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Sleeps:
6
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
16895
Nearest Town:
Cortona

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Casa Berrettini

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Overall:
We had a wonderful time and Ivan couldn't have been more helpful and kind.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved Cortona and the property allowed us to actually feel like we were part of the town.
Enjoyed Least:
The hike up the hill was a challenge some of the time.
Surrounding Area:
We rented a car so there were so many close towns that we visited---Siena, Asissi, Spello, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We certainly walked to Cortona every day to shop, visit the Etruscan Museum which was unbelievable and of course, the coffee shop to get our cappucino.
Tips or Restaurants:
Au Grotto was a favorite of ours in Cortona.
Directions:
The instructions to meeting someone about how to get to the property were very clear and helpful. The local agency that we dealt with was wonderful. Julie was very helpful since I got the flu on the second day and she helped with sorting out train cancellations and other things.
Check In Out:
Very clear and extremely pleasant experience.

Anne, May

Overall:
It was a very nice home with an amazing location in old Cortona. The home is fully renovated to present day standards, Bosch gas cook top, easy to operate convection oven, Euro-refrigerator with alot of space, all top of the line appliances including a Bosch clothes washing machine. Towels and linens were clean and fresh, the home was very clean and well appointed. Kitchen has everything a chef would want and I mean everything.
Enjoyed Most:
The kitchen--big long kitchen table right in the kitchen center with a view out the window of the Cortona Valley floor--both by day and then the twinklng lights at night--stunning. We love to buy local and cook every place we travel...a real delight...p.s. no dishwasher but it was not a big deal.
Enjoyed Least:
The location of the home is fantastic but one should know is it's location on one of the very narrow charming streets of old Cortona--very steep by just common day standards--it's a great home but know that if you rent this place you will have to take your time when walking down to the main square and a little bit more time walking back up. We are in very good shape and it was still a pretty darned good workout each time we went out--still we loved the place. All stairs inside are steep but we got used to it after a couple of days.
Surrounding Area:
We had a very nice rental car which we parked on the back entrance but still close by to Cortona. So we were able to drive the local countryside with day trips. Cortona has a very nice piazza where an operatic performance was going on one Sunday with a very nice center strip of stores for shopping and restaurants, also a nice local grocery. You can also walk up the street from No. 23 and walk back out the entry road for a nice flat walk, which we enjoyed immensely.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The only walking distance town is Cortona proper but with GPS you can locate many other small villages--alot of fun to drive the photogenic countryside and see the olive trees, vineyards, old villas and lots of nice little villages. Camucia is the town located right below Cortona and there is a Co-op for a huge grocery ion--excellent meats, veggies, breads, wine and all you need at good prices.
Tips or Restaurants:
Know that you need to be ready for the stairs inside the house--they are steep but doable. If you have trouble with stairs this is not going to be fun. You don't need to bring anything.
Directions:
We used a GPS to get to Terontola to get the key which is a couple of miles before Cortona. Try and anticipate what time you will get to Terontola to pick up the key. We arrived at noon and it was too early but we went off to eat lunch and drink wine so no worries. So getting to the house is a two part event--try and arrive in the daylight hours if possible. Ivan the owner and Denyse from RentVillas met us with a key and Ivan let us follow him to the house, which was very helpful.
Check In Out:
Ivan the homeowner had the kitchen lightly stocked with juice, meet and cheese, bread and dessert and fresh fruit--it was a tremendous help after finding our way and getting unpacked. Check out was super easy as Ivan came to the house to close us out.

Barbara, October

Overall:
Fantastic! The property was everything we could have hoped for.
Enjoyed Most:
It was a very comfortable and had a homey feel.
Surrounding Area:
Close access to main roads for day trips.
Nearby Events or Locales:
I don't think any town is within walking distance since Cortona is high up on a hill.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cacciatore restaurant was a good find; we ate there twice.
Directions:
Our directions to the rental office were fine. We followed the girl from the office to about halfway then Ivan (owner) met us and we followed him the rest of way. Yes, we had a GPS.
Check In Out:
No, very easy.

ROBERT , May

Overall:
Perfect.
Enjoyed Most:
Loved Ivan, the kitchen, and the location!
Enjoyed Least:
Walking up the hill after dinner.
Surrounding Area:
Loved the small town feel, the restaurants, and the central location for day trips.
Check In Out:
We were blessed with homemade pasta, pesto sauce, tiramisu and wine from Ivan on our last day in Cortona!!!! Sooooo delicious!

