My wife and I spent a marvelous week at La Bruciata. The location was just what we were looking for - out in the country in the middle of vineyards and olive groves with a magnificent view of the Tuscan hillsides - and yet 15 minutes or less from Montepulciano. The two room apartment was very spacious and comfortable with a fully equipped kitchen which we didn't use much due to the excellent 5 course meals cooked by Laura and family! We could have simply stayed in our apartment for the full week and considered the stay worth it. On the occasions when we chose to eat elsewhere, Laura recommended restaurants in the surrounding towns which we found to be great choices. Laura also recommended driving routes and sites to see that were off the normal tourist routes and which we would have missed otherwise. The grounds were well kept and decorated with beautiful roses, pomegranate trees, and flowering schrubs. The swimming pool was beautiful and large, and there were several vine-covered arbors to sit under and completely unwind after a full day of touring. They even had hammocks if you needed a little nap!
The views of Montepulciano and San Biagio Church on the short drive to Montepulciano were breathtakingly beautiful and varied during different parts of the day. From La Bruciata we made many comfortable day trips west to Sienna, Montalcino, and San Gimignano, east to Cortona, and even as far north as the national parc above Arezzo.
We were treated like family at La Bruciata, and consider it to be a trip highlight to spend time with Laura and her family, learn about local customs and foods, enjoy the company of other travelers from around the world, and just simply relax!