The San Marco hostel in Cortona is a refurbished convent with a friendly atmosphere, welcoming individual wanderers, travelling groups and families alike. This is a perfect spot to stay if you enjoy cultural breaks, reconnecting with the Renaissance, and remarkably beautiful natural landscapes.

Open all year long, you can take advantage of Cortona – San Marco’s fantastic facilities including local trips horse riding in the hilly countryside, and Italian language courses at the hostel.

Staying here will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the town and its surroundings: grand buildings, numerous works of art, and great connections; you can use Cortona as a springboard to nearby towns such as Pienza and Montepulciano, and other destinations in central Italy including Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Rome and Trasimeno Lake.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing

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Couldn't really rate this hostel as it was over-booked, time period for check-in on the website is not correct and we had to wait for a few hours for the owner to arrive at the premises. After all the wait, the owner took us to a nearby accommodation place and said the price was the same. However, the new place tried to get more. The situation spoiled my experience in Cortona.


Avatar for Su-Ying


Mon 09 Jun 2014

The owner (?) had fully booked the hostel to a party for the duration of my stay. He put me up in his hotel (including breakfast) not far away for the same price as the hostel. I therefore can't comment on the hostel but apart from not letting me know he was fully booked and saving me a steep walk I have no complaints.


Avatar for Michael


Fri 01 Nov 2013