Villa Laura / where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed

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14,000 – 24,000 /wk
PoolWalk to Village/ServicesParkingA/CInternet/Wi-FiTVGreat KitchenTerrace/BalconyWasher/Dryer Child friendlyGround floor bed/bath
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Since it was used as the Bramasole for the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, Villa Laura has been beautifully renovated and is now a 5-star vacation villa.

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Villa Laura is the very villa used in the filming of Under the Tuscan Sun. It was used as the Bramasole because Frances Mayes’ Bramasole had already been renovated and the Hollywood crew needed a ruin. Villa Laura was built in 1504 and had been abandoned for some years before being completely renovated and transformed into a beautiful luxury estate.

The property was purchased in 2006 by the owners of Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Wineries in Sonoma, California who undertook a total restoration. The original terracotta floors were lifted, cleaned and re-laid. Kitchens and bathrooms in both houses were custom made by local craftsmen, using marble surfaces and restored original stone walls. The villa has a wonderful selection of wines. Sip a Bellini or a glass of Prosecco on the terrace, or arrange for a wine tasting while you’re in residence.

The estate is comprised of a villa with limonaia and an adjacent farmhouse that form a sheltered corner with a rose garden and a stunning travertine marble swimming pool in the center. The main villa is slightly more formal in décor than the more rustic farmhouse, and both are very comfortable and beautiful. They can be rented only together as one marvelous accommodation for large families, groups of friends, wine or dining groups and for weddings.

The yellow villa with green shutters dates back to the 16th century and although it has been carefully restored to keep its original features, it now has amenities, including modern travertine marble bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi in all rooms. There are three floors in the main villa, as well as a chapel and limonaia, the place where lemon trees once were stored in winter. There are decorative fireplaces, some marble, and interiors are light with harmonious colors. Original floors, beamed ceilings and stone steps were carefully restored. 

Furnishings are a mix of antique and contemporary, sourced from Italy and Europe to achieve a balance of charm, character and comfort. Typical Tuscan natural fabrics from nearby Busatti are often woven on the original looms used to make the uniforms for Napoleon’s troops. Busatti is highly regarded throughout Italy; visiting their workrooms in the delightful village of Anghiari, 50 minutes away, is like stepping into another world. Antique wall lights and chandeliers are mainly from Italy and the Continent and include capodimonte porcelain, wall lights from Sicily and a Baccarat crystal chandelier. The beds in the villa, mainly four-posters, were made in Spello by an artisan iron worker. All mattresses and pillows are Italian, with beautiful linens from England.

The location, just on the outskirts of the famous art city of Cortona, is central for day trips in Tuscany and Umbria. Fit guests can hike up to the center in fifteen minutes along the winding uphill country road that runs alongside the property. Or guests may prefer the five-minute drive, with parking available outside the city walls. Located near the main rail line between Rome and Florence, and at the crossroads of Perugia, Assisi and Siena, Cortona is a central location for exploring Tuscany and Umbria. Shops and restaurants are within five minutes’ drive and there is a spa hotel across the street where guests can walk for beauty treatments.

This is your chance to step into a movie set for a Tuscan adventure of your own! Cooking classes and wine tastings are available at the villa or in the area.

Villa Laura is rented as a whole to large groups for one week minimum rentals. If you have a smaller party and want to be near Cortona, consider renting nearby Villa Grazia

If you like Villa Laura and it is unavailable, consider Villa Bellissima in nearby Umbria or Villa Benessere which is located southeast of Siena.

Featured Amenities

Featured in American Express Departures Magazine as one of the 10 top private villas to rent in Tuscany (May/June 2012), rose garden, stunning travertine marble swimming pool, modern travertine marble bathrooms, air conditioning in all rooms, Jacuzzi hot tub, private lake, bocce court, wood-burning pizza oven,vaulted TV room, courtyard, club and music room with billiard table, staff laundry room, private chapel, state-of-the-art kitchen with marble countertops and DeLonghi espresso maker, study with desk and fax machine, exterior security gates.

Reviews for Villa Laura

  • M.G.
    November 29, 2016

    This place is a dream and so much more and better than photos show. You are enclosed in your own private part of Tuscany with views that take your breath away. The grounds are expansive, full of nooks and ponds where you can relax and enjoy the wonder of your own piece of paradise. The accommodations are lovely, tasteful and just right for the historic setting. Everything is exquisitely maintained, inside and out. When can you drag yourself away, the rest of Tuscany and Umbria are easy to reach and beautiful to explore. But if you just want to enjoy a bit of peace and tasteful luxury, Villa Laura is the place to do it. I long to return.

  • Susan Sasso
    October 12, 2016

    We rented Villa Laura with 18 friends for one magical week October 1-8, 2016. So often pictures online make properties look much better than they actually are. However, no pictures can properly capture the magic of Villa Laura. EVERYTHING is perfection... rooms (each magnificently decorated complete with crystal chandeliers and two gourmet kitchens at your disposal), grounds (some designed by the Medicis when they visited the owners centuries ago include koi ponds, a vegetable garden and fruit trees, a modern pool, hot tub and bocce court all for you use), staff including Sophie, your local site manager is just great... and her husband did the 4 year renovation... none of us wanted to end our visit. The estate is so large that you could find many places to just be still and quietly absorb the beauty of Tuscany.... or you could dine at a banquet table fit for royalty. The only way you know what we experienced is to book Villa Laura NOW! You won't be disappointed. Kit Burns of Doorway Ltd, the USA based booking agent, is a delight to work with. We started our planning 4 1/2 years ago.. We do highly recommend you have your own car to explore the Tuscan region. Day trips to Florence (recommend by train from nearby stations) or drives to Chianti, Siena, Assisi and many more locations are easy. Cortona, just a few km from the villa, is a wonderful perched town... many great restaurants and shops... Some of us plan to return in 2018... don't hesitate... When you compare what you pay for a hotel room in Italian cities, this is the best room in Europe! BOOK NOW!!!

