Italy – Frequently Asked Questions
All of the Sojourn Ventures accommodations have been carefully inspected by us.
Washing machine (no dryers — Italians hang their clothes to dry)
Some of our homes have:
Televisions (with italian channels)
All of our homes have WiFi, with the exception of Casa Dolce Vita. Most cafes and some restaurants have free WiFi in Cortona.
Handicapped accessibility is not as prevalent in Europe as it is in the U.S. You should be aware that most public buildings such as museums are not wheelchair accessible. In addition, city centers and train transport can be extremely difficult.
Cortona is very hilly and has very few level areas for wheelchairs, and they are only in the center of town, not at any of the accommodations.
We recommend you book local tours with our colleagues, Together in Tuscany, to get an authentic flavor of the area. They have many personalized tours available, the most popular being the wine tours and cooking classes. Together in Tuscany also provides excellent tours in Rome, Florence and Venice — and further afield as well.
We encourage you to book your tours well in advance of your arrival to insure that the tour you wish is available during the week you are in Cortona.
Italy operates on a 220 volt system. You will need simple plug adapters for items like computers, camera and phone chargers.
You will need an actual electrical transformer or converter, to convert the voltage for items like hair dryers, hair curling and straightening irons, electric shavers. We like to order from Amazon.
Italians are used to having Americans tip, since we are a tipping culture, and although Europeans don’t generally tip, your tips are more than welcomed and appreciated.
A 15-20% tip would suffice and these services below are where you would be expected to tip:
Tour Guides, Chefs from Cooking Classes
Hotel concierge service, bell hop
Cleaning services in private residences (Cortona) and hotels
*Together in Tuscany: Denyse and her staff, Giulia and Chiara work very hard to serve you and insure that you have a quality stay. If you are inclined, your generosity will be very much appreciated! Any amount you deem appropriate is wonderful, thank you!