The Story of Villa Laura, Bramasole in Under the Tuscan Sun
How the Ruin Used as Bramasole Became a Stunning Luxury Villa
In 2006, I received a call from a favorite customer to say she had been offered a villa that was for sale near Cortona. She wondered if I might take a look at it on my next trip to Italy. I was just leaving for Tuscany, so I was able to visit almost immediately — and there the adventure began.
A Ruin with Fabulous Potential
As I made my way through the brambles to the ancient, crumbling villa, I felt like I was stepping into a fairytale. The villa lay in ruins, but it was easy to see its marvelous potential. The location was fantastic, close enough to Cortona to be able to hike up into that beautiful hill town. And, perhaps best of all, this was the very villa that had been used in the filming of "Under the Tuscan Sun." I called my client from Italy and advised her to come right over and buy it — and she did!
The Renovation Begins
From 2006 - 2010, the family that owns Cline Cellars Winery in Sonoma, California, lovingly and painstakingly renovated the villa and its accompanying farmhouse. Whenever I had been passing through the area, I stopped by to take photos and see how the work was progressing.
Finally, in June of 2010, the renovation was finished, and the family went to Italy to spend the summer. I visited them in late June to see the final results, and walked around the property with the owners, stars in all of our eyes.
Villa Laura Then
Villa Laura Now!
It has been astonishing to watch this.
Transform into this!
To see the beauty in what's old.
Made fresh and new.
This is the living room in the film.
The living room transformed.
The kitchen from the movie.
That same kitchen today.
Diane Lane's bedroom in the movie.
That bedroom today.
The fresco looks old.
But it was really painted just for the film.
And the room that was the bathroom in the film.
Wasn't a bathroom at all.
But the beautiful view.
Is still the same.
Today the villa is slightly more formal in decor than the adjacent, more rustic farmhouse.
Both are beautiful, with furnishings sourced from Italy and Europe by designer Jane Thompson.
Kitchens and bathrooms in both houses were custom made by local craftsmen.
The beds in the villa were made by an artisan iron worker in nearby Spello. Mattresses and pillows are Italian, and linens are from England.
This is your chance to step into a movie set.
And have a Tuscan adventure of your own.
Join the Adventure!
Villa Laura is available to rent through Doorways. This stunning 10 bedroom/10.5 bathroom property sleeps 20 and is only rented as a whole to large groups, the minimum rental period is 1 week.