Villa San Marco

Cortona, Arezzo

Unwind in a hammock, in the pool, in a balconied rose-coloured bedroom – meander local markets, pick a pepper, cook up a feast and have fun


7 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


A classic, square Tuscan yellow villa wrapped in tended grounds with olive and specimen trees, Cortona spread out on the hillside above. It was love at first sight and totally renovated with the comfort, fun and ease of holidaymakers in mind. Australian Shan’s design eye has seen to a spacious, terracotta tiled, open-plan living area with antiques and a friendly feel, a grand 19th-century fireplace – a find from Arezzo antique market – a half-grand piano, a breakfast room leading to a shaded terrace and a proper cooks’ kitchen (tho’ you can also take away excellent dishes from a nearby family shop). Up broad stairs to an east facing sun terrace off the central hall and five lovely, pastel coloured bedrooms. The corner doubles draw light from two windows, the central one has a sweet, geranium-filled balcony; all have shutters, fine linen and good-looking furniture. There’s a great pool and an exceptional pool-house-with-everything. Charming, multilingual near neighbour and housekeeper Cornelia will show you around, advise, and can name every tree. And there are hammocks, a help-yourself veg garden, a basement cinema…


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 9.30am
Booking restrictions
Please see owner's website for full pricing info. Minimum stay: 7 nights. Saturday- Saturday bookings only. Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from £356
Weekly price
from £2495
Damage deposit
£€600 payable on arrival
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 House for 10
From £3567 beds5 bedrooms


We had everything we needed and much, much more- most evenings we stayed home, drinking Tuscan wine by the pool and eating homemade pizzas (from the outdoor pizza oven). I stayed at the Villa with a group of 12 friends and it accommodated us perfectly. The Villa provided a lovely relaxing setting- a brilliant place to read by the pool and soak up some sun. The pool was the perfect size and depth for epic volleyball matches! We played a few rounds of croquet, badminton over the pool and tennis on the local well kept clay courts I would definitely recommend a stay here and cannot wait to return

Annabel, London

We had a wonderful time in your villa! It ticked every box and worked perfectly for all of the family (3 generations). We enjoyed it so much we struggled to go on some of our previously planned day trips! We all left feeling extremely happy and relaxed. Thank you for all of your care and attention throughout the booking process. All very much appreciated.

Monika, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Andrew Ball

  • Completely refurbished & with a wonderful poolhouse, the tranquil Villa San Marco is set in 4 acres of parklike grounds, surrounded by fields, yet it has stunning views down the valley to Lake Trasimeno and also up the hill to the magical city of Cortona.
  • You’re in a culinary paradise- a 10 minute stroll from 2 restaurants; a 10 minute drive to 30+ restaurants; you can source the finest local ingredients and cook up a feast in either of the kitchens or perfect your skills using the enormous wood oven.
  • Go cooking with Alessandra or chef Ryan, tour towns or Etruscan tombs with Carol, visit fine pottery factories in Deruta, go island hopping on the lake…. or just relax around the pool or in a hammock. Nothing to read? There are 200+ books in the study.
  • If you can drag yourself away from the pool, Cortona is only 5 minutes and Sienna, Assissi, Montepulciano, Perugia, Arezzo, Pienza, and scores of hill-top villages are all within an hour's drive. Florence and Rome are easily accessible on nearby rail.
  • Browse around the local markets, 100+ stalls (food & new clothes, no rubbish) in Camucia (2Km) every Thursday and Cortona (2Km) Saturday. Or visit Europe’s biggest antique market in Arezzo monthly. If you prefer supermarkets, there are 5 within 10minutes.
  • Italy may be famed for its dodgy plumbing and electrics, but San Marco’s significantly exceed UK standards. The OCD owner also takes against mosquitoes- there are 3 discreet but industrial machines to lure and trap them.