My sister and I stayed at Villa Valenza in Cortona with our 4 children - ages 4 - 13. We stayed in their 2 bedroom apartment complete with mini kitchen, stove/oven, microwave, cutlery, dishes, etc. Breakfast offered is wonderful. Fresh fruit with apricots picked from the backyard; pastries, yogurt, toast/jam, juices, cereal, tea & coffee. There is free Internet access in the breakfast room, which overlooks the breathtaking views of Cortona, which is also accessible from the comfortable sitting area. Our daughters enjoyed watching some of their great DVD's on television. The rooms are air conditioned, spacious and clean. The center of town is about a 20 minute walk down a shady parterre. On the way you pass a beautiful park with swings, etc. for kids. If you walk in the opposite direction away from the center you can see Bramasole, the famous restoration house from "Under the Tuscan Sun". It's only a 5-10 minute walk from Villa Valenza. There are bikes to ride on the premises and a swimming pool. One evening for dinner we made spaghetti and ate it outside where there are several picnic tables and chairs. Alessandro, our host, was very accomodating. He always greeted us every morning for breakfast and couldn't do enough. for us. I would definitely recommend Villa Valenza to anyone who is considering visiting Cortona. We also ate at Il Cacciatore, a restaurant owned by Villa Valenza. The food was delicious and freshly made at a reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in charming green surroundings only a stone’s throw from the centre of Cortona Villa Valenza offers bed & breakfast service and tourist apartments with swimming-pool and restaurant. The villa is located in a quieter and less known part of Cortona, the "Parterre," a promenade leading from the historical centre to the hilltop, the fortress of Girifalco and the sanctuary of Santa Margherita. From the historical centre you will be able to get to Villa Valenza with a five minute stroll down the promenade of Parterre (closed off to traffic). The villa can also be reached by car driving to the top of the hill and taking a turn down to the sporting facilities in Torreone. You will get to the villa after driving down a winding cypress-lined road going around the western side of the hill. The villa was originally built in the mid 1900s and was recently converted to house a bed & breakfast (rooms with private bathroom) as well as holiday apartments for 2 to 4 guests. The building is spread over two floors and has private parking. The swimming-pool located next-door is open to the general public from May through to September and is part of a large sporting complex including also tennis courts (open both in the summer and in the winter) and a five-a-side court. ... more less
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