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Villa Cresta Apartment


Located at one end of a small hamlet in the hills above the Upper Tiber Valley, Villa Cresta is the ideal spot for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in the Tuscany countryside. From here you can explore eastern Tuscany and neighbouring Umbria by car or on foot.
This part of eastern Tuscany is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a region of steep hills cloaked in beech, oak and sweet chestnut trees, mountain pastures, meadows and streams. The many well-marked footpaths make it a perfect location for walkers and the many historic towns and monasteries will easily satisfy those in search of culture, art and architecture.
A few kilometres away is Caprese Michelangelo, birthplace of the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, painter of the Sistine Chapel. The house in which he was born, the Casa del Podesta, is now the Museo Michelangelo.
A few kilometres further on is Anghiari, a medieval walled town surrounded by fields of tobacco and famous as the site of the last great battle between the armies of Florence and Milan in 1440.
Sansepolcro, the largest town in the area, is renowned as the birthplace of Piero della Francesca and the 14th century Palazzo Comunale houses some of his most famous works. It is also the setting for the Palio della Balestra - a crossbow tournament between Sansepolcro and Gubbio that has been held on the second Sunday of September since the Renaissance. The world-famous Flag-Wavers (sbandieratori) of Sansepolcro also put on a show at this time.
Also nearby is the sanctuary of La Verna, built on a rocky outcrop and offering spectacular views of the mountain scenery. It was here that St Francis is said to have received the stigmata - the wounds of Christ - in 1224, and is now a monastic village and an important pilgrimage site.
A little further afield, no more than an hours drive away, are the historic Umbrian towns of Perugia, Assisi and Gubbio. The ancient Tuscan city of Arezzo, home of one of the worlds greatest fresco cycles (by Piero della Francesca) is also within an hours drive, and just a little further on is the famous hilltop town of Cortona. Florence and Siena are within easy reach as day trips.
Just to the north is the Casentino. A vast area of forest, green alpine meadows, streams, waterfalls and high breezy ridges with spectacular views. It is criss-crossed with well-marked trails that follow old mule tracks or paths between the famous monasteries of Camaldoli, La Verna and Badia Prataglia. The Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi was created recently to protect the extensive wildlife of the area. As well as red deer, fallow deer, mountain sheep and wild boar, the Appenine wolf is known to roam these parts. Birds such as eagle-owls, kites, goshawks and, it is said, golden eagles, can be seen circling over the valleys.

The apartment
The apartment is a completely separate building situated about 30 metres from the main house. It contains a living area, bedroom and bathroom. Outside there is a patio, a small garden and a parking area. The entrance faces south and affords a beautiful view out over the fields towards Caprese Michelangelo and Monte Castello. The only building that can be seen is the 16th century church of San Casciano about a mile away. The apartment will sleep 2 people very comfortably but is large enough for 4.
Large french windows lead out from the lounge on to the south-facing patio making a brightly lit living area. The lounge has a wood-burning stove set in the fireplace, a large sofa bed which opens out to a queen size double bed, a comfortable armchair (another is available on request), and a TV (no aerial) with a DVD player. We have a wide selection of DVDs from which you are welcome to borrow.
There is a separate dining area with table and four chairs and a corner kitchen with full-sized cooker, microwave and fridge.
There is a queen-size double bed in the bedroom (twin beds can be arranged, if required). There is room for a small single bed, suitable for a child, and a cot is also available.
Outside the apartment there is a small patio, a south-facing garden with shady trees, and a parking area. There is a table and chairs for eating "al fresco" BarBque and sun loungers are available for those who just want to relax.
The accommodation can be booked on a per week or per day basis, with no fixed start and end days, so you can take advantage of cheaper mid-week flights.

Local facilities
There are many restaurant nearby serving traditional Tuscan cuisine. In the local towns of Caprese Michelangelo, Pieve Santo Stefano, Anghiari and Sansepolcro you will find restaurants, bars, and pizzerias as well as supermarkets, grocery shops, chemists and banks. There are also street markets in Pieve, Sansepolcro and Anghiari.
There is an open-air swimming pool, with slides, bar and picnic area, in Sansepolcro (about 25 minutes). The admission charge is 5 Euro per day and it is open from June to September.

