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THE HIDDEN TERRACE in the town centre

Ref. Ci 440

Village / Town: Town centre
Size: 63 (house) + 17 (attic) + 25 (terrace) Sqm / 678 + 182 + 269 Sqf
Beds / Baths: 2 and 1/2 and 2
Condition: Ready to move into
Energy label: G
Price: 480.000 €
City or Zone: Cortona
Province: Arezzo
Region: Tuscany
Address: Via Nazionale, 14

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Location and terrace:

View from the windows and atmosphere:

If you are looking for a house in a vibrant, Tuscan village, with a terrace overlooking the valley, big enough to have parties with 16 people, walking distance to restaurants, cafè, churches and museums … this 2 and half bedrooms house is the perfect choice for you

hidden Gem in the heart of Cortona, this property is perfect for a holiday home or if you have plans for a longer stay. It is located on the 2nd story of a 16th century building  and is literally two steps from the main Piazza della Repubblica in the city center and It has all the amenities that you would want or need.

The plus:

  • The terrace, perfect for parties and sun-bathing, with a fantastic view over the valley
  • Furnished and ready to move into
  • A fantastic combination of the quiet of your private terrace and the vibrancy of the village
  • Perfect to be rented out for short term (great rentability)
  • Welcoming and warm
  • Walking distance to restaurants, cafè, churches and museums
  • Possibility to drive up to 10 meters away from your entrance
  • Heat pump and air conditioning system

This apartment includes a full kitchen separated by a stone arch from a cozy living room with a fireplace both of which have windows facing the main walking street in Cortona. On the main floor there are also two bedrooms towards the back of the house and a full bathroom.

A short flight up and you find another area (attic) that has been renovated to include  a kitchenette and a seating area with an office space and a loft bed area, bathroom and a large store-room.

You will also find on this level an exterior stairway that takes you to the most important room in the house - the outdoor terrace which is perfect for entertaining and which has a view of everything from Lake Trasimeno and  the Val di Chiana.

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  • Annual council tax (Imu) – Euro 400
  • Purchase taxes as a non-resident - Euro 3.000
  • Notary fees & administrative costs - Euro 3.500 + 0.5% of any monies deposited in escrow account


The experience of the sellers


From the first day of arriving in Cortona, and stopping for a coffee in Piazza Republica, I realised this was the place for our Holiday home.

My husband, who had just retired also wanted somewhere that he could renovate.

We started our search the following day, after two viewings the third property was this apartment, which was the top third of a 16c building.

It had four windows which overlooked from the Town hall steps, the whole length of Via Nazionale down to Piazza Garibaldi.

But the Piece de Résistance was when at the top of the house, I stepped onto the roof terrace. From there the view stretched to Lake Trasimeno and across the Valdichiana  and on to the distant Montepulciano. It took my breath away! From that moment, I knew this was the home for us-we fell in love with it. That was in 1999.

We leave with a heavy heart, our experiences in this wonderful vibrant city have been enormous.

We have had many enjoyable dinner parties and lunches with family and friends on our roof terrace, the largest event was an evening buffet for fourteen people for my Birthday, with the view of the twinkling lights in the valley below. Such a magical evening that I will never forget.

From our unique viewing position looking down from our windows we can see and hear below, the religious festivals, parades, flag throwing and Paleo’s all wearing  their beautiful brightly coloured Medieval costumes which is a wonderful sight.

Also being in the centre of Cortona you are minutes away from the numerous family run restaurant’s, all serving delicious local cuisine.

The Teatro Signorelli with its amazing acoustics has played a large part in our life here.

The world famous artists have been numerous, including. Violinists Joshua Bell and Sarah Chang, Sopranos, Danielle de Niese--Renee Fleming and Angela Gheorghiu, and the pianist Lang Lang, to name but a few.

Also the outdoor performances in Piazza Signorelli have included the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet.

From our doorstep we have enjoyed many of the numerous walks, including one past Frances Mayes ‘Bramasole’ and on up to Santa Margherita and the Fortezza  Medicea.

Fifteen minutes’ drive away is Lago Trasimeno and the two sailing clubs at “Castiglione del Lago” and “Passignano”,  around the lake there is also a cycle track.

We have spent many happy hours sailing and having picnics in the centre of the lake on our 7’4 Mt; alpa sailing cruiser, which is also available, and includes four sailing lessons for the novice sailor.

Would we like these experiences again? YES! In a heartbeat.

A Big Thank you to Cortona.

R and S

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