Fortezza de Cortesi - Villa

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Fortezza de Cortesi Villa San Gimignano

Fortezza de Cortesi

Official Contact Details - Fortezza de Cortesi

Phone: +39 0577 940123 Fax: +39 0577 940123

Luxury country tuscan villa. Panoramic view on San Gimignano towers. Air conditioning, tv sat, pool, garden, parking, excellent facilities and extra services list.

  • Price from 6600 EUR / Week
  • Capacity up to 12 people
  • 6 bedrooms & 7 bathrooms
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Last updated: 02/01/2008

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Just 5 km away the centre of the amazing town of S.Gimignano (
included in the UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage because it is the
sole testimony of medieval turreted town on the world ), situated on a
hilltop that allows a 360° panoramic view including San

Gimignano's unique skyline of towers, Fortezza de' Cortesi is a charming medieval historic country-side villa
sorrounded by the spectacular famous tuscan scenery of cypresses, oaks,
olives, woods. It is the ideal setting for those who are looking for a
special, exclusive and relaxing holiday and desire to experience the
best of Tuscany without loosing culture, art, history and gastronomy. Ideal
point of departure for day trips to the cities of all central Italy and the
perfect base to return after excursions into the countryside with its

Furnished with genuine antiques and Tuscan handcrafted furniture, Fortezza de' Cortesi has draped beds with curtains in harmony with the wall colours,
luxury fabrics (sofas, curtains and beds of the villa are upholstered with
the exquisite fabrics of the renowned Rubelli brand), precious carpets,
paintings and family treasures or heirlooms acquired through diligent
research. The floors and ceilings are made up of antique handmade tiles and
chestnut beams. The arched ceilings and the fine fireplaces all suggest the
idea that time stands still.

The gorgeous "Cortesiana Suite," (65 sq. metres) enjoys the privacy of the entire
tower and is exclusively for two people. It is composed by a large sitting
room with a relaxing fireplace, a delightful little kitchen (that isn't for cooking,
but only to make tea or coffee), a welcoming queen-bedded bedroom and a very
peculiar bathroom with a Devon bathtub and shower stall. As in the case of the
"Cortesiana Suite," the remaining, comfortable 5 bedrooms (2 twin-bedded
[joinable] and 3 queen-bedded) look upon the enchanting view of the
surrounding "colline toscane" (Tuscan hills) and medieval towers. All rooms, each different from the other, have different colours and they are
also carefully furnished with genuine antiques and precious fabrics, and
are provided with elegant private ensuite bathrooms with wall-attached hairdryers,
air conditioning/heating units, window screens and safes. On the upper level
you will find 3 queen-sized bedrooms named "Preziosa," "Fina" and
"Smeralda." "Belviso," the fourth room, is twin-bedded and joinable. The
"Sigerio Room," which also offers 2 single beds that can be joined, is located on the lower level. It is accessible to handicapped people, and its convenient location makes it suitable for people with special needs.

The villa includes a big, fully-equipped kitchen which is furnished with an
American coffee maker, toaster, micro-wave, refrigerator, stove-oven,
dishwasher, iron and ironing board. You can feel the same cosy atmosphere
in all the common areas: in the sitting room, where you can chat or watch
satellite TV/DVD; in the small, private and peaceful study, where you can
read, access the internet with your own PC and in the
spacious living/dining room with its suggestive medieval fireplace. At the ground
floor there is also another common bathroom (there are a total of 7
bathrooms in the villa).

There is a beautiful garden with a gazebo in the property, supplied with a
table and chairs, so that you can use it as an additional dining area during
the high season and admire the panorama with its typical cypress trees.
There is a 6 x 12 metre swimming-pool (seasonally open) which is near the olive grove and surrounded by a
lavender hedge. It is equipped with patio furniture to sunbathe and a
pergola that offers abundant shade and the possibility to spend pleasant cool moments.

The villa is ideal for bird watching and trekking. In its vicinity you can play tennis or golf ( only 15 minutes by car from the villa), go for thermal bath, go horseback riding or go for long walks in the extensive walking trails. For golf and thermes, special conditions are reserved to the Fortezza's guests. The property produces the precious saffron "purissimo zafferano DOP di San Gimignano" (the saffron of this area is considered one of the best in the world), extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, aromatic herbs and cereals. In the property there are friendly dogs and cats and so no pets are permitted at the villa.

Owners live next door ( but guests' privacy is assured by the disposition of the two houses) and they
are at total disposal for any requests.To facilitate and enrich the stay of its guests, Fortezza de' Cortesi has
also arranged very interesting additional services on request.

Please note that due to the historical background of the villa and the presence of family antiques, the villa would be better suited for mature parties and children are recommended at the villa on previous request.

