The location of the Montorio is great for many day-trips within Tuscany. But we also spent plenty of time sitting around in the garden and enjoying the view over the nearby church and countryside.
We stayed in one of the smallest rooms, fine for two people, and with a small kitchen. It was a bit dark, but that was fine for the summer as it kept it cool (there's no air conditioning), and we were out most of the day anyway.
One word of warning: the walk into the nearby town of Montepulciano can be challenging. The most direct way is up a large hill, which was even more of a challenge in 100-degree August sunshine. And the path is not lit, so the night-time return journeys are even more of an assault course! It might take 10 - 15 minutes in good conditions, if you're fairly fit. There is a longer way to walk around that isn't as steep, but there's a narrow bridge at one point where there's no sidewalk, which is really too dangerous for pedestrians.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montorio is an ancient residence constructed in 1300. The story goes that perhaps it was originally a convent inhabited by brothers who chose this suggestive and contemplative position in front of the parish Church of Santa Maria, in whose place today rises the Tempio di San Biagio, a work of Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, built in the 1500’s. At the end of the ’90’s, the property was in a complete state of abandon and decay, when my family bought this beautiful ruin, and which today has become a fascinating and elegant holiday house. Your unique locationSitting on a hill at the foot of Montepulciano, it has in front of it the imposing Church of San Biagio, behind it you see the gentle Sienese hills , with their beautiful vineyards, olive groves and wheat fields. Art, history, nature meet at Montorio, which with its exclusive position offers you the privilege of a stay in a country house on a step from the town. Today Montorio is subdivided into apartments, each one with an independent entrance, furnished in a Tuscan style, restrained and elegant. Each one has been given a name of an illustrious personality that has given prestige and splendor to this jewel of the Renaissance today called the ‘Pearl of the 1500’s’.To ensure privacy to our guests, at the entrance of the property there is a gate that we keep closed and at the time of check in we will provide our guests of a remote control ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montorio Hotel Montepulciano