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
- Also Known As:
- Fortezza De' Cortesi San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fortezza de 'Cortesi is a site 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 retreat in San Gimignano country, that has been awarded the “agriturismo” Tuscany top classification of three wheat sheaves. The building is derived from an old castle documented from 10th century sources. The hamlet is found between Florence and Siena on a part of the old pilgrim route of the Via Francigena. Standing on top of a hill, with a surrounding view of the spectacular Tuscan countryside, 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.Following rigorous restoration that maintains intact all the fascination of antiquity, we have created an environment of 500 square metres rich in charm and precious in its uniqueness. We offer up to 12 guests the opportunity of a holiday of luxury and self-regeneration, far from the frenzy of stress, in five elegant double bedrooms and a romantic suite in the medieval tower with superb bedroom and private drawing room with fireplace. Bedroom 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 individually furnished with precious textiles by the renowned stylist Rubelli, genuine antique furniture and family objects.Here the tranquility and silence are the real stars of a special and unique Tuscan vacation, broken only by the crackling of the fireplace and a pleasant background music in the great breakfast room with beautiful vaults where guests are served rich breakfasts. Outside one can relax in the garden under the gazebo accompanied only by the sound of cicadas and the hoarse cry of pheasants, surrounded by the colours and scents of flowers and spices that inebriate the senses of sight and smell. Lower down within an olive grove and the wood, the swimming pool with sun beds offers pleasing relaxing moments and a pergola with curtains to protect one from sun rays in the hottest hours, guaranteeing rest in absolute privacy. A good retire but also a site that tells a story full of important events, which began in the Etruscan period and continues through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to today where close archaeological excavations show a history of ancient civilizations. A charming dwelling with a unique wealth of valuable cultural experience. The unspoiled landscape, the ancient paths in the woods, the slow passage of time punctuated by the rhythms of nature that always follows the seasons, are the specific elements and the value added of an excellent holiday to remember. The property is not equipped to host children under 12. ... more less
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