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“Our first B & B ever - Old World Charm”
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Dolce Maria
Ranked #5 of 43 Cortona B&B and Inns
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“Our first B & B ever - Old World Charm”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

My husband booked this B & B months ago and when i purchased my Rick Steeves 2012 Tuscany/Florence book this place was listed in it!! When we arrived Paola the owner was waiting for us and grabbed my suitcase and carried up 3 flights of stairs to our room that over looked the court yard. She told us to get some rest and she would show us around when we were ready. She introduced us to her family that helps her run the business and at 7:30pm we went down to have dinner in her restaurant. The house wine was wonderful and the meal was amazing. In the morning "Nona" would serve breakfast in the parlor and though she didnt speak any English she would sit and visit with the guest. We stayed for 3 nights and when we checked out Paola gave us a bag of homemade biscotti. Cortona is an amazing place and I would definetely stay at the Dolce Maria again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

We spent 4 nights in the B&B Dolce Maria, in Cortona, Tuscany. Arrived from Florence by train at the Camucia-Cortona station. We were almost caught out by the short platform and long train, being in the last carriage meant having to jump on to the platform with our suitcases! Having avoided disaster there, we walked straight out to find the only taxi waiting and available. 5 minutes and 10€ to the B&B.

This very old residence is a family home, converted to provide several good sized rooms. The hostess, Paula, was delightfully welcoming and friendly and offered us the choice of two rooms. We took one which was at the top of the house. Large, airy and plenty of storage. Good bathroom, but no safe and no coffee making facilities. The latter we found to be the exception in our stays in Italy. Only one of the several hotels we stayed in had a kettle and tea coffee.

The B&B is within easy walking (if you can cope with hills) of lots of shops, museums, churches, cafes, etc. There is a regular bus service to nearby towns.

Dolce Maria's breakfast room is on the first floor and the hostess and her mother prepare a simple, but pleasant breakfast with gluten free options as needed. There is a restaurant attached to the house and this proved to be very good. GF options easy.

Most travelers need to do laundry at some stage but the nearest one is in Camucia, so Paula offered to do some for us at a very reasonable rate. It came back ironed and folded.

We also found a pizzeria which offered gluten free pizza. Made a nice change and the owners were very helpful.

All in all, the stay in Cortona was more than we had hoped for. We were made to feel at home and couldn't have asked for a better experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Perfect place!!!
We had the room in the roof and it was so nice.
Own spacious bathroom, good breakfast in a nice atmosphere.
For sure we will come back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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BARCELONA.SPAIN
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

The B&B Dolce Maria is the perfect place to stay in Cortona. Paola is a sweetheart and is very helpful. The B&B is just beautiful. . My room had a spiral staircase that went up to the roof...beautiful views! The rooms were clean, well taken care of, and truly Italian (the B&B is a restored palazzo). Paola's restaurant is excellent. The B&B is just steps from the main piazza in the center of Cortona and walking around the beautiful town was priceless (not too easy with so many steps and uphill streets .I took the bus and train from Cortona/Camucia to Arezzo, which I loved. I will definitely stay with Paola again! Staying at the B&B Dolce Maria is like staying with your own family!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We had originally arranged to stay in another B and B in Cortona through booking.com. We got an email that the original hotel could not accommodate us for some reason so we were told that Dolce Maria had a room and would happily take us. Of course, we were hesitant as Dolce Maria had not been our first choice but the reviews were good so we agreed to stay here. All in all, we're grateful that this happened. Paola and her family were very hospitable. Paola speaks English very well, although she doesn't think she does. The room was charming, clean and quiet, with a wonderful surprise. After climbing a couple of flights on a spiral staircase, from a door in our room we came to a breathtaking terrace overlooking Cortona. This B and B is on a quiet street yet close to parking and the Piazza della Repubblica where the road is pretty flat - Via Nazionale, the only flat area in Cortona and a nice road for browsing and shopping. We wish we could have stayed more than one night. The breakfast was one of the best that we had during our visit to Italy. Paola's beautiful mother also prepared a wonderful, yet light cake for breakfast. We would definitely stay at Dolce Maria if we ever are fortunate to visit this charming town again. Go to the wonderful restaurant located on the ground floor of this B and B, La Locanda al Pozzo Antico, also run by the same family.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

My wife loves the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" so off to Cortona for Christmas. We couldn't have found a better place to stay. Family run we enjoyed meeting the grandmother who supervised the breakfast, Paola who replaced the vacationing chef ( and also the hostess for the B&B) and the father who sat us for dinner in their excellent restaurant. The room was clean, the hot water hot, and the bathroom spotless.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Spencer, Ohio
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

The B&B Dolce Maria is the perfect place to stay in Cortona. Paola is a sweetheart and is very helpful. The B&B is just beautiful. The website pictures do not do it justice. I traveled to Cortona with my sister, and Paola gave us adjoining rooms which would be perfect for a family. My room had a spiral staircase that went up to the roof...beautiful views! The rooms were clean, well taken care of, and truly Italian (the B&B is a restored palazzo). Paola's restaurant is excellent. The B&B is just steps from the main piazza in the center of Cortona and all of the shopping and strolling. We took the bus and train from Cortona/Camucia to travel to Arezzo, Florence, and Spello, and rented a car to drive through a little of Chianti. I will definitely stay with Paola again! Staying at the B&B Dolce Maria is like staying with family!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are excellent, but the one with the spiral staircase has an extra surprise.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Dolce Maria
Address: Via Ghini 12, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 30 meters far from the main square, the B & B Dolce Maria enjoys peace and silence back in time. The old building of historical interest from 1400, above the main floor where resident the family owner has 6 exclusive rooms of different sizes, with suggestive panoramic on the roofs of Cortona and Valdichiana, or which overlook the quiet courtyard.Each room is furnished with antique furniture of the family, which gave a further elegance with frescoed walls and important windows high 3 meters, without depriving the modern comforts of air conditioning, The entrance to the house at number 12 entroduce in an elegant corridor that leads to 3 upper floors through the ancient stairs with handrails in sandstone, or give access to small and elegant restaurant where you can taste the delicious dishes of typical local and Tuscan cuisine accompanied by the best national wine labels. A few steps from the B & B are also the most important buildings, monuments, museums, the S. Agostino congres center, the theater Signorelli, the shopping streets and far 80 meters the free public car parks outside the Etruscan walls. ... more   less 
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