Casa Toscana was exactly as described and absolutely perfect for a romantic Tuscan holiday for the two of us. Our friends joined us for one evening and kept saying "pinch me" this place cannot be real! We truly were able to live the Tuscan life for our week including walking into town, cooking with the fresh produce and herbs that were abundant, enjoying delicious wine by candlelight outside while enjoying a spectacular view. The location was wonderful for our day trips to neighboring hill towns and Cortona had so much to offer!
We most enjoyed the privacy and view of the property. From the minute we arrived and meandered down the winding stone stairs lined with rosemary, lavendar, fig trees and more, we literally could not believe how lucky we were to be there.
To be very honest, the property needs some love in the living room furniture department. The sofa and chair in that room were the most uncomfortable to sit on. On chillier nights, we really had no place to "hang out" inside. The mattresses could also be upgraded, not terrible but not up to the quality of the property or super comfy for a week's worth of sleep.
We truly enjoyed so much about the surrounding area from the walkability to Cortona to the vistas like we have never seen, to the fragrant smells in the air from the herbs, the trees and the wood burning. We felt we really picked well with this villas both from its own offerings and the location itself.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Cortona was a twenty minute, easy walk (albeit one needs to be careful of the cars as there are no sidewalks.).
Tips or Restaurants:
The absolute best restaurant in Cortona is AD-Braceria. We went there on our second night and loved it so much decided to celebrate our last night of our whole trip there. The food was amazing, the ambience (you are seated in a wine cellar) is so charming and the service was delightful. And, the cost...very reasonable for the quality of food and wine! In terms of what to bring, we had been told the villas was self catering, which it was, but found it to be stocked with paper goods, laundry detergent, dish detergent, salt and pepper, olive oil and some hand soap and shampoo samples.
The property is hard to find because it is tucked down a tiny drive that is essentially hidden (which makes this villas so wonderfully private.) BUT, the management, when we called, insisted upon meeting up at the bottom of the town and escorted us directly to the house without our ever even trying to find it with GPS. With that said, our friends found us using GPS with the directions you provided.
Check In Out:
The management was extremely nice and very laid back. I would say, as Americans, we are not used to such laid back service. The gentleman who showed us to the property handed us the keys, mentioned a thing or two about how to use air conditioning and left. We had an initial issue with no Wifi and within an hour on a Saturday night, the management sent someone out to fix it! We had no idea what the procedure was for checking out. We were leaving very early to catch a flight from Rome so I ended up calling the management the day before to ask what we were to do with the linens, keys, etc. They were very, very nice and just told us to leave everything as it was and place the key in a location they mentioned. If I had not called, I would not have known what to do. Fortunately, they did not ask us for a security deposit as the materials had suggested so we did not need to connect in person to retrieve it. Very, very kind people!!!
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