Events 2014
Anghiari – Arts and Craft fair - last fortnight of April
Assisi – Calendimaggio !st weekend of May. A 3 day costume festival
Pieve Santo Stefano - Lo Spino 13th – 15th June. Round 5 of FIA international Hill Climb from Pieve Santo Stefano to Passo dello spino.
Gubbio – Il Palio della Balestra 25th May. Crossbow competition with Sansepolcro
Cortona – Giostra dell’Archidado-8th June - Crossbow Competition
Arezzo – La Giostra del Saracino – 13th 21st June and 1st Sunday in September – Includes Jousting
Castiglion Fiorentino – 3rd Sunday in June - Il Palio dei Rioni
Anghiari – 27th to 29th June – Palio della Vittoria 1441
Siena – 2nd July and 16th August – Palio – Famous horse race
Montepulciano – Last Sunday in August – Bravio delle Botti – Barrel rolling race
Pienza – 1st Sunday in September –Cacio al Fuso Cheese(pecorino) fair fair
Sanseplocro 14th September – Il Palio della Balestra – Return match with Gubbio
Caprese Michelangelo – 3rd and 4th Weekend in October – Chestnut Festival


A single holiday rental apartment in the Tuscany countryside. Detached, with it's own private terrace and garden. Sleeps 2 to 4 people.


Property type: Apartment

Room details


1 bedroom, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
1 cot
Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Clothes drier
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting
Private garden


Suitable for
Pets (If more than 1 pet please check with owners.)

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Mountain Biking

Sights and attractions

Historic Site

Prices and availability

Last updated 02.02.2015

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
1st April 2015 to 31st October 2015 3
2nd April 2016 to 29th October 2016 3

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st April to 31st October 4 Months 5%


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This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

  • Nearest bar: 8km
  • Nearest restaurant: 8km
  • Nearest supermarket: 8km
  • Bologna Airport: 165km
  • Pisa Airport: 190km
  • Caprese Michelangelo: 8km
  • Sansepolcro: 20km
  • Arezzo: 50km
  • Perugia: 80km


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36 out of 36 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 05 July 2014 with Couple
A beautiful apartment in a beautiful location. When combined with wonderful hosts what more can you ask for. I would strongly recommend Villa Cresta to anybody who is intending to visit Tuscany. I only wish I was still there!
Stayed Sunday 22 June 2014 with Couple
We had a lovely, relaxing stay in this cosy apartment, which is in a green, quiet country setting and has great facilities as shown in the photos. We cooked up a storm in the kitchen, took a stroll down the local paths and enjoyed feeling free to sit out in the front courtyard with a bottle of wine, watching the chickens in the garden and fireflies at night. It was very pleasant. Terry and Rose are also very relaxed, welcoming and generous hosts as they provided some food and wine to help us through our arrival, including fresh eggs and marmalade. They also gave us comprehensive and accurate driving directions and a folder of helpful information about the local towns and sights, and how to get to and park in other famous medieval towns in Tuscany and Umbria such as Siena, Anghiari, Gubbio and Cortona. Anghiari is very close by and the others are within a couple of hours driving distance for pleasant day trips, made much easier with all the directions. Finally they also helped us out with driving directions for our onward journey and have a great DVD library for borrowing. We loved it and only wished we could stay 2 weeks instead of 1! It was the best value place located centrally in Tuscany that we found on the website and only got better.
Stayed Monday 22 July 2013
In a very nice location, rural, quiet. The owners were thoughtful, helpful and friendly. The villa was clean and well maintained.
Stayed Saturday 08 September 2012
This accommodation far exceeded our expectations. The customer care from Terry and Roz could not be faulted. The cottage was so well equipped that we wanted for nothing, in fact, we liked it so much we stayed an extra four nights. Thanks to the efforts of Terry and Roz we had a great holiday!
Stayed Wednesday 30 May 2012
Lovey clean house in a beautiful and quiet environment. A great base to go out and explore the surrounding towns/villages. The care package on arrival was amazing - especially the eggs and wine! You do need a car to be able to get around as not much in walking distance. The perfect place to stay and escape from the world. Really lovely setting with some beautiful views, especially at sunset. The owners were lovely and really helpful giving us lots of hints and tips on things to do and the folder in the apartment is packed with ideas of places to go and useful information anout getting there/parking etc. We would def stay here again.
Stayed Saturday 12 May 2012
We visited in May 2012 We had a really great time. The property was spot on! Meeting all our requirements in terms of location and facilites. Very clean, comfortable, and peaceful. The location is stunning The villa is well placed to visit the surounding places of interest and the local restaurants are excellent however, your own transport is an absolute must whilst not remote it is very rural The owners (Terry and Roz) have their home at the rear of the villa and were very welcoming and helpful. If you like lots of hustle, bustle (you can always drive to it) it may not be your cup of tea however, if you want a relaxing place to unwind you will not be disappointed.
Stayed Tuesday 02 August 2011
We had a fabulous week at Villa Cresta! Roz and Terry were great hosts and could not have been more helpful, providing us with lots of local knowledge and advice. The welcome pack of food was just what was needed and the green information folder was so detailed, you couldnt have asked for more. The property is situated in a beautiful part of Tuscany and it has a lovely secluded garden where you can truly relax and get away. However, you can easily take day trips to Florence, Siena, Arezzo and more if you arent one for sitting around. Well definitely be recommending Villa Cresta to our friends. Thanks again for a lovely holiday.
Stayed Tuesday 31 May 2011
Roz & Terry made very amenable hosts. They were friendly & helpful, but not intrusive. Excellent welcome pack provided which was very helpful with a late arrival (10.30p.m.). Very nice, well appointed villa in a lovely location. Couldnt have asked for more at the price.
Stayed Saturday 18 September 2010
This our second time at villa cresta,we went last year for our honey moon we enjoyed it so much we went back this year. It exceeds your expections, its lovely and clean has all the amentities of home.the welcome packs helpful and the fresh eggs are delious.Terry and roz are very down to earth friendly people.
Stayed Saturday 31 July 2010
Excellent value for money in a stunning location. Proprietors could not have been more helpful and friendly.
Stayed Tuesday 15 September 2009
Roz and terry were very inviting, the villa was beautifil and clean and met all our expectations and more , it was our first time in italy and we were on our honeymoon,The infomation all about places to go and see was extreamely helpful,Even which airport to fly from.The welcome pack was helpful & the fresh eggs every day. Peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Stayed Saturday 18 July 2009
What a great place to relax without the hustle and bustle of the usual town and city experiences, yet still enjoy the flavour of Italy, its small-town life and the great scenery. The hosts, Terry and Roz, who live on the property, are gracious and friendly, open to requests for advice or help. They have thought of everything in their cottage-style apartment including a binder of usual information including maps to borrow and a welcome store of food - two items we did not have in our other 3 self-catering experiences on this trip. You must have a car and not mind the winding, narrow, hilly roads.
Stayed Saturday 25 April 2009
The property was clean and well kept. Roz and Terry were excellent hosts, helpful and solicitous. The apartment came with many unexpected touches that added to the ambiance and experience. They provided us with a welcome starter supply of food. We awoke to birdsong every morning. We felt at home. The apartment was an excellent base for exploring that area of Tuscany and there was more to see than we could accomplish in our two weeks there.
