Villa Laura / where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed
Villa Laura is the very villa used in the filming of Under the Tuscan Sun. It was used as the Bramasole because Frances Meyes’ 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.
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.
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Built on three floors, the villa is six thousand square feet.
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.
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
- Pool (unheated)Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
- Golf (within 30 minutes)
- TV (satellite)CD Player/Stereo
- Climate Control
- Air ConditioningCentral Heat
- Great KitchenDishwasherMicrowave
- Child friendlyGround floor bed/bath
Rates and Availability
Calendar available on request. Please inquire.
- Minimum Stay
- 1 week
- Arrival Day
Jan 7 - Apr 17
Oct 1 - Dec 16
Apr 22 - Jun 2
Sep 10 - Sep 30
Apr 8 - Apr 21
Jun 3 - Sep 9
- 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.
- Chef Service is available at €35/pp dinner or €15 pp breakfast.
- 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.
- 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.