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Review 1359: Summer's Leases, San Silvestro
3bed/2bath villa near Cortona, Tuscany East
May 2004, 1 week
This villa is located just outside the small city of Camucia at the base of the hill on which Cortona sits. The setting was absolutely lovely. The villa was surrounded by beautiful fields and vineyards. Each morning at sunrise I walked around the surrounding villages and listened to the church bells of Cortona ringing across the countryside. It felt as though I had walked right into the pages of "Under the Tuscan Sun."
A car was necessary for this location. We drove to the Co-Op for groceries and there were plenty of places to eat. The drive to Cortona took about 7 minutes and we parked at the public lot and walked in.
This building had been a chapel back in the 1200s. Very old and there was a faint fresco of San Silvestro on one wall. Very interesting building.
There was a lovely garden/sitting area looking out over the countryside. Very private, full of blooming rose bushes. We had breakfast out here every morning.
The villa was extremely clean. Furniture was in good shape. Nice table and chairs in the dining room, sofa and chairs in the living room.
Two of the three bedrooms were very large and had large wardrobe pieces. Probably the largest rooms of any place we stayed in Italy. One bedroom was small with just a twin bed. The beds were comfortable. One of the bedrooms opened onto a terrace upstairs. Gorgeous view from here.
Bathrooms were fine. One had a tub with shower and the other had just a shower.
Kitchen was simple but had all the necessities for cooking simple meals. We cooked breakfast every morning and dinner several times.
Problems or Bonuses
I loved this place. It had exactly the feel I was looking for. I was actually quite surprised how much I liked Camucia. Not much to look at but great for interacting with local people. My son-in-law speaks Italian and loved visiting with all the old men who were sitting around town. Cortona on the other hand was much too touristy for me. This was my first trip to Italy and I was reluctant because of my limited Italian knowledge. But what I quickly learned was that the people are very friendly and tried very hard to make it work. And it did.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Everything went great with Summer's Leases. Communication was good. Just before our trip we received directions and instructions about picking up the key. Everything went as stated. We met the owners who did not speak English but their son did, so everything was okay. We paid about 600E for a week in mid May 2004.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay here again and would recommend it highly.
Things to do in this area
I was surprised at several restaurants in the town of Camucia. At the Il Gambero I had a dish of pasta with porcini mushrooms. It was one of the best meals I had in Italy.
We also visited a small pizzaria in Camucia. This place sells pizza by the slice to mainly locals but they had a very long menu as well. We ate pizza there one night and on another decided to order from the menu. The young couple running the place called in "mama" after we placed our orders. Two hours later we had an awesome, freshly cooked homemade meal. I had gnocchi with a bleu cheese cream sause that was excellent.
We drove to Cortona one day and had dinner at Dardano's. It was excellent also. We actually spent more time in Camucia than we did in Cortona. Cortona was pretty but felt very "contrived" to me.
My favorite day was market day in Camucia. We got some great buys on "stuff" to take back to friends, had great porchetta sandwiches, and generally just had a good time.
We daytripped to Lake Trasimeno (Isola Maggiori) and Gubbio.
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