Stay in Tuscany with Activities at the Apartment Hotel La Mucchia:
Perfectly situated near Cortona, the town revealed to travelers around the world through the wonderful best selling books of Frances Mayes and the hit film that followed “Under The Tuscan Sun”’, there lays an ancient three story building constructed over three hundred years ago. The building originally served as the main structure of a farm that was managed for a local aristocrat that owned most lands of San Lorenzo and additional lands between Cortona and Trasimeno Lake situated ten kilometers from it. A few years ago the building and the adjacent lands were purchased by two brothers with architectural and construction background. The two saw the potential and through a long and detailed process renovated the structure to an upscale apartment hotel while keeping the essence of its Tuscan heritage. The apartment hotel includes nine separate apartments varying in sizes from one to four rooms. Each apartment includes a kitchen and authentic Tuscan furniture. In the adjacent land around the apartment hotel a swimming pool was constructed and a 50 olive tree orchard was planted as well as wide grasses and flowers common to the Tuscan area. The landscape architect retained by the owners planted a special garden that provides visitors with intoxicating smells that merge with the scenic town of Cortona that lies on the mountain across the apartment hotel. Each upscale apartment includes all modern day conveniences including large beds, orthopedic mattresses, air-conditioning and heating, equipped kitchens in ancient Tuscan style, internet and satellite television. The hotel also includes a management office and an art gallery featuring Tuscan style oil paintings of international artists. The hotel provides its guests with daily trip plans, recommendations to the great hideaway restaurants of Tuscany and insider tips to make each vacation a truly great one.
The hotel also offers its guests either mountain or dirt bicycle riding with instruction from certified instructors of the Umbria Bicycle Association. The area includes special paths of 80 KM around Trasimeno Lake as well as mountain riding on asphalt roads in the Hannibal path nearby where he fought the Romans. The path crosses nearby between hills and forests and is named for the battle that took place some 2200 years ago.
For those who prefer leisure cooking courses are offered to either small or large groups. The courses are led by professional chefs that teach the secrets to authentic Tuscan cooking. Each course begins with a visit to the local farmer’s market where fresh products are purchased, from there you head to the hotel to cook and later enjoy the wonderful dishes and meals prepared. The courses are fun filled and must be registered in advance when booking your hotel reservation. Recently the hotel offered group painting courses for beginners. The courses were led by an international artist with specialty in instruction to physically challenged individuals. Some of the participants who never painted before were surprised to learn that each person, no matter how inexperienced he or she is, was able to produce impressive art paintings.
Package tours to groups in luxurious buses or day trips with personal drivers are also available through the hotel upon request of travel agents or group tour operators around the world. The hotel can accommodate groups of up to 30 persons for leisure and fun activities including visits to museums, cities, monasteries and other hard to find hideaway places that tourists can rarely find without guidance of locals.Due to the perfect location of the apartment hotel “La Mucchia Casa Vacanza” one is able to easily access the cities of Tuscany and Umbria with a drive of only 30 to 60 minutes allowing most of the day for site seeing and touring instead of spending time driving.