Stayed Saturday 04 April 2009
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Cresta for various reasons. The villa apartment itself had everything we needed. Once we got used to the boiler and the fact we shouldnt turn the shower on full (although we were told this on the first night!) we easily had enough water for both of us to have a hot shower. The apartment is very clean, cosy and the real fire on a couple of nights (during April)was perfect. The solitude of the area and the shutters in the bedroom ensure a sound sleep and we had a really relaxing stay generally. The apartment itself is a short drive to so many beautiful towns and it is well serviced by the Cesena-Perugia motorway which is a 5-10 min drive away. It was my first time driving abroad but i loved it! During our ten night stay we visited la Verna, Monterchi, Alghieri, Poppi, Gubbio, Citti, Siena, Rimini, San Marino, Cortona, Assisi and a few others. The owners strike a perfect balance between supporting your stay from their villa (the generous hamper on arrival,countless dvds and advice) behind the apartment but really providing you with the space to enjoy. I will definitely be recommending the apartment to friends and family.
Stayed Thursday 01 May 2008
Thanks for the great appartment. Very clean and tidy. I loved the maps of the area you had available for mountain biking. We had a great time. Very quiet and relaxing. I have already recommended your place to one of my friends.
Stayed Wednesday 17 October 2007
This property set a high standard which was hard for subsequent properties to beat! The thoughtful additions make this rental special. These included a starter pack of food, (useful for those arriving empty handed!) a huge range of DVDs, a complete library of visitor information, a well equiped kitchen, not to mention the thought that went into designing the premises. The location is quiet, and perfect for exploring the region, every site worth seeing is within reach. We enjoyed our time there very much, a home away from home.
Stayed Wednesday 10 October 2007
Villa was absolutely superb and exceeded all our expectations. Really impressed with the facilities in the villa, particularly the wood burner on the cold evenings. Made an ideal base for visiting Tuscany the surrounding area and was very peaceful. The food parcel was greatly appreciated and came in very handy on the day of our arrival. Roz and Terry were very helpful and great hosts. Would defiantly recommend this to any of our friends and would not hesitate in visiting again. Thanks for the lovely stay and memories. Steve Tower & Ceri Harris.
Stayed Saturday 22 September 2007
We had a thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable 2 weeks at Villa Cresta. Ros & Terry had thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and hassle free. The area itself is quite beautiful and we were able to visit many places. The villa itself was a good base from which to explore the surrounding areas. We would rate our holiday 10/10. Thanks Ros & Terry.
Stayed Wednesday 18 July 2007
A fantastic hideaway that is surrounded in a beautiful setting. It is exactly like how I imagined Tuscany to be. Roz and Terry the owners are really nice people and made us very welcome. It is a great base for travelling as well to places like Assisi, Siena, Florence etc. The location is set in a peaceful area and if you want to escape the rat race this is the place to come. The accomodation is finished to a very high standard and to be honest there is nothing I can say that that is negative about it! A real gem that I will revisit at some point in the near future. Martin
Stayed Thursday 22 February 2007
A beautiful appartment in the wonderful Tuscan hills, a brillant place to get away as it's very peaceful. The appartment is very well presented and with all the equipment and utensils, it feels like a home fron home. The owners were fantastic, very friendly and welcoming. They were helpful and knowledgable, always on hand but not intrusive. The information folder provided contained everything you needed to make the most of the outstanding surroundings. It gave extensive details/maps of walks in the area and all the local attractions and must see towns. Upon arrival we found a food welcome pack, which after a long journey helped us settle in quickly, this included some wonderful homemade jam and a much needed bottle of red wine! However, this appartment should come with a strong warning.....The bed is so comfortable you could sleep for days!! Fantastic value for money, will be reccomending to family and friends, would love to return and explore some more.
Stayed Saturday 14 October 2006
The apartment was exactly as described, with many homely touches added too. The owners were most helpful and even asked if we needed extra wood for the fire as the mid October evenings were getting cool. The green file was very useful with plenty of local maps which are hard to obtain in the UK (we tried!). The welcome pack was very generous and much appreciated. The location was extremely rural and peaceful making it ideal for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. We may well go back next year.
Stayed Saturday 08 July 2006
On arrival at Cresta Villa we were greeted by our host & hotess. We were very impressed with the complimentary wine and food, and found that every detail had been completed to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. We were able to take daily excursions and come back to enjoy the peace and the sound of the occasional cowbell in the distance, and would definately recommend Cresta Villa,for a relaxing holiday.
Stayed Saturday 08 July 2006
The villa was spotless, and included everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The owners were welcoming and friendly, and we found the location an excellent base for exploring the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
Stayed Thursday 06 July 2006
Lovely friendly owners set everything up for us upon arrival, including stocking the fridge with breakfast items and sorting out the additional cot we required. Place itself was homey and comfortable. We were left to enjoy the cottage and no fuss was ever made about any of the additional things we requested. Would recommend as great value for money for a couple or small family.
Excellent value. all our needs met. Very helpful owners leading to a very enjoyoble ,relaxing stay
Terry and Ros were excellent hosts - greeting us on arrival despite us getting to Villa Cresta after midnight. The villa itself was spotlessly clean and their welcome hamper was a thoughtful and very welcome touch which made our first day completely stress-free. The tranquility of the setting and the views were lovely, and we ate out in the little garden area every night, using the BBQ on one of the evenings. We were particularly grateful for the paddling pool and toys for our 9 month old baby and had a very relaxing holiday.
Beautiful countryside villa, great value for money and very welcoming. Helpful information about the area was excellent, made our travels alot easier. Only thing is if you dont mind driving long distances to get to certain places roads can be quite difficult, but makes up for it in spectacular scenery, there is plenty to do around the area, also. I would definately reccommend this to people who love being in the great outdoors and enjoys being surrounded by countryside. Will be back again!!
Small, inviting, authentic and friendly. We stayed here for a week, picked up the hire car from the airport and drove in, the property is owned by Roz and Terry who are genuinely loveley and very accommodating. Just a small drive in either direction can get you to a number of fantastic villages where you can experience the true delights of the area, we really enjoyed Il Rifugio (restaurant) and the the drive to Aruzzo where we sat enjoyed coffee in a bustling market. We also visited La Verna (the sanctuary for Francis of Assisi) which was amazing. As well as historical sites there a number of small shops and supermarkets only a short drive away, we stocked up and cooked in the aprttment a number of times. The area itself is open farmland and you often wake to the noise of chickens or the local hunters working the fields. If you like authentic, book up youll love it.
Small, inviting, authentic and friendly. We stayed here for a week, picked up the hire car from the airport and drove in, the property is owned by Roz and Terry who are genuinely loveley and very accommodating. Just a small drive in either direction can get you to a number of fantastic villages where you can experience the true delights of the area, we really enjoyed Il Rifugio (restaurant) and the the drive to Aruzzo where we sat enjoyed coffee in a bustling market. We also visited La Verna (the sanctuary for Francis of Assisi) which was amazing. As well as historical sites there a number of small shops and supermarkets only a short drive away, we stocked up and cooked in the aprttment a number of times. The area itself is open farmland and you often wake to the noise of chickens or the local hunters working the fields. If you like authentic, book up youll love it.
The owners greeted us with a warm welcome even though is was after midnight. The welcome pack of food was much appreciated and included everything we needed for a relaxing 1st days holiday. This set the trend for the rest of our stay. Lovely comfy bed, soft clean linen etc. Roz and Terry were perfect hosts, helpful, kind but unobtrusive. The countryside around is lovely with plenty of walks and medieval villages and towns to explore. The local swimming pool was a must to cool down after sightseeing. The local restaurants provide excellent regional dishes and wine. We were very taken with the kindness and patience of the locals especially regarding our terrible italian. We hope to return to do some walking when the weather is a little cooler. Thank you Terry and Roz for making our holiday such a relaxing and enjoyable occasion.
A beautiful villa in a lovely spot. Immaculately clean with everything you need supplied. A visit to nearby Anghiari is a must.
Villa Cresta is the perfect location for a low-key get-away from it all vacation. The apartment is very comfortable and the welcome package of food is a lovely touch. Fabulous hiking literally outside the back door, Roz and Terry are great tour directors! We felt thoroughly renewed when we left
A fantastic apartment that is a real treasure! We were made very welcome by Roz and Terry who were neighbourly but unobtrusive. They were a great help with train times and suggestions for day trips etc. The locality is beautiful with some fab places for days out; Florence, Assissi and Siena being just a few of the easy to reach places we enjoyed visiting, as well as some of the smaller 'off-the-beaten-track' villages that are quite spectacular too. Highly recommended overall - we'll definately be paying another visit asap!
We had a lovely 10 days in early April. The apartment seems perfect for a couple or, like us, a couple with an infant (8-months). We arrived late in the evening and were welcomed by the owners who had heated the fire place for us. Nice gesture with the food basket and box of toys for our son. The house was clean and fresh and the view and surrounding nature was wonderful. We found it a great place from which to visit the surrounding villages and walk small parts of the many tracks. Also and perhaps most importantly, it is a nice place to just relax in the garden with a book.
Very well appointed property with added extras that make it very comfortable. Owners are on hand just next door which is very reassuring. We found the grocery pack very useful as we arrived on a Sunday when the supermarkets were closed.
On our arrival the first surprise was a very comprehensive food pack as we arrived late on a Sunday. The apartment itself was exaxctly as desribed and the quality of all the fittings to a very good standard. The extent of detail in providing all the cutlery, crockery, linen cooking facilities was to a standard that meant you were short of nothing. The owners were very helpful and supportive without being in any way intrusive. The guide books and many maps provided were excellent as was the radio and the DVD player, including the list of films available to borrow. The area itself is very rural and has excellent views. The local footpath network is extensive and some very dramatic views are less than 20 minutes walk away. Small villages and hamlets are many and provide the opportunity to exlpore real rural Tuscan life. An excellent place to stay and visit the local national park, Tuscany generally and Umbria. We would have no reservations in recomending this as a place to stay.


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