Lisa, May

Overall:
A wonderfully warm and welcoming experience. The reception from Ivan, the homeowner, set the stage for 2 weeks of a truly Italian and personal experience in the city of Cortona. We fully enjoyed the kitchen and the time spent enjoying our daily cheese, bread, and meats! The views and sounds from the house will stay with us forever! Great property for a family or multiple couples.
Enjoyed Most:
The kitchen was a definite highlight along with the great views and many windows that allowed us to enjoy the sunrise, sunsets, music from the Piazza, sounds of the city and passerbys! Wonderfully refurbished property that met our every need.
Enjoyed Least:
The hill was a bit challenging but definitely a great part of our story in Italy!
Surrounding Area:
Easy access to the train station which allowed us to do both day trips and short getaways to other cities.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Camucia was the nearest town. A short bus or taxi ride but a bit of a walk. Downhill a much more pleasant walk with gorgeous views but coming home requires some training.
Tips or Restaurants:
The property really provided everything we needed! I suggest a SIM card vs using your US mobile access which for us was a challenge. Computer access was no issue but phone access was limited. We loved La Grotta restaurant in town and Osteria del Teatro offered a unique and warm atmosphere with wonderful food. The people at the Despar were very helpful and we loved their Pecorino cheese.
Directions:
It's a 2-minute walk from the Terontola train station to the local agent's office.
Check In Out:
Ivan was so helpful that we had no issues and everything was explained well. The welcome after a long trip with an antipasto dish, a torte, bottled water, juice and fresh flowers was a total treat.

Francy, June

Overall:
Wonderful. Perfect for anyone who wants an in-town location.
Enjoyed Most:
It was a short, albeit steep, walk to the main piazza.
Enjoyed Least:
Can be a bit chilly.
Surrounding Area:
Cortona and all of Tuscany are great for exploring by car (or on foot in Cortona).
Tips or Restaurants:
Locanda dell'Amoroso in Sinalunga for a restaurant splurge.
Directions:
GPS is the way to go as routes are not labeled and maps are difficult to interpret.
Check In Out:
Easy. Ivan is great. Provided a welcome antipasto and a meal mid-week.

Paul, June

Overall:
We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. We arrived late at night and were met by the owner, Ivan, who coulnd't have been more welcoming and helpful. There was a large antipasto plate with fresh bread waiting for us, fresh fruit and a tart made by his mother. What a welcome treat after a long 24 hours of travel.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the location and the interior. It was very roomy for 5 of us. The bathrooms were great, kitchen wonderful. We had no complaints about the bedrooms and loved the downstairs area with the cute bar. We would meet downstairs after our day trips, open the doors to let the light and air in, a sit and watch the world go by...usually people struggling up the steep hill! This property is a little piece of heaven. Ivan is wonderful and even brought homemade pesto, pasta, and the most delicious tiramasu one night when we had been out all day and were tired. We felt like we had died and gone to heaven.
Enjoyed Least:
The hill from town was pretty steep but we felt the vast amount of energy it took to get home would work off any vast amount of calorie intake in the wonderful restaurants in town.
Surrounding Area:
Very well-located for day trips. We went to Florence by train and drove to Multepulciano, Siena, Assisi, and a couple other small towns. The country side was picturesque, just as we imagined Tuscany to be. Also plenty of wineries nearby to go wine tasting.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The apartment was right in Cortona, which we loved. One of our favorite towns! A few minutes walk down the hill...a bit of a struggle back but definitly worth the effort. Plenty to do in town if we didn't want to venture out for the day. Lots of good places for coffee, lunch, dinner or just gelato. Nice shops, people very pleasant.
Tips or Restaurants:
The best restaurant in town is Buccachia. Expensive but not for what you get. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, great wine, owner very social and eager to please his customers. We had a great night out here and would highly recommend it. We didn't need anything. Not necessary to bring anythig from home, if you need anything the shops have all you could want.
Directions:
Yes we did use GPS. Actually we couldn't have managed without it. We would have had great difficulty arriving at our destination in the dark without it.
Check In Out:
We had a wonderful property owner, Ivan. He gave us gift on arrival, mid-week, and a small gift on departure. What a wonderful guy, he made our holiday so special.

