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“All that Tuscany is meant to be!” 5 of 5 stars
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Via Quaratola 71 | Creti di Cortona, 52044 Cortona, Italy   |  
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Edmonton, Canada
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“All that Tuscany is meant to be!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Close your eyes and envision the Tuscany of your dreams.........it is Villa Rosa dei Venti. Rolling hills, green verdant fields broken by wheat fields, sunflowers, olive groves, cypress trees bordering hilltops and pathways. Barbara and Stefano welcome you into their hearts and home. The Micheli family have transformed their homestead into a fabulous home away from home. The grounds are immaculate and beautiful. The suites are extremely clean and well appointed. Air conditioning is available in some units; soon all will have air. Our unit did not have air, but with the large screened windows, we could have the beautiful breeze come through. Take advantage of the culinary expertise of this family! The Micheli family have added to their Villa a beautiful new stone building that houses their culinary classes. They were on Finish television in a series featuring Tuscan cuisine. The Fins know of this wonderful spot in Italy, now we are spreading the news to Trip Advisor members! We signed up for a class and had a blast! The class included lots of hands on participation and some demo. It all ended with a fabulous Tuscan meal with the Micheli family and extended family joining us for a time of great food, wine and fellowship! The surrounding countryside is spectacular. I love the hilltop medieval towns of Cortona, Assissi, Siena, Montepulciano, Arezza. The history, both ancient and 20th century is sobering. It has built the character of the people of this beautiful country. I would return to Rosa dei Venti in a heartbeat........this is the heart of Tuscany!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helmond, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We have visit several agriturismo's in Tuscany, but Rosa dei Venti was definitely the best !!!
We thougt this was a bit our secret, didn't want to tell it to the whole world, because in that case there was no room for us anymore.......ha ha..
But now I read that the whole world knows that the Micheli-family is the sweetest Italian family ever ! Everything is top ! Barbara and Stefano and their parents are so kind, sympathic and helpfull. They are there to give you the best holiday-feeling. Nothing is to much for them. Inside and outside the appartments, everything is so clean and well maintained.
Now we travel around the world, but our (older!) children keep asking : when do we go back to Barbara ?????

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

As the other reviewers have noted, Barbara, Stephano and the Micheli family have done a great job with the restoration. It is a wonderful place to stay. Villa Rosa die Venti is on a hill in the farmlands outside of Foianno delia Chiana, a small town southeast of Cortona. What makes the location so perfect is that while the estate is located on a quiet hill amid rolling hills filled with wheat and sunflowers and an apple orchard, it also provides easy access to the big east west road that runs between Sienna and Perugia, and the north-south road that runs up to Florence and down to Rome. So it is a perfect place to stay while doing day trips to all the sights in Central Italy. The closest place to visit is Cortona, which is our favorite hill town, even with the increase in tourist traffic from Frances Mayes' books. Wonderful shops. But either by car or train you can visit many other cities. Take the train to Florence, for sure, but by car you can go south to Orvieto, west to Siena and Montalcino, and even as far as Volterra, and between Cortona, Siena and Florence are all the vineyards and restaurants that make Chianti famous.

We stayed in the two bedroom cottage (Aliceo) with another couple for three nights and all of us wished we had stayed longer. We were lucky enough to be there for one of the communal dinners that Ornella, Barbara and Stephano's mother made. A wonderful time with great food: antipasti, primi, second and dolici, all in hearty Southern Tuscan style. Plus great conversations with the other travelers staying there. The new communal dining and gathering space is great. We regretted not signing up for a cooking class with Ornella - definitely include that on your trip.

We've stayed at several agriturrisimos in Tuscany and enjoyed all of them. What made this one a little different was the modern restoration. The kitchen was completely up to date. We bought food at the supermarket in the local town (really inexpensive food and wine) and cooked for ourselves. The bedrooms and bathrooms were really comfortable. And sitting out on the private veranda on the cottage with the expansive views in every direction, sipping wine and munching on local cheese was delightful.

There is a beautiful pool on the grounds. We were there in early June so it was cold. Only one of us was part polar bear and went swimming, but a lot of the guests sat around and sunned themselves on the pool deck.

