Newly Restored Villa From “Under the Tuscan Sun”

Villa Laura - Under The Tuscan Sun
Photo: Villa Laura / Doorways, LTD.

Under the Tuscan Sun was a 2003 movie starring the beautiful actress, Diane Lane.  Lane’s character buys a lovely villa while on vacation in Tuscany, hoping to change her life after a divorce.

The villa from Under the Tuscan Sun is named – Villa Laura and just completed a four-year long renovation.

The newly restored Villa Laura is actually located in Cortona, Italy and is now available to rent.

The amazing Italian villa was purchased by the owners of California winery – Cline Cellars.

“As I made my way through the brambles to explore the ancient, crumbling villa for the first time, I felt like I was stepping into a fairytale, says Kit Burns, President of Doorways Ltd. “The villa lay in ruins, but I could see that it had great potential.”

The kitchens and bathrooms were custom crafted by a Tuscan artist, using marble surfaces and restored original stone walls. The wooden beds were replaced by wrought ironed hand-crafted frames from a local artisan. The bedding was made from the finest English linens.

The landscaping at Villa Laura is beautifully done, including an extensive rose garden surrounding a new in-ground pool, jacuzzi, and spectacular Roman fountain.

Villa Laura - Under The Tuscan Sun
Photo: Villa Laura / Doorways, LTD.

The goal of the restoration was to maintain the villa’s original charm and magic. The interior is decorated with a combination of contemporary and antique furniture, found across Europe, by designer Jane Thompson.

Adjacent to Villa Laura is a rustic farmhouse that accommodates a total of 18 guests. The size makes it perfect destination weddings, families or large groups. “This is the perfect opportunity for guests to step into a movie set and live out their own adventure,” says Burns.

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