Recently Refurbished and Affordable in Cortona
While staying in Cortona for two nights, we stayed in a lovely family-owned and run hotel called Hotel Italia.
There is no parking/driving in Cortona, so to speak; thus, we had to park in one of the public parking lots outside the town walls, and then we walked up,up,up the hill to the town center. Hotel Italia is located in the center of the ancient city. It was a palace from the 1600's and offers a quiet, tranquil place to stay. There are 27 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The building has an elevator, a lovely breakfast room, a restaurant, and a small entry room. Our room was great. It had tile floors, beamed ceiling, beautiful antique furniture, and a brand new modern bathroom. Our room was located on the 3rd floor, and the windows looked out over the inclined lane and other beautiful Cortona buildings. On the floor above us, there was a large roof terrace room from which you can admire the fertile plains and a distant view of Trasimeno Lake.
We stayed at the Hotel Italia because it was highly rated by Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. The room was spacious and comfortable and the staff very friendly. The location was also very good - quiet and close to the train terminal. There was also a ice machine available on our floor. A rare amenity in a European hotel. The only negative was the air conditioning. While it was operational it did not cool the room down very well. However, the ceiling fan in our room helped mitigate the problem. The AC costs 8 euros extra and is well worth it in the summer.
Does anyone has an opinion of Hotel Italia and the location?
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No opinion on the hotel. The location is well within the "Imperial City", and walking to Termini, the Spanish, Steps, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Baths of Diocletian, etc. will be easy. The Metro stop at Piazza della Repubblica is only 400 meters away although you may prefer going to Termini because both lines go there. The area of the Roman Forum et al is about a kilometer walk, because there's not exactly a straight line from here to there (this is Rome, where straight lines are not the norm).
You are a half a block off of Via Nazionale, a very busy street, but whose traffic, as I recall, tended to move slowly because of congestion ;-). On the plus side, there will be many buses along it. However, Rome is good for walking, and there is plenty of Rome to walk to from here.
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Thank for your information, You are the "Lord of the Info". I have been reading your wrtings and it's very informative and helpfull...I can't wait for your guide books...you are better than those other writers.
Many thanks, Arnold.
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