Set in the softly rolling hills near Cortona, Il Falconiere is one of our very favourite Tuscan retreats. Blessed with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a phenomenal spa offering the most divine treatments, and beautiful buildings, we just can’t get enough of it. We talked to Lina Bartelli of the hotel, to find out a little bit more about the hotel’s philosophy and what distinguishes it from the other hotels in the area.
What is unique about a guest’s experience at Relais il Falconiere?
I don’t think we can give a single answer! Il Falconiere is a ‘little world’ of its own, where guests can enjoy authentic Tuscan experiences. These include our ‘ritual’ treatments, using homegrown ingredients from the land, and hikes and bike rides through the gorgeous hills around Cortona. We encourage guests to embrace the Italian philosophy of enjoying good things.
Can you explain what makes Cortona in Tuscany appealing to travelers as a vacation destination?
Cortona is at the heart of the land of the Etruscans, close to the border of the province of Umbria and Lake Trasimeno. It’s a charming and striking medieval hilltop town, host to many cultural events throughout the year. The town is home to a famous archaeological museum (MAEC) and is full of little hidden squares and ‘Vicoli’ – there’s always something to discover!
Are there any “must-try” dishes or drinks at the resort that guests should order?
I think that everything is worth trying at our Michelin-starred hotel, but our ‘The Hunter’ degustation menu, that incorporates wild game caught in the area, is a special treat, especially when accompanied with a glass of our Ardito (it scored 94 on Wine Spectator).
What are the three things about your property that guests may not know?
- Our special Thesan Etruscan spa combines ancient relaxation techniques with the finest treatment products sourced from Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella, Florence’s 800-year old perfumery and pharmacy.
- Our cooking program, led by Silvia Regi and Richard Titi, called ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ will have you serving up authentic Tuscan delights in no time.
- Our concierge team that can organize any number of incredible artistic, cultural, culinary or sporting adventures across Tuscany.
Can you take us through what a guest’s stay would be like at Il Falconiere?
Say ‘BUONGIORNO!’ to the hundreds of little birds who join you during our delicious breakfast in the terrace. Then, you might enjoy open air activities such as horse riding or mountain biking along the Roman paths crossing the hills. Then it’s time to stop somewhere for a ‘Chicnic’ prepared by our Chef Richard. After a day of wonderful sights and experience, our Spa will embrace your body and senses with exclusive rituals of wellness. Last, but not least, say ‘BUONANOTTE!’ to the moon from the dining terrace. We think this makes for the perfect day.
Have you had any notable guests or celebrities visit that you can share?
Among our celebrity guests include Sofia Loren, Jeremy Irons, Frances Mayes (of ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ fame) and Paolo Rossi. We think that every single one of our guests is a Very Important Person, however.
What elements about your property are truly luxurious?
Il Falconiere is a ‘country chic’ hotel, a relais with vineyards in the very heart of Tuscany. ‘Luxurious’ for us means unique and authentic experiences, like our cuisine, our staff and owner who are constantly on site to greet and assist guests, or our spa, offering a range of treatments using exclusive products.
What is the best time to travel to Relais il Falconiere?
Each season offers special and unique experiences, but my favorite is the end of the summer when autumn is coming. So many colours, so many flavours and many good things to enjoy.
As enchanted as we are? Why not book your Il Falconiere getaway today!