Tuscany: L'Albero Bello
Savor the Tuscan Life With a Scenic Setting and Sparkling Pool
- Name: L'Albero Bello
- Sleeps: 8
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
- Price: From €2650/week
We were so comfortable that we skipped one of our planned excursions to just relax at the villa.
Beautiful grounds, spacious inviting interiors, a sparkling blue pool surrounded by greenery and vistas, all well placed within easy reach of major vineyards & medieval towns; savor the Tuscan life!
Situated in the gorgeous and iconic Val d'Orcia, near Cortona and close to both Tuscan and Umbrian attractions, L'Albero Bello villa makes a wonderful base from which to very easily explore this magnificent region. It’s less than a mile from the remarkably preserved medieval walled hilltop town of Lucignano with its varied shops, restaurants and grocery stores. Lucignano, the pearl of Valdichiana, is one of the most interesting examples of medieval town planning with its elliptical structure based on concentric rings. It’s a hidden gem, authentic and untouched by mass tourism, a place suspended out of time. Be sure to visit the elaborate reliquary made for the church of San Francesco in the Museum of Lucignano. Called the L’albero della vita (The Tree of Life) the central stem is supported on a Gothic reliquary, from which spread out twelve branches, surmounted by a Crucifix and a pelican. On the branches there are sprigs of coral, representing the blood of Christ.
The villa is within 30 miles of Arezzo, Siena and Lake Trasimeno and so many more amazing and sites and villages. Go horseback riding, play tennis, tour wineries, get out on the water in Lake Trasimieno…there are endless possibilities surrounding you!
This lovely old stone house reserves all the character of its 17th century origins.
Set in a private, tranquil landscape, the pool will provide many hours of enjoyment during the summer months. The outdoor covered lounge and dining patio affords comfortable space for dining al fresco, acting as an outdoor living room where you can enjoy the fresh air and warm temperatures. The pool also boasts a convenient, well-designed pool house which has a full bathroom, a kitchenette and barbecue.
For larger groups can be rented in connection with Villa Landolfo located on the adjacent property, a 3-minute walk. The two villas each have complete privacy.
Beautiful airy rooms are comfortably furnished and inviting with a pleasing blend of traditional and contemporary design. Eclectic artwork, kilim carpets and fabulous beamed ceilings add interest, colour and architectural charm. The living room at the heart of the house has windows that open onto the garden and a large arched passageway that leads to the adjacent dining area.
The well-appointed kitchen is light filled and large, with another great beamed ceiling and unique tile work…it’s perfect for preparing delicious meals with the wonderful delicacies abundant in this region. All 4 of the comfortable bedrooms have modern en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning to ensure restful nights.
A beautiful and cosy sitting room on the second floor has an open fireplace, a perfect place to snuggle up with a book and glass of Brunello before a fire on a cold autumn evening.
Four bedrooms, 1 on the ground level and 3 upstairs. Window screens in the bedrooms.
Bedroom #1 Ground floor has a twin bedroom. Beds can be joined together. Beds 0.9 x 2m
Bedroom #2 Upstairs master large queen bedroom. Bed 2.05 x 2m
Bedroom #3 Upstairs queen bedroom 1.6 x 2m
Bedroom #4 Upstairs twin bedroom (can't be joined). Beds 0.9 x 2m
Ground floor bathroom has shower over bathtub, en suite with twin bedded room
The 3 upstairs bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with shower over bathtub.
Property and area amenities
|Location||Lucignano near Cortona|
|Bedrooms||4. Two bedrooms with with queen beds. One bedroom with 2 single beds that can be joined together. One bedroom with 2 single beds (not joinable).|
|Bathrooms||4. All with showers over bathtub, all en suite.|
|Floor||Located on two floors. Ground floor with living room, kitchen, dining, bedroom with 2 single beds. Second floor with 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and den with fireplace.|
|Size||3767 sq ft, 350 m2|
|Dining||Dining room seats 8. Kitchen seats 4. Outdoor dining with covered pergola for 8.|
|Kitchen||Full equipped kitchen with gas stove, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, pots, pans dishes.|
|Laundry||Washer, Dryer, Iron, Ironing Board|
|Air Conditioning||Air conditioning in all bedrooms and the upstairs den, paid locally based on your usage|
|Heating||Yes, paid locally based on your usage|
|Utilities||Included except cost of air conditioning & heat paid locally.|
|Transport||A car is necessary for this location|
|Crib||Portable crib and high chair on request, free of charge|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives a few English language news channels|
|Telephone||Yes, incoming and local calls only|
|Internet||WiFi, might not work in every room due to thickness of walls|
|Cleaning||Yes daily housekeeping Monday-Saturday.|
|Cook||Yes, available Monday-Saturday for lunch or dinner. Cook shops for the food she prepares. Cost of food and beverages not included and is paid on site. Additional cook service with advance arrangement, please request a price quote.|
|Parking||Yes ample on site parking|
|Safety||Hotel style safe|
|Pool||Unheated pool is open mid-May to mid-September. 12m x 6m, 1.15m - 2.35m deep with built-in steps. Barbecue and kitchenette in pool house. Pool towels provided.|
|Pre-Arrival Grocery Shopping||Yes with advance arrangement, please request a price quote.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||Weekly Rate|
|Jan 4 - May 9 2020||€2650|
|May 9 - Jun 20 2020||€3280|
|Jun 20 - Jul 4 2020||€4320|
|Jul 4 - Jul 11 2020||€5190|
|Jul 11 - Aug 22 2020||€5620|
|Aug 22 - Aug 29 2020||€5190|
|Aug 29 -Sep 12 2020||€3280|
Sep 12 - Oct 31 2020
Minimum price is for 1 week.
Price includes hospitality tax and utilities except cost of air conditioning and heat, paid in cash at check out based on your usage.
