This was our third place in Italy, all agriturismo. The location, in Fumane, was lovely. Fumane is a small town with no tourists--very Italian. Corteforte itself is a pretty properly on a small vineyard. The rooms were clean and the air conditioning worked. It was quiet and peaceful and well located for the Valpolicella region.
The downsides were frustrating. This is the only location we stayed where breakfast was not included. We opted out of the extra 10-15 pp euro breakfast and ate the same food in Fumane for 8 euro total (4 people). The restaurant, the most highly rated in Trip Advisor, is not part of the agriturismo. It was also closed most of the time we were there--a fact we were misinformed about. We never got to eat there, though we were told it would be open, which was frustrating.
We arrived mid-day and there was no one to welcome us. We had to find the cleaning person and ask in halted Italian for reception. Martina, who speaks many languages, finally came to get us. She checked us in but did not tell us about breakfast or anything else for that matter. We were left almost completely on our own, which was difficult because there were gates and codes throughout the property. We were told the code for the entry gate but not for the gate to reception. We spent a lot of time knocking and calling.
We did a wine testing with Martina, which was very informative, but we had to ask about it--she did not offer.
The property and location were good, but there was a complete breakdown with communication which added unnecessary stress to our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Valpolicella lies the little village Fumane, and here at the base of its valleys there is Corteforte, a lovingly restored Agriturismo. Imagine staying in a beautifully reconstructed 600-year-old tower sumptuously furnished with fine antiquities and modern appliances affording breathtaking views of the foothills of the Monte Lessini mountain range. Sensitively restored to the highest specifications, the patina’s dark wooden furnishings, beautiful high beds in the finest linens and the thick stone walls of the towers 4 robust rooms effortlessly transport you to a romantic bygone medieval age of romping lords and noblemen and you can even survey your fiefdom from the minarets of the roof.Corteforte lies in a most prestigious location. Being situated almost equidistant between the opulent splendor of Verona and the true natural wonder of Lake Garda. Verona is one of the most romantic cities with its roman amphitheater and who can forget that this is also the setting for Shakespeare’s’ Romeo and Juliet. You can feast your eyes upon the famous balcony and tomb of Juliet. Lake Garda never fails to astound with its delightful unspoiled lakeside towns and areas of stunning natural Italiante beauty. The lake also offers some of the best water sports conditions in Italy.Corteforte, with its hospitality and the typical wines of the region: Valpollicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella, Recioto Classico and the glorious Recioto Amandorlato will make your holiday unforgettable.In the Cantina, there is the possibility to partake of the delicious regional produce, Salami’s, Cheeses, prosciuttos and other such delicious fare all accompanied by their wonderful wines. ... more less
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