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The Property 

The Villa 

Built on three floors, the villa is six thousand square feet.

Ground floor 

Can be accessed using the lower entrance from the limonaia court

  • Sitting room – opens to the limonaia courtyard
  • Vaulted TV room; opens onto the limonaia courtyard
  • Club and music room with billiard table
  • Guest powder room
  • Staff laundry room
  • Private chapel
Main floor (sleeps 2) 

Accessed from the upper entrance

  • Entrance hall (up 5 steps from ground level)
  • Living room
  • Dining room with large dining table (seats 16)
  • State-of-the-art kitchen with marble countertops, island, gas stove, large refrigerator, microwave, DeLonghi espresso maker
  • Master bedroom with queen bed – en-suite bathroom in travertine with double sink and shower over tub
  • Powder room
  • Entrance to the private balcony overlooking the family chapel
Top floor (sleeps 8) 
  • Diane Lane room with king bed and view over countryside – en-suite bathroom with shower and double sink
  • Blue bedroom with king bed and view to garden and farmhouse – en-suite bathroom with shower over tub
  • Yellow bedroom with queen bed and views over garden to farmhouse – en-suite bathroom with double sink and shower over tub
  • Master bedroom with king bed and sitting area, views to a castle and countryside – en-suite travertine bathroom with shower over tub.

Limonaia (sleeps 2) 

  • Sitting room with sofa bed and frescoed ceiling
  • Bedroom with queen bed
  • Bathroom with shower accessed from the bedroom


Built on two floors, the farmhouse is four thousand square feet.

Ground floor 

The ground floor is a wonderful open plan design, with original doors from each room to the rose garden and terrace. 

  • Kitchen (state of the art)
  • Wood pizza oven
  • Living /sitting room
  • Dining room
  • Study with desk and fax machine
  • Guest powder room
Second floor (sleeps 8) 
  • Bedroom with queen bed – en-suite bathroom with shower
  • Bedroom with queen bed – en-suite bathroom with shower over bathtub
  • Twin bedroom – en-suite bathroom with shower
  • Master bedroom with king bed – en-suite bathroom with shower over bathtub


  • Pool (16 x 32 ft) in stunning travertine with shallow end and deep end with diving board
  • Jacuzzi (seating for 8)
  • Romantic ancient cistern surrounded by columns
  • Ancient Roman fountain
  • Medici wild garden – woods with winding pathways, ancient stone bench and lake
  • Parking lot
  • Rose garden
  • Limonaia courtyard with romantic seating under a handmade, grape covered, iron pergola
  • Outdoor Ping Pong table
  • Bocce court
  • Herb garden
  • Security gates


  • Terrace/BalconyStaff IncludedWine Cellar
  • Walk to village/services
  • Closest store or village: 1.0 km
Closest Village/Services
  • Parking
  • Pool (unheated)Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • Golf (within 30 minutes)
  • PhoneFAXInternet/Wi-Fi
  • TV (satellite)CD Player/StereoVideo Player
Climate Control
  • Air ConditioningCentral Heat
  • Great KitchenDishwasherMicrowave
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Child friendlyGround floor bed/bath

Rates & Availability

Rates and Availability


Calendar available on request. Please inquire.

Minimum Stay
1 week
Arrival Day
2019 Weekly Rates
Low Season
Jan 5 - Apr 19
Oct 12 - Dec 20
€ 14,000
Mid Season
Apr 20 - May 24
Sep 14 - Oct 11
€ 19,000
High Season
May 25 - Sep 13
€ 24,000

One week minimum stay required.

Villa Laura is sold out for 2018. Book now for 2019. Euros prices will be converted to dollars at booking and again at final payment.  

Additional Information

  • Linens
  • Basic utilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Maid service 3 hrs/day
  • Final cleaning
  • Basic groceries
  • Use of Jacuzzi
  • Pool towels
  • €500/week included for heating costs. Anything used above this amount will be charged extra
  • Chef Service is available at €35/pp dinner or €15 pp breakfast depending on the menu
  • Additional services are available upon request at an extra fee: extra cleaning, cooking, laundry service.
  • Tips to staff are welcome.
  • Any local head tax due in cash in Euros upon arrival.  None is due as of this writing.
Security Deposit

$5,000 paid in advance to Doorways and refunded after the rental less any damages or unpaid fees.

  • Full services can be provided on an a la carte basis. Please ask us. Order what you want in advance and the staff at Villa Laura will be ready for you.
  • Villa Laura rents weekly for the entire villa and farmhouse for up to 20 people unlike a hotel where rooms can be rent separately or daily.



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Contact Us

Doorways Ltd.
(800) 261-4460USA & Canada
(610) 520-0806International
PO Box 531
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
[email protected]

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