A HOLIDAY IN TUSCANY, WHAT DO YOU DESIRE FROM? If you are dreaming of a romantic hideaway, if you love the countryside, if you seek rest and silence in a place where you can feel at home, if you want to find yourself away from the stress returning to 'chill out' in total relaxation after a day out visiting the most enchanting sites of art and following the eno-gastronomic itineraries in the region, if you are fascinated by the places that are unique witnesses of an ancient past, here, in this magical hamlet where history, art and culture are combined with the sweetness of the colours and rhythm of nature, you can spend your ideal holiday. Fortezza de 'Cortesi is, in fact, an historic country dwelling with an adjacent farm of sustainable agriculture dedicated to very special guests who prefer the quiet and want to be totally immersed in the pleasure of a genuine experience in the Tuscan countryside without sacrificing the charm of an exclusive, timeless environment. To ensure total relaxation and comfort to those who decide to stay there, it was chosen to accommodate not more than 12 privileged guests to whom is offered the opportunity to enjoy the true luxury that characterizes a holiday in the present days, that is the uniqueness of sharing with very few other people spacious and fascinating environments of an ancient and historic fortress which has been maintained unchanged in its 852000 square inches structure. A charming retreat' where silence and peace are indispensable tools to regenerate body and mind, to take yourself away from your everyday hustle and bustle, far from the madding crowd. OUR HISTORY Situated on a part of the ancient medieval pilgrim road 'Via Francigena', standing on top of a hill, with a surrounding view of the spectacular Tuscan countryside, it overlooks the famous towers of San Gimignano, only 5 kilometres away. Historically and architecturally, the site is among the most important ones of the Val d'Elsa. It has a long story to tell that is surely documented by the tenth century, but almost certainly began in the Etruscan period. In fact, several small discoveries dating back to various periods and the location of the agglomeration in a wider area of great archaeological interest confirm the veracity of such a convinction. It lived its splendor during the Renaissance when the high priest Paolo Cortesi (Rome 1465 - San Gimignano 1510), humanist of great value, prothonotary apostolic, secretary and Breviere of Pope Julius II, made it a center of the humanities as well as his residence, which he called "Castrum Cortesianum", where it housed the most important figures of the time, including Paolo and Lorenzo de 'Medici, the Dukes of Ferrara and Urbino, Pico della Mirandola, Angelo Poliziano, Marsilio Ficino, the Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere ( Pope Julius II) and Alessandro Farnese (Pope Paul III) and numerous other members of the political and cultural elite of the time, giving the center a cultural connotation markedly political and public. OUR HOSPITALITY Today, after thorough accurate restoration, the castle is a romantic, suggestif mansion of charm, offering B&B accomodation, that has been awarded the Tuscan 'agriturismo' top classification of three wheat sheaves. The 5 suggestive double rooms and 'Cortesiana', a charming 104000 square inches loft, which enjoys the entire top floor privacy of the medieval tower, are all different from each other and only for up 2 people each. They have a beautiful view of San Gimignano towers, are decorated with fabrics of well-known stylist Rubelli, antique furniture and household items, are equipped with air conditioning / heating, safe, kettle with a selection of teas, mini fridge, system background music, wi-fi, mosquito nets and a private personalized bathroom with a hairdryer and basic toiletries set. Books are at disposal for the whole stay on request. The property also features cozy sitting and living rooms. The common rooms, some vaulted, contain old fireplaces, medieval stairs, exposed beams and hand made terra cotta floors; they give the sensation that time has stopped still. Outside a tranquil terraced garden with a gazebo and a relaxing pool to sunbathe and contemplate the breathtaking view of the Tuscan landscape. Comfortable car park. From Fortezza de' Cortesi start two paths to discover the archaeological and natural heritage of the area, you can easily reach as well in a day Florence, Siena, Volterra, Pisa, Lucca, Montalcino, Pienza. The farm grows saffron DOP, extra virgin olive oil, vegetables and aromatic herbs. The type of board offered is overnight B&B with lavish Tuscan breakfast buffet - both sweet and savoury choices - and daily cleaning. On request cooking classes and dinners for at least 6 people. The property is suitable for children over 12 years.
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