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Property Details

Sleeps:
7
Single Bedrooms:
1
Double Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Type:
House
Property #:
18814
Nearest Town:
Olmo

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Mulino sul Colle

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Overall:
Very peaceful with beautiful views. A great base for touring Tuscany. Our hosts were wonderful. A wonderful conversion of the old mill into a residence.
Enjoyed Most:
Our hosts Nadia and Roberto made us feel welcome and at home. Enjoyed mornings and evenings on the terrace.
Surrounding Area:
Tuscany is beautiful. Small hill towns close and larger towns in easy driving distance. The immediate neighborhood was great for walks and morning runs. Enjoyed the view and bells from the church just up the hill.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nearest town is Arezzo. Walking on the main road would have been tricky.
Tips or Restaurants:
RentVillas assisted us in arranging for a grocery pre-stocking. Very helpful!
Directions:
Directions were good and helped when the GPS was a bit off.
Check In Out:
Check in and check out were very easy.

Dennis, May

Overall:
Truly wonderful. The warmest, most welcoming, most comfortable and delightful accommodations I've ever had in Europe.
Enjoyed Most:
Charming, beautiful, unpretentious, comfortable villa, with great spaces to relax indoors and out great location for exploring Tuscany incredibly warm and welcoming villa owners with whom we became friends.
Enjoyed Least:
I can't think of anything we didn't like.
Surrounding Area:
Gorgeous, quiet, peaceful setting, with historic churches, country lanes, trails through woods and mountains for running and hiking, while having easy access to nearby groceries, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Tiny villages nearby, most without real town center. Ulmo, with some businesses, grocery, was just a couple of miles. Narrow, fairly high-volume traffic road to it would not have been conducive to walking, but was an easy 5-minute drive.
Special Experiences:
We had a welcome dinner and grocery pre-stocking, from Nadia, the villa owner, both of which were perfect and beyond our wildest expectations. Chef Elisa gave us a cooking lesson a couple of days later, and prepared an incredible dinner. And Chef Francesco came and prepared a delicious dinner our last night in the villa. All were fabulous, and we'd recommend them without hesitation.
Tips or Restaurants:
Nothing specific. The villa had everything we needed, and supplies of all kinds were very nearby. We ate in many good restaurants in Arezzo, Siena, Pisa, Assisi, and small hill towns all over Tuscany (and a bit of Umbria), but enjoyed cooking at home in our villa, and the special meals prepared for us there.
Directions:
The directions we were given were thorough and excellent. We did use a GPS, and I can't imagine doing the exploration of Tuscany we did without one.
Check In Out:
It couldn't have been easier, smoother, or friendlier.

Kesler, May

Overall:
Peaceful and inviting environment.
Enjoyed Most:
The character and tranquility of the home.
Enjoyed Least:
The lack of windows in the bedrooms.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful fields of olive trees, hills, and great view of the mountains.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Olmo-yes, it's within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Steep steps in entry--unsuitable for older folk.
Directions:
We did not use GPS. The delightful owner collected us from the train station.
Check In Out:
All fabulous.

Vicki, September

Overall:
Exactly what we were looking for and expected. When you stay in an old converted mill, you cannot expect 5-star luxury. It was rustic, but had all amenities we needed and a wonderful host.
Enjoyed Most:
Quiet, kitchen, patio.
Enjoyed Least:
Mosquitos, little warm at night.
Surrounding Area:
Living like a local. Arezzo is fantastic, much less touristy than Siena or even Firenze.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Olmo, no.
Tips or Restaurants:
Mosquito spray. Air out the house in the morning, when it is cool. Esselunga grocery store in Arezzo. Antico Borgo in Civitella across the valley.
Directions:
Check out Bing maps and you can see the church and make out the terracotta patio from the satellite.
Check In Out:
Couldn't have been any better.

