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Fortezza de' Cortesi

02/04/2017 03/04/2017
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Alameda, California
Reviewed 2 August 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...

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Watlington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 June 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......

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 24 December 2012

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...

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Minsk, Belarus
Reviewed 9 November 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...

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Reviewed 20 October 2012

What a gorgeous place! It was the perfect location for our honeymoon. I would definitely stay there again. And the owners, Cledy & Roberto were just wonderful and so helpful. Can't wait to go back! Michelle & Vincent Satterly

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Antwerp, Belgium
Reviewed 30 September 2012

We stayed for our 20th wedding anniversary in Fortezza de Cortesi. It was a beatiful old farm with nice rooms. However our expectations were maybe to high. I agree that the owners were very friendly but had no contact after the check-in. The surroundings of the house and swimmingpool, garden seats need definitly good maintenance. The rooms were clean and...

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cledy, Proprietario at Fortezza de' Cortesi, responded to this review

Dear Madam, Thank you for having considered us very friendly. Below we respond to your comments and we hope will be exhaustive. We are very sorry if your feeling was one of absence on our part. Apparently our discretion was mistaken for a lack of attention towards you, in fact the most important thing for us is to make our...

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 September 2012

Having read the reviews we had high expectaions. We travel in Italy a lot and have visited many secluded properties. Fortezza de Cortesi has huge potential but from our perspective it just missed the mark. The owners Cledy and Roberto are super but our overall impression was that this property needed some more upgrading particularly in terms of bathroom fittings,...

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cledy, Proprietario at Fortezza de' Cortesi, responded to this review

Dear Mrs Gillian, thanks for the compliments you makes us and also for the potential of our structure you underlined. With regard to the toiletries kit supplied, this is, like all our services, deliberately basic. Our farm is a charming “agriturismo”, not a hotel. Upon the focus our offer is the opportunity to enjoy, in a maximum of 12 guests,...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 1 August 2012

Me and my boyfriend had booked 3 nights at this agriturismo, but we enjoyed it so much that we extended our stay with an extra night! This is the perfect spot for someone looking for an authentic farmhouse in Tuscany. Parts of the main house is renovated from medieval ruins to a rustic yet highly comfortable house with lots of...

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cledy, Proprietario at Fortezza de' Cortesi, responded to this review

Dear friends, We are very happy that you felt well here. Thank you so much for having understood the spirit of our offer, the sense of "home" that we wish to convey to our guests. The decision to accept a maximum of 12 guests in a spacious environment that would have been able to accommodate three times more people, was...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 July 2012

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...

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paris
Reviewed 14 July 2012

We spent three comfortable nights in this hill-top villa in Tuscany. The view over the olive groves and vineyards towards San Gimignano is breath-taking. We were there during a hot spell and particularly appreciated resting in our large comfortable room with its efficientair conditioning after the heat and crowds in the towns. The house is tastefully decorated and very comfortable,...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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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 

Additional Information about Fortezza de' Cortesi

Address: Localita Monti 26, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Price Range: ₹ 10,522 - ₹ 12,005 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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