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Rugapiana Vacanze
Ranked #21 of 43 Cortona B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 July 2012

Had reason to stay in Cortona for 8 nights and we stayed in Rugapiana vacanze. Massimo made us feel very welcome. Great location on the Via Nazionale (the only flat street in Corto.na!) made it so easy to sight see and visit all the fabulous cafes, bars and restaurants that populate this lovely town. Rustic charm meets mod cons, our apartment really became our home. Beautiful Tuscan furniture adorned the room, along side the local pottery making it a very pretty site. Was very sad when we had to leave but made a promise that we would return

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2012 via mobile

We stayed in Cortona with friends, & based ourselves at Rugapiana Vacanze - & what a great decision it was. Great location, with a choice of cafe's, wine bars & shops just outside the door. Rustic, spacious accomodation, with air-conditioning & fans!
Such a beautiful town, will definitely stay here next time!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We were staying here (two couples) as we were attending a wedding in the local church in September last year. Having read some mixed reviews on tripadvisor I was slightly apprehensive. My apprehension was short lived when we met Massimo. He gave us a detailed welcome to his B&B and a grand tour of our accommodation - we had the top floor. Massimo also gave us a history lesson while we sat and took our surroundings in. He couldnt stress enough that any time we needed help he was just a short distance away. THe B&B is VERY central, the main street is at the front door and the main squares just steps away. It is a very clean place and fully kitted out if you ever felt the need to cook, the only time we cooked was eggs for breakfast. After all, being in Cortona, there is no reason to cook - due to the plentiful supply of amazing places to eat.
If I am ever lucky enough to be near Cortona again, I will stay here

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

This was our second visit, the first last year and then again in June, both times for a week. We love Cortona and Massimo and his Bed and Breakfast give great value accommodation in the heart of town. Yes there are a lot of stairs if you have a room on the third floor as we did but we found it was good exercise after indulging in Italian food and wine in one of the many restaurants and we are what they call a mature couple! Very mature! The door to the accommodation opens directly from the main street so that you are in the heart of things and all the action.
We have not found Cortona to be overcrowded with tourists and the delights of sitting outside at a cafe and watching the locals go about their daily lives is fascinating. There appear to be a great variety of activities including, whilst we were there, the local Philharmonic Orchestra in the Piazza complete with a 10 year old drummer - fantastic! We saw a weekly market, an antiques market and two weddings, not to mention the large screened television in the evening for the locals to watch the European Cup football.
We hope to be back very soon.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

Last month we stayed at Rugapiana Vacanze three nights and could not have been happier with our room, our host or the town, all a high point in a month touring around Northern Italy. The Rugapiana is in a perfect location for walking everywhere and for getting the bus from the Camucia-Cortona train station (but be sure on the way back to the station to ask driver if the bus actually stops at the station - ours had to let us off several blocks away). Our room looked just like the web pictures (and we all know that is not always the case) and was exactly what we wanted - charming with beams and cotta typical of its age, very comfortable in every respect. Though we were on the top floor, Massimo insisted on carry our bags up the several flights of stairs when we checked in and when we checked out. (After several other hotels, stairs and lots of trains, I appreciated the break.) Although we stayed in a number of hotels and B & Bs during our trip, Massimo gets our vote as the nicest and genuinely helpful host we met in Italy. His English is very good, worlds better than our Italian. Our best dinners were in two small trattorias he recommended that were not in Rick Steves, Frommers or our other guidebooks. We had no problem with going to the nearby bars for typical Italian breakfast (espresso drink and baked good), and quite enjoyed the host in one of them (I think his name is Mauro), who kept giving us extras on the house (we also ate lunch there one day) as well as getting out into the neighborhood rather than a hotel breakfast room. After three trips to Italy, we are well aware of the challenges traveling in Italy involves and the things that can go wrong in any hotel or guest house. That said, we have no hesitation in giving an unqualified "five star" review to Rugapiana Vacanze, which made Cortona a highlight of our trip, and look forward to returning for another stay.

Room Tip: We liked our room on the top floor very much. It was mostly very quiet and private.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

This B and B is in a lovely location, with spacious rooms and comfortable surroundings. The most impressive thing about it, however, is the service. Massimo, the owner, was very friendly and helpful, despite us arriving at 1am in the morning! On our final day, we realised we had lost our car hire key. Massimo could not have been more helpful. He told us we were now his guests and not to worry about vacating the room; he rang the airport, car rental and taxis and even lent us his phone so we wouldn't have high mobile bills! He was even the one who managed to find the key! Cortona is a beautiful, beautiful town, the views are exceptional, the local lake was lovely for swimming and everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

The only thing I can say about my staying in the Rugapiana is: one day was not enough to enjoy the place and the city. Wow, Cortona is amazing! Rugapiana is also unbeatable. Extremelly well located (100m from the main square, 150 meters from free parking area, and 100m from the park), Massimo - the manager who received us - did his best to make us happier and comfortable.

We stayed in a room in the first floor, faced to the street, nicely decorated with Tuscany elements, very well equipped (like a kitchenette), top quality sheets, towels, bath robe…Exactly like the pictures in the website.

However we had a little problem during our staying: the electrical water heater apparently was undersized and we didn’t have hot water enough for 2 showers taken subsequently. Massimo said after 5 minutes we would have hot water again but was taking longer. He apologized and offered us another room in the same floor, only to take the shower. Ok, it solved our problem, and I understand, but was not same thing as taking a shower in your own room, otherwise we should have selected a hotel with shared bath.

The breakfast was also a little bit frustrating. We received a voucher and went to a cafeteria nearby. It was very simple, only coffee and a croissant. If you want another thing you will pay separately. No fruits or juice. The waiter was not clear enough to explain how the outsourced coffee works.

Finnally a comment: we made our reservation via booking.com and have requested to install a baby cot in our room. Nothing was said so we understood the cot would be installed. When we arrived we were advised they didn't have baby cot available. I would prefer to be advised in advance. Reviewing the reservation made I could see the request was there.

I certainly will go back to Cortona (lovelly place), and certainly will go back to Rugapiana again. In the meantime I hope they fix the problem with the water heater, if not, I will prefer to be accommodated in another room.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Via Nazionale 63 | In Pieno Centro Storico sul Corso Principale, 52044, Cortona, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Cortona
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #21 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Cortona
Price Range: £48 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rugapiana Vacanze 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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