Finding the Rose of the Winds is a bit tricky. You have to follow the directions carefully. There are signs on the roadside, but sometimes they get grown over. You are out in the countryside, though, so there aren't that many places to get lost in. The main mistake we made was thinking of this place as being in Cortona. Cortona's not far away, but if you have a good map the tiny little town that it is in is called Creti. (The supermarket is in Foiano delia Chiano. There aren't any stores in Creti, its mostly just a small cluster of homes.)

The Micheli family are great hosts and good cooks and they have transformed the family estate with pride and incredible energy. It would be easy to spend a week here, and I can see how some people stay longer. Enjoy. Hope we can go back sometime.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We have just returned from two weeks at Villa Rosa dei Venti. On arrival we just knew it would be lovely. The grounds are beautifully manicured and tended by the famiily daily. The buildings looked stunning. The views from the pool across the farmland and the sunsets were gorgeous. Ornella made Cantuccini and Torta Crostata one day and they were both delicious. The family are lovely, always on hand, and very helpful. I loved going for a walk every morning and going through Nona's farm yard. Every morning she was there, tending her vegetables, with a lovely 'Buorngiorno'. In fact, most of the neighbours we encountered on the walks in the various houses along the quiet roads were lovely too. We stayed in Grecale and it was spotlessly clean and well appointed. Beautiful bed linen in both bedrooms. On changeover day we were able to look at Sirocco and Aliseo. They were beautiful, as was Maestrale. All are decorated beautifully and some have air-conditioning (which we found would have been great in Grecale because the twin bedroom got very hot at night, even with the windows open). There are two reasons why I haven't given this Agriturismo an 'excellent' rating. I deseprately wanted to but; (1) We found the communal living area in Grecale too small for the four of us but Barbara has said there are works scheduled over the winter to increase the communal living space so then it will be an amazing apartment. In fairness to Barbara. she did offer, at a small charge, to let us have use of a new one-bedroomed apartment across in the Locanda. My husband went to have a look and said it was gorgeous. We thought about it but felt that this would separate us on our family holiday and, as we spend little time together as a family at home, we didn't want to split up (2) There is occasional train noise. It is a few times during the day and it only lasts a few seconds each time. After a while, though, you don't even notice it..

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

My family and I just returned from a wonderful stay at Villa Rosa dei Venti. The villas were located very close to Cortona. The accomodations were very clean and well appointed. My three year old son loved playing with Barbara's daughter! Barbara and Stefano were very welcoming. I am sure that we will definetly return to Villa Rosa dei Venti. Enjoy your vacation to Tuscany!

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We had a great holiday at Villa Rosa dei Venti two weeks in June/July 2011. We had booked a charming house that had a big terrace with a view over a sunflower field. Barbara and Stefano where so helpful and nice.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ferndale, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

STOP! If you're looking for a wonderful, secluded, quiet, restful and friendly place to call home in the Tuscany region you've found it. Barbara, Stefano, Mamma and the rest of the family will make you feel at home. The accommodations are modern and very clean although the farmhouse is old. Villa Rosa dei Venti makes a great place to call base as you explore the various hilltop towns for which Tuscany is noted. We spent 10 days there and wouldn't hesitate to go back if the opportunity presented itself. A cooking class was offered , taught by Mamma with Barbara translating, which climaxed in a delightful Italian meal that we had help prepare. A special treat were the other visitors to the Villa, folks from Finland to Australia. Barbara and Stefano are eager to please and have a good grasp of the English language. We strongly encourage you to consider the Villa Rosa dei Venti if you plan to visit Tuscany.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Quaratola 71 | Creti di Cortona, 52044 Cortona, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The "Rosa dei Venti" estate spreads over 25 hectares in the municipal district of Cortona. Its lands enjoys a favourable location, are well exposed to the sunlight and are suitable for the cultivation of olive trees, grapevines, wheat, sunflowers and apples. Two farmhouses are located within the estate: Villa "Rosa dei venti" and the "Vecchia Fattoria". ... more   less 

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