We found Fortezza de' Cortesi on Alastair Sawdays website and were thrilled with our choice. Cledy and her husband were very welcoming and we felt extremely lucky to have found this idylic spot nestled in the countryside.
The Tuscan countryside surrounding the property is stunning and provides numerous photo opportunities! The building itself is over 1000 years old and visually impressive with simple but in keeping rooms. The gardens are beautiful with masses of rosemary and a pool surrounded by lavender with spectacular views.
San Ginignano is a 15 minute drive away and Cledi will happily order you a taxi if you don't fancy the drive which is a little off the beaten track and narrow roads in San Ginignano.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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.The place is mentioned in the Italian Literature textbooks. 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 14 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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- Also Known As:
- Fortezza De'Cortesi San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany