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“Very Special Tuscan Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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La Canonica di Cortine
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Localita Cortine 20, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy   |  
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“Very Special Tuscan Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

This is one of the charismatic places we love so much. A set of villas with some history, distinctive Tuscan interiors, lush gardens and beautiful views. Very tranquil and comfortable base for exploring Tuscany - most of interesting places are just a short drive (and if you drive the country roads, you will enjoy the spectacular views).

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LaCanonicaDiCortine, Proprietario at La Canonica di Cortine, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Dear Sir,
thank you very much for your stay with us and your feedback. We are very happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us and really hope to welcoming you once again in Cortine in the future.
Best wishes and regards

Lucia Fusi and all Cortine staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

My wife and I plus our 26 year old daughter and her significant other spent 5 nights in this wonderful setting. This was on our "bucket list" - to find a romantic place to stay in the Tuscan countryside and La Canonica di Cortine http://www.chianticortine.it/en/history.html was perfect. The ancien parsonage has been exquisitely re-built by the current owners Stefano and his wife Lucia, who along with the staff Most speak good English), made us all feel very welcome. Thanks to careful renovation, the mansion, the group of houses and the small church in front of them, exude the charm of a fne, hilltop aristocratic mansion. The location is perfect - almost exactly halfway between Florence and Siena and not far off the main road between the two. We visited both magnifient cities, world-famous nearby San Gimignano, multiple quaint towns in Chianti, and the lovely nearby medieval villages of San Donato and Castellina in Chianti. We went wine tasting at the beautiful 57 acre vineyard Castellare di Castellina 2 km from Castellina and had wonderful meals everywhere we went. If you want a special treat (and have some extra money) make sure that you eat at Osteria di Passignano in Loc. Badia a Passignano http://www.osteriadipassignano.com/ - about 10 minutes drive from La Canonica and a truly memorable experience.

We stayed in the 2 bedroom Solatio house, which was originally a barn of the Castle of Cortine. It had a pleasant dining room and a romantic fireplace with a compact kitchen that led directly onto a delightful outdoor patio. On the ground floor there was one bedroom and a bathroom with shower and an ancient stone staircase lead up to the other bedroom, with its en-suite bathroom. This arrangement is probably perfect for families but - being a little picky - not ideal for two couples since the upstairs bedroom is private (it is, after all, on the 2nd floor) but open to sounds from below. We made breakfast every morning and cooked most eventings. The only other drawback was that the cable TV arrangement was difficult to operate and there was only one channel (news) in English but that simply meant that we opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed each other's company instead! In sum, this was a magical place - we hope to return again soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LaCanonicaDiCortine, Proprietario at La Canonica di Cortine, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Good day from La Canonica di Cortine.

Thank you for your time and for your nice words. We are very happy to read you enjoyed your stay with. We hope to welcoming you soon and send you our warmest regards!

Lucia Fusi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

My 2 girlfriends and I spent one week on Rome and one week in Tuscany. During the drive from Rome to the Villa we were robbed while in a rest stop. Upon our arrival we were quite stressed but very excited as soon as we saw La Canoncia di Cortine. Stella and Stefano were very warm and welcoming and had waited for our late arrival. The accomodations are picture perfect and the people in the surrounding area are warm and welcoming. It was the most romantic trip (Even if I was with friends) and La Canoncia di Cortine was enchanting beyond description. I plan on going back to La Canoncia in May 2012.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LaCanonicaDiCortine, Proprietario at La Canonica di Cortine, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Dear Janet,

thank you so much for all your nice words. It is a pleasure reading that you and your girlfriends enjoyed your time in Cortine.
We are all waiting your next visit next year.

Warmest regards
Lucia Fusi and Staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

This place is what we dreamed about to stay during our Tuscan holiday. Initially, we planned to stay for one night (booked using www.booking.com) but when we arrived at the place we were surprised by the beauty of this property and the surroundings. Bedroom is typical Tuscan country style, spacious bathroom There is wi-fi available in the lounge (outside the breakfast room) and the lounge was so comfortable we stayed hours reading books and surfing internet and chilled out at night. There was a fireplace but dormant, pity they didnt use it.

I highly recommend this place for romantic escapade or family holiday (they have villa for bigger party). We will definitely come back. Btw, the restaurant nearby "La Locanda di Pietracupa" is great and quiet (well maybe I went during their off season in winter time) and very private, serving modern Tuscan dishes. 5 minutes drive from the property.

