Villa Marsili Hotel
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Up early for the bus, we drove about 90 minutes to a medieval town named San Gimignano. We had two hours to shop and eat the most wonderful gelato. The pear tasted just like a pear, the banana just like a banana. Brandi and I bought Vin Santo and Cantucchi, and I bought limoncello. It was exceptionally hot again today. Our tour guide provided some …
On the way to Cortona, we hiked through an olive grove. I even picked an olive. But I was told not to eat an unprocessed olive.
Then we drove to San Gimignano. Wow! The 14 towers look like skyscrapers. Ignazio introduced us to Eleanor, a beautiful girl who took us through the church and told us the history of the city. We only had 2 hours …
Today was our cooking day. Lesley picked us up and drove us to her house in another nearby village. She is from England , but has lived in Italy for 11 years. She had Lisenna helping, who only spoke Italian. We made 4 courses. For our antipasti we made La Ribollita, or Tuscan bean soup. Our first course was gnocchi with a cheese sauce. We added spinach and tomato paste to some of the potato to make them green, red and white. Our second ...
In the morning, after checking out, we drove a few miles down the road to a winery. We had a great tour and learned all about how they grow the grapes and care for them. Probably more information than I wanted to know, but Tom really enjoyed it. We then tasted several of their wines with some local food. I enjoyed this part the best. :). On the way to Montalcino we made a couple of stops. First we stopped in Cortona and walked around the town. It was a typical ...
... and relaxing near water for a change. We got back to Cortona at about 4.30 pm and went to our favourite outdoor bar and sat and watched life go by again. Cortona was quiet - there was hardly any tourists in town. I imagine all the locals can't wait for us all to go home and they can have their town all to themselves again. Dinner was a simple meal of pizza. Tomorrow we plan to hit the road early and head for ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Marsili Hotel Cortona
This was a beautiful hotel/villa in a charming town! My room had a bathtub and a view!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Marsili Hotel Cortona
Fantastic Stay at the Villa Marsili
My wife and I stayed at the Villa Marsili in Cortona in July 2006 during a trip to Italy, which also included Rome, Siena and Florence. The Villa Marsili was without question our favorite hotel.
Pros: Beautiful and quiet location overlooking Tuscany; large and spotless room and bathroom; extremely friendly and helpful staff; nice breakfast and afternoon cocktails and snacks (included); within easy walking distance of Cortona sites.
We stayed at this hotel while travelling in Italy for our honeymoon. We took the train from place to place and this hotel is very easily accessible if travelling the trains in Italy - a $10.00 taxi ride up the hill and you are there. The staff was so helpful and courteous - anything we needed they helped to provide. We stayed in a room that overlooked the Tuscan countryside - it was breathtakingly beautiful! The room was very nice, large bathroom, extremely clean. Cortona is a quaint beautiful town. We took a private wine tasting tour of Tuscany that the hotel arranged for us - it was on the expensive side but well worth it - we had a private tour guide that spoke English take us around all the little towns in Tuscany in a luxury car - it was a fabulous day. We highly recommend this hotel - great service, beautiful accommodations, fabulous time!
First class accomodations in Cortona
There can't be much that seperates the first and fourth place rated hotels in Cortona. We stayed only one night and wish we had time for another night or two! The service was first class! The room was outstanding. Breakfast was nice and the late afternoon snack and drinks were a great way to start the evening. The dinner recommendation was the best we got in two weeks in Italy! Yes, it is a little bit of a steep walk into town but not far and the only negative is no on site parking(12 Euro to valet overnight). We highly recommend a stay here while in Cortona!
We stayed at Villa Marsili Hotel for one night on our way to Florence. We thought it was divine! The room was spacious, the bathroom was enormous and spotlessly clean and the beds were comfortable. The manager was more than helpful with maps and excursions to take. Breakfast was included and it was the standard italian continental breakfast. There is no parking at the hotel, but the concierge is happy to park your car and return it when you are reday to leave. We considered staying an extra night we enjoyed Cortona so much.This is the town where they filmed "Under the Tuscan Sun". It is a short walk up into the main streets of Cortona. You do have to walk up a very steep hill. But once up the hill, the small town is just delightful with restaurants and shops. It is a very easy town to get around. If you are thinking of staying in Cortona, Villa Marsili will not disappoint!
We have just returned from our third trip Into Italy in the past 8 years. We have also made three trips into France during this very same period. Without a question in our minds, Vila Maarsili ranks at the very top of our long list of fine facilities. The Vila is beautiful and the beauty is further inhanced by the entire staff. We spent five magnificent day at the Vila and will not hesitate to return. To Stefano, Samanta , Elizebeta and all the other staff members, THANK YOU, for making our stay superb.
Robert and Lois
Loved Villa Marsili
The room was clean, bright and very pretty. The view of the Tuscan countryside is breathtaking. The staff were so friendly and offered helpful suggestions for sightseeing. I would go back in a minute!
Best In Town Choice in Cortona
We stayed in Villa Marsili in early October. Cortona continues to be one of our favorite spots in all of Italy and Villa Marsili offers a great high end alternative to Il Falconiere if your desire is to stay in town instead of the countryside.
Our suite was spacious and comfortable with a big bathroom and great shower. Breakfast was first class, staff a little formal but helpful and obviously proud of their facility.
Parking not on site but handy nonetheless. UPhill walk to town will cause you to break a sweat but worth the minor inconvenience.
We are returning in May and will visit Villa Marsili with great pleasure
Nice Hotel, Tiny Room
We liked this hotel. Very clean place, dependable & friendly staff, very good breakfast buffet, nice evening happy hour. They very promptly responded to all my e-mails before departing on our trip and were very professional. We would stay there again, no problem. The only downside was that our room was TINY. The shower stall was like standing in a 2'x2' test tube - it was pretty funny. We booked the standard double room and would upgrade next time.
I coudn't think of staying anywhere else
Spent three nights in late July and could not have been happier. Everything and everyone was wonderful. The room were nicely sized and perfectly furnished.
This hotel is superb. I have traveled extensively as both a travel writer and a tourist and found the Villa Marsili to be one of the best hotels in which I have stayed. The solicitous staff, the large comfortable rooms and the beauty of the setting make this a wonderful place to enjoy Cortona. I hope to return again. Don't just take my suggestion -- both Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Lane raved about its service in the guest book (most of the cast of Under the Tuscan Sun stayed there during the filming). In a word -- perfect.