Andre, September

Overall:
A wonderful month spent with family and friends. If you want to rent a rural kind of place in Tuscany, don't bother looking further. No place could be better than Mulino sul Colle. The house and surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful, the air is wonderful, and you can hike all over the mountains.
Enjoyed Most:
The most crucial thing is Nadia, the owner. The villa is her passion (she and Roberto restored it and raised their children there). The house is comfortable, sparkling clean, and a wonderful place to hang out. It is surrounded by acres of Nadia's olive trees. (Don't get me started on her fabulous olive oil, which she shared with us.)
Enjoyed Least:
Lots of stairs could be a challenge with toddlers and the elderly.
Surrounding Area:
The villa is located in the Val di Chiana, with breathtaking views from the house and from everywhere you go around there. All the Tuscan hill towns are an easy daytrip from the villa. You can't see them all, but we visited Siena, Cortona, Orvieto, Montepulciano, Sansepolcro and more--each more lovely than the last.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Olmo is a few kilometers, with nice small grocery, bread shop, pizzeria. It's 10 minutes by car to Arezzo, which is a lovely town and fun to explore. Rent a car. My husband and I are timid drivers but were very comfortable driving all over Tuscany. Get a GPS--it's worth the money.
Tips or Restaurants:
You really don't need to bring anything beyond your personal things because Nadia meticulously supplies everything (down to a box of every kind of lightbulb that might need replacing in the house). Nadia will point you to fabulous restaurants, but in the end we enjoyed cooking for ourselves the most, with fresh vegetables of all kinds from the garden and wonderful herbs growing on the terrace. I feel kind of guilty for eating all Nadia's vegetables.
Directions:
Nadia and I arranged our arrival by email. When we arrived in Arezzo by train, she was waiting at the Avis place across the street. She took us to the grocery and then led us to the villa. She also helped us with some details at Avis before our arrival.
Check In Out:
Everything went completely smoothly and according to plan.

Lucinda, October

Overall:
Fabulous, we loved the accommodations, and the owner took extra special care of us.
Enjoyed Most:
The charm.
Surrounding Area:
It's Italy, what can we say? Fabulous!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Olbia, but we didn't walk to it.
Tips or Restaurants:
Just be sure to rent a car with a GPS. We got lost due to the signage on the roads. They weren't clear. A roundabout may say Arezzo this way, or Arrezzo that way. We got confused on most of our outings.

Myrna, May

Overall:
Great.
Enjoyed Most:
Its spirit.
Surrounding Area:
We liked everything.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo is the nearest town--about 9 km away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Enjoy the scenery!

Lydia, November

Overall:
Our group was looking for a clean, reasonably priced home base for day trips and Mulino sul Colle, an old mill, certainly met that need.
Enjoyed Most:
The property is located on a hillside olive orchard and was as beautiful as the photos indicate.
Enjoyed Least:
The house is large, drafty, and chilly. In the summer this would be an advantage. In the fall/winter it is tough.
Surrounding Area:
The town was nice enough, but it was very close to the main highway that is used to get to Siena, Florence, Volterra, etc...
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo is very nearby, however walking there would be dangerous as it is located on a 50km road without sidewalks.
Tips or Restaurants:
There is an amazing restaurant (brochure in the house) that has the most amazing barbequed chicken I have ever eaten.
Check In Out:
The owner is a WONDERFUL host.

Kirk, October

Overall:
The directions on driving to the villa were very good. We found it with no problem. The house is beautiful and exactly what you dream about. It is charming and romantic. The kitchen is well stocked, large, and fun to cook in plus it has a wonderful view. I would have my morning coffee hanging out the window looking over the valley each day. Nadia is a sweet and helpful host.
Enjoyed Most:
The patio is absolutely beautiful. We ate outside many times and just hung out reading or playing on the computer. There is WiFi which the boys loved for checking football scores. The olive orchard looks like a postcard it is so pretty. The kitchen is huge, so we enjoyed cooking several meals there.
Enjoyed Least:
One of the bathrooms had very dim lights so I had to use the other couple's bathroom for make up application, but that took just 5 minutes a day. We were well warned about the bugs, so we had our own DEET and it works just fine.
Surrounding Area:
The location is wonderful because you are in the middle of Tuscany. Any city you want to visit is within an hour. It is in the country so it's very quiet and peaceful. The church up the hill has an interesting cemetery with pictures on the gravestones. It was the opening of hunting season for wild boar the day we arrived so we heard several shotgun shots through out the week. While we wanted to see the boars, they were hiding pretty well from those hunters.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo is the nearest town but you must drive about 10 minutes or you can catch a bus. Nadia was helpful in explaining how to get bus tickets.
Tips or Restaurants:
We wished we would have brought a deck of cards or Yatzee or some movies for the DVD. CDs for the kitchen while your're cooking would be nice too. Nadia recommended the 2 restaurants we went to and they were fantastic. Ask her about the one in Civitella in Val di Chiana. It is the town across the valley on top of the hill that you look at through the kitchen window. We loved TasteVin in Arezzo too.
Directions:
We did not have a GPS, but we wished we would have for visiting the little towns.
Check In Out:
You do have to pay for your electricity and gas and a cleaning service. There were four people in our group and the total bill was 100 Euros. We were conservative with the lights but we did many loads of laundry. Nadia provided laundry soap, but I brought the 3 in 1 sheets by Purex and they made the laundry softer. Nadia explained all of the charges ahead of time, so we didn't have any surprises.

