Bramasole
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200-year old farmhouse lovingly restored by travel author Frances Mayes.
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Cory L
Worcester, MA67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
My mother, sister and I traveled to Cortona this June. We drove for 6 hours from Florence just to see this gem! The reviews scared me as I feared that we may not be able to find it....but we did!!!! Contrary to the reviews I read, this was not a simple walk from the Piazza della Republica. It was approximately a 38 minute walk. The first 25 minutes are on flat ground, but in the 93 degree heat in June, the walk up the hill for the last 13 or so minutes was killer. As described, you go to the Piazza della Republica. Walk toward the gardens/park on the left. Pass the fountain and through the park there is a long dirt/stonelike street. Walk all the way down there...and keep going. You will pass a tennis school on the left. Follow that bend around the school to the left. There is then a small side street that veers of to the right, don't go there. haha Stay to the left (straight) and keep going, and going, and going. Trust me, you will want to keep going to see this place, it is absolutely beautiful!!!!! Just when you think that you have gone the wrong way, there it is. You will know that it is coming up when you see the growing number of cypress trees. A must see if you are even remotely in the area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written August 30, 2016
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
For the true romantics.

If you loved the book, the movie and Diane Lane in the movie, make the time to visit Bramasole.

You cannot enter the villa, it is not a tourist attraction per se, but tourist are still drawn to it - my guess is mostly single women, or women who manage to convince their partners to tag along, I guess ....

Upon our return home I 'dusted off ' the book and enjoyed it even more after vacationing in Cortona.
Planing to watch the movie again one of these days...

Arrivederci
Written January 11, 2016
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mjp2363
Springfield, IL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
After asking for directions from several people and quite a hike, we finally found our way to Bramasole, the home of the author of Under the Tuscan Sun. I'm so grateful for this opportunity as the movie is my all time favorite as well as Diane Lane, favorite actress. I felt a bit like I was intruding on one's privacy but we stayed on the road (no other option really) and took several pictures. A van of tourists then arrived so that ended the magical feeling of being the only ones there. They thought it was open to tour but it isn't. We didn't take the time to see the place used in the film but other reviews indicate we didn't miss much.
This villa and landscaping is a masterpiece! Having seen Bramasole, it brings to life Frances Mayes book, Under the Tuscan Sun. I would love to meet her and see the interior and grounds of this magnificent beauty :) In addition, Cortona itself is enchanting and charming. I want to live there!
Written December 3, 2015
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Steve S
Palm Springs, CA1,677 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Villa Bramasole is a 200-year old farmhouse lovingly restored by travel author Frances Mayes. Her story was told in both a book and film “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Villa Bramasole is the writers home, so not a visitor attraction, but the Villa and grounds are beautiful from the road.
Written January 22, 2023
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carlandmoira
Barrow-in-Furness, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Bramasole is a little walk out of Cortona and there are no clear directions, the lady in the Tourist info office drew a quick map but it wasn't clear. My only advice is to just keep on walking, go past the swimming pool and don't follow any side roads and when you come across the house you will know you have arrived. We looked at a couple of houses and wondered if they could be Bramasole but when you see the real thing you instantly know and recognise. It is everything you expected - a piece of paradise just outside Cortona.
Well worth the pilgrimage.
Written October 5, 2013
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elmettehead
Milwaukee, WI306 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
Why not leave this woman alone? I am a lover of Cortona. I have been there a handful of times. My first visit left me in awe of the area. After reading the book, of course, I left the area with my head spinning, desirous of accomplishing a similar feat. Bramasole was a remarkable venture. After my last visit to Cortona, however, I am disappointed. I understand that change is inevitable and that tourism is vital, but what the fame has brought to this village is alarming to me. After my first day's walk-through, I was saddened. The charm has almost disappeared. I wonder if all those of you who had to pose in front of--heck, even on the front stoop of--this private home are well-pleased. Your picture is on Trip Advisor for the world to see. Kindly reflect.
Written October 17, 2017
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Sally K
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I visited Cortona in January 2015, and whilst there I walked to Bramasole. It's a lovely walk, took about 25 minutes to get there, with beautiful views of the Val d'Chiana along the way. You can't miss the house, it is set on a bend and is painted a beautiful sunset colour. You cannot enter the grounds, remember this is a private home! It was still under renovation in January, most of the garden is being replaced by the look of it. You get a lovely view from the road, and if you are a fan of Frances Mayes books, and the film, you won't be disappointed. On my walk back into town, I found the old roman road, and wandered along that back into town. You get an absolutley stunning view over Cortona and the Val d'Chiana from there!
Written March 17, 2015
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DirkCheshire
Cheshire7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Walk through the park passing the tennis club on your left, walk up the hill for about a further 20 minutes and Bramasole is on your left on a right hand bend, it does not resemble the house in the film very much and the wall that the old man left flowers everyday, as this plinth is set in the wall entrance to Bramasole, building works are currently taking place at the property.
Written September 29, 2013
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sylvie r
Canada55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
From piazza garibaldi go left and downward as you gaze at the view of the valley, walk through the delightful park pass the indoor tennis court , keep going past the sweetest house sitting on the edge of the road. Stay to your left: its the second house on the left just past the american looking bed and breakfast. The house is sort of pink, the gardens immaculate.
Worth the walk...would you go to paris without seeing the Eifel tour? It's all part of the adventure!
Written December 4, 2012
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Jo B
Meredith, NH45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited Cortona, and stayed at the Villa Baldelli, which has a beautiful view of the town. We, of course, decided to tour all the attractions. Walking to the Basilica of St. Margaret, we didn't realize that Bramasole is just over the hill. We decided to head back to the center of Cortona, and walk to Bramasole along the beautiful road that led to it. When we arrived, we had an excellent view of the house, but couldn't get too close, as there was a hugh bee's nest near the gate. Incidentally, the film "Under the Tuscan Sun" wasn't filmed at the house, but at Villa Linda! A local gave us some info! Worth a look if you're in the area.
Written November 19, 2018
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