€1000 damage deposit will be authorized to your credit card.
Maid and Cook Service included: lunch OR dinner, to be ordered 2 days in advance from a menu of choices. Dinner is prepared in advance and left. Provided 6 hours/day, 6 days/week, Monday - Saturday. Cost of food and beverages is paid in cash on site. Additional Cook Service available on request at an additional cost, payable locally. Pre-stocking grocery service is available for €16/hr plus the cost of the groceries. Personal laundry not included with housekeeping.
Welcome basket with a starter supply of olive oil, 1 bottle fruit juice, 1 bottle white wine, 2 bottles water, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, cookies, savory snack, household products (hand soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, toilet paper, kitchen sponges, garbage bags, foil, tissues mosquito repellent).
Linen change once per week on Saturday (extra changes are available on request for an additional charge).
Air conditioning and heat are on a meter that guests may view. The meter reading is used to calculate the exact consumption to be paid by the guests.
Check-in 4-7pm Check out 10am
• Excellent, convenient location. Walk to nearby town of Lucignano.
• City of Arezzo, where there is a train station, is a short drive.
• Comfortable and casual
• Lovely pool
Our Guest Reviews
A gem in Tuscany
The L'Albero Bello villa in Lucignano was an absolute gem, although getting to it by car from Florence was a challenge. The directions took us onto a winding gravel road that we would still be navigating if it were not for the fortuitous intervention of Elio, the groundskeeper for the villa. In the future, I would recommend giving directions that go through the church; much shorter and more direct. The villa itself was amazing, very spacious with four bedrooms and four full baths, three living room spaces and a great kitchen. Someone took a 600-year-old villa (according to Barbara) and thoroughly modernized it without detracting from the historic character of the building. Barbara was very helpful in orienting us and generally taking care of us, including a stopped-up bathtub drain. The location was great for exploring the Tuscan countryside and surrounding sites like Sienna and Pienza. Luana, the cook, was an unexpected bonus. We asked her to cook only three dinners for us and each was as good or better than anything we had in restaurants. Speaking of restaurants we would like to strongly recommend one close to the villa, Le Bindi. It is located inside the walls of Monte San Servino, so it’s tricky to find, but well worth it. There is one seating each night of 20 diners sitting around a long table. Reservations well in advance are required. A couple (she’s the chef) serves fifteen to twenty courses (we lost track) family style (yes I said 15-20!). The food could be described as nuevo Tuscan, absolutely delicious, and all for 25 euros per person!
Overall, our experience could not have been better. Thank you for a great villa in Tuscany.
[Thank you for your wonderful comments, we’re delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the good suggestion to include directions that go past the church instead, we will do that! The Italy Perfect Team]
L'Albero Bello is perfect!
We always wanted to spend Easter in Italy, and Italy Perfect made that a reality. We spoke with Kelly and Lisa, and everything they told us about the property and location was spot on. They gave us valuable tips and helped us hone in on our location. I would 100% recommend Italy Perfect for anyone wanting a villa vacation in Tuscany.
Seven of us stayed at L'Albery Bello in mid-April of 2019 over the Easter week. We rented a car and drove from the Rome airport. The location was perfect for Tuscany as it is an easy 2 hour drive from Rome. We were greeted by Barbara, and she was absolutely awesome. Her English was fine, and she was willing to do whatever it took to make us happy. The cook, LouAnna, made us excellent dinners and they even have wine for sale at reasonable prices (if you forget to stock up at the grocery). Barbara cleaned every day and the villa was spotless. She even emptied the fireplace ashes and restocked with fresh firewood each afternoon. We had 7 people with us, but the living areas within the villa were big enough to accommodate many more. We were so comfortable that we skipped one of our planned excursions to just relax at the villa. The pool wasn't open yet as it was mid-April, but I could imagine it being even more relaxing at the pool. The only slight downside to the villa was the queen beds upstairs. They were a little firm for our taste. The twins downstairs were actually a bit more comfortable. It wasn't enough to cause an issue, it's just that we prefer a softer mattress. I can't say enough about Barbara and how nice it was to see her every day for a week. On our last day, she introduced us to her husband, and when we left, there were hugs and kisses to go around (and maybe a few tears). We will definitely look to see her on our next trip to Tuscany.
From our villa, Florence is within an hour's drive, and Siena is 40 minutes. There are many other small towns to see that are less than 30 minutes. I was a bit nervous to drive from town to town, but the roads were more than easy to navigate. I would recommend using google maps, but make sure to download "offline maps" as the GPS will still work without data reception. We never got lost using this trick. For anyone who is a wine lover, Montalcino is a must see. It is about 45 minutes from the villa by car. We tasted Brunello at local vineyards and spent some time in the city of Montalcino. The San Polino winery was our favorite, and we had a case shipped back to the U.S.
The town of Lucignano is a 5 minute drive, or 20 minute walk. The 2 main restaurants in Lucignano are excellent, and the Gelato was the highlight. The owner of the Gelato shop spoke perfect English, and he was very excited to tell us about everything local to the area (very helpful). We spent one afternoon just walking through the town, having lunch at the La Tavernetta and or course having gelato for dessert.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect for anyone looking to rent in Italy. L'Albero Bello was an excellent place to stay for the 7 of us. Whether or not we go back isn't the question, it's just a matter of when...
[We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip! We look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Lucignano 1.8km, 1.1mi|
|Montepulciano 24km, 15mi|
|Arezzo 28km, 17mi|
|Cortona 32km, 20mi|
|Siena 48km, 30mi|
|Castiglione del Lago & Lake Trasimeno 40km, 25mi|
|Perugia 70km, 43.5mi|
|Florence 94km, 58mi|
|Rome 194km, 120mi|