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Cortona, Tuscany. La Canonica di San Biagio

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Unique 16th century Presbytery attached to 11th century Church, 4 bedrooms

La Canonica is an attractive property at the bottom of the town of Cortona which is only four kilometres away. As its name suggests, it is the presbytery (“canonica”) of a small 11th century church that still forms the back part of the house. Restoration has given the house a particular charm showing the owners’ taste and cosmopolitan personality, easily spotted from the many international books which can be found in the house. Outside, a romantic pergola embraced by wistaria leads you to the pool. The whole property is fenced in and the presence of trees helps to ensure the clients’ privacy. There are four bedrooms with four bathrooms, so the house can comfortably welcome 8 people. The house is simply but functionally furnished and is suitable for a clientèle wishing to have a trouble-free holiday close to nature and history.

The Park and the pool: The garden is about one thousand five hundred square metres with a beautiful lawn. The gravelled area in front of the house has a dining table protected by the shade of an old cypress.

The pool is open from last Saturday of April to the first Saturday of October and measures 12,00 x 6,00m (39.4-19.7 ft) with a depth varying from 1,10 to 2,10 m (3.5-6.5 ft). It is surrounded by the lawn and has deckchairs, sunshades and shower.

More Details

Property Manager
Annie Cohen-Solal
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Annie Cohen-Solal

My husband Marc is a physicist & I am a writer, (you can learn about my professional activities through my website)

Annie Cohen-Solal purchased this villa in 1987

Why Annie Cohen-Solal chose Cortona

We fell in love with Cortona in 1980, visited the city for 7 years each summer and finally discovered this amazing villa hat had not been occupied for 40 years. We restored it patiently each after year.

What makes this villa unique

It is very private in a tiny hamlet (Salcotto Basso), yet close to Camucia for shopping (walking distance) and to stunning Cortona (stunning views from the pool and 7 minutes drive). We love visiting or trekking around Arezzo, Montepulciano, Pienza, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, over & over again and we go sailing or kayaking on Lake Trasimeno (20 minutes drive)

Guestbook comments from the manager

Honestly, it was pure paradise... This property is by far one of the most charming places I ever visited: cosy, comfortable, very well equipped, casual chic and sophisticated, it allowed our family to rest, discover the art around and enjoy the countryside. Furthermore, the owners had prepared their own tips for us and, as an architect, I was thrilled by the perfect setting between Renaissance and 21 th century. Highly recommended
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cortona in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Separate bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Separate bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , En suite bathromm
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Services included: electricity, water, gas for cooking use, initial and final cleaning, weekly linen, garden and pool maintenance Services upon request(supplied and payable locally to the owner): extra cleaning for a minimum of 2 hours (€ 10,00/hour), extra linen (€ 10,00/per person), heating (€ 1,20/litre), firewood (€ 10,00/100 kg), private chef.


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Cortona, Tuscany. La Canonica di San Biagio
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

About La Canonica

  • 5 of 5

We had been dreaming of Tuscany for long. My children, who are in their twenties now and great athletes, loved the pool, took long treks in the mountains around, and even rode their bikes when they went sailing on Lake Trasimeno nearby. I am very keen on italian gastronomy and I especially appreciated the lay out of the kitchen. We also enjoyed the great restaurants in Cortona and will certainly come back.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great!
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Quiet and ideally located

  • 5 of 5

As a family of academics, we were enchanted by the beautiful location, allowing us to visit so many fascinating villages of South Tuscany and Umbria. The library of the owners is full of interesting books on art and literature and provided the perfect background for us. The place is very quiet and the pool offers an enchanting time at the end of the day.

Important for us: the wifi through the parabolic antenna provided fast connection.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, we're delighted!
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Very charming !

  • 4 of 5

Very charming ! We had a very good stay in august 2012. The house is very quiet and calm. The only negative point is that the bathroms are old and not confortable.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the bathrooms has been totally refurbished and the other ones have also been renovated.
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A wonderful and charming presbytery

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully renovated old presbytery is an enchanting place. We found all the announced facilities. The place is not easy to find but an appointment with the person giving the keys worked fine. The region is just fantastic, Renaissance art, medieval villages, and of course wonderful food everywhere!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The city of Cortona is well-known for being one of the great Etruscan centres since the 8th century BC. From this time, some exceptional ruins remain in the countryside as well as in the museums. During the medieval ages, San Francesco d'Assisi stayed in Cortona and in the 18th century, Cortona became an intellectual centers with l'Academia Etrusca. The most beautiful church is Santa Maria del Calcinaio, a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture, built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini in 1475, just above our property. Furthermore, it used to be the birthplace of three great artists from different centuries: Luca Signorelli (1445-1523), Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669) and Gino Severini (1883-1966).

The area of Cortona is surrounded by beautiful hills which lead the visitor to the top of the city through a unique road meandering through cypresses and olive trees, overlooking the lake of Trasimeno where Hannibal defeated the Romans on June 21st, 217 BC.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cortona, Arezzo Area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
7 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
11 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
26 Aug 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £439.22

Security Deposit: €500, left in exchange of the keys upon arrival. From this deposit will be deducted the charges (heating in the winter), the final cleaning, and if there are any damages, the eventual cost of replacement.

Arrival: Saturday between 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm
Departure: Saturday before 10.00 am

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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