I can only second what has been mentioned below: this is a fantastic rustic hotel that seems more like you are staying in someone's home, and that is due in large part to the hospitality of Gio and Ivanna, both of whom were wonderful. Montepulciano is an amazing city with spectacular views, history, food, and shopping, and also serves as a nice gateway to other parts of Tuscany, so il Riccio is perfectly located. Some other nice points--the hotel has a surprisingly fast internet connection, so it's easy to check in, even when you are "away from it all," and although just about everything in the hotel is old (and great), the bathrooms have been fully remodeled. Add to this the fact that the hotel is a great value, and it's hard to imagine staying anywhere else while in Tuscany. I am going to post some pictures of room 35 for people to see.