Susan, September

Overall:
Absolutely delightful--better than we had expected. Our owner Evan was beyond accommodating. He couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome.
Enjoyed Most:
It was charming, organized, and offered all comforts and wonderful proximity to the piazza.
Enjoyed Least:
More fans were needed in the bedrooms.
Surrounding Area:
EVERYTHING, food, shopping, swimming, the sights, people, grocery, markets, and a wonderful arts festival.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in Cortona.
Tips or Restaurants:
All the restaurants in the town are wonderful. We did not have a bad meal. The climb to town is steep; there are some people who wouldn't be able to make the hike multiple times a day.

Lisa, August

Overall:
From the moment we met the owner, we knew this was not only going to be a trip of a lifetime, we knew we found a new friend! Casa Berrettini felt like home! The special moments we created in the kitchen and around the beautiful kitchen table; the kitchen table was the heart of our vacation. We spent most evenings cooking, laughing, sharing, and eating! The neighbors are wonderful and we found the community of Cortona loving, sweet, and welcoming. We all miss Casa Berrettini, Ivan, Mama, and Cortona!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything! The location is ideal...close to the piazza without the impact of potential crowds. The city and the residents of Cortona are so kind. As for the property, the home is warm, decorated tastefully, the views of the valley from the kitchen and the bedrooms are beautiful, the kitchen table begs you to sit around, unplug, and get back to the basics: talking, laughing, eating and sipping a yummy Brunello.
Surrounding Area:
The neighbors (we particularly fell in love with the neighbors son...he is so cute). I love the older man that leans out his window every day to grab a breath of fresh air or to check out the hustle of a grade-school aged soccer team. I love the fact that there's a church up the hill and down the hill...and I love the fact that it is quiet and peaceful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Casa Berrettini is walking distance to the main center of Cortona where you can grab a slice of pizza, a gelato, cappuccino and a glass of Brunello (what else do you need in life?). There's a town nearby (10-minute drive) where you can grab your groceries, sundries, and anything else you need.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a journal as you may find yourself writing (at the kitchen table!) about all the little things that make up a wonderful day in Cortona and Casa Berrettini! Bring your inner cook as the kitchen is equipped with everything you need to whip up a yummy meal. Leave your electronics at home. Bring the universal sign of friendship: a smile! The market on Sat morning is noteworthy. Don't skip the food section! We cooked most night; however, the pizza spot at the bottom of the hill just before you enter into the piazza was our favorite.
Directions:
The directions from the Florence airport were spot on. Note the A1 highway is a toll road.
Check In Out:
We LOVED the welcoming greeting from Ivan. He showed us around the house and had treats waiting for us (we were starving!) Checking out was easy and seamless. Saying goodbye to Ivan, Casa Berrettini, and Cortona brought us to tears.

Michelle, June

Overall:
Delightful!
Enjoyed Most:
The property owner, Ivan, has lovingly restored and furnished the home.
Enjoyed Least:
The first floor was very cold and the master bath is tiny.
Surrounding Area:
Cortona is a beautiful town. I loved the the architecture, history, and people.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Cortona is within walking distance. Casa Berrettini has wonderful access.

Katie, April

Overall:
Simply amazing! It's everything we had hoped for and more.
Enjoyed Most:
Location, location, location! We could not have been more pleased with the ENTIRE experience.
Surrounding Area:
The town of Cortona and surrounding countryside was just as you would find in pictures. Very picturesque and romantic.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Camucia was the nearest town. Our teenage boys walked there. Though quite a hike and downhill, it's a great walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Everything was there when we arrived. Ivan greeted us and walked us through the property. He had fresh baked bread, fruit, an antipasti platter and fruit tart for us upon our arrival. We were at home! We even came back one evening from a long day of sightseeing and waiting for us was a bottle of wine, fresh made pasta, pesto, beef stew and an amazing tiramisu. Just bring your walking shoes and appetite. Every restaurant and bar that we tried was simply amazing. Can't wait to return.
Directions:
Denyse's husband met us and drove us to the property. He helped us park the obnoxious van we rented and helped us get our luggage into the villa.
Check In Out:
It was great. After traveling for almost 24 hours, everything and everyone was there to greet us and make our stay awesome.

Don, March

Overall:
We had a wonderful time at Casa Berrettini. Three couples spent a week at the apartment. The apartment was everything we had hoped for and more--neighbourhood in the old city, restored heritage building, lovely furnishings, gracious host and with all necessary modern amenities. We spent our days exploring Cortona and touring in the area sampling many local specialities--pasta, cheese, meats, wine, olive oils--and at night returned to our little piece of paradise at Casa Berrettini.
Enjoyed Most:
Casa Berrettini is a lovely apartment. We loved reading about the home's history and felt the restoration had been completed with care and love. The furnishings were very comfortable although we spent most of our time visiting around the huge dining room table. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our own breakfasts and evening meal--we were always out during the day.

