Villa Tullia was recently and beautifully restored to feature a contemporary look and style. This independent three-story villa, nestled in a peaceful area, forms part of an expansive estate with breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. All rooms are very bright and airy thanks to their wide windows from where guests can admire, in blissful ecstasy, the beautiful and striking Tuscan countryside. The villa is set in one of the most requested locations: within walking distance to town. The historical town of Cortona is just a few minutes’ walk from the villa (400 meters), so and if you are looking to stroll into town and then come home for dinner on foot, there is no need to look any further. Also, on the same estate, there is an additional independent cottage (for 4 persons) with its own private swimming pool and garden, which can be rented together with the main villa (depending on availability). Each of these constructions has private grounds and completely respects the privacy of the guests.
Nearest Airport: Peretola Florence Airport 1 h 32 min
Nearest serviced town: Cortona 15-min walk
Nearest major city: Arezzo 42 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
Set in the south-east of Tuscany and framed by four magnificent valleys (Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana), Arezzo is a true gem of the Tuscan countryside and an easy one to explore on foot. An extraordinary city of art, renowned for goldsmiths and antiques traders, Arezzo is home to valuable monuments, cathedrals and museums, all within its historic center.
This corner of Tuscany has been of great inspiration to artists of all trades, from Piero della Francesca, who frescoed the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo, to Giorgio Vasari, from the poet Petrarch to Leonardo da Vinci, who supposedly painted a sight of the medieval Buriano Brige over the Arno river in the background of his famous Mona Lisa. More recently, scenes for the Academy-awarded movie “La Vita è bella” (Life is beautiful, 1997) by Roberto Benigni were filmed in this area. Among the many small towns worth a mention, Poppi, one of the best-preserved examples of “walled city”, Castiglion Fibocchi with its unique baroque carnival event, the Etruscan archeological site of Castiglion Fiorentino and the beautiful Renaissance architecture of Cortona. Take it slow and enjoy.
WHERE TO EAT
Le Chiavi d’oro – Classic sophisticated dishes in a casual modern atmosphere.
Piazza San Francesco 7, Arezzo - +39 0575 403 313
Ristorante Casentino – After visiting the magnificient Guidi’s Castle, taste the restaurant’s game, truffle and mushroom specialties, sitting in a charming garden.
Piazza della Repubblica 6, Poppi - +39 0575 529090
Osteria del Teatro – Excellent typical Tuscan Cuisine in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Via Maffei 2, Cortona - +39 0575 630556
Torre guelfa di chef Claudio - Ideal place for a meal if you are in this area for a shopping afternoon at the Outlets (20 minute drive away). Your shopping spree will be even more memorable thanks to the specialties tasted at this restaurant.
Via S. Martino Altoreggi 8, Figline Valdarno - +39 055 951112
WHERE TO SHOP
Clothing: Just stroll in Cortona to peruse its small boutiques or venture to the Valdichiana Outlet Village, very close to Cortona, to find deals on Italian fashion brands.
Via Enzo Ferrari 5, Foiano della Chiana -+39 0575 649926
The Mall, Tuscany’s most exclusive outlet complex with more than 20 boutiques, including Prada, Gucci Armani, Fendi, Marni and Dolce and Gabbana.
Via Europa 8, Leccio - +39 055 865 7775
Cashmere: Big Berta - Factory Outlet, Cashmere for men and women.
Via dell'Industria 19 (Z.I. Molinaccio), Perugia - Ponte S.Giovanni - +39 0755 997572
Casentino wool: TACS - weatherproof and very durable wool, comes in typical hues of orange and green; it is used in fashion by top designers. You can buy items made with this excellent wool visiting the Factory Outlet.
Via Sanarelli 49, Stia (Arezzo) - +39 0575 583659
Antiques: On the first Sunday of each month, in the main square of Arezzo, Piazza Grande, check out the antiques fair Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo to admire original antiques and very good reproductions.