Lisa, October

Overall:
We loved the villa. All the comforts included made our vacation extra special.
Enjoyed Most:
The wonderful history of the families who have owned this property. The location could not have been better--private and convenient! The owner made the trip even better and she has to be one of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Surrounding Area:
Warm, friendly people and so easy to do great day trips.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo was a couple miles away but not close enough to walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Book this villa if you want a perfect Tuscan style family home packed with style and warmth of family. Be sure and go to Antico Pieve for dinner. It was our best meal so we went twice.

Stephen "Mike", September

Overall:
A great retreat to come back to after a day of exploring. Inside was never hot although the week we picked was sweltering. Sitting on the terrace for meals and relaxing day or night was wonderful.
Enjoyed Most:
The layout of the place was unusual and added to the uniqeness of the experience. The setting was wonderful and the owner was very sweet. It was a package deal, difficult to lay your finger on any particular thing. Just a good feeling overall.
Enjoyed Least:
Low beam in the parking area--but that's just niggling.
Surrounding Area:
Arezzo was a gem without the crowds. We both enjoyed it more than Florence. Civitella in Val di Chiani was fantastic. A moving story, a great place for dinner, a wonderful view. So much to explore within easy day trips. We didn't scratch the surface.

Phil, September

Overall:
The villa was great! We really enjoyed our time there and Nadia, the owner, was very sweet and accommodating. The weather was extremely hot but the villa stayed cooler for sleeping. It was also pleasant to walk through the olive groves and around the grounds.
Enjoyed Most:
It was just so lovely. We enjoyed the patios for sitting in the mornings.
Enjoyed Least:
There were quite a few mosquitos in the evenings.
Surrounding Area:
Arezzo was a fun town to explore and we were very close to many of the places we wanted to visit.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Olmo, but was a little too far to walk. Arezzo is around 10-or 15-minutes away by car and was great to visit.
Tips or Restaurants:
Mosquito repellent if you want use the patio in the evenings.
Directions:
It was easy finding the villa; we had used Google maps and were able to visualize it easily.

Robert, August

Overall:
Excellent.
Enjoyed Most:
Peace and quiet and the owners.
Enjoyed Least:
Mosquitoes and insects.
Surrounding Area:
Walks around, the peace and quiet, the vegetable garden, and dinner with the hosts.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't need anything except insect repellent.

Shirley, July

Overall:
Bellissimo. The mill was great for the 6 of us (grandparents, parents, and 2 grandkids). The layout was unconventional--it's a converted mill! The kitchen was complete and the owner was unbelievably generous. If you are reasonable and polite, she may allow you to pick vegetables from her remarkable garden or give you a lesson in making pasta "like her mother made". She will also leave you alone if you wish.
Enjoyed Most:
Nadia, the owner--her charm and generosity. We liked the fact there was no swimming pool to seduce the kids and we were able to take hikes and drives to the many fascinating areas in the vicinity.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing. The bedroom areas are situated below and the kitchen and small living room are located up the mill's steep granite steps. This was no trouble for us.
Surrounding Area:
The hill towns, Arezzo, Cortona, the garden.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Olmo
Tips or Restaurants:
Mosquito repellent in the spring and early summer.

Michael, July

Overall:
We stayed Mulino sul Colle for a glorious week in June. The old mill makes a very attractive house, well equipped and in a fantastic location for sightseeing. It is one hour to drive to Florence, Siena and Perugia. Arezzo is an easy 10-minute drive (there are shops and restaurants) yet the house is completely private and quiet.

