I have read the previous reviews and can only advise that you MUST believe that this is the most enjoyable, beautiful place to be. Marcella and Terry are exceptional hosts and whatever you ask, they will accomodate or find a way to make things happen. We were fortunate to have them escort us to a wonderful restuarant and have an amazing dinner and birthday celebration. Thank you so much for a most incredible visit. Patricia Keefe USA
We want to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Casa Portagioia. As nice as the villa is, getting to know the hosts and enjoying your wit and conversation put this vacation 'over the top'. The whole experience was an important part of our trip to Italy and Tuscany. In the first place, the location, surroundings, construction, furnishings, beauty, restfulness and dining not only deserve a 5 star rating - it should be a 5+ or even a 6 (in our judgment). But over and above all those positives, Terry and Marcello were most gracious, thoughtful, informative, helpful and entertaining hosts we have ever encountered. There is no question that we will never forget the week at Casa Portagioia; but more than that we will remember Marcello and Terry for the extra special touch they provided to make our stay complete
We spent our 25th wedding anniversary with Terry and Marcello at Casa Portagioia and loved every minute. Between Terry's absolutely spot on Brit humor and warmth and Marcello's fabulous cooking and warmth...we felt right at home. The wine cellar is superb and the dinners spectacular, whether outside on the patio overlooking the olive grove or inside in the very inviting dining room. We planned to stay a week and stayed 10 days...and were still sad to leave. The grounds, rooms, pool...all were wonderful. The beds were memory foam and we never slept better. Thank you Terry and Marcello
On our arrival at Casa Portagioia in July of this year we were met in the car park by Terry who greeted us with "we were not expecting you until Wednesday" we said "this is Wednesday" that's all right then was his reply. This was just the start of a wonderful 4 days full of humour, great food (Marcello's fabulous scrambled eggs at breakfast and the dinners he cooks twice a week), together with excellent wine all linked to the best B & B you are likely to find anywhere in Europe. The Tuscan setting with views to die for make for the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. Terry and Marcello are the best of hosts, nothing being too much trouble to make your stay so enjoyable. We plan to return next year for longer.G and V
Finding a place to stay in a foreign country is never easy, especially when you find the property on the internet, do not have personal recommendations, and tend to be somewhat picky to boot! Thus, we arrived at Casa Portagioia with high hopes but ready for anything. All I can say is that this wonderful bed and breakfast exceeded our expectaions in every way. The property is located in southeastern Tuscany, not far from Cortona. It is a little bit of a drive (about 10 minutes) off the main road and nestled in a beautiful valley. The room was very spacious, immaculately well kept, and had beautiful views. Our hosts, Terry and Marcello, were consumate professionals. They made it all look so easy despite the hard work involved on their parts to make our stay as comfortable as possible. They were full of great ideas for touring around, made reservations at any restaurant or museum, and catered to us in every way. Breakfasts were incredible......assorted cereals, eggs, breads, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee prepared any way we liked, and more. Marcello cooked dinner one evening and we were very glad we were there for that. The food was excellent! It was a magical night. The property is overflowing with flowers, is also immaculate and the pool was absolutley beautiful. It is very likely that this was the best B & B we ever stayed in and would highly recommend it!!!
Casa Portagioia--where to begin? Our magical week began when we drove up the long tree-lined drive to the beautifully restored Inn, and we breathed a sigh of relief. We were graciously met by Marcello who showed us around and ushered us into our beautiful room (with a complimentary carafe of wonderful brandy) and made us feel so welcome. My husband and I had just driven from Florence via the scenic route through rain and a hail storm and we were ready to drink in the beautiful setting and relax. The room was decorated simply and beautifully and each day we eagerly awoke to the sounds of country life (or not, depending upon whether we chose to close the shutters). They even had soft water to shower with-what a luxury! At that time of year, on a few occasions, we were fortunate enough to be able to have our breakfast outside on the patio overlooking the gorgeous gardens and catered to by the amazing and amusing Terry and Marcello. They freely provided an abundance of good suggestions to us as to what the area had to offer and we ventured forth every day to a new and exciting Tuscan experience, with restaurant recommendations in hand. Marcello is a wonderful cook and we very much enjoyed his lovingly prepared meals on the only two separate occasions that are offered during the week. It turned out these were among the best meals we had during our entire 3 week stay in Italy! It was indeed the highlight of our honeymoon and we could not have chosen a better location to explore this beautiful section of Italy. Thank you Marcello and Terry, missing you both - already!
