My husband and I spent 4 days in Cortona at the end of December through the New Year. Alle Pietre was a lovely place to stay. The apartment is charming and Ester has done a great job of adding all the extras to make for an enjoyable stay . . . from the breakfast for our first morning - to the Presecco for New Years Eve - to the chocolates on the bed.
We have been to Cortona before - but the experience of “living as a local” was wonderful !
We hope to go back again soon.
Ester had arranged for the taxi to pick us up at Camucia Station and deliver us to her front door. Ester was waiting for us at her front door with a warm, welcoming smile and soon we were taking a tour of her lovely house. The house was immaculate, warm, and beautifully decorated. On the kitchen table, a well stocked bowl of mouthwatering fruit awaited us along with croissants, milk and juice to ensure we were off to a good start. The kitchen is well supplied if you wish to challenge yourself to making an Italian dinner at home. Of course the highlight was the table and chairs in the back overlooking the valley below. We spent many a morning with our coffee and the evening with a glass of wine sharing special moments and sunsets wondering if we were in heaven looking down on the beautiful earth below. The house is located in a quiet setting ensuring a peaceful sleep and only minutes away from the town center and markets, should you wish for the company of others, or just to watch the Cortonese in their evening stroll while you enjoy your glass of prosecco. The merchants are friendly and go the extra distance to make you feel welcome . Our only regret was when it was time to leave Alle Pietre. Esther arranged for the taxi to pick us up and deliver us safely to the train station. We leave with only fond memories and a special thank you to Ester for creating such a welcoming and comfortable place to stay. By the way, if you are lucky enough to befriend the neighbor's tabby striped cat, say hi to Paulina!
Had a fabulous stay in Italy. our stay in Cortona was even better when we saw alle Pietre. It's a wonderfully charming little cottage with stunning views. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and a short 5 min walk from the main square in Cortona with its restaurants museums and shops. If you arrive by hire car there is free parking a 5 min walk away. Worth noting that the beautiful city of Florence is an 80min train ride away and alle Pietre is well placed to explore the local area. We would definitely recommend the cottage to others. thank y
Out for a wonderful stay.
This house is great. It has a fantastic location, is beautifully decorated & has stunning views from the outdoor area which was perfect for an evening drink. The host was very helpful & thoughtful. I would definitely recommend this as place to stay in Cortona.
If you are attracted to the quaintness and lifestyle of the small, walled cities of Tuscany, then you would be hard-pressed to find a better destination than Cortona. We have been four times in the last decade or so but have never stayed in the city itself until this recent visit. And the house at Alle Pietre was the perfect way to do it. Ester is the most accommodating of hostesses, advising us during our pre-planning, introducing us to the home and its amenities, and responding in a timely manner with help whenever we had a question or a need (including arranging our rescue when we missed our train stop coming into Cortona). The home itself sits amid a series of small homes in connected buildings on a sloping street just a couple of minutes walk from the main Cortona piazza. It is three floors, generously and beautifully furnished, clean and comfortable - and out the back door the valley below and the surrounding hills deliver one of Cortona's most spectacular views. As private as it is convenient, as meticulously maintained as it is well furnished, Alle Pietre is a great choice for a couple looking to enjoy Cortona and the surrounding area.