House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
- english, spanish, italian, Japanese
About Fernando Donati
I grew up in this very house in the centre of Cortona and have always loved it with all of my heart. After a short time in which nobody has lived in here, I've decided that I had to invest in my 'sweet home' and completely restored it, starting from its basement. At the end of all the works that were done I was just amazed the first time I re-entered it. 'That's the right place to let other people experience what it means to live Cortona and its life!'. I hope you'll enjoy all that my town, Cortona, has to offer and I am sure you'll want to keep coming back too! Fernando, Cortona, Italy
Fernando Donati purchased this House in 1531
Why Fernando Donati chose Cortona
'... mother of Troy and grandmother of Rome' (Virgil - Aeneid III and IV) '... From Cortona there is a magnificent view; one’s gaze loses itself in the distance...' (François Mitterand, 1987) '... a marvellous city where everything speaks of God – the nature, the mountains, the woods...' (John Paul II, 1993) '... No map planner would describe it thus, but it is fascinating' (Frances Mayes - 'Under the Tuscan Sun', 1997)
What makes this House unique
Upon arriving we were greeted by the owner's son and wife and escorted through the narrow cobblestone streets of Cortona to our new home for the week. The green door in the wall gave no indication of the quaint courtyard and substantial house that awaited us. This had been the owner’s family home and it was evident by the sturdy furniture and fully stocked cabinets. Everything you needed to make your stay comfortable was supplied. It was more spacious than we envisioned and the location couldn’t have been more ideal. The main piazza was a short stroll away but far enough to make for a peaceful evening. The owners were warm and welcoming and always a phone call away. We had locked ourselves out one evening and a relative happily came to our rescue. Our departure date fell onto a holiday and after returning our car the day before we realized bus service wasn’t running on the holiday. The same relative happily picked us up at the crack of dawn to give us a lift to the train station. We have already recommended Il Roseto to friends and would love to stay again when we return to Italy.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
Wonderful place to stay in Cortona
I was very pleased to find this location for my recent stay in Cortona. Fernando, the owner, was great about staying in regular communication while I was there and also in advance about the meeting place when I arrived. He was kind enough to transport our luggage to the property when we first arrived. The location of the property is an easy walk from Porta Colonia and is also a 3 minute walk from either Teatro Signorelli or the main piazza in Cortona, where there are several restaurants, a small grocery store, gelateria , etc. The property is located in a quiet section of town and is doesn't require the significant uphill walks that other rental properties require. If you don't already know, there is only one flat road in Cortona and the rest of the beautiful town is located on a hilltop. There are many, many wonderful restaurants in town. My only suggestion would be to upgrade the mattress in the larger bedroom. Everything else was fantastic!
I was very pleased with your review, for the mattresses I apologize but I had already planned for 2020 to change them ... I hope to have you back as a guest soon ... Bye Fernando
Pleasant stay in an ideal location.
My family and friends have just spent three weeks at this Cortona property. Our stay from checking in to the end was very enjoyable and relaxing. The facilities were as described in the ad and as confirmed by precious reviewers. The owners Fernando and his son Francesco, were very attentive to our requests.
The house reflects the charm and beauty of its age and the garden was well attended.
To make our stay even more enjoyable we would suggest that the towels and linens be updated. Nevertheless, we would definitely stay there again and and would highly recommend this property to anyone wishing to discover Cortona from inside the walls.
Unionville, Ontario, Canada
Hi Lloyd thank you so much. I hope to have you back as a guest very soon.
Beautiful town, lovely house, great hosts
We loved staying at Il Roseto and we loved Cortona. Fernando’s son communicated really well with us and did a superb job of getting us to the house, driving our car through the narrow streets. Lovely touches like fresh dressing gowns and something to eat and drink, this was an excellent experience and we would hope to repeat it again one day.
thanks so much I hope to have you back as a guest soon .. Bye Fernando
Lovely vacation inside the city walls
The ground floor apartment in this 3 story house is spacious and easily accommodates 8 people. There are two bathrooms each with a shower, bidet and toilet. The wifi is good, and TV signal is alright. There is also washer and dryer.
There is a full kitchen, dining room, family room and lots of drawer/cabinet/ closet space. There is a step down from the family room and the bedroom/bunkbed room, so if one is disabled that could be an issue. On the other hand, the streets of Cortona would be limiting in that regard.
The streets in Cortona are exceptionally narrow, one-way, and steep, some with cobblestone. There is no parking at the house, you have to park outside the city walls, there are two parking areas on that side of the town, one is free the other is not. It is a 5 minute walk, uphill to the house, so with luggage, in the heat that could be a bit hard. But our host, Fernando, drove us in to the house, suitcases and all, and back to the parking lot a week later when we left. He was very helpful with information, and the fruit, juice, milk and wine as a welcome treat was nice.
The apartment is located a few minutes walk from the center of Cortona, with bars, restaurants and stores. Keep in mind all but one street are really steep, with or without steps. The main street is fairly flat, not too long and with a wonderful view of the valley on one end.
Cortona is also very conveniently located centrally between Arezzo, Siena and Perugia.
We would definitely go back.
Incredible home and town
I can’t recommend this place enough. Cortona is intimate, but not too small to discover new things for days. The home is in the perfect location, and the garden is a lovely place to relax in the afternoon. Fernando and his family took amazing care of us - thank you! Bellisima!
thanks so much