“Little spot of Italian Heaven” My favorite time of day at Villa Rosa is early morning when the sun burns away the mist in the valley, and all you can hear are birds, thousands and thousands of birds! There are even a few cuckoo birds which actually DO sound exactly like the clocks, and the hummingbirds are so exciting EVERY time you see them (yeah, I'm a bird nut).
Even though you're a 15 minute leisurely walk from the most excellent village, Cortona, Villa Rosa seems to be in the middle of nowhere, far indeed from the madding crowd. You could hear a pin drop at night, all the better to hunt fireflies...
Italy gets pretty hot in the summer, especially the afternoon, so when it's siesta time I recommend closing all of the villa's shutters nice and tight, which creates a wonderful cocoon of dark coolness... perfect for sleep after eating lunch outside at the huge table (if you're smart much of your time in Italy will be spent eating).
I've been here twice already, and it is a place that manages to suck out ALL of your real-life stresses with its Italian panache, in a way that makes you wonder why you were so stressed in the first place.
Do yourself a favour, and wallow in the loveliness that is Villa Rosa in the perfect little pocket of civilization called Cortona.
“Paradise!” Had a one week stay at Villa Rosa and fell in love with the house, the gardens and Cortona. This really is a peice of Italian paradise - the house is beautifully appointed...spacious, modern but still a taste of Italian living. IT was the best 7 days :0)
“A great, beautiful, convenient stay in Cortona” This was our favorite place we stayed during a month in Italy. Vanna is so wonderfully gracious and friendly. The whole town of Cortona is like a medieval/renaissance fairy tale. There is plenty to do just within walking distance of this beautiful apartment. We did not have a car, but spent an incredible leisurely week as pedestrians in the area. Can't wait to return, and will definitely stay here again!