Spending two weeks at the casa was sheer bliss, relaxation and joy. Three of us tavelled from Australia to stay with Terry and Marcello and it was a wonderful experience that we are going to repeat in 2009. From the 6 star accommodation, the relaxed atmosphere and welcome we received, to the quiet of the setting, it was 'Heaven on Earth'. To be able to wander around and do simply nothing if you wanted, to being advised and encouraged to wander out and see the area, Terry and Marcello were wonderful hosts. I cannot say enough about Casa Portagioia, except simply BOOK yourselves in, and be pampered and cared for by two wonderful people. Marcello's special evenng Dinners were exceptional cuisine, and one I will always remember, and look forward to coming back to in 2009. Whenever we hear someone is travelling to Tuscany, we say you must stay at Casa Portagioia. See you soon Terry and Marcello, may 2009 come soon. Cheers Rev Fr Wayne Davis
My wife and I stayed here for a week during a month long Europe trip. Casa P was by far the winner of all the B&Bs we stayed during our month overseas. The owners are exceptionally hospitable and helpful. Their local knowledge was extensive (reservations, directions, tips, must see spots, food, wine). It is a picturesque Tuscan setting. Since the owners speak English, this is a great place for Americans. Our time there was memorable and we plan on going back the next time we are in Europe.
Haga de un Bed and Breakfast o de una casa rural en Cortona, Italia, su hogar lejos de casa
Alojarse en un Bed and Breakfast en Cortona, una antigua y noble ciudad, es hacer un viaje hacia el pasado de Italia. Cortona es un destino maravilloso con una atmosfera tangible y con uno de los mejores patrimonios artísticos fuera de Venecia y Florencia. Cortona, ubicada en la parte alta de las montañas de Arezzo, en la Toscana, ofrece unas maravillosas vistas del lago Trasimeno y de los Apeninos.
Lugares para visitar durante sus vacaciones en Cortona, Italia
El lago Trasimeno constituye la mayor extensión de agua de la península italiana. Es un bonito lago rodeado de montañas por tres de sus lados. Las orillas están cubiertas de bonita flora y fauna y tiene una considerable variedad de pájaros. La pesca que puede realizar mientras se aloja en un Bed and Breakfast de Cortona se centra básicamente en el lago Trasimeno y es variada, extensa y extremadamente tranquila.
Cosas que hacer en Cortona, Italia
Una de las primeras cosas que debería hacer cuando se haya instalado en su B&B de Cortona es explorar las murallas de la ciudad de unos 3,000 años de antigüedad, prácticamente intactas, y la Fortaleza Medici que domina amenazadoramente el horizonte. Esta ciudad se caracteriza por sus calles estrechas y empinadas y por los edificios medievales de la Piazza Garibaldi que dan a la ciudad una atmosfera intemporal. Si quiere conocer y entender la larga y fascinante historia de esta ciudad, el Musee dell’Accademia Etrusca en el Palazzo Pretorio le dará todas las respuestas a todas sus dudas. Todo el patrimonio arqueológico de Cortona y alrededores ha sido documentado y conservado en el Museo Arqueológico de Cortona.
Los tesoros artísticos de Cortona incluyen dos paneles del Museo Diocesano y los frescos que adornan la entrada de la iglesia de San Domenico de Fra Angelico.
En Cortona las vacaciones deportivas son especialmente populares entre los ciclistas. Destacan principalmente los recorridos de montaña y en la ciudad se pueden alquilar bicicletas. Hacer turismo desde un Bed and Breakfast de Cortona es una fantástica manera de explorar los alrededores de Cortona.
El tiempo en Cortona, Italia
Cortona disfruta de un clima seco y cálido. Las temperaturas permanecen agradables durante todo el verano, con una media de 23ºC en julio y agosto. Los inviernos son también suaves, con unas temperaturas medias alrededor de los 10ºC durante los meses más fríos, enero y febrero. El clima de Cortona permite al viajero descubrir a pies esta magnífica ciudad y sus tesoros en cualquier época del año.
Viajar a Cortona, Italia
Los Bed and Breakfast de Cortona están cerca del Aeropuerto de Florencia (FLR) y llegan vuelos directos directamente desde España. Sin embargo, el Aeropuerto de Roma (FCO) es la mejor opción para encontrar ofertas en vuelos baratos a Cortona y un servicio más regular de vuelos.