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“Perfect Rental in Montepulciano” 5 of 5 stars
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Montorio
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Los Gatos, California
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33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Perfect Rental in Montepulciano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

We rented two of the self catering apartments for a family birthday celebration. Location is excellent with the town a 10 minute walk away (up a hill). Tastefully furnished and well equipped with help on almost any matter only a phone call away (to owner Stefania who also owns the beautiful Villa Poggiano hotel about 1.5 km away). The grounds, full of olive trees, are beautifully maintained. The apartments were serviced and cleaned daily. The availability of a laundry room with washer and dryer (no additional charge) was a real plus.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank swansailor
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72sfn, Owner at Montorio, responded to this review, April 23, 2012
Dear Mr Unter,
thank you very much for your review. This is very important for us because the only way we can have new guests is by "word of Mouth", and I am sure this will help.

I am very happy that you decided to spent your holiday birthday with your family in MOntorio and It was really a pleasure to see you again.

I hope I will guest you again , for your third time, at MOntorio or at Villa Poggiano.

Kind regards
Stefania
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Montreal, Canada
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34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

This is the place to stay in Montepulciano and is at the foot of the city. We had a car and it was in the perfect location. The apartments were amazing. Nice kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. I prefer staying in apartments because I love to cook and get extremely excited buying fresh food in Italy. We found fresh truffles in the city :) There is also a really good cheese shop on the highway to Pienza that has truffle cheese. The villa complex had an area where you could take supper and eat it at night. It was extremely romantic. The villa is perched on a hill, so the views are nice.

I only recomend staying here in Montepulciano!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Robyn G
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Eugene, Or
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165 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

We had a wonderful time here - in part because we had the place to ourselves. Why? Stefania explained that it is July, and most of the people traveling are Europeans with familes, so they want a pool and air conditioning. Montorio doesn't have these. But it does have a spectacular location. It sits on a hill just outside Montepulciano, overlooking the beautiful church, with a panoramic view of the nearby Tuscan hills, including Montepulciano itself. Our suite included a small kitchen, most of which worked. We prepared several meals and ate our on the grounds overlooking the views - this was fabulous especially since no else was there. The room was large, with a sitting area, bathroom, bed area and kitchen/breakfast table, and dining table. So lots of room.

Although it was very hot in Tuscanny, and the rooms don't have air conditioning - there is a nice breeze in the afternoons and evening in this area - so it didn't matter.

Stefania was very helpful and friendly - gave us good restaurant recommendations which, for the most part, overlapped with Rick Steve's recommendations. She speaks very good English as well.

We enjoyed walking back and forth to Montepulciano - up a steep dirt road past the cemetary. Probably a 20 minute walk to get into town that route, you should be in pretty good shape to do that one. Other routes are less steep - but will take longer. We had a car, but didn't use it since parking in and near Montepulciano is difficult. From Montario we also ventured out to Deruta, Todi, Montelcino, and other little Tuscan towns by car. So it was a great location to explore Tuscanny and Umbria. Siena is about 90 minutes away too.

The only negative - there were nearby barking dogs at night - a common thing in the counry. But with ear plugs we were able to sleep well. Also in the hot summer it would be nice to have a pool and or air conditioning.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank fiddle_man
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Leinster, Ireland
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2010

Montorio is a former convent which has been divided into a number of self catering units. The one we stayed in was very comfortable, effectively a one bedroomed apartment with the necessary facilities. However, when you see the views this place has you will want to spend as little time as possible inside. For starters, it overlooks the church of San Biagio which was apparently designed by the same designer of St.Peter's in Rome, the view is just stunning. Montorio is perched on its own little hilltop offering panaormic views of southern Tuscany and beyond. There are tables and chairs including sunbeds provided allowing you to relax in the Tuscan sun. The owner Stefania is very helpful and has excellent English.

Montepulciano itself is a pretty town though hilly and is a great location to visit other southernTuscan towns such as Pienza etc. You will need a car as public transport is not good. I suspect the only reason why there are not more reviews about this place is that people want to keep it a secret!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank SEIRL
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Fairview, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2007

Montorio is located on a knoll above the church of St. Biagio and below the town of Montepulciano, so you have great views of both and across the countryside. Stefania, who owns a hotel nearby as well, is a great source of information. Her English is excellent, and she offers great advice for touring and for restaurants nearby. The property is a group of apartments, from small to quite spacious, with kitchens. That's good because sometimes you just get overwhelmed with eating in restaurants every night. We stayed in two over seven days, and enjoyed being in the top one. It's all spotless and very well maintained, and also gated, which is nice because the road below is quite busy.

