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A charming boutique hotel tucked beneath the hills of the historic city of Cortona, Villa Marsili has outstanding service and spectacular views. Built in 1786 as a nobleman’s residence, the hotel has a characterful décor, with hand-painted frescoes and antique furniture on show throughout. The attentive staff will ensure a memorable, restful stay, and there is a real atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Every afternoon, guests are invited to take part in Afternoon Tea, and in the evenings the hotel bar is the setting for a refreshing aperitivo and light snacks. The hotel’s picturesque terrace gives views over the rolling, green hills of the Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy.
The breakfast buffet at Villa Marsili is a truly impressive spread, with fresh bread and focaccia, cakes, yoghurt, and homemade marmalades and jams, as well as a range of savoury dishes that are available on request.
The quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea has been transplanted in the stunning Tuscan countryside at Villa Marsili. A wide choice of tea is on offer, selected by the hotel’s Tea Sommelier, and fingerfood and assorted pastries are served.
Enjoy a pre-dinner aperitivo at the hotel’s bar, where you can enjoy a menu of canapes, perfect with a refreshingly bitter spritz to pique your appetite for a meal at one of the many fine eating establishments in Cortona. La Grotta, Il Cacciatore and Il Tonino are all trusted favourites: be on the lookout for regional specialties such as homemade pasta, beef and moieccio, a delicious potato pie.
Bedrooms and suites at Villa Marsili are filled with antiques, frescoed walls, luxurious fabrics and personal touches. Many rooms have spectacular views over the surrounding hills and valleys.
Bring a taste of Italy back home with you by taking part in one of the hotel’s cooking classes, where you’ll learn the secrets behind the mouthwatering cuisine of Tuscany. Classes can be taken privately, and can be personalised to suit a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements.
Take a stroll to the historic city of Cortona, which boasts spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its commanding hilltop position. Fra’ Angelico lived and worked here in the 14th-century, and the artist is well represented at the small Museo Diocesano. Those with an interest in ancient history will want to stop by the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, which has a fascinating collection of Etruscan artefacts. In the weeks surrounding Ascension Day, the town is home to a cultural festival celebrating its medieval heritage. During the summer months, take a short drive to Lake Trasimeno, and take a boat out to the island for a picturesque picnic.