A touch of paradise
Il Rattoppo is an ancient and typical Tuscan country house with more than a hundred years of history. This house, as many in the area, was at its time lived on the ground floor by animals and the upper floors by the farmers' families.
The house has been restored in the mid '90 in all its details, though always maintaining its historical character.
Il Rattoppo is located on top of a hill, Poggio (about 300m above sea level), in the municipality of Cortona and province of Arezzo. Whilst the border with the province of Siena is only 1km away. This enchanting place looking over the Valdichiana valley enjoys a spectacular view and sunset that differs every day and every season.
The main house
Il Rattoppo consists of a main house with two floors and the guesthouse in front of it.
Once the main house, rectangular in its shape and built entirely with bricks, was longer. In the course of the decades and while the previous families shrank also the living spaces were reduced accordingly. The main house is inhabited by the Barra family since 1988. The Rattoppo is now the first family's residence and it's meeting point during all the seasons of the year. Among all the members of the family, a part of Italian, also English, German, Spanish and French are spoken.
The guest house
The guest house is located in front of the main house and is called "La Porcilaia" (approx. 80m2). The house is composed of a living room with fireplace, kitchen and dining room (in one room). Besides there is a spacious bedroom and bathroom. The house is furnished at the same time with rustic and elegant furnitures. Apart of being equipped with everything needed, in order to offer you a pleasant stay, there are also a variety of accessories such as refrigerator, washing machine, iron, satellite television, wi-fi, autonomous heating etc. available for you. Also the kitchen is equipped with everything needed to make your stay elegant and romantic also at the table (pots, plates, glasses etc.).La Porcilaia has basically space for two people, although it is possible (on request) to accommodate other two people in the sofa bed of the living room.
Discover the area
Founded by the Etruscans around 900 BC, Cortona is one of the most ancient cities of Italy. You can still see the original walls forming the present ones of the village. Cortona had a great influence up to the medieval period, when it ruled over Siena and Arezzo. It's for sure a great place to discover, from its top to its bottom.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 13km.
It is the fourth largest lake in Italy with 128km2. Notwithstanding it is shallow (average 4.3m, maximum 6m). The lake is largely in the province of Perugia, in the region of Umbria, however it also touches municipalities of the province of Siena and Arezzo. Five million years ago, the lake Trasimeno was simply a gulf of the Tyrrhenian Sea, then, with the lowering of the sea levels the area was filled by freshwater. In the last 500,000 years extreme changes of the water level have been witnessed. The lake almost dieback during some periods and regained water through heavy rainfalls which brought a high intake of sand into the water ground. On the lake there are three islands: Polvese, Maggiore (the only one inhabited and which can be visited) and Minore.
Variable distance from Il Rattoppo 23km.
Is a city of art, also known as the "Pearl of the '500'" because of its architecture dating back mainly to the sixteenth century. A period in which the undisputed sovereignty of the Medici family of Florence reigned here. Montepulciano today is also renowned for its fine wines, among which the most famous is the Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 14km.
Pienza is a little gem from Bernardo Rossellini entirely redesigned in 1458 on order of Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini ). This village was made famous by the Pope. During the last decades the charming narrow streets of the village gained interest also because of the tasty pecorino di Pienza (sheep cheese) that can be smelled all around. From the hill you can observe an astonishing view on the landscape of the Val d'Orcia and Monte Amiata.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 32km.
It is a medieval city, firstly named on 29 December 814, when Ludovico il Pio, son of Carlo Magno, gave the whole territory to Apollinare, abbot of S. Antimo. Nevertheless in its surroundings numerous archaeological findings, that date back to Etruscan and Roman times, have been found. Because of its strategic location, Montalcino became a stronghold of the Republic of Siena in 1110. It was then fortified with strong walls during the war against Orvieto and Montepulciano. In 1462 Montalcino was elevated to the rank of city and became a diocese together with Pienza through Pope Pius II Piccolomini. One of the things that makes Montalcino also famous today, is its well known wine production, which is less extensive than the one of Montepulciano, but equally delicious.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 49km.
Throughout the area extending from the Val d'Orcia to the Monte Amiata there are several natural thermal baths. The geological history of this area began 5 million years ago, when the volcano of the Monte Amiata was active. The rainwater that penetrates deep gives life to a thousand pure springs and cool streams, while the water which comes in contact with the residual volcanic activity resurfaces as steams of hot springs rich in calcium, sulfur and mud. The thermal waters spring up from the heart of the volcano creating rare natural beauty sights and give wellness and health since thousands of years. Some of the baths that can be visited, are in: Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, San Casciano dei Bagni, Rapolano Terme, Chianciano Terme etc.
