we visited last February, 2012, and although off season and very cold and windy, the curving late night drive up the hill was MOST rewarding! Cinzia met us at the door and helped heave our heavy luggage up the stairs to our gorgeous room. At daybreak the next morning, I opened the window and "what to my wondering eyes should appear??" but the most absolutely gorgeous view of the countryside of Tuscan hills imaginable! I literally squealed with delight and frightened the birds perched on our window ledge!parking is directly in front of the hotel, which is beautifully situated on the very tip top hill of this romantic and charming winding village. It takes you back in time and totally relaxes you immediately! Our room and bath were simply amazing...gorgeous and comfortable!
Do not miss the little wine tour at Contucci Cantina right down the hill in center of town that has been in production for over 1,000 years!
Adamo will show you a nice tour and several tastings to help you choose which bottles you want to have at home waiting for you when you return! Contucci olive oil is the best we have ever tasted!
Prior to trip, do yourself a favor and rent Rick Steves tour of Montepulciano and surrounding areas, as you will witness the wine star "ADAMO", the rock star, charming Rick with his sparkling wit and heavy accent ( we understand very little Italian, however Adamo's pride and personality need no translation!) Be certain you tell him you saw him on Rick Steves show...this REALLY gets him going!
You can ship wine and olive oil from Contucci and ALSO Cinzia can suggest and ship wine to the U.S...we are heading back in March and staying an hour or so away, however, we will GO OUT OF OUR WAY to visit Cinzia and enjoy a glass of vino at her Wine Bar!
Do not miss this piece of paradise, as it is truly another world!
THANKS FOR ALL THE PERFECT MEMORIES, CINZIA...WE raise a toast to you almost daily! See you soon!
Bruce and Christi
Waleska, Georgia/ United States
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The exclusivity of just four luxury bedrooms in a fourteenth century palazzo in the heart of the old part of Montepulciano. All the rooms have a breathtaking view over the Val d'Orcia and/or the Val di Chiana, and each of them is decorated individually and furnished with fine antiques from the family collection.Free wi-fi is provided in all the rooms and common areas, and free parking is available for Guests near the entrance of the property.On the ground floor, the jazzy Locanda's wine bar-bistrot "E lucevan le stelle", a perfect spot for lunch, dinner or an aperitif on its panoramic terrace, admiring the unforgettable sunsets on the Val D'Orcia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Locanda Di San Francesco Hotel Montepulciano