Gabriel, June

Overall:
Great! It's a wonderful old mill, beautifully restored, in a pretty setting. Away from any traffic, but close to the road (Arezzo - Cortona) so that day trips were easy.
Enjoyed Most:
The owner. Nadia was delightful, and could not have done more to make us welcome. We are directionally challenged, and the car charger for our GPS did not work. The GPS ran out of power a couple of times, and she saved us both times, even leaving her house once to find us and get us back on track!
Enjoyed Least:
No real complaints, but a larger goup would need to be aware of the bedroom layouts. There are two large bedrooms, with other single beds in somewhat quirky places, dictated by the original walls of the mill. The pictures on the website make it pretty clear.
Surrounding Area:
The immediate surrounding area was unexciting, but the location was very convenient to Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, Siena, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
No town within walking distance, but a very pretty church up the hill. Looking across from the terrace, you see Val di Chiana, a pretty hill town with a great restaurant, L'Antico Borgo. It is about 15 minutes away, but there are lots of turns. I would not do it without a GPS.
Tips or Restaurants:
The house is very well stocked. L'Antico Borgo, noted above, was great.

Paul , May

Overall:
Just lovely. Beautiful home, beautiful setting, warm and gracious hosts Nadia and Roberto. Nadia made dinner for us the night we arrived--very welcome after 24 hours of travel and not knowing if we would find a nearby restaurant that was still open a little late on a Saturday night.
Enjoyed Most:
Historic and rustic, yet comfortable. Lots of character. Outdoor terrace with two great tables for eating, playing games, beautiful view of olive groves, cypresses, and the medieval town across the valley from the terrace. Good hiking roads, trails right from the house. Church just a few hundred yards away for Sunday Mass. Great location for touring around Tuscany. Wonderful kitchen--big working fireplace that we were able to enjoy. Nadia made pasta with us one day--what could be better!
Enjoyed Least:
As has been my experience in most of Europe, the bathrooms are smaller, etc., than American bathrooms. We didn't mind at all--kind of liked having to climb up a spiral staircase to one of the bathrooms!--but some Americans might object. Ditto the stairs throughout the house--Overweight or less than nimble people might be a little uncomfortable here.
Surrounding Area:
Scenery, shops, churches, frescoes, restaurants--and good grocery stores in Arezzo for cooking at home. Cortona is nearby--touristy but fun and very charming. Easy drive to Florence and all that is available there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Olmo--not within walking distance--but a good selection of little stores and services--small grocery store, gas station, hair salon, drugstore.
Tips or Restaurants:
We had an extraordinary experience--recommend this property highly. Our favorite restaurant find was L'Antico Borgho in Civitella in Valdechiana, a medieval town on a hilltop right across the valley from Mulino sul Colle--in fact, you can see the town from the terrace of the house. We went to this restaurant twice and would have gone back again if we had been staying a few more days! Beautiful food, great service, and reasonable prices. Totally charming setting--also a converted mill!

Meg, May

Overall:
The overall experience was amazing. The villa was everything it appeared to be in the pictures. It was secluded, but not far from town. It was old and authentic but not lacking in amenities. The best part of the villa was the owner. She made us feel completely at home and really put effort into making our stay fantastic. We loved it!
Enjoyed Most:
All around, the property is fantastic. My favorite part of the property is it's history and location. It was built around 1810 as a mill. It was lived in since the early 1900's and bought by the current owners about 30 years ago. You could just see the history in the house inside and out. Even better was that this old, historical house was completely up to date inside. Very nice appliances, a nice TV with tons of English channels, and nice bathrooms. We stayed in early November so it was slightly cold at nights and the heating system was more than sufficient. The outside of the house is amazing and I would love to stay there in the summer to enjoy it even more.
Enjoyed Least:
There was very little that we weren't in love with. For comparison, we stayed at five star hotels in Venice and Rome during the same vacation and this villa was just as comfortable if not more so.
Surrounding Area:
The owners of the villa produce olive oil so the villa is on a hill surrounded by olive trees. We were lucky enough to be able to help pick olives for a little while. The view out of the windows in the morning was awesome!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo is the nearest town and isn't within walking distance. There are things to do and see in Arezzo for those that are interested. For those that want to visit all of Tuscany, Arezzo is right in the middle! We drove all over Tuscany and was very happy with our central location.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't worry about anything! The owner has all the basics that you could expect at any nice hotel. I was a first-time renter and was very worried about what we would find when we got to Italy. If you are feeling the same, rent this house and stop worrying! I have no doubt that anyone who rents this home will love the owner! After only a short week we felt like we were already good friends. She was so awesome to us and after reading through comments in her guestbook, I quickly realized that she takes care of everyone in the same way. I hope to stay here again sometime soon!

