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Le Gelosie Bed and Breakfast and Apartments
Ranked #27 of 43 Cortona B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 4, 2006

My grandson and I stayed at Le Gelosie B&B from Nov. 17-22 and had a wonderful time. Andrea and Kiki were just wonderful. Nothing was too much for them to do for us. The location was fantastic and we couldn't get in to the restaurant next door, Toscana, as they were on vacation. We went to Trattoria Etrusca just at the gate to the City on the same street as the B&B. Mario runs it and he cooks along with his mother. The food was the best we have ever had in Italy. he makes a killer tiramisu. Ossobuco was worth the wait. He cooks it all day and ran out several times so we had steak Florentine. My Grandson loved it as did I. Also, pasta with tomato, cream and chili sauce. To Die For. Andrea and Kiki helped us enormously, even making long distance calls in italy so we could return our rental car in Arezzo, rather than Milan and then, when we couldn't figure out how to get to rental car agency in Arezzo on the last day, Andrea drove ahead of us to get us there and ask directions in Italian. BTW, Sixt rental let us return it there and then the agent closed up to take us to train station so we wouldn't get lost. Room was perfect, beds comfortable and clean, crisp sheets. We had a tv and Andrea went to great lengths to get it hooked up onto satellite to get CNN and BBC in English. Sent us to right place to get train tickets as well. As someelse said, Andrea and Kiki were unobtrusive, but always there to help and to offer. They were a God send about the rental car. Cafe Signorelli was more typical Italian but Sport's Bar had better coffee. We loved the people and the food and the place. Venice and Paris lost much of their lustre after Le Gelosie and Cortona. The food never was as good again. Went to Pienza and montepulciano and Siena and Arezzo from there. We had already done Florence on another trip. This was the perfect place to use as a hub to see Tuscany which was all decked out for the fall; leaves changing color, etc. We cannot say enough about Le Gelosie and Kiki and Andrea.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 26, 2006

We loved Cortona and Le Gelosie, which is a comfortable B & B right in the middle of town. We were able to park for free outside the city walls just a short walk away. When we opened the window and shutters in early evening, it felt like we were watching an Italian movie in the street below. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom modern and spotless. Breakfast is typically Italian, just a coffee and a pastry, served in a lovely café in the main piazza.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2006

We stayed in very good hotels and B&Bs in Rome, Florence, and Vernazza, but Le Gelosie was by far our favorite. The inn is perfectly located, quiet, very clean, with good amenities. The bed was the most comfortable of our 2-week trip, with crisp white sheets and a wonderful comforter. The location was also perfect. But what made this place a real stand-out was the service and assistance we received from the managers, Andrea and Kiki. We called them when we got to the train station (Camucia is the closest) and when they weren't able to find a cab for us right away, Andrea came and picked us up himself. Their restaurant suggestions were excellent - our favorite was the cafe (Trattoria Toscana?) about two doors away from the inn. They also made it very easy for us to rent a car so we could drive to all the other hilltowns, including Siena. I even got to check my email on their computer before we left. Although they were completely unobtrusive, they were always there exactly when we needed them. My only regret is that we only stayed there for three nights. I would definitely recommend a longer stay. It is the perfect spot from which to explore all of Tuscany, including Florence, but especially the hilltowns and wine country.


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Reviewed July 4, 2006

I was in Cortona in April visiting my daughter. Her friend Erica and I stayed at this incredible place while in Cortona. It was so, so warm and inviting. We were made to feel so at home there. Kiki and Andrea were the greatest hosts. They made us feel like we were old friends. The room we stayed in was beautifully decorated and clean. The bed was very comfortable. My brother David came to see us in Cortona and stayed at Le Gelosie. He travels all over the world. He also fell in love with this place. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay, this is a great place to stay. I am happy that I read other reviews and chose Le Gelosie. It's a real gem.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed October 24, 2005

We just returned from a week-long stay in Cortona where we stayed at Le Geloise's suite La Piccionaia. It truly was an exceptional--I have stayed at many many high end hotels and inns across the US and in several in Italy. Le Geloise goes out of its way to make sure that the vacationer's needs are met. First of all, it was spotlessly clean. It is also extremely well appointed with nice furniture, modern conveniences (eg, gas stove, diswasher, jacuzzi tub), and other small touches that let you know that they have your comfort in mind (eg, plenty of towels, dishes, wine openers, italian coffee pot, and so on). We had 2 couples in our party and there was plenty of room for gathering and for privacy. The photographs shown on the website are true to form and in fact, don't really capture the charm of the apartment.

+Some of the other advantages: the apartment over looks the Cortona centro and the piazzo republica--the view from the apartment windows is wonderful to watch the happenings about town. The location puts you steps away from day to day needs...we had fresh pastry every morning. Also, one of the best restuarants in town, La tratoria Grotto, is practically at the front door of the apartment.

-There are a couple of potential limitations, depending on your specific needs or preferences. First, like much of Cortona, you also have to climb some stairs to get to the apartment. From the front door, I believe there are about 30 steps. The first day (being quite jet lagged) the steps seemed a bit much, but after that, it really wasn't a big deal. However, for some people, the steps would be a major deterrent. Second, for a small little town, Cortona can be a little noisy in the centro...I think some of the apparent noise level is reverberation. Anyway, if you need low to no noise to sleep, bring ear plugs! Cortona wakes up early and dinner (which brings activity to the centro) is served late in Italy (compared to US dinner hour!).

The inn keepers at Le Geloise, Michele and KiKi, were fantastic. They were responsive, friendly, and very interested in our comfort and enjoyment. Their command of English is also excellent.

I highly recommend Le Geloise. It exceeded our expectations. Le Geloise is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed August 2, 2005

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed June 28, 2005

  • Stayed: May 2005
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8  Thank Theresa623
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Address: Via Dardano 6, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
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Ranked #27 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Cortona
Price Range: $85 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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