Wendy, October

Overall:
Staying at Casa Berrettini was everything and more than we expected. The property was lovely, comfortable, and convenient. Ivan, the property owner, was incredibly hospitable and helpful. We felt so welcomed and right at home when we arrived to see a fresh torta, cookies, bread, juice, fruit, and flowers at the house.
Enjoyed Most:
Cortona is a lovely city, and the property was so conveniently located in the heart of it all. The home was fully and comfortably appointed, and it was a great space for a family of four. The kitchen was especially well-equipped, with all necessary cookware, equipment, and utensils to cook all meals at the house, if desired.
Enjoyed Least:
The house is on a very steep hill in the city, so there were some tough walks home after long, wine-filled dinners.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding area was amazing. Cortona is a delightful city with great restaurants and shopping, including grocery, butcher, and produce markets. The views from the top of the town were spectacular. Days spent in Cortona were wonderful, and it also serves as a great base of operations for exploring other towns and wineries in Tuscany. It was an easy drive to Montepulciano and Montalcino, and a convenient train ride to Florence. On the drive up to Cortona from Rome, it was very convenient to stop and visit the cool hill town of Orvieto.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The house is in the heart of Cortona, only a short walk downhill to the center of town. Camucia is a short drive down the hill and has a large supermarket Coop and the train station.
Tips or Restaurants:
We enjoyed many of the great restaurants in Cortona, particularly La Buccaccia and Pizzeria Fufluns. Reservations for both are highly recommended as locals and tourists frequent both. We enjoyed the cooking class that we scheduled, and recommend that visitors look into the many options for cooking classes that are available. In terms of the house, it is so well appointed that there is nothing special that you would need to bring. There are even two hairdryers at the house, so that's one less thing to pack. Note that in one of the bedrooms there is only a wardrobe and not a dresser, so if you have people staying in all of the rooms, storage space for clothes can be an issue for those staying in that room.
Directions:
We drove to Cortona from Rome, and stopped to see the property manager in Terontola. She told us where to meet the property owner in Cortona, who then led us to the house, showing us where to park. Getting around Cortona by car can be a bit confusing, with twisting narrow roads, but with good GPS and patience, it's manageable and quickly feels natural. We parked our car just inside the city wall but a couple of hundred meters away from the house. Given the difficulty driving on the hilly and narrow streets of the center of the city, this was a fine trade-off and still was very convenient.
Check In Out:
Ivan, the property owner, made the check-in process very smooth. He speaks English well and gave a thorough introduction to the house, including both fuse boxes. He explained how to use all of the appliances. He made sure that we had his cell number and made it clear that we could reach out at any time if there were questions or concerns.

Louis, October

Overall:
Casa Berrettini is a great place to stay and exceeded our expectations. Very well appointed, comfortable and hosted very well by Ivan, the owner. An opportunity to experience local living in a beautiful hilltop city with a long history dating back to Estruscan times. Other wonderful places such as Assisi, Arrezo and Siena quite close and easily visited by regional train. Very steep walking climb to the Villa.
Enjoyed Most:
Decor, appointments and space. We were a group of 5 utilising the 3 bedrooms and were very comfortable. Location right in the heart of Cortona. Situated on a corner with windows facing both streets allowing lots of light and beautiful views of the valley below.
Enjoyed Least:
Not much to criticise.
Surrounding Area:
The location was excellent with plenty of wonderful, historic places to visit by bus/train access such as Perugia, Assisi, Siena and Arezzo. Other small places such as Montepulciano, Moltacino and Pienza best by car. Cortona has an abundance of historic places to see all in walking distance, although on quite hilly roads.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Comucia or Terontola are nearby, but not within walking distance. Train stations are located in both of these towns.
Tips or Restaurants:
There is plenty of choice for eating. We found the local Trattoria excellent but popular. There is a small supermarket Despar in the village with fresh bread each morning and stocks most things needed. Two butchers and fruit and vegetable shops with fresh and good produce. To walk from the main Piazza and shopping area to the villa is not easy as it is very steep. Not for people who have mobility issues. A GPS highly recommended if driving to other towns. Parking is always very difficult.
Directions:
Good instructions provided by Rent Villas before leaving.
Check In Out:
Denise the property manager arranged a taxi to pick us up at Terontola rail station. Only Euro 20 for 5 passengers and bags.

