return to the past, live the

            Casa del Grano

                            In    The Roman Tower  

 Enjoy the Tuscan-Umbrian countryside without spending a fortune.
Affordable rates for an authentic Italian country home in the perfect setting.
Experience Italian country life as a traveler - not a tourist.

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          Stay in the heart of the most beautiful hills of Italy exactly on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. Enjoy touring by foot or mountain bike directly from your front door, the road to Casa del Grano is connected to miles of backroads.

          This is a very unique home and location, beautiful, quiet, fascinating, "homey" - not a rental type accomodation, this is. . . my  home.

Every season in this valley, has it's own beauty.

Using the CAI maps, easily plan your daily walks or rides, or venture further a field on the normal roads to nearby Montone, Preggio, Umbertide, Mercatale di Cortona and Cortona, Gubbio.

-Stunning location, convenient for touring
-authentic tuscan home, antique furnishings
-quiet and privacy, patio and garden
-close to shopping (less than a pleasant 10 minute drive through the countryside)
-microwave, toaster oven, washing machine
-broadband available

    . . . . The view of the valley from Casa del Grano

Do you enjoy getting to know the culture of the country that you visit? Do you enjoy authenticity rather than touristic makeovers?
This is a very special place, for special people.

Come stay in the comfort,tranquility and privacy of my hillside Tuscan home in the beautiful rural area of the Pierle River Valley
 between the towns of Mercatale-di-Cortona and Umbertide.

 "Torre del Grano" was first built as a Roman watch tower, my one bedroom apartment is carved out of this ancient tower with 4 foot thick stone walls. The rest of the colonica is an historical, 14th century traditional stone structure which was previously a grainery.

The colonica is located on the extensive old family estate of Sorbello,on the southern border of
Torre del Grano sits in a clearing just bordering on the woods, the valley fanning out below providing spectacular views all around. During all the seasons the area is full of the magical light of

From sunrise to sunset you are provided with the views that you dream of. Enjoy your morning coffee listening to the birds sing while seated in the stonewall enclosed patio, and savour your evening wine as the woodlands and meadows go to sleep.
From the river come the sounds of the frogs chirping away in harmony with the nightingales on spring and summer nights.It is so peaceful and enjoyable here that once you are here, you may not wish to go touring. 



Enjoy the Italian country life as well as touring in both Tuscany and Umbria.
The cities of
Siena, Deruta, Assisi, Todi, Gubbio, Perugia, and Arezzo
are all within an hour's drive or less.
Breath in the serenity of this old world location;
 walk to town about 5 miles away by the back road.
There is plenty of patio and garden space for your outdoor enjoyment. I make excuses to go outside all day long!  Patio furniture is provided.
My home is full of ambiance, furnished in a comfortable, tasteful Tuscan old style with many antique pieces and interesting finds from my extensive travels in Greece and Turkey as well as other countries.

 This is not pseudo Tuscan, this is a real home, and I like to share my personal environment while I am away.

The kitchen, is simple farm style, it has everything you will need for preparing meals at home,especially Italian meals!
The cooking top is gas, brand new. My fridge is from the 50's, it is fully functional and one of a kind! A new micro has just been purchased.
I am an American/Italian woman whose involvement in the arts is reflected in its unique, yet traditional decor. There is a preference for the traditional and "old fashioned" over modern. If you like the same, you will appreciate my environment.

Please consider that there is limited assistance, so for first time visitors to Italy, this may not be the best choice.

You will need to rent a car as the nearest town is 5 kilometers  away. Bus service is unfortunately, very limited. We are 1.5 k from the main road. Our road is not asphalted but it is maintained in good condition.
Nicone Valley is the most friendly area I have found in my 30+ years in Italy
, it is still very agricultural. 
The apartment is available when I am working abroad. Come and stay in my home in this wonderful area, I wish to share it with others at a reasonable cost. Feel free to email me with any questions.





A wood burning stove is my main source for heating, so if you stay between November and April you will need to use this method of heating. This stove is not difficult to use. The wood is located in the barn 30'from the house.
April and sometimes May can still be chilly. Whether or not you will require heating at that time depends on what you are used to.

                                  LOW WINTER RATES
         Would you like to spend an economical WINTER in Italy?
               Contact me for details of one to three month stays. 

Contact information

 Please click on this link to send an email inquiry:       casadelgrano inquiries

Rate Information

I keep my rates very reasonable for the purpose of finding people who are suited to staying in my unique home.

On the average, one week from Spring through Autumn, will be € 450, two weeks € 800, one month  € 1,200; Spring rates lower and Winter rates, depending on the length of stay are considerably lower. 

I am always in residence during  March, April, and  late November  to mid December. 

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