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Dolce Maria
Ranked #3 of 43 Cortona B&B and Inns
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Superior, Colorado, United States
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“A must stay!”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We stayed here for only one night and absolutely loved it. This is such a cute B&B and the owner was so nice. We will for sure stay here again. The location is also fantastic as it is close to the main square where there are great restaurants and cafes.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We found Cortona extremely romantic, and embodying the perfect Tuscan hilltop town, with all its genuine flavour, unspoiled by traffic, deadlocks, crowds, queues, random architecture or modern uninspired buildings. What boosted enormously our view on Cortona was staying at Dolce Maria’s. It is definitely the best place to stay in Cortona, where you will find yourself pampered both in what concerns accommodation but also in food.
Paola is the owner of this place and the mastermind behind the things you experience here. She owns a rather big old house (decorated in typical traditional style, but which provides all modern appliances you might need). The house is extremely charming and inviting. Joking, my husband said he felt like staying in a museum (in a good sense!). When we arrived, we definitely understood that this was a family business; later on, Paola explained to us that she also lived in the same house, having a whole floor for herself. Such proximity to the business is always a big advantage.
The B&B has the best location, on a street right near the main piazza in Cortona. We travelled to Cortona by train, and stopped in Camucia. From there you can either take a bus that goes up to Cortona (do check the timetable outside the train station, and go up the main street about 50m until you reach a Tabbachi to get a ticket), or take a taxi (10 EUR, 12 on Sundays). The bus leaves you near the gate to the city, from where you have to carry up you luggage to a steep street. Consider this, if you have mobility issues, and get a taxi.
We have previously read on Dolce Maria’s website and on tripadvisor about the one special room she has, the one with a hidden staircase which leads to a terrace on the rooftop). We didn’t specifically ask for this room (Toretta room) because the price was a bit higher (not significantly) and because we had made a prior reservation for July and couldn’t keep it due to work issues (we had to cancel); thus, we felt like we were lucky enough to find a room available at Dolce Maris when we rebooked our holiday in August. To our much surprise, Paola gave us the Toretta room, which was a gesture we deeply appreciate, knowing it is her special room. And indeed we loved it beyond words, it is absolutely huge and wonderfully decorated (you do actually feel like in a cozy museum). We were only two, but we think that the room suits more persons, especially because, climbing on the staircase, we found two other floors which could be designed to accommodate guests. Actually a larger family could stay in this place.
We strongly believe that all other rooms offer the same quality as ours. The breakfast was delicious and varied. A most distinctive presence was Paola’s mother, a very elegant and refined lady, who also bakes special cakes for breakfast – extremely taste. All the food was homemade, including the gems.
If you stay at Paola’s, do eat in her restaurant, Il Pozzo Antico. It has a very beautiful courtyard, and also two tables outside in the main street. We served here a wonderful dinner, had some local specialties and were mouth-watering. The service was very friendly and polite (I believe the young people serving were also from Paola’s family). They recommended us a very, very good red wine ! All in all, a fully enriching experience !
Paola’s always had a great attention for her guests, always checking whether everything was fine. In the last day, she called us a taxi to go to the station and she gave us a warm hug goodbye.
We thank her heartily for the hospitality, and we highly appreciate her energetic spirit and how she seems to keep all this business effortless.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Philadelphia, Ohio
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

I cannot say enough good things about Dolce Maria. First, the room. When we were led through the beautiful hallways to our gorgeous room we were beyond amazed. It was huge, extremely clean & so...Italian! Beautiful exposed beams, terracotta flooring, a large modern bathroom and comfortable furniture made us extremely comfortable during our 2 night stay. When Paola mentioned the stairs to the rooftop balcony overlooking the Tuscan countryside it was the icing on the cake! Next, the people...everyone there is so nice & welcoming. My family of 3 did the cooking class with Paola & Lucia (?) and enjoyed every single moment. They were very kind & patient with our 10 year old daughter (and us!) & the food was beyond delicious. We think of them often & will be taking them up on their offer to e-mail any questions we have about what we learned! A visit to the restaurant is a must. We were in Europe for almost a month & I can honestly say that Dolce Maria was my favorite place to stay in all my travels. Prepare to be charmed!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

My wife and I recently returned from two wonderful weeks in Italy and Cortona and Dolce Maria were definite highlights. Paola and her husband run this cute B&B and their restaurant, Locando al Poso Antico, in an ancient stone building just a short walk from the main square. We had a spacious room with a turret that, after a short climb on winding stone stairs, gave us a breathtaking view of the rooftops of Cortona and the beautiful valley below. What a spot to enjoy a bottle of Barollo!

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We were originally going to stay in palazzo, a country estate owned by the same family as Dolce Maria but upon arrival, we realized that the weather was going to be poor and we would prefer to stay in the center of Cortona. We called Paula (the owner) to cancel our accommodation. She told us that she had an alternative option called Dolce Maria. Within minutes she arrived in the country to lead us by car to the B&B. We had the most incredible experience. The rooms were emasculate, the staff were friendly and accommodating, and Paula is just a burst of energy. The restaurant was fabulous, there was free wi-if, the breakfast was unbelievable, and the location was prime! We became friends with the family and will definitely return in the future. Paula, her husband Franco, son Jonny, and the grandmother were some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I have ever met. I give them 5 stars and highly recommend for a unique and authentic experience in the heart of cortona.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

This was an amazing place with friendly, helpful staff, fabulous food and amazing accommodations. This was our favorite Tuscan experience. The location is in the center of town, very convenient. The family became ours and we miss them. They offer cooking classes that seems amazing.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Falmouth, Maine, United States
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

We loved our stay in the Finestre room of this bed and breakfast. From the moment we arrived we were treated like we were family. Nonna who speaks no English did her best and got us through check in, moving our car, and when to come back for dinner. At dinner we met her grandson who works in the restaurant and is great at making recommendations for everything from to dinner to wine to dessert. Oh - and for a European room - this was HUGE by any standard!!! The room was enormous and the bathroom was fantastic. The breakfast in the morning is large with coffee made by nonna as well as fresh baked pastries. The price point is a steal. If you are staying in Cortona, stay and eat here!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dolce Maria
Address: Via Ghini 12, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Cortona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 30 meters far from the main square, the B & B Dolce Maria enjoys peace and silence back in time. The old building of historical interest from 1400, above the main floor where resident the family owner has 6 exclusive rooms of different sizes, with suggestive panoramic on the roofs of Cortona and Valdichiana, or which overlook the quiet courtyard.Each room is furnished with antique furniture of the family, which gave a further elegance with frescoed walls and important windows high 3 meters, without depriving the modern comforts of air conditioning, The entrance to the house at number 12 entroduce in an elegant corridor that leads to 3 upper floors through the ancient stairs with handrails in sandstone, or give access to small and elegant restaurant where you can taste the delicious dishes of typical local and Tuscan cuisine accompanied by the best national wine labels. A few steps from the B & B are also the most important buildings, monuments, museums, the S. Agostino congres center, the theater Signorelli, the shopping streets and far 80 meters the free public car parks outside the Etruscan walls. ... more   less 
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