Donald, August

Overall:
We loved, loved, loved Casa Berrettina. The house itself was perfect for our traveling family - ranging in age from 3 to 74.
Enjoyed Most:
We arrived late on Christmas night and Ivan took the time to help us settle in and had even provided coffee, breakfast, homemade jam and a cake in case stores were closed the next day. The well-equipped kitchen was a highlight. Throughtout the week Ivan returned with more goodies and told us about the history of house. The location was great - easy to explore Tuscany.
Enjoyed Least:
Parking and driving were challenging, but easier than we expected and the only downside to the house was the chilly ground floor - although it might be a perk in summer.
Nearby Events or Locales:
New Year's Eve in Cortona is fantastic and the piazza becomes a town-wide disco.

Christine, January

Overall:
Cortona is wonderful and the house couldn't be better! The house is even nicer than the photos shown online. We had four children with us, and everyone had enough room and had a great time walking around the city.
Enjoyed Most:
The kitchen was large and comfortable. We spent a lot of time sitting around the long monastery table. The owner has paid close attention to detail, as shown in the sparkling cleanliness, fresh flowers, decor and antique furnishings, and well stocked kitchen. When we arrived, Ivan had provided us enough food for the first few days, which was a great help with hungry kids.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing really. The showers are small, but that was expected. The house is on a very steep hill, so be prepared to huff and puff walking home from dinner! It's a great way to work off the tiramisu.
Surrounding Area:
Cortona is compact, but there is so much to see and do. The Church of San Francesco, the Etruscan museum and the shops and restaurants are all very close by. The views and sunsets and breathtaking.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Carmucia is at the bottom of the hill. You can reach it in a few minutes by bus. There is a large supermarket there, and a market day on Thursday. But really, the action is in Cortona.
Tips or Restaurants:
You might want to bring wash cloths. A serrated bread knife would be helpful for slicing the Tuscan bread. There is a small grocery store and fruit shop on the main piazza. Make sure to stop by your chosen restaurant during the day to make reservations for the evening. We ate at Nessun Dorma, and Trattoria Dardano. The take-out pizza place off of Piazza della Repubblica was good too.
Directions:
The owner had a taxi meet us at the train station at Terontola. It brought us right to the house.

Mary, November

Overall:
We had a great time! Ivan was a very welcoming host and we enjoyed learning about the history of the 2000 year old house and its evolution.
Enjoyed Most:
The great location in Cortona and the views. Seems that we did everything around the kitchen table. Very nicely supplied kitchen. The lower level is nice but away from the bedrooms and the action. It was also unseasonably cold and wet during our week in May, and we probably should have asked for some heat.
Enjoyed Least:
Why are all showers in Italy so small with control knobs that you bump into while showering? Beautiful large bathrooms but quirky showers.
Surrounding Area:
Cortona had lots to explore and easy access for side trips to Florence, Montepulciano, etc. The property manager was always available to help us obtain transportation and advise on day trips. She was super.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Cortona's main square is a short walk downhill and a real trek back up hill. But the walk was always worth it. Don't book Casa Berrettini if you need assistance walking. I would not want to try to push a wheel chair up that hill. Great restaurants and shops in town.
Tips or Restaurants:
Snoopy's has great gelato! The Lion's Well stays open late for the younger set.
Directions:
The property manager met us at the train and got us transportation directly to the house.
Check In Out:
They allowed us to drop our bags off early that morning and Ivan met us in the afternoon to introduce us to the house.

Greg, May

Overall:
We loved our visit. It was perfect. Cortona was wonderful. We cooked every meal, just about, in the great kitchen. The owner was so very generous, showering us with homemade treats. It was easy for our group of 5, including a 3 1/2 year old to navigate the town. we separated easily and met up easily. Never a dull moment in our week. Townspeople were nice. No complaints from us!
Enjoyed Most:
The kitchen and proximity to town.
Surrounding Area:
So close to many beautiful spots. easy drives walks, etc.
Tips or Restaurants:
We ate at home a lot. Found ample supplies in town and a larger grocery store in the town at the bottom of the hill for basics. There was a homemade fresh pasta store in Cortona, nice butchers and great vegetable stands.

