Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This magnificent property has a front row view with five windows on the main piazza of Cetona, recognized as one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany and featured in "The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany". Here, everything you need is on your doorstep: restaurants, cafes, markets, grocery stores selling local delicacies. You can make last-minute plans to dine out and not have to drive along miles of unpaved roads from some remote farmhouse. In fact, if you don't feel like driving, you can take a cab to Chiusi, ten minutes away, and hop on a train to Rome, Florence and anywhere else that takes your fancy.
The tourist office is across the square from the flat and has maps of local hikes and many suggestions of what to do in the area. In addition, we provide our own "insider's guide". Many guests have commented that they have found our recommendations have been key to their enjoyment of Cetona and neighbouring towns. Our friendly property manager, an American lady married to an Italian and living right in town, will make sure everything runs smoothly.
The apartment dates from the mid 1700s and has coffered ceilings, frescoes and many other lovely features. It is on the first floor (2nd floor U.S.) and consists of a huge room comprising kitchen/dining/living room with original terracotta tiles, with two windows onto the piazza. The long refectory-style table is pefect for get-togethers of up to ten people. Oriental rugs and the marvellous frescoed walls make you feel as if you are in another age.
There is a study, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two bedrooms have a view onto a courtyard garden, the other onto the piazza. The apartment is very spacious covering 2,700 sq ft (230 mq).
A separate room on the mezzanine contains a washing machine and dryer. There is also a communal terrace overlooking a verdant tranquil courtyard.
This property is an ideal location for exploring southern Tuscany and nearby Umbria.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 60 km, Nearest railway: Chiusi 8 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The flat consists of an entrance hall with a large antique wardrobe and chest, the kitchen/dining room/sitting room are all in one huge room. There is a long dining table, a kitchen island made by a local carpenter, a sitting area with a large glass coffee table, two sofas and two armchairs. The study has a desk, a laptop, printer and a selection of guidebooks. Wi-fi internet is available free of charge and an Italian mobile phone is at your disposal. The study has a sofa bed which folds out into a double bed.
Two of the bedrooms look out onto the courtyard. One has two single beds, which can be united, the other has a double bed and an en suite bathroom. The master bedroom looks out onto the square and has a large custom-made wardrobe and chaise longue. The bathroom is shares with the other bedroom has a super modern shower installed last year. In addition, there is a small utility room with a sink where cleaning supplies, the iron and ironing board are kept.
The flat is very cosy in the winter because of the large double windows which keep the draughts out. There is an efficient central heating system. In the summer, there are fans for each bedroom and a mobile air conditioning unit.
|Further details outdoors|
Piazza Garibaldi is unique to Cetona. It is one of the largest squares in the area and the locals call it their "salotto" (the sitting room). Cafes offer a variety of fare from coffee to drinks to home-made ice cream. The piazza is an ever-changing canvas of activity. Our windows onto the piazza are the best seats in the house. So much goes on in our piazza: festivals, dinners, religious events. It is such a treat not to have to get in the car to go to the grocery store; everything is on our doorstep. The weekly market on Saturday mornings provide an occasion to buy everything from the freshest produce to the latest fashions. The square offers a variety of good food, pottery, cafes and clothes shops. The tourist information office is located in the square and they have a variety of maps, brochures and suggestions on what to do and see. They speak English and have internet access.
Welcome basket provided on arrival. English-speaking representative will give you an orientation of the flat and ensure that everything runs smoothly. She will be happy to answer any questions regarding the flat or the area in general.
The Tuscany region
The region of Tuscany is famous for its beautiful scenery, fantastic wines and delicious olive oil. As well as the famous art cities of Florence and Siena, there are many hill towns where one can get away from the crowds and experience the true flavour of the area.
Whatever the time of year, there is always something to celebrate in Cetona. Wine and olive oil tastings, flower festivals and many other festivals, mostly centred around food take place in the piazza. Locals welcome your participation in celebrating their town and its culture.
Within a 40 minute drive, you can visit Montepulciano, Montalcino (home of Brunello wine), Pienza, San Casciano dei Bagni and numerous other beautiful places.