Prices & deals

Lowest Weekly Price:
6600 EUR
Highest Weekly Price:
7800 EUR
Cleaning fee:
Charging Method:
Payment Types:
  • No Cash
  • No Credit Card
  • No Cheque
  • No Travellers cheque
  • No Paypal
  • No Wire Transfer

Location & area

Fortezza de' Cortesi is a charming historic country-side villa, just ten minutes away the centre of the famous town of S.Gimignano ( included in the UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage because it is the sole testimony of medieval turreted town on the world ).It is the ideal setting for a special luxury, exclusive and relaxing holiday in Tuscany.

Situated on a hilltop that allows a 360° panoramic view ( included the towers ), it
is one of the most important historical and architectural sites in area therefore during the restoration special attention was dedicated to preserve the beauty and authenticity of the original building.
To facilitate and enrich the stay of its guests, Fortezza de' Cortesi has arranged additional services on request such as guided visits, cooking classes, welcome grocery shopping, car and bike rental, shuttle-bus to/from Florence, Pisa, Roma, Bologna airports, and more.

The residence is sorrounded by twelve private hectars and looks out on a nice terraced garden with gazebo. A few meters away, near the olive grove, you can find the large swimming pool with a quiet pergola that is a perfect haven for rest or to contemplate the breathteaking view of the Tuscan landscape.In the property there is also a private parking.
Perfect for birdwatching and trekking also has available in the vicinity: tennis, golf (only 15 km from the villa), thermes, horseback riding and exensive walking trails.
From the Fortezza you may easily reach Florence, Siena, Certaldo, Volterra, Pisa, Lucca, Montalcino, Pienza, the seaside and many other important places(it was famous in the past for its strategic position). Important shopping outlets as "The Mall" can
also be reached easily.The house is 5 km. away the centre of S.Gimignano and there you may find every kind of shops, banks, post office, restaurants, supermarket and chemist's. Siena is less than half an hour away the Fortezza, Florence 3/4 of an hour.
Ideal point of departure for day trips to the cities of all central Italy and the perfect base to return after excursions into the countryside with its historic, artistic and gastronomic treasures,
Fortezza de' Cortesi is also the ideal setting for those who are looking for confort and tranquillity without loosing the warmth of a family home to discover again the pleasure for Bonum Vivere.
Fortezza de' Cortesi has been recommended and advised by many important and glamorous magazines including Casantica ( the central reportage on number 14 of November/December 2006 ), Gentlemen (number 64, June 2006), GAMBERO ROSSO (viaggiare bene 2006), CLASS (number229 May 2005), Dove (guida 2006 e Vacanze d'estate, April 2005), Ville E Casali (Guida Country Hotel, 2004/5), L'Imprenditore(Itinero, June 2005), Luxury (December 2004), Glamour (number 153 November 2004) Qui Touring (May 2003) e many others.

Owners are also pleased to suggest their restaurant "Dulcisinfundo,"
which is in the centre of the town of S. Gimignano, in front of a
breathtaking panorama. In a suggestive historical and medieval milieu, they serve very high quality, typical, and selected traditional dishes and wine. Everything -from hors
d'ouvres to desserts and even ice-creams- is prepared by professional chefs. they offer
their customers the Fortezza's products and they rely on some rewarded small
family companies situated in Tuscany and very careful about the quality of
their products.The wine selection includes the "Vernaccia" wine, produced
only in the S.Gimignano area. Special price conditions are offered to the
villa's clients that dine in "Dulcisinfundo."
Among the specialities: vegetables pastry dish, fresh cheese and pesto of
basil, tagliatelle with white wild boar sauce, the florentine steak, pork
meatballs with saffron flavoured potatos cream, fruit in season sorbet in
crunchy waffles and to finish coffee that can be stirred with a spoon made
of chocolate that gives an unforgettable experience.Ideal also for wedding
lunch/dinner, the restaurant can host up to 48 people and it is recommended and advised, among the others, by Michelin
voyager pratique guide, Adac Reisemagazin, Sunday Herald,Guida oro ristoranti di Veronelli, guida Dove: dormire e mangiare meglio, guida La Gola in tasca di Alice 2007/8, guida del Gambero Rosso 2006.
Open from Easter to November and during the Christmas period.
Day off on Wednesday.Telephone and fax 0039 0577 941919 -

26 località Monti, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Accommodation located in:
countryside, near cultural interest, near golf course, near historical interest, near horse riding, near restaurants & bars, near shopping area, near tennis courts, rural, tuscan panoramic country, village!

