If the views weren’t reason enough to explore Chiana Valley, the renovated Etruscan monastery will surely convince you. A vast 13th Century complex situated on a hillside just beyond the Etruscan walls of Cortona, this magical wedding venue yields stunning panoramas of Lake Trasimeno and the undulating landscape beyond. Offering exceptionally reasonable rates and the kind of freedom usually associated with self-catering accommodations, you’d be forgiven for thinking Oasi Neumann is a value bed and breakfast.
In fact, this sprawling, 63-room medieval retreat boasts an elegance synonymous with Renaissance hotels and the kind of hospitality that guarantees you’ll be returning for many years to come.
In keeping with the fascinating heritage of the monastery, rooms are of a classic style with minimal frippery and just a few statement antiques to compliment the neutral tones. Modern amenities include a shower-room and en-suite, along with a flat-screen television, phone and tea/ coffee making facilities.
Take a stroll in the blooming 16th Century gardens or unwind on the terrace with a bottle or two from the abundant wine cellar – here, guests set their own agenda. Guests intent on exploring the area will find a number of bike hire outlets in Cortona, located just a 10 minute walk from the monastery. Whilst in town, be sure to visit the heritage museum at Palazzo Casali and charming arts and craft shops off Via Nazionale.