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“Perfect End to a Rescue Mission”

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Albergo Ristorante Portole
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“Perfect End to a Rescue Mission”
Reviewed September 30, 2009

If ever you want to experience true "Italian" life and the people who make Italy the pleasure it is to both visit and live, I recommend you take your party to the Albergo Ristorante Portale. Located about 10 kilomters northeast of Cortona, in the beautiful Appenines mountains, the property provides the perfect tranquil setting for the true holiday experience. It's location will allow those who want the cultural experiences of the many Tuscan/Estruscan surrounding historical sites to take the day trip to their destination and return to one of the most peaceful, beautiful settings in central Italy.

To complement the quality of the hotel, Franco Lunghi and his lovely wife (and staff) made the dining experience "heavenly" with a sumptous mixture of "Italian" cusine that is sure to please the palate of everyone in your party. As we got to talk with Franco, we later learned that Frances Mayes ("Under the Tuscan Sun") used his whole staff to cater the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.

All who read this will wonder what the title has to do with the property. It was quite by accident that my wife and two friends happened on to this property. We were going to Cortona, by way of San Sepolcro, and decided to take the mountain route. We had climbed for quite some time when we came upon a dog (if you're a dog lover you'll understand what we mean), who was standing in the middle of the road looking dazed, confused and was obviously hurt. Our friend, who is even more of an animal lover than all of us put together, practically jumped out of the car to it's rescue. It had a collar and ID, but in Italian, and we knew that it was a hunting dog, since it's around the time of year when hunters use this type of dog for hunting wild boar. So wirh some coaxing, prodding, and finally just picking him up, we put him in the car and by a stroke of luck (some would say karma) we found Franco at the Albergo Portole. He took him and fed him, tracked down the owner and set up to have him returned. The rest as they say is history.

Go see Franco and say hello from the "canne" lovers!

RB & SB
Gavignano, Italy

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

The owner Franco could not have been more friendly and accomodating. His stories about the family and their long association with the hotel were fascinating. The room and bathroom were clean, with a wonderful view over the wooded hillside and plains below, and the supper delicious and excellent value. We were able to take full advantage of the recent arrival of Wi-Fi to the hotel, which was an added plus.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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ireland
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Reviewed June 6, 2009

Located about 8/9 kilometres from the Etruscan town on Cortona this family run hotel/restaurant/shop is an excellent find. Run by Franco and his family for many years - Nonna runs the shop and serves panini's to passing motorists and lots of cyclists who must need refreshment after climbing those hills!
Serves good genuine authentic Tuscan cuisine and Franco has a good selection of wines to suit every pocket.
It's also a starting point to walk the old Roman roads which were both fantastic and demanding.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne U.K.
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

The Albergo Portole is a great find. It is situated in a rural position near the summit of the Apennines.
It has been in the Lunghi family for two generations and has a reputation for hospitality and excellent Tuscan home cooking.
The welcome you will receive from Franco and Mirella is second to none. The rooms are comfortable and the service excellent. There is a large dining room but you can also eat out on the terrace overlooking the Apennines.
The hotel is near to the beautiful Etruscan town of Cortona. that is a centre for art and music.
Although in a rural position, the hotel is near to the market town of Camucia that has excellent transport links to Florence, Rome, Assisi and Arezzo.
During the summer village fetes abound in the area as well as art and music festivals. The most famous of these is the Tuscan Sun Festival that attracts musicians from around the world.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
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Hyde
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Reviewed August 1, 2007

We booked last minute and arrived the day after. We weren't disappointed. The drive up along the winding mountain roads had us humming songs from The Italian Job (especially This is the Self-Preservation Society - you had to be there!!!) Franco and his staff made us really welcome and the view from our room was stunning. We spent the next two days walking and were amazed at the number and different types of butterflies we saw. The most bizarre thing was the plane perched on land across from the Albergo - ask Franco about this! The food was delicious and Franco's mama's pizza was lovely. His friend produces the local wine - and is well worth tasting. Local food made by friends and family, just as it should be. In summary, we stayed three nights and were sorry to leave. Franco even found us another place to stay near San Gimignano and rang ahead to book it for us. We would definitely go back - we slept like logs and were truly relaxed at the end of our stay. Well done to all who made us so welcome.

  • Liked — Real Tuscan hospitality and beautiful surroundings
  • Disliked — The scary hairpin bends!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2005

Franco was an extremely generous host. He personally drove us into Cortona for sightseeing, and on our last day his daughter personally drove us to the train station in Carmucia. The room was spacious and clean. The views were magnificent. The dinner at the Portole restaurant was one of the best we had in Italy! The hotel is a bit outside of the city of Cortona, but is worth the commute because of the owners hospitality.

  • Stayed June 2004
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San Diego. CA
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Reviewed October 15, 2004

The good: gorgeous mountain setting; accomodating and friendly owner; better than average food in dining room; really cute "neighborhood" dog who likes to play fetch with the guests.
The bad: it's more than a few minutes drive from Cortona, and the nature of the drive is one which pretty much limits you to dining at Portole while you're staying here; no bathtub, and the shower is the type which drains directly onto the tile floor so you have to wipe it up after showering, or you'll risk breaking your neck going to the toilet; finally,[this may not be a negative for everyone] the owner's dogs seem to have full run of the hotel, including the dining room, we actually heard a dog fight comng from the kitchen!

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Property: Albergo Ristorante Portole
Address: Via Umbro Cortonese 36 | Loc. Portole di Cortona, 52044 Portole, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Portole
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portole
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Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Ristorante Portole 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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