Relais Spa & Restaurant ****L

Via La Dogana 12,
Cortona 52044 ( AR )

Tel. +39 0575 614109
Fax. +39 0575 614963




Relais Spa & Restaurant ****L

Situated just a few kilometers from Cortona in Tuscany, in a small valley surrounded by rolling hills, la Corte dei Papi is an oasis of peace and tranquility and is perfect for those seeking both culture and tradition. You will be seduced by the traditional fine food and comforted by the elegance of this authentic Tuscan villa.

La Corte dei Papi is a country residence dating back to the 1700’s where long-standing tradition and luxury are brought together to offer our guests the wonderful experience of wellness and relaxation. Beautiful suites enhance the feeling of wellbeing. With an excellent restaurant and warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality, your stay will be completely unforgettable. This country residence is owned by the Papi family and has remained in the family for many generations. Most recently restored with love and respect by David and his mother Gabriella, original features have been maintained and well preserved. Together, David and Gabriella have realized their dream of transforming the residence, rich in history and memories, into a romantic luxury hotel, where you will feel right at home and are able to delight in luxurious comfort throughout your stay.

The country residence is surrounded by large grounds; rich in flora including olive and pine trees. At the center of the grounds sits a wonderful swimming pool and the glorious restaurant, from where you can truly appreciate the beauty and peace of the surrounding valleys. Down to the smallest detail, each room has been lovingly restored. Luxury and wellness were the main drivers for the restoration and furnishing of the residence.

This 18th century residence has been completely restored respecting its history and at the same time encompassing modernity with particular attention to the wellness of guests. The existing structure has been sensitively preserved and restored using traditional and authentic materials. Original interior decorations add to the everlasting charm of the residence. The 15 rooms abound with quality furnishings; fine curtains and linens. Antique furniture is provided in the comfortable seating areas.

La Corte dei Papi is an oasis of peace and complete relaxation. Offering a bespoke service, ensuring your privacy and wellness, your dreams come true..



The restaurant is located in what was the old cellar of the residence. A romantic area with characterful stone walls, a timber roof and terracotta floor tiles. The menu offers a wide selection of Tuscan specialties, both modern and traditional. The chef and his staff personally prepare all of the dishes, including the bread, pasta and desserts. The same can be said the food offered at breakfast. The dishes available reflect the quality and the freshness of ingredients and of course are elegantly presented and complemented by the immaculate table service. In the summer the restaurant relocates close to the swimming pool, situated in the large garden with its many flowers and pine trees. Here you will enjoy the peace and the magical atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside. La Corte dei Papi offers a wide range of activities, many of which are associated with our guests’ wellness. La Corte and its location allow for the discovery of Tuscan traditions. We can organize parties as well as intimate and exclusive wedding celebrations designed to make the most special day of your life even more memorable. Culinary classes centered on our traditional Tuscan cuisine, allow guests to learn new or perfect their existing culinary skills. Quality food and wine are always on offer as part of tasting experiences at the residence or as part of organized wine tours. Our offer is enriched by the particular attention to the wellness of body and mind; alleviating the stresses of everyday life. Our guests are offered a wide variety of professionally provided treatments and massages in the privacy of their own rooms.. In the surrounding area you can participate in many sports and leisure activities. Ranging from running to cycling or simply a relaxing walk through the countryside. Guests can choose to play golf on one of the finest golf courses in Italy which is close by. Last, but not least there is fabulous shopping in Cortona; where the stores showcase products of many of the most famous Italian brands. The many and varied activities on offer will make your stay an exciting and unforgettable one.


Cortona and the region

La Corte dei Papi is only 6km from the city of Cortona. Cortona sits amongst the hills that lie on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. The area is the perfect place for those who wish to relax in peace and quiet, surrounded by verdant landscapes where vines and olive trees abound, and where picturesque hamlets and cities famed for art and culture are all in easy reach.

It takes just a few minutes to reach the ancient Etruscan city of Cortona. A hamlet in the middle ages, all of its beauty has been preserved as have the Etruscan walls that were built to protect the city. Cortona overlooks the Val di Chiana. Cortona is a wonderful city to explore. You can stroll through its historical streets or visit its many renowned historical sites; the Piazza della Repubblica and the town hall, the city cathedral, the Diocesan museum exhibiting works of Beato Angelico and Luca Signorelli, the Santa Margherita church and the Franciscan Sanctuary delle Celle both of which situated just outside of Cortona.

The Relais is located close to many of Tuscany and Umbria’s most famous destinations. Guests can experience the beauty of Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno or visit Arezzo and Pienza famous for its cheese, the cities of Montepulciano and Montalcino renowned around the world for the Nobile and Brunello wines. Only and an hour’s drive from the residence are the historic cities of Siena and San Gimignano; the historical and beautiful untouched countryside of the Chianti region.

The city of Florence is just an hour away by car or train. Spend a day exploring the city known as the birthplace of the Renaissance – be seduced by the beauty of its architecture and art. Around 50 km south east of the residence are the beautiful and historic towns of Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, Spoleto and Todi, all of which nestle in gorgeous countryside. Visit museums, churches and cloisters or experience one of several music festivals including “Umbria Jazz” and “Dei due Mondi”.


Weddings and events

A beautifully stocked garden, rich with flowers and scents, a large swimming pool and a villa form the backdrop for your most special day. The professionalism of our staff, the absolute attention to detail, the fine food, the elegance and intimacy of La Corte dei Papi Relais together will ensure that your wedding day will be completely unforgettable. To enhance your wedding or event our chef will meet with you to discuss your requirements. For complete privacy you can reserve the whole the hotel for yourself, your family and guests. For further information contact us


Outdoor restaurant

The garden adjacent to the swimming pool is the ideal place to dine in the summer. The setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a romantic candlelit dinner and will enhance the most important of events. The surroundings are characterized by the elegant wrought iron gazebo and by large grounds planted with olive and pine trees together with a fabulous variety of local flora. All in all it presents an idyllic showcase for the peace and magic of our beautiful Tuscan countryside.


Park and garden

La Corte dei Papi Relais is situated in an oasis surrounded by a wonderful pine forest and large grounds of about 2 hectares. The gardens are teeming with flowers and its center, close to one of the cottages, there stands a 900 year old olive tree encapsulating and symbolizing the ancient origins and the history of the residence.