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Why travel experts chose this hotel
True Italian hospitality
Exclusive Spa Suites
Authentic Tuscan food
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Bottle of exclusive estate wine
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Situated in Cortona, Relais La Corte Dei Papi is an original late 17th-century family house that has been lovingly restored. An oasis of tranquillity and peace, this small, privately-owned, boutique hotel is ideal for travellers after a romantic escape, with exquisite Tuscan food and an elegant countryside setting.
Relais La Corte Dei Papi has 15 stunning rooms with luxurious modern touches. Original wood beams, terracotta flooring, stonework and lavish contemporary furnishings bring this historic dwelling to life. The Spa Suites are particularly special - with their own private spa featuring Turkish bath with 4 multi-sensorial showers along with Jacuzzi tub.
Owner David and his team offer personal and unfailingly attentive service with wonderful local recommendations to help you really make the most of the stunning Tuscan setting.
Families are welcome at this Chic Retreat, which offers babysitting services. Small/medium pets are also welcome free of charge. Relais La Corte dei Papi has wheelchair access.
This is my family home – I was born in this house and grew up here with my family. It was a farm before and my grandparents were the seventh generation of farmers. When they passed away, we moved out of the house and it sat empty for many years until we decided to restore it. From the beginning to now, it’s been continued improvements – we started with just a restaurant, then we added two rooms, then the pool and then another room... My favourite place in the hotel is the old restaurant in the cellar. I have so many beautiful memories there. When I was a child, I was always with my grandfather and I have a beautiful memory of making wine with him there. We still make our own wine and olive oil – though very small quantities, just for our guests. I think our hotel is different to other hotels because it’s really personal. Everything I do in my hotel – it’s me, you know? I’m here all the time – when my guests arrive, for breakfast, when they leave – I like to be here all the time for any needs during their stay.
- David Corte dei Papi, Owner
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The Corte dei Papi Restaurant is an elegant place for fine dining. The kitchen recreates the delicate flavours of traditional Tuscan dishes with a contemporary twist.
The Chef prepares everything fresh daily including bread, pasta, and desserts and every ingredient used in the kitchen is selected for its quality, freshness, and flavour creating a truly special experience.
The dining room is laid out with silverware, fine porcelain and Flanders linen offering a romantic setting for an unforgettable meal. The wine list includes Tuscan and Umbrian DOC wines and some from further afield.
There is a lovely spread for breakfast with a buffet of cheese, salamis, fruit, homemade cakes and bread which can be enjoyed in the restaurant during the winter and on the poolside terrace during the summer.
Relais La Corte Dei Papi provides its guests with classically stylish rooms and suites equipped with every amenity. The interior has been lovingly restored to its original splendour and every room and suite are furnished with taste and discernment.
This gorgeous hotel is great for exploring the pretty villages and lush countryside of Tuscany and Umbria. The hotel is within easy reach of Cortona, just 6 km away. Within the ancient Etruscan walls, you will find the Municipal Palace, the Cathedral and Diocesan Museum - home to pieces by Luca Signorelli and Beato Angelico.
There are some lovely walks through the countryside and there is a great golf club in Perugia, 30 minutes away. You can also relax by the outdoor swimming pool, which has views out to the mountains. For some pampering, choose a suite with its own exclusive spa, where you can request a large range of treatments to leave you feeling rejuvenated.
If you want to explore the nearby wineries, David and his team will happily arrange guided tours of Chianti, Cortona, Arezzo, Siena, Montepulciano, Perugia and other famed wine regions. For cooking enthusiasts, individual cooking experiences can be organised with the experienced chefs who will share their traditional (and often closely guarded) recipes with you.
Italy is renowned for its luxury sports cars, such as Ferrari and Maserati; fulfill your dreams by having a tour arranged for you. You can even take a turn at driving the newest models.
Looking to get married in Italy? Look no further. Relais La Corte dei Papi can cater for up to 150 people and is the ideal wedding location in Tuscany.
How to get there
From the highway A1 Roma-Firenze, take the exit Bettolle-Val di Chiana and follow Cortona-Perugia. Follow the road through Perugia and take the exit Castiglione del Lago. From here, follow the indication to Cortona. After crossing Terontola and Riccio, turn right to Ossaia. Go straight until the stop and turn right to Mercatale. Continue for about 3 km: La Corte dei Papi Relais is on the right, about 1 km after the white sign for Pergo town.
There is private parking free of charge for guests at the hotel.
Terontola and Camucia are the closest train stations, 9 and 6.5 km away respectively. From both train stations, you can take a taxi or you can rent a car to get to the hotel.
The hotel is also able to assist with organising transfers
Firenze airport is a 1 hour 30 minute drive from the hotel (138 km)
Pisa airport is a 2 hour 20 minute drive from the hotel (222 km)
Roma Fiumicino airport is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from the hotel (240 km)
Ciampino airport is a 2 hour 15 minute drive from the hotel (220 km)
Perugia has a small airport called Sant'Egidio, which is a 50 minute drive from the hotel (55 km). It has connections to and from London and Milano Malpensa
From all airports, it is reccommended that you rent a car and follow the directions noted below
Free parking is available.