My wife and I recently returned from a one week stay at the Relais La Corte dei Papi. The setting is behind a stone wall along the main road in the village of Pergo which is itself just down the hill from Cortona. (Note that its not really within walking distance of Cortona - probably a ten minute drive up the hill).
The setting was peaceful and quiet, with lovely rose bushes greeting you at the drive and walkway up to the villas. The villas themselves include a renovated stone farmhouse and newer buildings that match. We stayed in the original farmhouse and our room was comfortable and tastefully decorated in the Tuscan style, if a bit small. The room had all the modern conveniences, including a TV and minibar. As is common in Europe, I found the mattress to be a little firm for my taste.
There was a nice pool behind the main building, although the weather was a bit too cool to use it during our visit. Each morning a lovely extended continental breakfast was served, either on the terrace out front, by the pool or inside the restaurant when weather required. We had dinner at the restaurant on two nights, and it serves Tuscan specialties in an elegant setting. The cellar has an extensive list of fine wines from around Italy.
As others have said, the proprietor, David, was an exceptional host who went out of his way to ensure our happiness and comfort. I've stayed in a lot of inns and hotels, but must say he is the best innkeeper I've ever encountered. I would heartily recommend this inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Relais La Corte Dei Papi is an original late 17 century family dwelling that has been lovingly restored to create a hotel that caters for our guests every wish. An oasis of tranquility and peace ideal for the discerning traveler who yearns for exquisite Tuscan food in an elegant, charming countryside residence. Situated between the beautiful hills that surround the famous historical town of Cortona made even more famous by the writer Frances Mayer in her book “Under the Tuscan Sun” The Relais La Corte Dei Papi provides its guests with classically stylish room and suites equipped with every amenity. The interior has been lovingly restored to its original splendor. Every room and suite is furnished with taste and discernment. The beautiful Spa Suites are dedicated to the balance and wellbeing of guests. A truly unique experience with every imaginable facility to enhance your relaxation, the spa comes to you in the privacy of your suite. The restaurant is housed in what was the originally the wine cellar of the house and it maintains the integrity of traditional Tuscan cooking. The kitchen recreates the delicate flavors of genuine Tuscan dishes with a modern twist. Every ingredient used in our kitchen is selected for its quality, freshness and flavor; this creates a special experience at every stage of your meal. Our Chef daily prepares everything fresh including, bread, pasta and desserts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais La Corte Dei Papi Hotel Cortona