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Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

This comfortable Relais & Chateaux property lies just below the lovely old town of Cortona, overlooking the Valdichiana.

An evergreen favourite with an international clientele, the style is very much up-market Tuscan country estate with exposed brick, ceiling beams and terracotta floors, plus beautiful gardens scented with rosemary and lavender.

Dinner at the Michelin-starred Il Falconiere restaurant – set on a beautiful terrace in summer – is a treat; co-owner and chef Silvia Baracchi is big on local produce and her menus showcase specialities such as Chianina beef and local game, fruit and veg from the kitchen garden and the estate’s own olive oil and biodynamic wines.

This is a classic, high-end hotel – lovers of contemporary style may wish to look elsewhere.

It’s a great base from which to explore the Valdichiana and its towns, Arezzo to the north, Lago Trasimeno to the south (and across the border into Umbria) and Umbrian heavyweights Assisi and Perugia.

Surrounding area

Approached along country lanes, Il Falconiere is set in farmland and olive groves several kms from the main road which can be neither seen nor heard.

It’s about 5 kms to Cortona (the setting for Frances Mayes’s much-loved ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’), full of art treasures, good restaurants and shops.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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