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Fortezza de'Cortesi

Localita Monti 26, 53037, San Gimignano Italy
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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.
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We've been traveling through Italy for a month now and fortezza di cortesi was recommended to us and I'm so glad it was, it is truly the highlight of our Italian trip. The history of this place is truly amazing, the ancient dirt road that you arrive by was the same road
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I selected this B&B because of the price. I thought that the higher price brings better quality or service or something. This is a real B&B without ANY additional services expect swimming pool. If you want to enjoy a quiet place without any distractions this might be a good
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We loved our stay here. It is a gorgeous and very historical stone farm house well off the main road and with beautiful gardens and amazing views looking over to San Gimignano. We found it very peaceful and after our days out touring the Tuscan countryside we would come back
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This B& B is on a farm 5 km out of San Gimignano. The access is via the old pilgrim trail road, very narrow unmade road so care must be taken especially at night. You must have a car to stay here.No walking to shops or restaurants from here. The accommodation is in a an old
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A renovated, historical Fortezza within a magnificant landscape. You definitely need a rental car to Go for excursions and for Dinner. But to experience the real tuscanny, it is Great. You Need to Slow Down and enjoy the area and the pool.
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Response from Cledy T, Proprietario at Fortezza de'Cortesi
Responded 12 Aug 2017
Dear Guest, thank you for appreciating and sharing your experience here! Kind regards Cledy
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"Don't waste your time - look elsewhere or waste your money!"
"Every room would have stunning views"
"Our room facing the town of San Gimignano was great. There were two twin beds pushed together for a king in a cozy room."
"The Tower Suite with bath overlooking the Tuscan hills is fabulous!"
"We were in Preziosa which was lovely."
US$172 - US$177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ItalyTuscanyProvince of SienaSan Gimignano
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Fortezza de'Cortesi B&B Reviews, San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany