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“Confirmation: it IS a marvellous place !” 5 of 5 stars
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Agriturismo Pilari
C.S. Val di Pierle 116, 52044 Cortona, Italy   |  
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Ranked #13 of 72 Specialty lodging in Cortona
paris
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“Confirmation: it IS a marvellous place !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Last year I wrote an enthusiastic report about this Agriturismo. Together with the same couple of friends and their 2 children I came back this year and again the week we have spent was at 100% a delight.
This agriturismo is really located in a fantastic environment, with breathtaking views from everywhere, especially from the swimming pool which is surrounded by hills and beautiful nature. The entire place is extremely quiet and peaceful, day and night, the cottages are perfectly comfortable and clean and the owners know how to welcome their host (this year they offered to us not less than 3 bottles of a very good wine from their own wineyard).

A strong advantage of this agriturismo is also the size of the swimming pool, really great and 100% private, shared only with the owners and the two other small cottages. Most of the time my friends and I were alone and managed to play some intensive watersport, alone in this very large pool, quite a luxury that very few Agriturismi provide!). And it is a perfectly clean swimming pool.

The village of Mercatale; where this Agriturismo is located, is pleasant, offering 2 Cafés, an outstanding Bakery / Patisserie, an excellent "Macelleria" who sales delicious prosciutto, and a CONAD supermarket. All shopkeepers are very welcoming and like to share conversations.

From Mercatale the closest "big" town is Cortona (where I found an excellent gelateria) , 15 minutes by car. Perugia and Arezzo are about 45 minutes and Trasimeno lake is 15 minutes.

If you wish to spend a week in a peaceful, relaxing and definitely beautiful environment, this Agriturismo is extremely recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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pilari, Proprietario at Agriturismo Pilari, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thanks very much for your review and thanks also to have had another holiday in our farm!
It was really a pleasure to see you again !
For us it's really important to know that you appreciate our farm and our hospitality!

Best regards toall of you,

Diletta & Vanni
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We are a family with three kids , we found well-furnished apartments in a small, green valley, exceptionally located in the centre of Italy, a family-run farmhouse with friendly owners, the best homemade red wine, places to go hiking in the woods, close to lake Trasimeno ( we went on a boat trip to the main island......lovely), stunning scenery when you wake up......do you want more? Try on the moon.....

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pilari, Proprietario at Agriturismo Pilari, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thanks very much for your nice review!
It's really a pleasure for us to know that you had a good holiday in our farm.
We hope to see you and your family again!!

Best wishes,

Diletta & Vanni
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Boom, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We've enjoyed our holiday at Agriturismo Pilari. The owners, Vanni and Diletta, are very helpful and friendly people. The three guest houses are quietly situated in the Tuscan hills. In the village you can taste the real Italian atmosphere (few tourists). Pilari has a nice big swimming pool with a jacuzzi! We've visited Rome, Florence, etc. Beautiful region and Pilari is the perfect address to visit Tuscany/Umbria!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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pilari, Proprietario at Agriturismo Pilari, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
Thanks Kurt for your nice review. We are very happy that you and your family had a good holiday in our farm.
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We are a family with 2 boys aged 10 and 12, and we spent 2 weeks in June, 2013 on this lovely agriturismo. It was everything we dreamed of! Agriturismo Pilari is lovingly cared for by Diletta and Vanni, their 2 young boys, and Maria (Vanni's mother.) It's located in the Val di Pierle, with a centuries-old castle that is visible from the farm, and breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains all around. Take a 5 minute walk into the small quaint town of Mercatale, where you can get your morning pastries and bread from the baker, stroll to one of the 3 cafes in town for your cappuccino, pick up some fresh groceries from one of the 2 grocers, and then some fresh meat from the butcher. We cooked most of our meals at home--the kitchen is well appointed, and the farm makes a yummy red wine which is always available! The farm is a 15 minute drive from Cortona and perfectly located for day trips into all the classic hill towns. The family is warm and helpful but not intrusive. Vanni even figured out where my 10 year old son could rent an electric bass during our stay! This was a very special trip for us, thank you Diletta and Vanni!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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pilari, Proprietario at Agriturismo Pilari, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
Dear Sandy we are very happy that you and your family had a nice holiday in our farm.
Our purpose is that our client feel our farm as their home and we always try to be helpful and friendly.
Thanks so much for your nice review,

Kind regards,

Vanni & Diletta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

At the end of August I spent a few days with close friends and their little 4 year-old boy at Agriturismo Pilari. The cottage is located in a lovely valley, near an old castle and close to a sweet village (less than 1 min. by car) where one can find everything (grocery, nice cafés, excellent bakery, and even a restaurant).

The place is extremely quiet, the swimming pool is large and overlooks a wonderful countryside, and the cottage is perfectly clean and provided with all the needed comfort.
The owners are very warm, they even drove us to their wineyard uphills and took an hour to explain to us how they produced their own wine (which is actually very good !). We were also free to eat the figs and blackberries of their garden at anytime. The owners also organized a dinner on Saturday night, where all guests were invited. We really felt "at home" and most welcome.

It is mostly a location for those who want to relax and take profit of the "dolce vita" that such a breathtaking place allows. It is perfect for a honeymoon or for families with young children. The only counterpart is that, as the village is located between two steep hills, any trip further to Trasimeno, Cortona or Perugia takes between 20 (for the closest town) and more than 30 minutes, but the roads are so beautiful (and really not stressful) that, for us, it was not an issue.
We will definitely come back to Agriturismo Pilari !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 September 1, 2012

We have been visiting Vanni and Diletta for 6 years now they have a wonderful property surrounded by beautiful Tuscan forest and mountains, the infinity swimming pool and jacuzzi are the best place to totally relax and take in the views
It is the perfect base to explore Tuscany and Umbria every year we discover a new gem from Seafood restaurants in Umbertide to a fantastic Nobile Capaverso made by Adriana Avignonesi
We have already re booked for next year as we have done for the passed six years to make sure we have our little peace of heaven!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Florence, Italy
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

A wonderful place, surrounded by the peace of the Tuscan countryside. You can go and see cities of art like Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Perugia or wonderful villages like Cortona, Città di Castello and the amazing small villages of the Val di Chiana, then come back in the afternoon, take off your clothes and refresh yourself ii the swimming pool! Here you could spend a few hours, immersed in water of the pool or the jacuzzi, watching the ruins of the gorgeous castel of Pierle, which is situated on the other side of the valley on a small hill, just listening to the sounds of nature.
All the apartments are very beautiful, well restored and furnished with taste.
The owners, Vanni and Diletta with their two children, are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Agriturismo Pilari

Address: C.S. Val di Pierle 116, 52044 Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 72 Specialty lodging in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The farm is situated in Val di Piele, a small valley next to lake of Trasimeno, between Toscana and Umbria.Here you can spend a beautifull time full of nature. You can also visit the most important towns and places of the two countries (es. Cortona, Assisi, Firenze, Siena etc...).Pilari apartments are in the ancient village that is the farm heart and its origins are lost in the past. The oldest part of the village was built as a watch tower of Pierle castle near the XIII century. This castle was a very important fortress for Pierle valley and now it is a very important sign of the history valley. ... more   less 

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