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Belvedere Apartments
Reviewed 28 January 2013

I can't believe I forgot to review this. When we go back to Cortona, we will time it so we can stay there, in the same apartment. Please understand that this is an apartment, not a hotel. There is no "front desk" and there is no daily room service. We were there 6 nights and had plenty of supplies. Francesca, the owner, lives in one of the apartments and would have helped us if we had asked. We were in the "Dream" apartment. The pictures on their website (search for "Appartamenti Belvedere") are accurate. The view is spectacular. It has 2 bedrooms, bath, very small kitchen, and a spacious living/dining room. Be prepared for a long, steep walk to the nearest plaza. I had no idea it would be so steep. We are in our 60s and had no problem, but we stopped to rest at least once each trip up. If you drive, park at the train station and call a cab - the apartment is inside the city walls and driving there is an adventure. If you plan to drive, feel free to contact me - I can tell you plenty of things not to do.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Just returned from a two week vacation from this beautiful Country. It was my first experience and did not want to be a slave to a formal Tour schedule so my husband, sister and brother in law scheduled our own 14 day "experience". Part of our trip was to center ourselves in this region to visit hill towns and do the vineyard thing. We chose Cortona mostly because of its location, knowing that we would be driving ourselves, most days, to Asisi, Siena, Montelcino, Florence and Pisa. This was a HOME RUN! We stayed in the Belvedere and Glicine apartments on the ground floor. They are connected by a common hallway but with each having their own entry off that hallway. The view from the front apartment common area was spectacular. The four of us used that space for eating and relaxing. The front apartment bedroom was small but comfortable. The back apartment had no window views but the bedroom was very large and the bathroom was a bit larger also. Be forwarned that the showers are a struggle throughout the entire country. My 6'4" brother-in-law struggled the entire trip but with a great sense of humor. Let me say also that Francesca was there whenever we needed direction. All we needed to do was dial her cell and we had her attention. It was one of the cleanest apartments we rented and out of the 11 cities and towns that we visited, this was our favorite. It was the only place that was limited in tourists and you felt the love of the residents...we miss our Cafe' Americano from Mossimo every morning..and oh...did I mention the view?

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Waking up in Cortona to a gorgeous sunrise and view of the valley plus Lake Trasimeno was spectacular. We were four friends traveling and had a two bedroom apartment; however this was only one bathroom. There was a washer but no dryer because most people hang their clothes to dry. If you are there for a long period of time and need a laundramat, there is one in Camucia. We didn't realize when booking the apartment that we were responsible for items such as toilet paper, garbage bags, etc. Again, if you are staying for an extended period ask about what is / isn't included. The location of this apartment is very convenient to the piazza. I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

We stayed in the Ortensia apt. For 2 weeks and loved it. The view from the patio was wonderful. Perfect location. Francesca, the owner, was lovely. When making the reservations she responded immediately and was very easy to deal with. The apt. Was clean and fresh, large bathroom, plenty of hot water and very comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

The Belvedere Apartments are beautifully located allowing easy access to the Town centre and to the Tuscan country side. I found the kitchen adequately supplied with cooking utensils which permitted me to prepare wonderful meals. We ate alfresco under the beautiful Tuscan stars. We stayed 3 weeks and loved every minute. Francesca was very helpful and went out of her way to ensure we had everything we needed!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

We spent 10 nights in the Glicine apartment in Belvedere, and had the pleasure of seeing the majority of the other apartments when we were leaving thanks to the good will of our hostess, Francesca. The apartments are all lovely. The views over the Tuscan landscape are fantastic, the location is perfect. Quiet and serene, but part of a village nonetheless. You can drive your car up to the apartments to unload your luggage, and then park nearby where the parking is free. This is very convenient when you consider you will almost always have a hire car to travel around to all the lovely Tuscan villages and wineries in the region. Inside the walled town of Cortona, Via San Sebastiano where the apartments are situated, is at the bottom of the village area which makes it perfect because you have the energy to walk up hill to a bar or restaurant for dinner, and then can easily 'roll' yourself down the traditional alleyways back to your apartment after dinner with ease. Cortona is a perfect Tuscan town, and Belvedere are perfect apartments to stay in - great value, great location, great views, I would recommend Belvedere Apartments wholeheartedly. A truly wonderful stay in an accommodating village without being "too touristy". Highly recommended. Also, eat at Fuflunes pizzeria - sensational, and not just the pizzas - have a Fillet de Manza - beef fillet with porcini if you can - absolutely out of sight!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

During our trip to Cortona to visit our daughter who was studying abroad for the summer, we opted to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel, and we are so very glad that we did. Their website truly shows how lovely and accommodating the apartment is. Our stay in the apartment made our experience in Cortona that much more delightful. We would definitely recommend the Belvedere Apartments, and would stay again when visiting Cortona. Thank you Francesca.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Via San Sebastiano 31, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
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Ranked #62 of 79 Speciality Lodging in Cortona
Price Range: £63 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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