My only negative is the location, we came to Tuscany to visit Siena, Pienza, Montalcino. It is quite a drive to these places, though it is a good base if your goal is to relax and explore the Chianti regions and taste their wines. Well, thats what we did anyway - we changed our itinerary to explore Chianti region, Panzano in Chianti, Volpaia, Radda in Chinati, Greve in Chianti - these are really beautiful villages. We had no regret. Drank lots of excellent Chianti wines.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LaCanonicaDiCortine, Proprietario at La Canonica di Cortine, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Good day from Canonica di Cortine, and thank you for having found the time to leave your feedback on Tripadvisor.
We are really happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcoming you again soon.
Warmest regards
Lucia Fusi and Staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Two of my sisters and I originally planed to visit La Canonica di Cortine in 2002. We had put a deposit down but in the end opted for a cruise. We passed on the deposit to a friend and she has returned 3 times. That was all we needed to hear when we planning a big birthday
celebration this fall. This time however, there were 9 of us coming so we needed the largest villa possible...Castrum. We were coming from Kuwait, Arizona, New Hampshire and Atlanta, so communicating all the details could have been a challenge. Right from the very beginning Claudia and Erica took care of every question and detail and very promptly as well. They recommended a local hotel for our first night (a Friday) that was perfect for our first night in Tuscany. I had trouble emailing them and they took care of forwarded messages back and forth for me....great service. By the time we checked into Villa Castrum & Meragio we felt like we were already old friends with the staff. They accommodated everything we asked including great restaurant recommendations. The villa was very well stocked w/ everything we could ever need. We ate 3 large meals there and every breakfast. They were able to steer us to the co-op to buy food, the train station, etc. The grounds were exceptional and we felt the photos on the internet do not do them justice. Absolutely glorious. We were lucky with a very hot Tuscan sun the week we were there and able to use the pool. The bathrooms and bedrooms were spacious and plentiful. There was so much room you could easily spend time by yourself but most of the time we spent either in the kitchen or on the terrace drinking wine!! It was a wonderful vacation for all of us and we all agreed we would return as soon as possible.

If we could leave one recommendation it would be: add a microwave oven. You have every other convenience...but that would have been great. We would also say that you must have a car unless you are there in summer and only want to use the pool and the beautiful grounds. We took day trips every day which we had planned on. We could not recommend this hotel enough....way exceeded our expectations...which were already high to begin with. You can't go wrong with La Conica....they're the best.!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We spent 8 nights in the rental "house" Solatio. It a converted 15th century barn with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a washing machine.The bedrooms are very large, baths are big and very clean.Whole villa is very clean and well appointed. We cooked in several nights and had everything we needed. The main living area is a little small, hard for 4 adults to stretch out. Only a small issue for us because we were there for so long, would not be an issue if your visit was shorter. We had a lovely rear patio where we dined at night and we caught the sunshine in our front courtyard in the morning.The grounds are immaculate. Hedges of bay, rosemary, lavender, olive trees and roses were everywhere. Stefano (owner)and his grounds keeper were out every day manicuring the grounds. Office staff Erica, Claudio and Lucia (owner) were extremely helpful and frindly and everyone was happy to chat and help us with our italian. Many guests we met had returned year after year. The tiny little town of San Donato has everything you need, the butcher shop is fantastic (2 km away). Just work around siesta, everything is closed from 1:30ish to 5pm. Major food shopping is in Poggi Bonsi 10+ mins away.
The location is perfect for visiting Chianti country, Florence, Siena. Because we had the luxury of time we tried to stay within an hours drive and were able to get to every little village we wanted. The drive to Volterra is outrageous (1 hr). Very fun but be prepared for a challenge.
We walked to a wine tasting tour at Casa Emma and that was a highlight of the week. Many fine restaurants and winerys within minutes. A perfect location and the restored village that is Canonica di Cortine is breathtaking.
Highly reccomend.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

We stumbled upon this tranquil village by accident and were very lucky.
This is a fully renovated, middle ages village which is simply beautiful.
Our room was in a large, private building and was lovely renovated sleeping room, with views of the swimming pool and the Tuscan hills.
The bed was huge and so was the bathroom, and the room felt like a true vintage one.
Breakfast was fresh and wholesome, with fresh Cappuccino on request.
Overall excellent value for money and great atmosphere. Very well recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Cortine 20, 50021 Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Barberino Val d'Elsa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Barberino Val d'Elsa
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Hotel Class:4 star — La Canonica di Cortine 4*
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