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Besides the hotels listed, Cortona contains some real B&B gems. Casa Chilenne B&B, Via Nazionale 65 (www.casachilenne.com; tel./fax 0575-603-320), and Casa Bellavista, Località Creti 40 (www.casabellavista.it; tel. 0575-610-311), both offer stunning accommodation, friendly hosts, and free Internet. Casa Chilenne is located in the heart of town (rooms for 100€), while Bellavista offers a more rustic experience a short drive west in the village of Creti (120€-140€). Book way in advance, as rooms in both are limited (four rooms are available in Bellavista and five in Casa Chilenne).

If you really want to soak up the sun in this now-famous countryside, you can also try an agriturismo outside of town. The tourist office publishes a list of them, or visit www.apt.arezzo.it for additional choices. A luxurious option is the Villa di Piazzano, Località Piazzano (www.villadipiazzano.com; tel. 075-826-226), 6km (3 3/4 miles) southeast of Cortona. This fabulous property dates back to 1464, but boasts modern amenities, large rooms, a pool, and flowery gardens -- breakfast includes a huge spread of homemade cakes, fresh fruit, and baked goods, served on a sun-swept terrace. Rates in high season range from 205€ to 340€.

Finally, fans of Under the Tuscan Sun will be thrilled to learn that the actual house that served as "Villa Bramasole" in the movie is now a rental property known as Villa Laura, just outside town. Originally built in 1504, the site contains the main villa and adjacent farmhouse, with nine bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, a swimming pool and hot tub, and Wi-Fi. Contact Villa Vacations (www.villavacations.com; tel. 800-261-4460) for more details.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.