Under the Tuscan Spell: Relais La Corte dei Papi in Cortona

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article and all the places to stay here. We are thrilled that La Corte dei Papi is one of the sponsors for our upcoming PBS Tuscan Sun Special with Frances Mayes. 

Cortona is famous for its Etruscan heritage, but its more recent claim to fame is as the home of Bramasole, the villa author Frances Mayes fixed up and the subject of her ultra-famous book, Under the Tuscan Sun.

Relais La Corte dei Papi, in the hills just a few miles from the center of Cortona, is an oasis of serenity. In my opinion, the most essential feature of this hotel is the owner and general manager, David Papi. La Corte Dei Papi has been in his family since the 17th century and they are tirelessly dedicated to thoughtfully expanding this exclusive hotel.

David greets each guest personally, and his enthusiasm for life, along with his passion for hospitality, quickly turns his guests into lifelong friends. This vintage home, steeped in tradition and heritage, is run by a family who is always on hand to welcome their guests and feels no request is too small.

What originally began as a farmhouse has since been converted into a boutique hotel, now about 12 years old. With only 15 rooms and suites, a stay here is an intimate one. The standout accommodations are the Spa Suites where the decor combines traditional Tuscan design with the modern concept of well-being. In these elegant and spacious suites you will find a luxury private spa equipped with Turkish bath and complete with multi-sensory showers, aromatherapy, chromotherapy and music along with an incredibly large Jacuzzi.

Nearby, guests can discover some of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany and Umbria with Florence, San Gimignano and Siena just an hour away by car, or train and historic towns such as Perugia, Assisi and Spello only 30 miles away.

There is a gorgeous pool, a gourmet restaurant (often with live music) and so many activities on property such as cooking classes, wine cellar tour and tasting, wellness in the spa, that this property is quickly becoming a favorite. It is an ideal option to consider taking over privately for a wedding or a special event. At Relais La Corte dei Papi you will truly feel like you have come to your Tuscan home!

Relais La Corte dei Papi
Località Pergo Dogana, 12
Pergo di Cortona
(39) 0575 614109
Rates: Start at 200€ per night for a deluxe room and 485€ for a deluxe cottage or spa suite. All include breakfast.

–Kelly Millington