I spent two nights in the Appartamenti al Poggiolo (apartment #4) in November 2010, and it was enough to make me fall forever in love with Italy. The apartments and the town of Montepulciano were a dream come true.
Apartment #4 was beautiful, quiet, comfortable, and spacious. It was decorated with care, and had a rustic, romantic feeling that anyone dreaming of a trip to Tuscany hopes to find there. I also had the opportunity to peek into Apartment #3, and it was equally beautiful. The apartments overlook a lovely garden, and have a great view of the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Besides being beautiful, the apartments are extremely well furnished with everything you could want during your stay, including a nice living room and kitchen with all the cooking utensils you could need. It's perfectly set up for a longer stay, and I found myself wishing that I could have stayed for a week to explore more of Tuscany or even a few months to write the next great novel or just experience the tempo of life in Tuscany.
I cannot say enough about the kindness of the hosts, Elena and Dominique. Their warm hospitality made me feel perfectly at home, and gave me new insight into Italian food and culture, as well as the history of Montepulciano.
The apartments are just a skip away from the center of Montepulciano, so are in a great location. The town itself is a pleasure to explore, with its winding, narrow streets, ancient buildings, gorgeous views of the olive trees, vineyards, and forests covering the hills of Tuscany, and wonderful restaurants. It's also a great base from which to explore the best of Tuscany, so rent a car and enjoy yourself!
There is so much good food and wine available in Montepulciano, small town though it is, but if you want to try an olive oil that is truly divine, ask the owners of Appartamenti al Poggiolo if you can buy some from their olive groves, grown with utmost care just a stone's throw away from Montepulciano and processed at a local olive oil cooperative with the best available methods. This is truly some of the best (maybe THE best!) olive oil you will ever try - grassy, peppery, and luscious. Drizzle it on soups and salads and use it for bruschetta. This is the real Italian experience, folks. Enjoy! And while you're at it, bring some home for your jealous friends who didn't get to come to Tuscany. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An old house with garden in the historic centre of Montepulciano, restored and transformed into four holiday apartments - all equipped with every modern amenity and furnished with country style charm. ... more less