Italy ~ Griffin’s Resort to Cortona, La Mucchia Casa Vacanze

It was time to depart Griffin’s Resort in Umbria and head north to our next destination in Cortona,  La Mucchia Casa Vacanze for five nights. Mauro had our breakfast laid out and told us after breakfast he wanted to show us a few of the property’s hidden treasures. He led us down into the wine cellar which is stocked with a fine offering of their Orvieto wines…

Griffins Resort wine cellar, Jamie

Griffins Resort wine cellar, Wallyand then showed us the tunnel that leads to a private cottage for couples, “The Love Nest”. Griffins Resort tunnel to Love NestIt was time to say goodbye to Griffin’s Resort – a lovely two-night stay in Umbria…Griffins Resort front bldg, blue skiesand hello to Cortona and Tuscany! The below view was from the panoramic view up on the hill in Cortona towards the Castiglione del Lago in the distance.

Cortona view to Lago Castiglione

Cortona church below city

We parked on the edge of town and walked through the town gate…

Cortona walled entrance gateThe main piazza in town – the steps seem to be a popular place to hang out.

Cortona bell tower steps    Gelato here..Cortona gelato figureI had seen Il Pozzo art and artisan gallery featured on television before we left, so detoured down their alley to visit the shop. Il Pozzo means “The Well” as there is a well inside the shop.

Cortona Il Pozzo vert alley view

Cortona Il Pozzo paintings & wheelbarrow

Cortona Il Pozzo shop shotThe Nocchia Gallery had lovely original paintings…

Cortona Galleria Nocchia shop entrance

Cortona paintings 1

Cortona paintings 2  And the ceramics are gorgeous – but pricey!Cortona Wally in ceramic shopFall display

Cortona wheelbarrow pumpkinsIt was time to check in at our vacation rental, La Mucchia Casa Vacanze, that sits below the town of Cortona in the Mucchia community. We didn’t have nearly enough time to explore Cortona, so will have to go back!

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze is conveniently located just a few minutes from groceries, shops, laundromat and restaurants in the Camucia community, and just a few minutes off the A1 highway. Here they are with Cortona in the background. They had high ratings on Trip Advisor (specialty rentals) and offer apartment-style vacation rentals in a big farmhouse. Behind the house is a the office and art gallery, swimming pool, barbecue area, children’s playground, garden and small olive grove ~ this side faces Cortona. Here’s there website to learn more or plan you stay: http://www.hometuscany.com/

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze house & hillWe’re here! The owners were there to greet us and open the gates. That’s Cortona up on the hill.

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze entryWe had reserved Suite Number 5 and were delighted that it included a little covered porch – its up the steps right behind the gates in the above picture. The porch has tables and chairs, cheery geraniums and a view of the neighboring farm land. We went in October, so it was harvest time for the sunflowers and grapes. I’m sure its amazing when the sunflowers are blooming across the street in the summer.

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze Wally porchInside our suite was charming and homey, and a bottle of Toscana wine awaited – Thanks! I’ll be sampling that for dinner. We had a little kitchenette with everything we needed.

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze living & kitchen

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze bed view

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze bed foot, wardrobe

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze dresser to bathrThe owners have a little art gallery in the office and original art adorns the walls, which I loved!

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze dining table, wineA nice little fireplace but not cold enough to use yet..

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze fireplaceAnd our view out our old-fashioned door to farm country. Just like home in Tennessee!

Cortona La Mucchia Casa Vacanze patio viewBy this time we were starving, so we went in search of a restaurant and grocery. It was mid-afternoon and Bastian Contrario Ristorante Pizzeria seemed to be the only one open on our route to the grocery.

Cortona Contrario Pizzaria signAnd their pizza was delicious! I just love the balsamic vinegar and oil and bread too – luckily we’re walking enough every day to stay ahead of the calories. Yes, pizza again, but it’s cheap and yummy and Wally likes cold pizza for breakfast.

Cortona Contrario pizzaFull again, we were safe to go to the grocery without buying out the place. There’s a small new grocery on the right just down the road, but decided to check out the bigger COOP store first. (We tried the other one later in the week, and they don’t have as much selection, but good for essentials). Here’s a sample of enticing displays at the COOP…

Cortona Coop grape displayCan you feel my mouth watering here??? Dessert! (I resisted)

Cortona Coop pastry displayWally was quite impressed by the vinegar and olive oil selections…

Cortona Coop olive oilsA note here for your grocery shopping – pack a tote bag(s) for your grocery shopping for heavy items, and you have to purchase plastic bags (or take some with you to the store). We loaded up our buggy with tons of goodies for our five-night stay, and headed back to our “casa” to relax. It was fun to watch the next-door neighbor at work in the field across the street discing his field. This was all my camera captured but looking interesting, so kept it.  Cortona tractor in motion at nightThat’s all for the night… Tomorrow we journey to Montepulciano and Siena

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  1. Thank you Jamie and Wally for the travel history, and the part dedicated to our vacation apart-hotel, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and we send greetings to you and to Wally and for the full recovery of his knee.

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