Amenities & services

The 6 bedrooms (2 twin bedded and 4 queen bedded)on 3 floors, are all provided with private ensuite bathrooms with a wall attached hairdryer, air conditioning/ heating ( extra charge ), mosquito-nets and safes and, as the whole house, are carefully furnished with antiques and luxury fabrics. "Cortesiana" room, of 65mq. exclusively for two people, is situated on the top of the house in the tower. It is composed by a large sitting room with a fireplace,a little delightful kitchen ( that is'nt for cooking, but only to make a tea or a coffee), a large queen bedded bedroom and a very particular bathroom with a Devon bath-tub and shower.The common area of the house includes a big equipped kitchen (furnished with american coffee machine, toaster, micro-wave, fridge with freezer,stove with oven, dishwasher), a sitting room with satellite tv, a very big dining room with a medieval fireplace, a study with telephone and internet access and another ground floor common bathroom ( in total there are 7 bathrooms ).There is also a bedroom suitable for disables.
Weekly villa rental included services
Taxes, electricity, gas; bed linen, table linen, bathrooms towels, with
weakly change and final cleaning; barbecue, garden and pool furniture.

cleaning of bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (except on Sunday), gardener
and pool service, exclusive use of garden and swimming pool (seasonally
Parking. Satellite Tv-sat with English channels/DVD. Window screens and
safes in each bedroom, phon in ensuite bathrooms.

Weekly villa rental extra costs and optionals ( only on prior request; they
must be reserved upon villa booking , euro cash payments)
inquire about prices of our extra services.
Arrival grocery shopping , arrival light meal, personal cook for private
dinners, breakfast service, baby-sitter and extra cleaning hours, extra
linens for beds and bathrooms, personal laundry service (the laundry use is
exclusively by the villa's staff) , towels for the swimming pool. fireplace

Reservation service of: car and bike rental, shuttle to and from the
airports of: Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Rome, tours, guided visits, wine
tastings and tours also with car and driver, cooking courses, ceramic
courses, photographic tours (with one of
the best landscapist photograph of the area), Italian language courses,
drawing and painting courses, personal ayurvedic massage, thermal baths,
montgolfier/air balloon flight. Audio sound system in every room. Air
conditioning , heating, internet connection ( client PC and analogic line
because the villa is in a country area).
Guided trip to San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza, Montalcino,Montepulciano,
Chianti Classico with informative preperatory lectures at the villa

Various art-related activities ( Medieval or Renaissance
tecnique workshop; Conversations or readings of italian art, mostly
regional, accompanied by period music; Thematic lessons on the main periods
of art history from the Middle Ages to the present; A choice between lessons
in: art and cinema / art and poetry / art in the four seasons / regional
Tuscan art history with the possibility of concentrating on the region or a
single city; An evening of art and games).

# of Units: 1... and each unit includes:

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Single beds: 4
  • Double beds: 4
  • Baby cots: 1
  • Single sofa beds: 0
  • Double sofa beds: 0


  • Yes Towels:
  • Yes Bath:
  • Yes Hair Drier:
  • Yes Shower:


  • Yes Telephone:
  • Yes DVD Player:
  • No Fax:
  • Yes Washing Machine:
  • No Work Desk:
  • Yes Bed Sheets:
  • Yes Bikes:
  • Yes Cable/Satelite TV:
  • No Internet Broadband:
  • Yes Internet Dial Up:
  • Yes Ironing Board:
  • No Library:
  • Yes Stereo/Radio System:


  • Yes Local Guides:
  • Yes Local Transportation:
  • No 24h Concierge:
  • Yes Tours & Excursions:
  • Yes House Chef:
  • No Butler Service:


  • Yes Dish Washer:
  • Yes Microwave:
  • Yes Oven:
  • No American Kitchen:
  • Yes Fridge & Freezer:
  • Yes Crockery & Utensils:

Living room

  • Yes Table & Chairs:
  • Yes Fireplace:
  • Yes Sofa Bed:


  • No Lift / Elevator:
  • Yes Swimming Pool:
  • Yes Disabled Facilities:
  • No Tennis Court:
  • Yes Terrace:
  • Yes Parking:
  • No Pets Welcome:
  • No Private Beach:
  • Yes Barbecue:
  • Yes Garden:
  • No Sauna:
  • No Shared Bathroom:
  • No Spa / Jacuzzi:


  • Yes Daily Cleaning:
  • No DVD/Music Collection:
  • Yes Air Conditioning:
  • No Ensuite Bathroom:
  • No Balcony:
  • Yes Safe:
  • No Sea View:
  • Yes Central Heating:
  • No City View:

Additional information

Board Basis:
Accommodation Only
Welcome pack:
The owners live next door ( but guests' privacy is totally assured by the disposition of the two houses) and personally offer to their guests a complimentary Tuscan welcome aperitif including snacks of local cold cuts and Tuscan cheeses, fruit and the
Extra meal info:
Breakfast service: Laying of the table, preparation with ingredient supplied by guest 30 euro per each breakfast.

Welcome light meal: bread, cheese, salamis, quiche, salad, fruit. Drinks, laying of the table, service at table and cleanings are not included. Minimum 6 people 25 euro each people. Lunch/dinner: cooking a simply menu, without lay and clear ,service at table or cleanings 45,00 euro each people ( minimum 6 people ) drinks not included.

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