Cortona Village Heights
What We Love
- Stunning restoration of a 14th-century Tuscan village
- All accommodations feature a kitchen
- A network of walking trails lead off into the surrounding hills
- Dining by candlelight on Tuscan specialities cooked in a wood burning oven
- The resort is a 35-minute drive from Cortona, one hour from Perugia and two hours from Florence
What To Know
- The swimming pool is open April through October
- Keep your eyes peeled for celebs as the hotel has been used for movie and TV shoots
- Due to its historic nature, the resort is not ideal for young children or travelers with limited mobility
- The small on-site food store stocks local produce and regional wine
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Step back in time at Cortona Village Heights, a meticulously restored Tuscan hill hamlet that dates to the 14th century. The 21 studios, and one- two- and three-bedroom apartments have all been seamlessly worked into the original buildings that line the old stone streets. Skilled local craftspeople have brought the old tiled roofs up to date and the rougher edges of the solid stone walls have been smoothed. The guestrooms and public spaces sport solid oak furniture, exposed beams and all sorts of period features. The hamlet sits close to the border with Umbria, but the traditional dishes served in the candlelit restaurant in the hamlet’s old guard house are unmistakably Tuscan. In spring and summer a 65-foot swimming pool tempts, while the year-round olive terraces provide scenic relaxation nooks. All accommodations feature modern conveniences, including kitchens from which to cook up a Tuscan feast; the on-site food store stocks local produce and regional wines.
In the Area
A network of eight walking trails break off from the hamlet and snake through the unspoilt local countryside. Mercatale (di Cortona) is a relaxed Italian village a 10-minute drive away, with banks, a few cafés, supermarkets and a brace of butchers selling quality meat (locals opt for the famous Chianina beef). The best place to eat is Mimmi, an excellent traditional trattoria. The picturesque Tuscan hill town of Cortona is just a 35-minute drive away with its old piazzas, family-run trattorias, wine bars and art galleries. The charms of Perugia and Florence are also within easy driving distance.
How to Get There
Cortona was a pleasant surprise as the majority of structures are well preserved. It is easy to navigate and the main pedestrian streets are filled with smart shops and restaurants.
Don't forget to stop at one of the several gelato shops.
We had some difficulty finding the place, well worth the drive. Stefania was very welcoming and helpful. Amazing setting. A 14th century hamlet restored faithfully to keep the medieval charm, but with 21th century amenities. Very relaxing. Many hikes close by. Beautiful apartment, nicely appointed, beautiful setting and pool. It was hot when we stayed there, but the fans by the open windows did the trick. Close to Cortona, on the border of Umbria and Tuscana. Well worth every penny.
We love it here! Fantastic any time of year and a great base from which to explore both Tuscany and Umbria. The Hamlet has been superbly restored and has all the 'mod-cons' yet it still retains it's authentic rustic charm. The team here bend over backwards to make sure that your stay is a comfortable one and is stress free. We will continue to visit every year and are already looking forward to visiting again in August! :-)