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Fortezza de' Cortesi

Localita Monti, 26, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
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Ranked #14 of 60 San Gimignano B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Fortezza for my birthday week. We found it perfect for the quiet getaway that we were craving. The staff were there when we needed them, but not obtrusive. We were mostly alone when we were swimming or dining in the gazebo. We also ate at their restaurant in town and found the food to be fresh... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Cledy, Roberto and Daniela were wonderful hosts. Nothing was ever too much effort or too much trouble. location was amazing, just like a picture postcard. We were greeted each morning by a smiling Daniela who had prepared an amazing breakfast. We really miss our morning fruit salad. If you are lucky to enough to stay here we highly recommend the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Cledy and Roberto with Daniella are the most wonderful hosts and they have a charming, very beautiful location. it was a joy to stay there and we take away many happy memories. the gardens are beautiful, the views magnificent, and the family restaurant in town is very special too.

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South Morang, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Wow such a wonderful place to find, we had such a warn welcome from cledy and nothing was to much trouble with things to do in the area and giving us transport timetables. We stayed 5 nights and each morning we were greeted by danielle who had prepared breakfast, which we enjoyed so much, missing the fruit salad every morning... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Cledy and Roberto are wonderful hosts. They want nothing more than to make you happy and comfortable. The family restaurant in town is amazing. Have them make you a reservation where you will be treated like royalty!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a wonderful week at the Fortezza de Cortesi. Cledy and Roberto are such warm, knowledgeable and welcoming hosts. They went out of their way to make our stay so special. Their home is truly special: a beautifully restored building with all the original features and exquisitely furnished with antique furniture and beautiful fabrics with classical music playing throughout.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Thank you Cledy and Roberto for your hospitality during our stay at Fortezza de' Cortesi. Our family had such an incredible time there, and will never forget the wonderful experience in Tuscany. Thank you for sharing the history of your place with us; you have done an incredible job maintaining your place, and keeping true to the Tuscan style. Thank... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Just returned from a short 3 day break at Fortezza de' Cortesi. It was a wonderful few days away from the beaten track, with a real sense that we had found & were living in 'the real' Tuscany. You will never find views like this... sitting under the pergola looking out on the Tuscan hills and San Gimignano is incredible...... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Thick walls, beautiful views, stone stairs, a vaulted ceiling dining room. Cledy and Roberto were amazingly hospitable, even though we had gotten lost driving from Venice and arrived very late. They even asked a local restaurant to stay open so we could get a late bite to eat. The rooms were cozy, farm house rooms, not cookie cutter big chain... More

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Minsk, Belarus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The charming old house with a rich history.The owners, Cledy and Roberto are very friendly and hospitable. Home Tuscan kitchen, fireplace, relaxing atmosphere, lovely garden and beautiful flowers. Amazing view! This is a very convenient place to travel around Tuscany. We had a realy great time! Cledy`s cooking lesson for our family was very interesting and fun. We will never... More

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Address: Localita Monti, 26, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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Fortezza de 'Cortesi is a place dedicated to very special guests, who want to totally immerse themselves in the pleasure of an experience in the Tuscan countryside without sacrificing the charm and comfort of an exclusive environment. A charming resort between Florence and Siena in San Gimignano country, that has been awarded the "agriturismo" Tuscany top classification of three wheat sheaves. Standing on top of a hill, with a surrounding view of the spectacular Tuscan countryside and Chianti hills, it overlooks the famous towers of San Gimignano, only 5 kilometres away. This is where history, art and culture join together with the beauty of colours and rhythm of nature. A good retreat but also a site that tells us a story full of important events, which began in the Etruscan period and continues through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance until today where the close archaeological excavations show a history of ancient civilizations. A special dwelling with a unique wealth of valuable cultural experience. The property, restored from an ancient fortress with medieval tower documented from 10th century sources, is located on a variant of the ancient pilgrim route of Via Francigena. It was here in 1220 the towns of San Gimignano and Colle val d'Elsa formed an alliance. It achieved its splendour in the Renaissance when the then proprietor, Paolo Cortesi, one of the most prominent Italian humanists and secretary to Pope Julius II, made it a center of humanistic studies as well as his residence with the name "Castrum Cortesianum". In this place he set up a library for public use, welcomed numerous important members of the political and cultural european elite of the time and wrote the "De Cardinalatu" one of the cornerstones of Italian humanistic literature. Following rigorous restoration that maintains intact all the fascination of antiquity, we have created an environment of 550 sqm rich in charm and precious in its uniqueness. We offer up to 12 guests the opportunity of a self-regeneration experience, where silence, stillness and privacy are the true luxury of taking a holiday nowadays, far from the frenzy of stress. We host our guests in 5 comfortable double bedrooms and a romantic 67 sqm suite with superb bedroom and private drawing room with fireplace, that enjoys the privacy of the medieval tower. All bedrooms windows look out to the magnificent profile of San Gimignano marching across the horizon and the typically Tuscan countryside with hills covered by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. Each room is exclusively for 2 people and individually furnished with precious textiles by the renowned stylist Rubelli, genuine antique furniture and family objects, kettle with tea and coffee selection, safes, mini-fridge, mosquito nets, air conditioning/heating, music sound system, wi-fi, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer and basic toiletries. The resort also features comfortable sitting and living rooms, old fireplaces, medieval stairs, a beautiful garden with terrace and gazebo, a large 6x12 pool to sunbathe, relax or contemplate the breathtaking view of the Tuscan landscape. We do not have triples bedrooms, nor joined beds. We welcome children more than 12 years old. Lavish Tuscan Buffet Breakfast, daily cleaning, private parking. The property produces purest San Gimignano saffron, extra virgin olive oil, vegetables. Cooking class, tastings of our products and dinners on request. From Fortezza de' Cortesi you may easily daily reach Florence, Siena, Volterra, Pisa, Lucca, Montalcino, Pienza and many other important Italian places. ... more   less 
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