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Giusi e Dario

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5 Bedrooms , 6 Bathrooms , Sleeps 12
Cortona, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany
main House

A charming Tuscan villa designed, decorated and furnished by 'Giusi', the Italian cook who often helps friend Frances Mayes prepare splendid luncheons and dinner parties at Villa Bramasole, near Cortona. Giusi is mentioned and photographed in Frances Mayes' books “Under The Tuscan Sun”, “Bella Tuscany”, “In Tuscany”, and most recently her illustrated book about Tuscan living style, “Bringing Tuscany Home”. Located in the grounds of Giusi and Dario's farm in the hills to the east of Cortona, the villa faces west towards the setting sun, overlooking the beautiful Val d'Esse at the mouth of which stands Cortona, 6 miles away, on a hilltop dominating the plain of the Valdichiana. Giusi and Dario live in their stone farmhouse a little further uphill with Dario's mother and their two sons. Although they lead...
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About the Owner, Andrea B
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 55 %
Response Time: Within a day
Calendar Updated: 20 days ago
Listed since : Mar 2010
Overall rating: 4.8 / 5.0
Based on 20 reviews and 34 properties
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Listing #HL5431525
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Beerguy r
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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About 15 minutes outside of Cortona, it is a perfect retreat setting for both enjoying what central Italy has to offer and is an escape into solitude if you need it. An hour from both Florence and Siena, it's a wonderful location in the heart of Tuscan wine country, so appoint a designated driver for the drive up the dirt road. Warm & inviting, yet the stone & tile help keep the villas cool during the hot 36 Celsius days we faced during our stay. It is well worth the investment in time & money to get there.

Mamaroneck, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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No photo or words do justice to Giusi and Dario's villa, Ciciana cottage and their environs. Lush, secluded, and flawlessly designed, it was hard to tear ourselves away to visit nearby enchanting towns such as Montepulciano, Perugia, Assisi, and Cortona. The couple, along with Donatella and Dario's mother, made us feel like old friends when we arrived, and they were rightfully proud when giving us a tour of their perfectly appointed homes, pool and grounds. Sitting on the patio, one hears nothing but the birds (including cuckoos), breezes and rustling leaves. One path leads to a stunning panorama of Lake Trasimeno and the Tuscan hills, while another ends up in an olive grove. But what was even more swoon-worthy was Giusi and her team's dinners; everything was local and fresh, including summer truffles! She is truly the best chef in the area, and even though we ate like kings, several of us dropped a couple of pounds from eating such pure ingredients! Not an hour went by without...

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Double Beds:(5)
  • DVD Player
  • Full Baths (6)
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • TV
  • VCR
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
Tourist Tax: 8,00€ per person over 12 years old to be paid on site. Heating to be paid on site according to consumption: 5€ GPL Air conditioning to be paid to consumption: (0,35...
    6 Full baths
    5 Fulls
    2 Twins
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6 Jan 2018 -
27 Apr 2018
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7 nights
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7 nights
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  • Final Cleaning: $545 / stay - Fee
  • Damage Deposit: $779 / stay - Deposit
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