Siena has always attracted many tourists for the beauty of its monuments and countless works of art. Great artists were born in Siena, among these Duccio di Buoninsegna and Nicola Pisano, who worked on the greatest masterpiece of the city: the Cathedral of Siena. On the dates of July 2 and August 16 the Palio di Siena (traditional horse race event) is held every year in the main square.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 52km.
Perugia, capital of the region of Umbria, was an Etruscan city of great importance, as evidenced by monuments such as the Etruscan Arch, Porta Marzia and the Pozzo Etrusco. In the second century A.D. Emperor Octavian conquered it and gave the name "Augusta Perusia". After the fall of the Roman Empire the city suffered numerous invasions until it became a Municipality in the eleventh century. During this time the city was enriched with fantastic palazzi (buildings), sculptures and paintings of great value.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 55km.
Surrounded by the Tuscan valleys, the city of Arezzo was a place of flourishing trade and cultural exchanges since the Middle Ages. At its University the first big names of Italian lyric poetry have been studying. Today Arezzo celebrates this historical period during the annual festivity in Piazza Grande with the Giostra del Saracino. Flag-wavers, competitions between the Contrade and traditional horse races are held during this event.
Distance from Il Rattoppo 39km.
The capital of Tuscany can be defined as an open air museum. The many museums, gardens, churches, restaurants, etc. offer various breathtaking tourist attractions. To this city a whole day needs to be dedicated, to have at least a taste of it. From Il Rattoppo you reach Florence easily by train. You can leave the car at the station of Camucia-Cortona (20min away) and take the regional train that leaves you at the main train station of S.M. Novella which is in the city centre.
Time out in the area
Among the most typical events in the area there are: the Palio di Siena, the Giostra del Saracino, the Bravio delle Botti, the Donkey Palio, Cortona Antiquaria or the Antique Market of Arezzo.
Apart of these there are many fairs and local markets across all months of the year.
To be informed about what happens in the area and also to learn the local traditions, please follow these links:
Services & Prices
Prices, conditions & services
Season 2019/2020 Date Prices in Euro* Medium low 28/12/2019 - 04/01/2020
21/03/2020 - 30/05/2020
12/09/2020 - 07/11/2020
19/12/2020 - 02/01/2021
825 Low 04/01/2020 - 21/03/2020
07/11/2020 - 19/12/2020
530 High 04/07/2020 - 22/08/2020 1110 Medium 30/05/2020 - 04/07/2020
22/08/2020 - 12/09/2020
Prices are per week and for two persons.
*Turistic tax to be added: 1,50 Euro per person and night for the first four nights, exceptions applicable.
Arrival: Saturday from 14:00 o'clock.
Departure: Saturday within 10:00 o'clock.
Only weekly stays (from Saturday to Saturday) are accepted.
Included in the price
Electricity, wi-fi, water, gas, wood for fireplace, use of the washing-machine and swimming pool (common use), weekly cleaning (Fridays for more than 1 week stays), satellite TV, DVD.
Not included in the price
Heating (according to counter), sofa bed use (100 Euro per week).
30% advance payment has to be done at the moment of booking. The balance is to be paid at arrival.
In case of cancellation of the booking, the advance payment will not be refunded.
Animals are allowed only upon request.
For our guests the following services are available at Il Rattoppo:
● Swimming pool (common use)
● Satellite TV
● Washing machine
● Autonomous heating
● Parking space
Nearby (accessible by car) you can also find:
● Several supermarkets (closest less than 1km in Chianacce)
● Restaurants and wine bars
● Direct wine and local products sale
● Riding centres
● Golf Courses
● Rental of bicycles
● Picnic areas
● Outlet village
To receive more information please fill out this form.
Poggio Chianacce, 4
52044 Cortona (AR) Italy
tel.: +39 0575 610259
How to reach us
"Il Rattoppo" is just halfway between Florence and Rome in the heart of Tuscany. From Florence or Rome you need to follow the highway A1 up to exit n. 28 "Valdichiana-Bettolle" and take after the tollbooth the motorway in direction of Perugia until the first exit "Foiano della Chiana". Follow then the indications for the "Abbazia di Farneta" (abbey) and the Hotel Farneta. From the Abbey follow the direction for "Chianacce" and after 3,7 km you will find "Il Rattoppo" on the right hand side. Welcome!
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