Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Old-fashioned Tuscan charm
Cookery school and wine tastings
Spa with natural products
Only when you book with Chic
Free access to spa & a massage
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Early check-in/ late check-out (subject to availability)
Overlooking miles of Tuscan countryside, Il Falconiere is an idyllic small boutique hotel in Cortona, Italy. Set on the Baracchi family estate, the hotel's 20 rooms are spread between the estate's old stone villa, the chapel, and the farmhouse.
On site is Il Falconiere's Michelin-star restaurant, where you can enjoy a delicious meal after a day of pampering in the Thesan Etruscan Spa. The Barrachi estate has produced wine for years, and we highly recommend tasting some of their delicious produce.
This Chic Retreat is perfect for exploring the walled city of Cortona. Situated at the heart of the land of the Etruscans, it's a charming and striking medieval hilltop town, which is host to many cultural events throughout the year. The town is home to a famous archaeological museum (MAEC) and is full of little hidden squares and 'Vicoli' - there's always something to discover!
Il Falconiere is an A-lister favourite, with celebrity guests that include Sofia Loren, Jeremy Irons, Frances Mayes (of "Under The Tuscan Sun" fame) and Paolo Rossi.
Il Falconiere Restaurant - 1 Michelin Star
'Italia's Top Hotel', Travel & Leisure - 2007
I decided to open Il Falconiere because the passion was in my genes, and this area is so beautiful. The beautiful Valdichiana valley has inspired me a lot, and I love to share what I know, to teach and talk about our traditions. I want my guests to feel as if they are coming home, not just staying in a hotel. I want them to enjoy the Tuscan life, and our soul. It is very important that this hotel is run by our family - by myself, my husband. I think that makes all the difference.
The Michelin-starred Il Falconiere Restaurant serves up delicious Tuscan and Cortonese cuisine. With several menus to choose from, including a vegetarian and a tasting menu, there is a wealth of dishes to whet your appetite. 'The Hunter' degustation menu is a special treat, incorporating wild game caught in the area and best enjoyed with a glass of their Ardito (which scored 94 on Wine Spectator).
Meals can be served in the restaurant, the glass conservatory, or out on the terrace. For a truly romantic setting, we'd recommend dinner in the Little Clock Room which has just one table. Of course, no meal is complete without selecting a wine from the extensive cellar.
Wake up to a mouthwatering breakfast buffet, which includes an array of sweet and salty tarts, cold cuts, cheese, lamp cooked eggs and other delicacies.
Wonderfully presented and using the freshest of ingredients, the delicious offerings at Il Falconiere are sure to have you returning night after night. However, if you fancy heading out for a meal, there are plenty of places to dine out in the area.
The 34 rooms and suites at Il Falconiere are each individually decorated with rustic Tuscan fabrics and furnishings and boast wrought iron or four-poster beds, original antique furniture and frescoed walls.
Love Tuscan food? Try out the estate's cookery school with lessons on traditional Tuscan and Cortonese cookery. Included in some courses are visits to wineries, wine tastings, and tours of the nearby Tuscan and Umbrian towns. If you would rather have someone else do the cooking while you sample the wines of the area, take the 6-day Grand Wine Tour.
Art-lovers, have your hosts arrange you a fabulous cultural tour. If you like to shop then Arezzo is the place to go, with its designer boutiques and monthly antiques fair. You aren't too far from the designer outlets either, which are about 45 minutes away.
There are also plenty of medieval towns and villages to visit during the day, including Cortona, Arezzo, Siena and Montepulciano.
For pampering, head to the Thesan Etruscan Spa which offers a range of treatments. Ancient relaxation techniques are combined with the finest treatment products, which are sourced from Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella, Florence's 800-year old perfumery and pharmacy.
You can also relax by the outdoor pool, which overlooks the cypress trees and olive groves of the valley. For a romantic evening, take a dip in the atmospheric indoor pool by candlelight.
How to get there
There are fast services (approx 2 hours) from Rome or 1 hour 15 minutes from Florence. Contact the hotel to arrange a transfer from the station. A taxi takes approximately 5 minutes.
Driving along the A1 highway in the stretch Florence - Rome, exit to Valdichiana. Just outside the exit take the highway E-45 towards Perugia and take the second exit to Cortona, you will find the village of Camucia then continue in the direction of Arezzo. Drive straight over the 3 roundabouts. At the 4th roundabout turn right and after 30 metres on your left you will find a small street between two big trees. Follow signs to "San Martino Bocena" and the green road signs of Il Falconiere.
Perugia Airport is a 45 minute drive from the hotel (59 km)
Florence Airport is a 1 hour 25 minute drive from the hotel (115 km)
Pisa Airport is a 2 hour 10 minute drive from the hotel (185 km)
Rome Fiumicino is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from the hotel (235 km)
Free parking is available.