Built in 1786, Villa Marsili is a charming 26 room boutique hotel high on the hills in Tuscany just minutes from the pedestrian zone of the walled city of Cortona, one of the loveliest places to visit in Tuscany. The love and care of the owners is evident throughout this boutique hotel from the handpainted frescoes, to the pretty and elegant bedrooms with views of the valley, attentive service and delicious breakfasts. This area of Tuscany and the surrounding Val di Chiana is one of the most beautiful in Italy and is a dream for all seasons whatever the reason for travel.
Cortona itself is a lovely place to visit, but there are plenty of other charming places within easy reach well worth a look; Arezzo is a beautiful town and holds an antiques fair once a month and there are some lovely independent shops to browse in as well as some great restaurants. In the summer months take a short drive to Lago di Trasimeno and take a boat out to the island for a spot of lunch and a stay at Villa Marsili isn't the same without a day spent in the city of nearby Perugia. If staying for 5 nights or more Florence is definitely worth a day trip as it is only 1.5 hours from Cortona. In the evenings take a stroll along the Via Nazionale in Cortona and enjoy the buzz of the Italian 'passeggiata' when the Italians stroll up and down the streets with their friends and family, chatting away, looking very glamourous. Sit down at Bar Signorelli for a glass of prosecco and take in the theatrical backdrop.
September and October are the months for the Tuscan “vendemmia”, the Italian word for the grape harvest whilst olives are harvested in November.
Villa Marsili doesn't have a restaurant per se but serves a delicious breakfast and an abundance of canapes in the evening with your 'aperitivo'. Dining out couldn't be easier in Cortona; La Grotta serves simple but delicious food and has been in the same family for years, Il Cacciatore has some of the best pasta in town and Il Tonino is a more formal affair and serves traditional Tuscan dishes. The area is known for its handmade pasta, beef and moieccio, a delicious potatoe pie.