Il Falconiere – To return to where you were happy once

“For sure a place I’ll miss and to where we’ll return in the future!”
Two years ago I finished my article about Il Falconiere with this phrase, and it’s how I’ll start it today!
In a short trip around Tuscany, last Autumn, we decided to return to Il Falconiere in Cortona, and if the first time we fell in love, this time we were conquered for life!

It is for sure one of the most magical places to stay in Tuscany! Because it represents all Tuscany is in its essence.

Tradition, family environment, Dolce far niente atmosphere, food and wine, lots of wine!
When we arrived, the Autumn colors were glowing in the sun. A very windy day, that seemed to play with all the surrounding nature!

We were welcomed like family, with that kind of care of a relative that we haven’t seen for a long time. The other guests in the reception had the same genuine care, and we could see some of them were repeating their experience just like us!

While being accompanied to our bedroom we laid our eyes on the area around us, and what happiness it was to be back, such nostalgia! The vineyards, the olive trees, the cypresses were once again my confidants.

Tuscany is my favorite refuge for six years now, nowhere in the world makes me feel so serene and complete.

When we arrived at our room, I mean home… I realized that we should’ve brought all our friends and family!

A bedroom that could easily be a house 

We stayed in one of the family houses of Il Falconiere! Right by the side of the Cellar, and in time of harvest the aroma felt in the air was rejuvenating!

Two huge bedrooms, one with a living room, and another floor also with bedrooms. The decoration follows the theme of rest of the hotel, extremely cozy and comfortable, where you can find historic pieces and furniture from the Baracchi family.

The terracotta ceiling with the wood beams, along with the antique furniture, give the space timeless charm.
The hygiene products in the bathrooms are organic and produced with a base of olive oil, giving a texture and aroma to the skin you want to touch.

In bedroom we had fruit, coffee, sweets and tea waiting for us. Everything you need when arriving at a space that is our home away from home.

That afternoon we opted for enjoying a leisure moment drinking some of the wines produced at the farm. We thought about the terrace that I love with a view over the vineyards, but it was very windy, so we opted for the bar that welcomes us with a bucolic environment. Here we enjoyed good wine and had some interesting snacks from the restaurant.

In Rome do as Romans do, in a cellar drink wine!! 

Later, we had a great time in a pizza workshop in one of the Baracchi family’s restaurants, Locanda del Molino, where we literally put our hands to work!

Yes, I made my own pizza!!! 

This restaurant serves Italian food, good, with a great quality/price ratio. It has a traditional and familiar environment that welcomes us and makes us feel relaxed during the entire experience. But João talks about it here.

Besides this restaurant, we also went back to the starred restaurant of Sílvia Baracchi where we had an even greater experience than last time.

The success of the restaurant, that became one of the greatest attractions of Cortona, was one of the main reasons why Silvia and Ricardo Baracchi transformed Il Falconiere in a refuge of all and for all.

The mirror room is always prepped for a nice and homemade breakfast 

And since more and more people are discovering this paradise on earth it was necessary to increase the number of bedrooms, and for that reason Il Falconiere is suffering some work to assure 8 additional bedrooms, to join the present 22, right in the area above the pool.

At Il Falconiere,  despite the constant peace, there are activities for every taste, for mine in particular, the vineyards, the cellar, the wines and the spa are all that I need to be happy.
And speaking of Spa, there it was, the Thesan Etruscan Spa, waiting for me, almost like untouched for these last two years.

I entered the chromotherapy jacuzzi and forgot the rest of the world existed. Nature was my only company at the time (well, and João as well, I admit!).

Here he is!

But for those more active, you can always walk around the immense property, or ride a bike, do different equestrian trails or visit the village of Cortona (see), all taken care of by the staff.
Or even dedicate yourselves to Falconry, the activity that names the property.

Il Falconiere is a paradise you can find right here on Earth. One of the places that make you forget about the world and just be in communion with Nature.

People say perfection doesn’t exist, but yes, there are perfect places and perfect moments, and that’s the feeling you get at Il Falconiere.

Thank you Sílvia, thank you Anna Maria, thank you to the entire team of Il Falconiere for simply being who you are!

Once again I say…

I’ll keep coming back to where I was happy! And hoping this said return may happen in a near future!

Il Falconiere – Relais & Chateaux
Bedrooms from 200€
Loc. San Martino a Bocena, 370 – Cortona
+39 0575 612 679

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Photos: Flavors & Senses

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