Jeremy, November

Overall:
The property was wonderful. It had great views, was close to a town, and was peaceful.
Enjoyed Most:
The garden and outside area was a joy. The owner went out of her way to make our stay special.
Enjoyed Least:
The mosquitoes the second week became very bothersome.
Surrounding Area:
We took many day trips to wonderful Tuscan towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo, short drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Buy mosquito repellent.
Directions:
Did use a GPS which was helpful. Did not need to use coordinates.

Richard, August

Overall:
We enjoyed staying at Mulino sul Colle quite a bit. The property is outside the larger town of Arezzo on a hillside in an olive grove.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the outside terrace. It had a great view of a church with ringing bells, you could hear the creek and see the countryside.
Enjoyed Least:
Lots of stairs! We were traveling with older family members who grew tired of climbing up and down stairs even to use a bathroom. The stairs are made of stone and are very steep. Even after reading the summary of the property I wasn't expecting the number and steepness of stairs.
Surrounding Area:
It was very peaceful. The closest store is several km, as well as the closest restaurants. It is a great location if you want to use the train from Arezzo into Rome and or Florence. We took the high-speed train to Rome and it only took 1.25 hours!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The closest town is Olmo, I think. It is certainly not within walking distance. You would need a car to enjoy this property and the surrounding areas.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owner has stocked the house with many of the things you would expect to have to bring for a rental home: dish soap, laundry soap, sponges, spices, oils, etc. You really only need to bring your clothes and the food you wish to eat.
Directions:
We used GPS to get to the property.

Denise, April

Enjoyed Most:
The property is positively picturesque. The kitchen is well-equipped and well-stocked. The owner, is extremely accommodating and helpful.
Enjoyed Least:
There is very little negative to say about the place. Perhaps only that people who have difficulty with stairs might have an issue the main staircase, which while charming, is made of stone and the steps are shallow -- not a problem if you are careful.
Surrounding Area:
It is in the middle of a large olive grove. The sunsets visible from the patio and the kitchen are categorically striking!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town is Olmo, which has a typically dilapidated little strip mall with the typical conveniences. There is no charming 'little Tuscan' town very close by. However, the villa is 10 minutes from Arezzo and 10-15 minutes from Castiglione Fiorentino. 20-25 minutes to Cortona. There is a very large, modern supermarket, Esselunga, 5 minutes drive away in Olmo.
Tips or Restaurants:
My suggestion would be, simply, that if you want a beautiful place to stay while exploring southern Tuscany and even northern Umbria that this is an exceptional place from which to do so. As far as restaurants go, the best although it was by no means extraordinary, place we went to that was nearby Antica Pieve, about 10 minutes south of the property in Vitiano. It was quite good.

David, September

Overall:
The kitchen and its huge fireplace was the gathering place inside. The terrace and its views was the place to be at anytime.
Enjoyed Most:
The tranquility and peace.
Enjoyed Least:
The third bedroom entry was through another bedroom. Good for a family, not so for 3 couples.
Surrounding Area:
The views of the mountain, olive tress and the garden added to the Tuscan feel. The church about 200 meters up the hill and its bells gave a feeling of all is well.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town was Olmo and not close enough to walk to. A car is needed. There were good grocery stores within a 10 minute drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Nadia did add an American coffee maker. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils and there were spices for cooking.
Check In Out:
Nadia made it very easy. We called her on the cell phone 10 minutes from the Arezzo exit and she met us as we exited from the Autostrada and led us to the property.

Maurice, September

Overall:
It was better than expected.
Enjoyed Most:
It was absolutely beautiful. The villa was clean, homey, better than I had hoped for. Nadia, the owner, made us feel so welcome. She brought food over several times and couldn't have been nicer..
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing I didn't like. No one would be disappointed.
Surrounding Area:
The peace and quiet. The church bells ringing just up the hill.
Nearby Events or Locales:
There really wasn't a town within walking distance, but we had no problem finding places to eat.
Tips or Restaurants:
Not really. You might want to bring washcloths, as none were provided. This was true in two hotels we stayed in also.

