Casa Helena is the private half of a large 400-year-old stone farmhouse that overlooks the Val di Chiana in eastern Tuscany. It is surrounded by 11 terraces of olive trees, grape vines, and assorted fruit and nut trees. Lovingly restored, Casa Helena has four bedrooms and three modern bathrooms. It has been tastefully yet simply furnished to accommodate six to eight people.
Upon arrival, guests will find a thoroughly clean house, complete with fresh towels, bed linens and basic supplies. Private tours, dinner prepared at home for you, and wine tasting tours may be arranged. Guests are welcome to enjoy wine made from our grapes and olive oil produced from the trees in our orchard. Please help yourselves to whatever fruit is in season!
*Security deposit and cleaning fee required.
Casa Helena is situated in the middle of a producing olive grove/vineyard. The house is in a peaceful position with a dramatic panoramic view, one kilometer outside the walls of the fascinating hill town of Cortona.
Cortona is filled with wonderful shops, restaurants, galleries and historical treasures dating back to the Etruscans. Cortona is an exceptionally rich community of art, history and culture made famous by the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”.
Sports & Outdoor
Nearby local cycling, walking, hiking, swimming, tennis, a water park, horseback riding, golf, and archeological sites
A spectacular 20-minute drive down the hill offers you Lake Trasimeno
Lessons & Classes
Available in Cortona: Italian language, cooking, art, photography.
Outdoor Morning Markets
Sat – Cortona
Mon – Chiusi & Gubbio
Tue – Terontola
Wed – Castiglion del Lago
Thu – Camucia
Casa Helena is well placed to explore Tuscany and Umbria and is an excellent base for day trips to Siena, Assisi, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino. The local train station (Camucia) has trains to: Arezzo, Orvieto, Spoleto, Florence (1 1/2 hours) and Rome (2 1/2 hours).
In the town of Cortona there are Classical, Jazz and other musical events in the summer as well as a number of pageants and festivals dating to medieval times, and weekly wine tasting dinners.
From main airports to Cortona:
To Cortona by Car
Whether going north from Rome or south from Florence, take the A1 autostrada and exit at “BETTOLE-VALDICHIANA”, then at the tollbooth, follow the sign to Cortona, heading east. Get off the highway at the 3rd exit for Cortona, which also says S. Lorenzo. Follow this road until you reach the village of Camucia at the foot of the Cortona hillside. Follow the signs that lead you up the hill to Cortona.
You will have made arrangements to meet our property manager. She will guide you to the house and get you settled.
Cortona by Train
Take the Diretto (direct mainline train) for Firenze-Roma and get off at the Camucia/Cortona station. Or Terontola/Cortona station south of Camucia.
The Terontola station is 5 km southwest of Cortona. There is bus service to Cortona from the station and taxis are usually available. The Terontola station has the advantage of a station master on duty. A rental car agency is just down the street from the train station.
Our Welcome Guide
If you decide to stay at Casa Helena we will send you our Welcome Guide with up to date information about the house, things to do, events, restaurants and schedules.