We stayed 5 days at Casa Mia a Cortona and really enjoyed it. After a hair raising journey through the winding Chianti hills .... getting used to driving a stick shift ... we were warmly welcomed by Ilaria and her family. She showed us around, gave us some tips and we were on our own in beautiful, fairytale Cortona. I was worried Cortona might be too overcrowded with tourists after all the Tuscan Sun hype but it couldn’t have been more perfect. Having our own place meant living like a local. Ilaria’s house is small but enough for 2. The bed is very comfortable and the views from the bedroom were fabulous! The downstairs tends to be dark and could use better light bulbs to make it brighter but the little kitchen worked fine for breakfast and the occasional meal. The location was absolutely perfect - close to the main Piazza but a little off the beaten path. Ilaria was very available if we had a problem or question and was very concerned that we have a nice stay.
If you want to close your front door, and walk out into your wonderful neighborhood feeling like you live in Cortona, this is the place for you! Your grocery market is around the corner, the restaurant where you will eat several meals is just up the road. The neighbors (with a gorgeous dog) may have a conversation with you...in Italian..just nod a lot if you don't speak the language... Enjoy a bottle of wine on the wall behind the apt looking over the entire valley. Parking is very close if you have a car. The walk into the main part of town takes just mins.
The apt is extremely comfortable...cute and workable little kitchen. Excellent WiFi...my grandson tested it well! The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was very well planned. My daughter and teenage grandson and i were very comfortable. We felt safe enough in this great location to go out for dinner and leave my grandson at the apt. Often he would join us later to go watch a parade or go for gelato. Ilaria is the best host ever....like having local family!! She is welcoming and extremely helpful and informative. For one, two or even three people, this apt is perfect!!
Casa Mia a Cortona was the perfect home base for my husband and I to visit southern Tuscany. Ilaria our hostess, was wonderful; from communications before our visit, to meeting us on arrival as well as throughout our stay and checkout.
The home is located on a quiet street 300m from the Piazza Signorelli, and close to the free parking lot outside Piazza Mazzina. The unit is fitted with a king size bed, four piece bath, small kitchenette and living room/dining room, over two floors. Ilaria has stocked the place well for either cooking in the unit or for light meals for breakfast. It's proximity to both piazzas as well as parking meant that we did not have to travel far for food, shopping or return after a day of driving around Tuscany.
The only drawback to the unit, and this is strictly a personal thing because we stayed there for almost two weeks, was no laundry facilities. We did hand wash, and Ilaria was quick to respond when asked about the closest laundromat. While it was in no means a deal breaker, next time I'll know to ensure we build some time into our schedule to do laundry. Overall this is the perfect place to stay to base your tour of southern Tuscany, and you cannot ask for a more perfect host than Ilaria!!
If you're looking to fulfill any Under the Tuscan Sun dreams, look no further.
Ilaria's apartment is incredible! True, authentic home in ancient Cortona with modern ammenities that bring it right up into the 21st century.
It is ideally located near the major piazza's in the town but removed from the tourists. You'll feel like very much like a local!
There is ample room for a couple. The entire home is charmingly decorated that makes the home feel very warm. The bed is very comfortable and the whole of the home is very clean. The bathroom features a skylight and a truly amazing shower with great water pressure and plenty of hot water.
Downstairs, the kitchen is well stocked and allows enough room for making meals. All appliances work great.
Ilaria charges for linen rental and air conditioning/heating (relating to which season you visit) but we found the prices to be nominal and well worth it. The linen is professionally laundered and the air works wonderfully.
I would gladly recommend for any traveler!
Ilaria's little jewel apartment was love at first sight. It is an experience not to be missed! It is not just the beautifully renovated apartment, but also the neighbourhood where it is situated (in the heart of Cortona), the adorable little street behind and the incredible view from the top floor. It gives you just that Tuscany-feeling why you take up a travel to Toscana.
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