Patrick, September

Overall:
One of the best vacations we've ever taken-- and we've had more than a few in other countries. Nadia, the owner, is a wonderful, friendly and charming lady -- met us at the house, immediately made us welcome, and stayed in touch with us to assist with any issues or questions we might have had. A most enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding experience.
Enjoyed Most:
Secluded, beautiful view of the surrounding area. Olive trees surrounding the house added a significant level of charm. Rustic 200-yr-old mill, but fully restored, had all the amenities without sacrificing character and authenticity. Owners did a phenomenal job of reclaiming the property and keeping it a place you'd want to stay.
Enjoyed Least:
Although the weather was hot, the location was breezy, and the bedrooms on the first floor were much cooler. Bottled water was suggested for drinking. Some bugs, but that's what you'd expect from living in the country.
Surrounding Area:
The culture of Tuscany is unlike anything else -- day trips to hill towns Arezzo, Cortona, Siena, Montepulciano, to name a few were most enjoyable.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Don't remember the town's name, but it's a short walk down the hill.
Tips or Restaurants:
Antico Pieve, a few Km south of property, was a wonderful restaurant. Make reservations, though -- it's quite popular.
Check In Out:
Nadia the owner met us when we arrived, showed us around, made us feel truly welcome. Most attentive, warm and friendly.

Emily, July

Overall:
If you want an unbelievable "villa" experience this is the perfect place.
Enjoyed Most:
So many wonderful things.....the views, the flowers, the building history, the smells, the sounds all were outstanding. Steven Spielberg couldn't do a better job! Nadia is a lovely caring person and truly conveys her love for the home. She gave us permission to pick whatever vegetables-herbs we wanted from her garden.
Enjoyed Least:
Perhaps the door jams between rooms were a little difficult to get used to but that's part of being in an old building.
Surrounding Area:
Proximity to charming old towns and wine countries.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo was closest and it was too far to walk and sidewalks were nonexistent in some places.
Tips or Restaurants:
House was extremely well-equipped and Nadia was very eager to make sure you had everything you needed. She even made a homemade pizza to cook upon our arrival! Had no insect problems.
Directions:
The turnoff to the villa was a bit difficult to find and took us two attempts.
Check In Out:
Not a problem at all. Very quick and efficient. Again Nadia is a gem.

Claire, June

Overall:
The owner was warm and friendly, helpful in every way, welcoming us more as visitors to a private home instead of renters. She and her husband lived in the villa for years while renovating it, but now live in Arezzo.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting amid olive groves and gardens was perfect just enough privacy and seclusion, and with easy access, just off the main road between Arezzo and Cortona. Loved the beautiful terraces around the house where we spent much time. Bells chimed on the hour from the church up the hill.
Enjoyed Least:
I can't think of a negative thing. It was not "plush" in the American sense, but to us the ideal Tuscan villa.
Surrounding Area:
The proximity to so many Tuscan towns. We especially loved Cortona and the small hill town of Civitella, directly across the Val de Chiana from us. We also very much enjoyed hiking up the hill behind the villa, through the beautifully manicured countryside, with poppies and wildflowers blooming in the fields.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Rigutino and Olmo were close, but we didn't walk to either. It would be possible, but the road is busy.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa is extremely well-equipped. Do stop on your way to the villa on Saturday at a grocery there are many good super-market style stores in the general area Penny Market and the more upscale PAM are two. Almost everything commercial is closed on Sundays.
Directions:
They were thorough and the property is easy to find.
Check In Out:
The owner was on hand for both to make it completely smooth.

Mary, May

Overall:
It was clean, and everything worked as expected. The hillside, church, and immediate environs were altogether lovely. The hostess went well beyond anything we expected.
Enjoyed Most:
The peace and quiet is wonderful, and the hospitality warm, gracious, and intelligent.
Enjoyed Least:
The sound of the train in the valley late at night and early in the morning. The one small improvement would have been an effective coffee pot.
Surrounding Area:
The agricultural richness, and the access to fabulous cultural treasures in Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Assisi, and even Arezzo.
Tips or Restaurants:
The suggestion booklet provided was quite helpful on that front. In the April- May period, the weather can be quite variable so you need to have clothing choices for that. And you really do want to take seriously the need for modest clothing when visiting active churches.

Sunny , April