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“Under the Tuscan Sun”
Review of Bramasole

Bramasole
Ranked #14 of 56 things to do in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 200-year old farmhouse lovingly restored by travel author Frances Mayes.
Atlanta
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209 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
“Under the Tuscan Sun”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

If you've ever seen the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun . . . you can make the movie mean more to you by visiting Bramasole. Who knows . . . Francis may be there and invite you in for a limoncello. We just bought her new cookbook.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Tuscan Sun Villa”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We have driven past Bramasole on each of our 4 trips to Cortona. Every time I see it I remember reading about it in "Under the Tuscan Sun". I always put a few wildflowers in the vase that the old man left in the shrine in the wall. It is truly a magical place.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

On the cypress lane one walks/drives to Bramasole, home of Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun). Not the villa in the movie, but even more beautiful. If you are lucky you might meet Frances and Ed as they walk out their gate..we did! This gorgeous old villa and gardens have been lovingly restored and if you have read her books, or seen the movie, you would so enjoy seeing the home that has been the 'star' in her books.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Loved seeing Bramasole.. still I did feel a little "stalkerish."”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

My friend Laura and I weren't the only Pilgrims who made the trek out of town to see Bramasole. There was the couple who had brought their lunch in case they could picnic in the yard, and the woman and her husband from Australia, book in hand, hoping some how to run into Ms. Mayes. No, we weren't the only ones. It was our 2nd visit to see Francis Maye's beloved Bramasole. That wasn't for lack of trying, as we couldn't find it the first time we were in Cortona. Actually, it's easy to find. It's right there in plain sight about a mile out of town through the park and past the tennis courts. It's a beautiful home, and rightly so, the inspiration for so manyTuscan dreams. Thank you Ms. Mayes for opening up our eyes and hearts to your vision of Tuscany and for sharing the beautiful property that is known by so many as Bramasole... If you are a fan...don't miss it.

Visited May 2012
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Fernandina Beach, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Under the Tuscan Sun”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

We walked from town out to the villa to see the actual place Frances Mayes wrote about in Under the Tuscan Sun. It's quiet and beautiful and you can understand why she fell in love with the house and the people of Cortona. Read the book - it tells the real story in a winsome fashion. The movie really didn't do it justice. But scenery in the movie was true to the real thing.

Beautiful house, quiet peaceful area, beautiful walk to get there.

Visited May 2012
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