We stayed in several hotels and B&Bs during our 3-week trip to Italy and this was by far our favorite! I enjoyed taking my latte onto the deck outside the living area to enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. Breakfast was fresh, plentiful, and tasty. Alessandro was a very considerate host, who went all out to help us at the B&B and with things we wanted to do on our own. We spoke no Italian and Alessandro spoke limited English but we/he managed to get everything worked out to near perfection.
They have rickety old bikes you can use to bike down the quiet country road, then down a wide boulevard, with no vehicular traffic, through a park into town. Alessandro's family owns a restaurant in town where we enjoyed one of the best meals of our trip. I think next time we'll rent an apartment with breakfast at Villa Valenza so we can buy some groceries in town and make simple meals at home. Cortona is an ancient town with lots of interesting shops, museums and some truly great little restaurants. Explore the streets and you'll find them.
We rented a car and enjoyed traveling around Tuscany/Umbria a bit. It's not for the faint of heart, since Italian drivers are quite aggressive compared to U.S. drivers. But our best times were when we biked into town, had a meal, then came back and went swimming in the very classy (public) pool, just a few hundred feet away. Alessandro will give you a pass to get in for free. Otherwise it's eight or ten Euros (I forget). If you want a beach lounger--which you do--that will cost three Euros. Everyone must wear a swim cap, which the pool will sell you for five Euros if you don't have one.
- 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