Jill, April

Overall:
We really had a wonderful experience at Casa Berrettini. The house is lovely and has been wonderfully reconstructed and decorated. We found the beds VERY comfortable and the accommodations were just great. I would recommend this rental to anyone.
Enjoyed Most:
They provided us with some basics... eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. Ivan's mother had made a beautiful fruit and pastry confection that was there when we arrived. Later, she brought homemade pasta, pesto, and tiramisu. We came to thoroughly enjoy Ivan and had a wonderful week!
Enjoyed Least:
The electricity went off a few times and we needed heat, but fortunately, we were able to find a phone to make our calls and Ivan always responded.........what a dear person!

Deb , February

Overall:
The whole week at Casa Berrettini was magical.
Enjoyed Most:
The keyholder was amazing and very personable. He might surprise you with a bottle of wine from his family's vineyard, delicious Tiramisu, or an apricot tart. He was wonderful!!
Enjoyed Least:
Slightly cool - but it was December and it is an old stone building.
Surrounding Area:
So much to see and do - hiking to a convent, monastery, or beautiful churches. Short drives to other hill towns. We went to Florence one day, ventured over to Assisi, and had a wine tasting in the town of Montepulciano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Camucia - where we did our grocery shopping. Yes, it was within walking distance if the hills do not bother you.
Tips or Restaurants:
Would highly recommend this place. We ate most of our meals in our cozy kitchen with the long farm table and it was perfect for 7 adults.
Directions:
We had 2 separate parties involving 2 cars. One had a GPS and came right to it and the same without the assistance of the GPS. Great directions.
Check In Out:
All went rather smoothly.

Jan, December

Overall:
We had a fabulous time in Cortona. The keyholder could not have been more helpful and gracious. The town of Cortona is an excellent base for exploring Tuscany and Umbria.
Enjoyed Most:
Central location steps away from piazzas, restaurants, town.
Enjoyed Least:
The hill is pretty steep and it's a tough walk back up from town.
Surrounding Area:
Small town feel in Cortona, but lots of great shops, restaurants, baker, butcher, markets.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring appropriate footwear for steep cobblestone streets, Casa Berrettini is very well equipped.
Directions:
We met the keyholder in Piazza Garibaldi and then followed him to the property. Given the tight streets, it's definitely the way to go.

John, July

Overall:
A beautifully restored 1300 house. The owner and renovator is quite a guy. He would do anything for us. He brought us his mother's home cooked food, wood for the fireplace and flowers.
Enjoyed Most:
The house was in the middle of the historic neighborhood. We tried out our Italian with the very friendly neighbors. The apartment was nicely furnished with a great kitchen. The famous local Cortonan pottery was displayed throughout the house and also used for dining.
Enjoyed Least:
Our March visit started unseasonably cold. We even had 2 inches of snow one morning, a rare March event in Cortona. The heating system had some trouble keeping up with this cold weather. But the down quilts kept us warm at night. By week's end the temperature was back to the 70's and no heat was needed.
Surrounding Area:
Walking around the hillside town of Cortona with it's maze of streets and 200BC Etruscan walls. Wonderful views, a great market square with lots of shops and restaurants.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The main piazza of Cortona was a 4 minute walk down the hill. And an 8 minute walk back up. We tried to take different routes, wandering through the mazes of small streets and passageways. On our walks we counted 16 historic churches in Cortona. That for a permanent population of 800!
Tips or Restaurants:
If you love Tuscan hilltop towns, this is the place to be.
Directions:
The owner met us at Piazza Garibaldi and we followed him by car around the hill and down the maze of tiny streets to the house. Finding the place on our own would have been close to impossible.

