say that the tuscan wine is excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Very comfortable and quiet.

  • 4 of 5

Gorgeous property. Clean, quiet, comfortable. Everything you need for a Tuscan retreat. Emma is a wonderful host, very considerate of your needs. My only hesitation in giving this beautiful house an enthusiastic 5 star rating is that its a bit farther from Cortona (12km) than I'd expected.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Stan for your comments. Really glad you enjoyed your stay and that you were sorry to leave. Cortona is such a wonderful place and is 15 minutes from the house so you are near enough to enjoy it and at the same time be at peace in a wonderful location when you leave it.
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Wonderful place for a vacation get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant find this was up in the wooded Tuscan hillsides above Cortona! The grounds are well laid-out with several covered patios and easy access to scenic relaxation spots with commanding views - as well as a nicely maintained pool. The landscaping and plantings are masterfully laid out and maintained - colorful annual flowers in full bloom, herbs for the kitchen, and fragrant roses. The house boasts a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances, comfortable rooms on multiple levels to gather or escape, a well-stocked library, and, beyond the modern radiator heating, two great wood-burning stoves to take the chill off in the evenings. The local manager was very efficient, taking time to answer all of our questions, making dining suggestions, and providing dinner reservations at an hour's notice. The management responds quickly and courteously to email, phone calls, and texts. There are several very good restaurants within 20 or so minutes and the location is perfect for day trips to the major Tuscan towns, cities, and wineries. This really was a great bargain (price, location, privacy) in comparison to a hotel. We would highly recommend this property and look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brant and Kerri for you wonderful comments.Our house is located in an area where modern developments are strictly forbidden and the last house built from scratch here was probably in Roman times so we feel very privileged to own a little bit of history and to be able to hold it in trust for future generations. We put a big effort into ensuring the gardens are in tip top shape and it is really a passion that we both have and that we love to share with our guests. We have sown a good selection of olive trees on the terraces over the last 7 or 8 years and a little vineyard in the last 2 years so when we get our oil pressed and our wine made we will share it with you! Many thanks again for staying at our house.
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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
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
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 in Cortona, Cortona area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2016
28 May 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July/August 2016
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2016
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October / November 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/ New Year 2016/2017
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Final cleaning £100

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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
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
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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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