Villa Marsili Hotel
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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 …
... low in paradise for another day. We feasted like royalty at breakfast once again, then came back to the apartment to relax a little more. I brought Lizzie some more green tea and hot water with honey melted in it (her request), and she got some more rest.
By noon, we were both discussing our strategy for the day, and we decided on somewhere within a 20-30 minute striking distance. After reading about several towns, I decided on Montepulciano. It met our requirements, ...
... we preferred Pienza over Sienna. Sienna has about 60k people while Pienza has about 3k so there are less things to do, but it was right up our alley.
Back to the story…Then we woke up, enjoyed the Tuscan sunset and came into our little apartment to relax.
It was dinner time (7:30 pm – 9 pm is dinner in Italy) and we had planned to cook in. We had purchased some pici pasta from the front desk earlier. When Doug felt hungry enough he got to cooking dinner. ...
... at the start of our journey. There are all kinds of animals they pick as mascots: pigs, bees, rhinos, elephants, turtles, unicorns.. they each have their own color and they hate each other when the horse race comes around (in July). We might have to pay another visit to Sienna some July in the future.
The others never did show up, so we started the walk without them – we got our own personal guide for the day! Our first stop was to walk down to the ...
... For a smallish town, the duomo was huge. We walked to a garden at the end of town and enjoyed the view. I came across an antiques market and couldn't resist a fire engine red coffee pot and small teapot. We took a trip down the hill on the funicular then walked back to the hotel to rest (and escape the heat) before we headed out to find somewhere to eat. Dusk is my favourite time in the towns; it's when everyone comes out for ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
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.