  • Liked — Location, peace and quiet, suggestions
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank mtnview
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2006

My husband and I spent 4 nights at Montario on our honeymoon. We had a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and bathroom. It is a gorgeous old castle in the middle of Brunello wine country. From here we enjoyed beautiful sunsets in a very private setting. Montepulciano is close to Montelcino (vineyards) and a short drive from Cortona (cute artist town). The owner of Montario, Stephania, is incredibly friendly, helpful, and hospitable. All of her suggestions for restaurants and winerys were excellent! We felt very much at home and would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Liked — Felt like a real home.
  • Disliked — The steep driveway.
  • Tips/Secrets — Watch the sunset each night!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Susieluna
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2005

Located on it's own tiny hilltop, Montorio is a nicely renovated country house that affords stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the church of San Biagio. Comprised of 5 apartments of varying sizes and a reception office, it has well-maintained landscaping and a gravel patio with furniture, sculpture, and pottery. Montorio sits outside the southwest walls of Montepulciano above the main road to Pienza, so there is traffic noise during the day (although it is not intrusive and certainly not an obstacle to sleeping). A steep gravel drive rises from the road intersection to the property through an electronic gate (you are given a remote control unit to operate it upon check-in). The little road loops around the hilltop and has enough room in two locations to provide parking for about 6 cars total. I must point out that the loop drive is very narrow at the top, has two "crests" that create blind turns, and drops suddenly on the outside edge down the hill. Some shrubs and small trees provide a visual "barrier" to this dropoff but it is an adventure trying to circle the property and park.

Our unit was named S. Roberto Bellarmino. It consisted of a kitchen with a non-working fireplace and table with chairs; a small sitting room with sofa and wardrobe; a bedroom with a satellite TV, chest, and small loft accessed with a ladder (with nothing up there but an access to the attic); and an attractive bathroom with nice fixtures. The apartment was nicely decorated with antiques, wood beamed ceilings, and tiled floors, and was also well-heated (it was cool at night). The refrigerator was stocked with some eggs, coffee, and other items which we made use of for meals (there is a market behind some buildings across the road at the road intersection below where we bought provisions ... remember though that stores close in the early afternoon for 2-3 hours so plan your shopping accordingly). A laundry with washer, dryer, table and rack is located in a small ground level room near the patio; use of it is free and though the dryer takes a long time to dry clothes, the room is a much appreciated feature. Remember that check-out is at 9:30 am, earlier than a standard hotel.

We did not find much in Montepulciano to get excited about. There are scattered wine tasting rooms and there was a little "craft" fair held on Piazza Grande when we were there but the Duomo was uninteresting and the town seemed "dead". The church of San Biagio, however, was lovely (we walked from and to the church up and down a very steep lane to the town 15 minutes away). Pienza, a 15 minute drive west, was more enjoyable, with two fascinating churches (the Duomo and San Francesco), nice architecture, lively streets, shopping, and great vistas over southern Tuscany. Be sure to drive about 60 minutes west to Sant'Antimo, a 12th century abbey (founded in the 800's) which sits in a valley about 15 minutes south of Montalcino and provides a bit of French architecture in Tuscany (the interior, which was being restored while we were there, has lovely ancient alabaster columns). The monks hold services using Gregorian chants (and they sell CD's, too). Remember that the country roads (like the little drive around Montorio) are narrow and twist and turn up and down the hills, so driving can take longer than you think and requires your full attention. Fog in the valleys is common during the fall and can obsure views and make roads additionally challenging.

Having the use of an apartment at Montorio was a great break from the small hotels we stayed in throughout Italy as it provided more room (and rooms), a chance to cook for ourselves, and an opportunity to do our laundry. It was clean and attractive. Just watch out for the dropoffs.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
9 Thank Parkie1
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Property: Montorio
Address: Strada Per Pienza 2, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 74 Specialty Lodging in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Montorio is an ex monastery builted in 1300 Located just outside the city town of montepulciano in a walking distance My family bought montorio 1996 and was abandoned. Took 3 years to redone respecting the original design. Montorio is today a villa with 5 indipendent apartments wich kitchen or kitchenette, in a tuscan traditional elegant style , with all modern facility as: air condition in the bedrooms, satellite tv, wifi connection, laundry. Even if apartments we have a daily maid service except on sunday . Near montorio there are facilities as supermarket, restarants, bar. Montorio has the peculiarity to be very private because located on the top of a hill , with beautiful garden and unique view, but at the same time near to town that can be reached by foot in 15 minutes maximum. To garantee the privacy of our guestes and to make fell like home at the entrance of the property there is a gate that we keep closed and we provide a remote control to our guest montorio is your home away your home, perfect spot to relax and centrally located to explore the area ... more   less 
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