A Place to Come Home to when Exploring Tuscany
The soft, relaxing and familiar atmosphere that the team of sisters have created at Il Sodo del Sole, just minutes from the city center of Cortona, will make you feel like you are coming home.
The attention to the smallest of details has transformed this Tuscan styled farmhouse into a home away from home. Named for the sunshine that is abundant on their corner of the Cortona hillside, Il Sodo del Sole has an inviting garden and poolside area where one can lounge away the stress and tired muscles after travelling on the beautiful country roads of Tuscany and Umbria. It is perfect for a large family or family reunion - or for a friends and vacation! The house is rented exclusively for up to 18/20 guests.
If you are looking for an evening of home cooked local specialities then be sure to request a dinner prepared at home by Claudia and her sisters where they will serve only the best of local foods and traditions.
Top 3 reasons you'll love Il Sole Del Sodo
VISIT TUSCANY & UMBRIA
The position lends itself to discovering vineyards, historic monuments and the culture for many places in central Italy
WELL CARED, COZY AND ELEGANT
The holiday home is well taken care of, and elegant in the simplicity of its rural style, resulting in a welcoming setting
ENJOY LUNCH OR DINNER AT HOME
On request, take the owner up on her offer to cook a homemade meal for you delicious and relaxing, it is a special treat for sure
Comfortable Tuscan Styled Elegance
The decor at Il Sodo del Sole plays with the traditional Tuscan warmth of terracotta floors, wood beamed ceilings and soft pastel colors and adds a bit of imagination. Claudia and her family have chosen to mix these classical characteristics with universal themes, giving each room in the villa its own distinct personality. The comfortable beds in each room assure you of the perfect nights sleep, leaving you refreshed and eager to explore the next day. The rooms all have heating, private modern bathrooms and air conditioning for those hot summer evenings. The house hosts up to 20 guests between rooms and apartments that have a kitchenette, giving friends traveling together also some space of their own. The holiday home is rented by the week in August, with shorter stays allowed at other periods of the year.
Each of the rooms at Il Sodo del Sole have access to the quiet little haven of a garden which is filled with natural sunlight and the fragrance of fresh flowers always in bloom. Cool off after a day of hiking, biking and exploring by taking with a dip in the private pool, making use of the garden furniture: the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Tuscan wine before dinner. Roam wherever you want on the premises and you find that you will always have access to Internet.
For those that prefer to leave the cooking to the natives, upon request Claudia and her sisters will gladly prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner that they have been perfecting since childhood under the tender loving care of their grandmother. The private meals are extra and need to be requested ahead of time.
Don’t Worry About Getting Around
Il Sole del Sodo provides ample parking among the olive trees behind the main house so you won’t have to worry about your car. Only minutes away from the center of Cortona and its rich history, starting with art, you will always be able to find a good gelato place or a little Italian cafe for a Spritzer and some people watching.
Cortona has always been recognized for its prime position, starting with the legend that one of Noah’s descendants claimed the hillside for its high and panoramic position. From here it is possible to visit several of the more interesting areas in southern Tuscany and Umbria. Ask Claudia about organizing a tour or renting a bicycle and explore the area close up.
Your Day Trip Options are Endless
If you can manage to tear yourself away from the calm atmosphere and the refreshing private pool with lots of shade nooks for reading and relaxing, you will find that the position of il Sodo del Sole is perfect for exploring central Italy. Arezzo should be the first stop on our list, especially on the first full weekend of the month when it hosts a large antique fair in the city streets.
The Lake of Trasimeno has been a popular stop for those looking not only for beautiful vistas but also come fun at sandy beaches and watersports. If you go a little further east you can explore the churches of Assisi with their amazing afrescos and the world famous chocolate of Perugia. Montepulciano to the south will delight you with it’s excellent wines and cobble stoned streets. Florence and Siena are both easy to get to with the use of the main highways which connect them.
A Warm Welcome from Claudia & her sisters, your hostesses
My sisters and I have been managing il Sole al Sodo for over 12 years now. We truly enjoy meeting the different people who arrive from all of the world and making them feel at home while they are far away from theirs. We had an excellent teacher (our grandmother) and an extremely willing taste tester (our father) so we are all very good cooks. Our mother taught us the art of making people feel welcome. These are all skills that we use daily while taking care of our home in what we consider to be one of the most interesting and historical places in all of Tuscany.