Live a Tuscan Fairy Tale at Villa Laura

This Property is Tuscan Dream

There is a dream of Tuscany, and in this dream are golden sunsets, neverending spires of cypress trees, old stone buildings, and carpets of green fields that roll over hills and open lands. Although this is not just a dream, it exists, and this precise version of Tuscan magic lives at Villa Laura in Cortana.

This villa is such a perfect manifestation of this Tuscan countryside dream that it was the property used in the film, Under the Tuscan Sun.

Located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria and sitting on a gentle hill almost 2000 feet above sea level, Villa Laura is a meticulously restored 17th century estate. Made up of three buildings—the Villa, Farmhouse and Limonaia—each building is finished with luxurious accommodations along with sumptuous, yet understated, Tuscan style.
This property sleeps 20 within its 10 en-suite bedrooms which are spread over these three buildings. The largest of the three, The Villa, holds up to 10 guests within its 5 bedrooms, while The Farmhouse holds 8 guests within its 4 bedrooms. The Limonaia, however, is a private suite on its own complete with its own living room and secluded terrace that is entirely separate from the rest of the garden.

There is a feeling of rustic Italian country life imbued into every facet of the interior design, which has been created to hold guests in this fairy tale idea of a Tuscan dream. Gentle pinks, pale turquoises, and buttery creams make up the palette of the interiors while travertine stone in varying shades of terracotta are laid in herringbone patterns or square tiling throughout the buildings. Thick slats of dark lumber cover almost every ceiling which results completes its authentic farmhouse feel.

Each guest room has been designed with features to ensure this consistency of a traditional Tuscan vibe, and as such antique furniture, hand woven Busatti fabrics, and bed linens of the highest quality Egyptian cotton are used throughout each guestroom. Although, the most special aspect of each guestroom is the view they all have of the gardens, olive groves, and valley.

While Villa Laura provides the perfect backdrop for a Tuscan experience, the true heart and soul of the region is its gastronomical richness. From Michelin-starred restaurants to under-the-radar eateries, Cortana completes the Villa Laura experience with its array of food choices, which are also brought onto the property through its optional world-class private chef service. The chef can prepare anything from a continental breakfast, to homemade pizza in the on-property pizza oven, to an elegant dinner by the fireplace in the formal dining room.

The list of amenities and activities at Villa Laura go on and on, from art classes to games in the billiards room to lounging poolside overlooking views of the valley, it’s almost too much to list. However, the most important thing to do at Villa Laura is to delight in living life like a Tuscan.