George, March

Overall:
The owner of this villa is a wonderful person who takes great care of it. He made us feel right at home and went above and beyond any expectations we might have had. The place is clean and homey and we hated to leave it after two weeks.
Enjoyed Most:
This villa has a wonderful kitchen. It has lots of windows and is on the second floor. We enjoyed cooking our meals in it and even hired a chef to come in and give us a lesson. There is a huge table that seats 10 people and we made that into our gathering place.
Enjoyed Least:
It would be impossible to remedy this but we would have enjoyed a place to sit outside. The weather was wonderful while we were in Cortona and it would have been nice to take advantage of that. We did open all of the windows and that helped.
Surrounding Area:
Every day we hiked and never went to the same place. The surrounding area is stunning in its beauty. The people treated us wonderfully. There were some interesting museums and churches and the fort was worthy of a visit as well as the large cemetery outside the gates of Cortona.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is located in the heart of Cortona. We were just a few minutes walk from all of the shops and restaurants. We stayed for two weeks so really became like locals and merchants learned our names. One of the neighbors was making his annual supply of wine and invited us to see the process and then gave us some of his wine.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't be afraid to learn to use the Italian coffee maker. The coffee from it is great and it's fun to act like a local. The kitchen is fully equipped and the owner takes great pride in his property. We had everything we needed to make very nice meals. The appliances are of great quality and work well. There are many nice restaurants in Cortona. Our favorites were La Buccucia and Cory's. Don't forget to visit the Molesini's. They have a well-stocked grocery store and a wonderful wine store across the street!
Check In Out:
The owner helped us with everything. He even gave us a little gift when we left. He is quite the special guy. We loved him!

Elizabeth, October

Overall:
Located in the pre-medieval part of Cortona. Beautifully restored.
Enjoyed Most:
The owner was most helpful, and his mother provided a wonderful meal for us upon our arrival. Ivan also brought us fresh vegetables from his farm, and his mother gave is a delicious Tiramisu dessert.
Enjoyed Least:
My wife and I are 83, and the walk down to the shops and back is on a 45 degree angle cobblestone street. That is tough, especially coming back up. So any future renters should be in tip-top shape.
Tips or Restaurants:
We drove to Assisi, took the ferry to Isola Maggiore on Lago Trasimeno, drove to Siena and Montepulciano, to taste the Vino Nobile - excellent! We definitely should have had a cell phone! As far as restaurants are concerned, we recommend the "Osteria Del Teatro."

Joe, September

Overall:
Great location for exploring Tuscany and Umbria.
Enjoyed Most:
The location of the property was fabulous. Placed in the middle of an Italian town. It was charming.
Enjoyed Least:
The property has no outdoor area.
Surrounding Area:
The small surrounding city was like taking a step back in time.
Nearby Events or Locales:
I do not suggest this property unless you are fit and very mobile. The property is in the middle of a very steep hill and it can be very challenging.
Tips or Restaurants:
Pizza Fuflans was great with inexpensive pizza. Do not plan to park at the property. I suggest parking at one of the public lots at the bottom of the hill

Debra, August

Overall:
Casa Berrettini feels more like a warm inviting family home than a rental property. It was meticulously restored over a period of 5 years by its owner and it maintains the character of a medieval building while offering all the modern comforts. Antiques and family heirlooms add warmth to the rooms. It seemed that every surface had been freshly cleaned and polished.
Enjoyed Most:
The views from the second and third story windows of the casa are lovely. The kitchen is very special. Windows on two sides let in lots of light. It has an enormous table which can seat 10. The counters, back-splash, and dual sinks are a rosy colored marble. It is well equipped for food prep and serving. We could have had a party there with no problem! Perhaps what I liked most about the property was the warmth and hospitality of the owner. He truly made us feel welcome and went out of his way to make sure that we enjoyed our visit.
Enjoyed Least:
Driving to and parking near the property was challenging. This is something we expected, though, and were willing to cope with so that we could experience life in a medieval neighborhood.
Surrounding Area:
Casa Berrettini sits on a steep medieval street a short walk up hill to the birthplace of Pietro Berrettini, a respected Renaissance artist, and a short walk downhill to the church of San Francisco. A short but strenuous walk brought us to Cortona's two main piazzas and shops and cafes. We enjoyed living in a residential Cortona neighborhood which looks as it must have since medieval times.
Tips or Restaurants:
Casa Berrettini is very well equipped. It even has feather comforters for cold nights. If you prefer American coffee to Italian, bring some. The kitchen has both American and Italian coffee pots. We shopped for groceries in the neighboring town of Camucia which has a good size supermarket. We bought fresh fruit and vegetables and bakery goods at small shops in Cortona. Most of the shops are on Cortona's one flat street, Via Nationale, which goes from the Piazza Garibaldi to Piazza Repubblica. Keep in mind Siesta time and Monday morning part of the Italian weekend when most stores are closed.
Directions:
We did not receive directions to the property. Instead, the owner met us outside the city walls and showed us how to drive to and park near the property. I think it would have been difficult to find the casa on our own and we really appreciated his help.
Check In Out:
Check in and check out went smoothly. When we asked questions, the owner was very patient and knowledgeable.

Deborah, June