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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Cortona, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

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arnaq
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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6 reviews
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“Stunning apartment in magical setting”
Reviewed 20 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Situated on the city wall of Cortona with views across the valley - this apartment has everything you could want from a holiday let. Very close to restaurants, cafes and shops. Yet situated in a quiet part of town. It is charmingly decorated, cozy and comfortable. Ester the owner was very hospitable. Our train was delayed due to a medical emergency on board and we arrived much later than we had planned. Ester was very understanding. She met us in the snow in the town square and took us to the apartment. We loved it and will definitely be back. Thanks Ester for a memorable stay.

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owsky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Charming house in a great location”
Reviewed 6 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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This has been one of the most charming houses I have ever rented. It is furnished with a lot of care and style. All the amenities work perfectly and it is very comfortable. But take note that it is a centuries old house so the stairs can be narrow and the headroom too cozy for some tall people. The house sits on the outer wall of the city so once you step out, you will have a priceless view of the valley and hills. This area outside the house along the wall merits some description. It is a small cobblestone road that a few residents are bold enough to squeeze their little Fiats through to park outside their doors. There was just enough space to put a small table and chairs without blocking the cars so we could sit outdoors and have a bottle of wine while appreciating the magnificent view. Our kids also thoroughly enjoyed running up and down this little street. The house also opens out to another narrow street on the other side from which you can reach the piazza in 5 minutes and find a range of grocers, restaurants and shops. Essential to us was a friendly pizzeria and gelateria just by the piazza. Perhaps one or two things we wish Esther had told us more clearly before we arrived was (1) how to drop off big bags and (2) where to take the trash to. After dragging heavy bags up an incline from the public car park which is 100m away outside the city walls, we figured there must be a better way. After reading the zoning regulations we learnt that non-residents can drive into the city at certain hours. So before departing, we drove our rental car to the house (on the wider street) to pick up the bags. But do take note that there is only one possible way to drive in without damaging your car (unless you have a tiny car) and you have to figure the route out before your try it. As for trash, you do have to walk it out of the city walls. Inconvenient but a trade-off for a cleaner looking city. In sum, Cortona is a lovely little city with an inviting village feel and Alle Pietre is a wonderful place to stay.

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Liked best: The cobblestone street and the view
Liked least: Parking outside the city walls
Travelling group: Young Children
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Gerrymac2...
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“If your thinking about visiting Cortona, then look no further!”
Reviewed 16 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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Alle Pietre is a beautifully restored and modernized medieval cottage on the City walls of wonderful Cortona. The accommodation is perfectly located, about midway in elevation of this sloping City. The main Piazza is approx. 100mts away and therefore many cafe's, restaurant's and shops are just a stroll from the door. However there is an amazing quirk? No matter how noisy it is in the Piazza, you will only hear the birdsong from the house!!
The owner has been very accurate with the description of the house and the photographs are an exact reflection of what you will find. Pay particular attention to the image of the little green table and chairs - this comes with the house. The views of the valley far below and the sunsets are truly spectacular!!!
We had an added bonus on our trip - we hired a small car (Citroen C1) which we were able to park at the house at no charge - this facility is rarely available in City accommodation.
Overall my wife and I were delighted with our stay in Alle Pietre in Cortona.

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Liked best: The views from the property
Liked least: The bed is just a bit hard. But I'm picking at straws here!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Travelguy...
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Petite paradise in the heart of Cortona”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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If there is a heaven on earth, this might possibly be it! A small, three story row house, totally refurbished to the highest standards, sits on the edge of a hill with stunning Tuscany views. A nice sized master bedroom and bath (with a fabulous shower) is on the top floor and the second bedroom with pullout bed and bath is on the lower floor. The main floor has a lovely (although very tiny) living area and kitchen It was perfect for my husband and I and our 27 year old son. Our host, Ester, provided every amenity, including a bottle of wine, water, orange juice, coffee, etc and filled the house with fresh roses and plants. What a lovely touch! Everything was perfect.
The location was also ideal; just minutes from the middle of town, and a perfect base for seeing the surrounding wine country and hilltop villages. Definitely one of the highlights of our month in Tuscany. Thanks, Ester!

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Cornelia...
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017
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Management Response
3 Jul 2017
Dear Cornelia,
thank you for your kind words.
You will be always welcome at home.
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Antonio M
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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Liked best: la posicion de la casa
Liked least: comedor y cocina pequeños
Travelling group: Con amigos
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Management Response
19 May 2016
Spero di incontrarvi ancora a Cortona. Gracias !
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