What is(are) your name(s)?
Cledy Tancredi, I'm the owner
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
I lived in Milan with my family and 15 years ago we decided to change complete our life and come in Tuscany. It has been immediate love with this dwelling! A very special place hidden from the eyes of the world with a magic energy, totally destroyed. An hamlet where time is stopped. Nine years to rebuilt it, but finally one of the most important historical place in the area is reborn. Probably of Etruscan origin and surely known from X century the hamlet during the renaissance was the famous Castrum Cortesianum, property of Paolo Cortesi secretary of the Pope Giulio II and one of the most important Italian humanists. Here he collected his students and received all the cultural eminences of that time. Angelo Poliziano, Pico della Mirandola, Marsilio Ficino, Paolo and Lorenzo de Medici, Alessandro Farnese (Pope Paolo III), Giulio della Rovere (Pope Giulio II) and many others. Here He wrote his masterchief "De Cardinalatu" where he indicated the rules of a Cardinal in the society. The book was also printed here as you can read on the first page of the copy in San Gimignano library (this is the most important book of the library).
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
The Fortezza de' Cortesi is situated between Florence and Siena on a part of the old pilgrim route of the 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. This is where history, art and culture join together with the beauty of colours and rhythm of nature. An environment of 550 sq metres precious in its uniqueness and rich in charm. We offer only up to 12 guests the opportunity of the real luxury of a self-regeneration holiday, far from the frenzy of stress. Fortezza de' Cortesi is a special hideaway offered to all those travellers wanting an exclusive holiday returning to chill out in total relaxation after a day out visiting the most enchanting sites of Tuscan art and culture. Fortezza de' Cortesi is a gay-friendly place.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
The special peaceful feeling in the place, the total relax, nature's colors that change with the seasons, the strong sense of history, the rich breakfast served in the common medieval dining room with classic background music. the quietness everywhere inside and outside ( very appreciated the pool area near the olive grow and wood). The strategic position between Siena and Florence. The kindness and availability of the staff and owners. The silence.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
Our property is developed on 3 levels: 5 bedrooms one twin joinable with independent entrance at the ground floor, 3 queen and 1 twin joinable at the first floor) and the "Cortesiana Suite that enjoys the privacy of the entire tower. All rooms and suite
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
At the ground floor there is Sigerio room. Twin bedded and the beds may be joined on request. Also available for disabled people. Large private bathroom. On the first floor: Preziosa bedroom, queen bedded, two windows with panoramic view on San Gimignano towers, comfortable bathroom with bath-tub. Fina room, queen bedded, panoramic view on San Gimignano towers, very intimate and with a bathroom with shower with a internal windows on towers and Tuscan panorama. Belviso room, twin bedded, joinable on request, funny, wonderful view on San Gimignano and panorama, private bathroom with shower and window on country view. Smeralda room, with red curtains, comfortable, 3 windows on San Gimignano and Tuscan Country, private bathroom with bath-tub and window with wonderful view. In the tower Cortesiana suite ," (67 sq. metres) an ideal ambiance for romantic couples; It is composed by a large sitting room with a fireplace and 3 panoramic windows, a large queen-bedded bedroom with a canopy bed with curtains and a very peculiar bathroom with shower stall, a romantic claw-foot "Devon" bathtub under a window looking on Tuscan hills and double twin sinks.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Each room is individually furnished with genuine antique furniture, precious textiles by the renowned stylist Rubelli and family objects. All have a safe, kettle with tisanes selection, wi-fi connection, classic music hi-fi system, mini-fridge( no bar service), mosquito-nets, air conditioning/heating and a personalized private bathroom supplied with hair drier and basic courtesy-set. As a special choice, we have thought the bedroom as the place of rest for our guests: peaceful, panoramic, cozy ambiance and therefore no televisions, but books in several languages to enhance the stay.
Which room is your personal favorite?
Cortesiana suite is very special, but each room at Fortezza de' Cortesi offer to guests its personal charming atmosphere.
What do the room rates include?
Tuscan Buffet Breakfast. In each bedroom classic music hi-fi sound system, mini-fridge, mosquito-nets, kettle with teas, tisanes and coffee, Safe. Ensuite bathrooms with hairdryer and basic courtesy set. Use of garden and pool (seasonally open from mid May to September). Air conditioning/heating, parking. Daily cleaning. Books in various languages at guests disposal during the whole stay.
Do you offer any special packages?
Yes during the year long we offer special packages (romantic, cooking class, cultural, Easter, Francigena tour, and many others) and special offers.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Lavish Tuscan Buffet Breakfast with both sweet and savory choices of a wide range of very selected Tuscan products, home-made cakes and cheeses.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. in the vaulted dining room with classic background music and medieval fireplace.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
On prior request we can offer a breakfast for celiac guests.
Do you serve other meals?
On prior request for minimum 6 people we offer dinners including our farm seasonal products.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
The property offers B&B accommodation. During the spring and summer time guests may have their snacks outside under the pergola in the garden or near the pool. No meals are allowed in bedrooms.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
The property is not suitable for children. We are not equipped for children under 12.
Do you accept pets?
No, we do not host pets.
What is your smoking policy?
No smoking policy in the total inside area.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Comfortable open parking space in the property.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Yes, Sigerio bedroom at the ground floor and all the ground floor area is accessible to disables guests.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Safes in each bedroom.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
We require minimum 2 nights stay.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Guests can write us via mail or phone.
What is you cancellation policy?
Reservations by credit cards. Upon reservation a 50% account of the total sum is requested to confirm it (payment on VISA/MASTERCARD or bank transfer). Cancellation policy: from 60 to 30 days before check in 50% of the total rent; from 30 days to 8 days before the check in 80% of the total rent; from 7 days to 0 days before the check in 100% of the total rent; In case of no show 100% of the total rent. The entire charge will be applied in case of early departure.
What types of payment do you accept?
Credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex) cash, wire transfers.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
Our farm is part of the project "Ospiti di Valore" (guests of value) which is an association of resorts of the province of Siena, promoting awareness by guests against energy waste, proposing to share knowledge and respect for lifestyle and local traditions to feel part of the community and live a real life experience of the place. We kindly ask our guests to share with us this philosophy.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
The property is in a strategic position to visit all the most important cities of art and culture in the area whether Florence, Siena, Pienza, Certaldo, Volterra, Pisa, Lucca or wine and gastronomy ones as Montalcino and Montepulciano. We also suggest to visit the fascinating little hamlet of Bagno Vignoni with its roman thermal sources and the San Galgano abbey.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
The dwelling is totally different from an hotel (including the type of service offered), it maintain the old home style like it was in the past. All bedrooms are different each others as in a house, some bigger than others, but all personalized and each with its own peculiarity. Basic toiletries, a simple bottle of water in the fridge as welcome at arrival, the common denominator is the real luxury of the precious silence, so rare in our times. We offer a peaceful place to share with a very limited number of guests that here can find their special buen retiro. At Fortezza de' Cortesi guests have their breakfasts served on the long old table with other ones like at home. When the property is complete it reach a maximum number of 12 people.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
If you are looking for a unique romantic hideaway so far of crowd so close to all Tuscan wonders come to share with us the enchanting magic of this place.