The beautiful, comfortable room, the location, the amazing view, the perfect wine bar attached to the property and, of course, Cinzia, all conspired to make our stay here the highlight of our trip.
If you're going to Tuscany to visit the hilltop villages, taste wine, eat copious amounts of food and all that, you really have two basic options. You can base yourself at a place that's a little more isolated out in the countryside, and use your car to visit towns and wineries; or, you can base yourself in a town (or two or three), and use your car to visit other towns, wineries, and all that. We chose the latter, specifically because we thought it would be better to have a few options for dinner at night and not need to drive around in the dark looking for things.
When we arrived we found La Locanda di San Francesco at almost the top of the town, in the piazza next to a church, facing the most stunning view of the valley. Attached to the property and run by the proprietors is also a wine bar, with the same gorgeous view and a lovely patio area, where you can sit and relax, drink and eat light snacks while you soak it all in. Upon arrival, Cinzia greeted us with a welcome drink and a succinct, friendly and extremely useful orientation to Montepulciano and the property. She had a list with phone numbers and other helpful information (such as how to book winery tours, etc.) and a map of the town with her favorite shops and restaurants marked. Every recommendation was spot on and it quickly became clear that she has great taste and she just really gets it; she knows what people want.
There are only four rooms there, and we had gone ahead and booked the suite and I'm certainly glad we did. It's a floor through room, so you have windows looking out on both sides (one towards town, one at that stunning view I mentioned before). The bed was lovely and comfortable, the bathroom was enormous, and there was an adorably charming lofted area with a daybed and cute little chair next to a small window overlooking the village. The sitting room downstairs is were they serve breakfast, which was delicious...cappuccinos, sweets, breads, yogurts, cheeses, meats, juice....and also where they have a great collection of dvds, because of course you've got a flat screen TV and dvd player in your room, as well.
I've been to Tuscany before, and I'm sure (actually, I know) there are all sorts of little places you could stay that you'd find charming. But, if you're looking for perfection - comfort, charm, service, relaxation and, last but not least, style - you should come here.