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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very quiet, great hostess that made the best simple dishes with their own picked saffron and the wines that accompanied the food were just perfect. If you want an experience of medieval times you have to go there.

Thank Gloria L
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

Place was clean, hard to get to via road no real roads available. No stores or restaurants near by, need to drive 15 mins in dark, no lights. You get one bottle of water, so if you run out - good luck getting water in the middle of the night. Its super quite and relaxing with beautiful views. The hosts... More 

Thank Charanya B
Chiaradele T, Proprietario at Fortezza de' Cortesi, responded to this review

Dear Charanya Bala, at the moment of your reservation we sent you all information on the property, including service list offered to our guests. Before arrival you asked us informations about a car rental and cooking classes. We were pleased to answer and give you some suggestions. On our web site there is written that we are not an hotel... More 

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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We went there for 5 days. It is a nice and quiet place they have around 5 rooms maximum. You can have a nice Safran diner upon order (6 people Minimum) 40€ per person and payable by cash only. Sadly the diner was inside and we were sitting on benches a bit too high compare to the table. The breakfast... More 

Thank j01216
Chiaradele T, Proprietario at Fortezza de' Cortesi, responded to this review

Dear Customer, thanks for the comment, for appreciating the privilege to really experiencing with few other guests , only adults, the real country life in an historical Tuscan dwelling that has more than a thousand years and has been restored following the most strict rules of a true conservative restoration. It helps us to make people understand what we offer,... More 

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Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

We have been the pleasure to stay 5 days here, enjoying the Tuscan hospitality of Clady and Roberto. Every single space was carefully decorated and we could see the owner's touch in them. The breakfast was amazing: thanks Daniela!!! During warm weathers you can taste it in a beautiful view outside. We wish to come back soon!!

Thank Christine G
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed at the Fortezza for my birthday week. We found it perfect for the quiet getaway that we were craving. The staff were there when we needed them, but not obtrusive. We were mostly alone when we were swimming or dining in the gazebo. We also ate at their restaurant in town and found the food to be fresh... More 

Thank Jana R
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Cledy, Roberto and Daniela were wonderful hosts. Nothing was ever too much effort or too much trouble. location was amazing, just like a picture postcard. We were greeted each morning by a smiling Daniela who had prepared an amazing breakfast. We really miss our morning fruit salad. If you are lucky to enough to stay here we highly recommend the... More 

Thank Paul S
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Cledy and Roberto with Daniella are the most wonderful hosts and they have a charming, very beautiful location. it was a joy to stay there and we take away many happy memories. the gardens are beautiful, the views magnificent, and the family restaurant in town is very special too.

Thank Keithandjessie
South Morang, Australia
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Wow such a wonderful place to find, we had such a warn welcome from cledy and nothing was to much trouble with things to do in the area and giving us transport timetables. We stayed 5 nights and each morning we were greeted by danielle who had prepared breakfast, which we enjoyed so much, missing the fruit salad every morning... More 

Thank raynond
Port Charlotte, Florida
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Cledy and Roberto are wonderful hosts. They want nothing more than to make you happy and comfortable. The family restaurant in town is amazing. Have them make you a reservation where you will be treated like royalty!

Thank khelgemo
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

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 

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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: €151 - €170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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