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…
and then showed us the tunnel that leads to a private cottage for couples, “The Love Nest”. It was time to say goodbye to Griffin’s Resort – a lovely two-night stay in Umbria…and 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.
We parked on the edge of town and walked through the town gate…
Gelato here..I 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.
It 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/
We 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.
By 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.
And 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.
Full 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…
A 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. That’s all for the night… Tomorrow we journey to Montepulciano and Siena