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La Locanda di San Francesco
Ranked #1 of 43 Montepulciano B&B and Inns
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Halifax, Canada
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“A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

I had always dreamed of visiting Tuscany, so when my husband and I decided to base ourselves for three nights in Montepulciano, the hunt was on for the perfect hotel. La Locanda di San Francesco deserves every bit of the praise it has received and Cinzia is a wonderful hostess.

We were greeted with a glass of wine, a tray of snacks, and a personal welcome from Cinzia when we arrived. The Suite took my breath away, as did the panoramic view from its windows. And Montepulciano was a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Val d'Orcia region. The town was large enough to have plenty of top-notch restaurants, but still small enough to be walkable and charming.

If you have the opportunity to stay here, please do. And I recommend the Suite as it is truly something special.

Room Tip: There are only 4 rooms, which gives La Locanda an exclusive feel. The Suite was definitely worth it...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear IrishJo18,

Thank you for your feedback and for sharing with the community of TA the beautiful pics you took at Locanda San Francesco!
We are glad you enjoyed our stay with us, and that you had the possibility to explore Montepulciano and its surroundings.
I agree with you, Montepulciano it's really a beautiful town, with a lot of restaurants and things to do, and it's also centrally located to be a perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany and Umbria.

I hope we will have the pleasure to host you again at Locanda San Francesco in a next occasion,
Kindest regards

Cinzia
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Montepulciano was really beautiful and not so touristy compared to other hill towns and we were really glad to have stayed in locanda sanfrancesco with Cinzia. Cinzia was a true delight. We communicated through emails many times prior to our arrival and Cinzia was always answering all our questions and provided us with the information of Montepulciano and the surrounding areas. When we arrived we were lost and Cinzia drove to us and guided our way up. And there was a hail storm when we arrived and Cinzia kindly held an umbrella to escort us into her lovely place. There is a convenient parking in front. She gave us maps and all the information for what to see and do in the area. She even drove us to dinner because there was no parking at the restaurant and my mother was not capable of walking in Montepulciano because it was very hilly. The rooms are very classy decorated and clean with first class toiletries. We also had dinner here it was a great! We stayed for 2 nights and the breakfast were very nice. On our departure day, we left very early for our drive back to Milano and Cinzia kindly set our breakfast the night before so we would not leave hungry! Cinzia please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation! Arisa from Thailand :)

Room Tip: Every room is beautiful.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Cherry55555,

Thank you so much for your kind words !
I'm really very happy you and your family enjoyed your stay in Montepulciano, despite the very bad weather you found on the day of your arrival :-)
Also, thank you for the beautiful review you wrote about our Locanda.
I would be really glad to have the opportunity to welcome you and your family back to Locanda San Francesco !

Kindest regards

Cinzia
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

We were greeted by Cinzia with a glass of Moltepulciano Rosso and some light snacks, a welcome relief after having been in the car for three + hours. She is warm, engaging, and delightful. The hotel is a gem in a magnificent, hilltop city we are glad we did not miss. The church bells, the circling swallows outside our windows in the morning, and the amazing views of the Tuscan Valley in either direction make this hotel special indeed. Add the delightful service, the more than wonderful breakfast, the fantastic coffee, and the caring attitude of the entire staff and you have an experience never to be forgotten. We will return.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Holly K,

Thank you for the beautiful review and for the very kind words you spent about us and our staff !
We shared your review with all the team working at Locanda San Francesco: we are all focused on Guests' satisfaction, and your feedback is really important for all of us.
Hoping we will have the pleasure to have you again as our Guests,
Kindest regards

Cinzia Caporali
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed at La Locanda for only two nights but had the most wonderful experience. We were impressed with the beautiful suite we had reserved but our time in the wine bar enjoying lunch, or a late afternoon antipasti snack, or best of all, returning from a great dinner and being treated to an unbelievable jazz trio in the wine bar was more than we had expected. And, the wines from the local area were great and affordable.
The owners, Cinzia and Luca, were extremely warm and hospitable, along with Christian, who besides serving the wine is extremely knowledgeable of the local vintages. The accommodations are first rate (that bathroom in the suite was beautiful!), the food is fabulous, the wine sublime and the service top notch. If you go to Tuscany, you must visit Montepulciano and you must stay at La Locanda!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Mark V,

Thank you for your time in writing a so kind and detailed review.
Also, we appreciated you mentioned our wine bar "E lucevan le stelle", on the ground floor of the Locanda, and Kristian, who is always happy to share with our Guests and Clients his knowledge of local wines.
We are also glad you had the possibility to experience not only our food and the selection of wines on display, but also one of our special jazzy nights.

Hoping to have the pleasure to host you again at Locanda San Francesco ,
Warmest regards

Cinzia, Luca and Locanda's staff
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Woodbury, MN
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed at La Locanda di San Francesco earlier this month, and it was the highlight of our trip. The hotel is located at the top of the town, and the view from the hotel and rooms is truly spectacular. If you are struggling with where to stay and what city to stay in, trust me, your search is over! Montepulciano is such a great city and location. We stayed in both northern Tuscany and in Montepulciano, and while we loved both areas, this was our favorite.

The hotel staff is absolutely the best. Cinzia is an amazing host, and she helped us plan where to eat and what to see. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and again, the view from the rooms are amazing. We stayed in the queen room with the big shower, and we highly recommend this room (best view). The other great thing about staying here is the wine bar - which we visited every night. Christian helped us pick out and try some of the best Vino Nobile Montepulciano wines from the area. We looked forward to chatting with him each night after dinner. My wife and I appreciate all of his advice and knowledge.

I rarely rate a hotel a "5" because usually something can be improved. La Locanda (and Montepulciano) easily deserve a 5 rating, and we will definitely return again on our next trip to Tuscany. Thank you Cinzia, Luca, and Christian for a wonderful stay!

One word of caution. Follow the directions into the city given to you by the hotel. If you make a wrong turn or enter the city from the wrong area (like we did) it will be a frustrating drive in. Also, avoid May 1st; it is an Italian holiday, and all streets into the city are closed.

Room Tip: The queen room with the big shower has the best view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear JohnWoodbury_MN,

Thank you for your time in writing a so detailed and kind review about our property!
I deeply thank you for the beautiful words you spent about us and our staff. We are very very proud of theour staff, working with us since several years at Locanda San Francesco and its wine bar "E lucevan le stelle". I'm very happy when our Guests feel that we are a real team, focused on customer satisfaction.

I hope we will have the opportunity to host you at Locanda San Francesco in a next occasion!

Warmest regards

Cinzia Caporali
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We selected our accommodations in Montepulciano based solely on TA reviews and are so glad we did! This is the best place we stayed on our entire Tuscan vacation. We stayed in the suite and it was lovely. It was spacious, had a very comfortable mattress, a computer in the room, and gorgeous views from all the windows.

The bathroom was VERY large (especially by Italian standards); there was a large shower, a double vanity, and plenty of counter space for toiletries, etc. There was also a very good hair dryer.

The owner, Cinzia, was outstanding in every way. She was always available and helpful. She even called pharmacias for me (Idon't speak Italian) trying to locate a particular hairspray. She suprised my husband with a delicious fruit tart on his birthday at breakfast (see attached photo).

There is designated parking right in front of the hotel (a real asset in Montepulciano) and if you follow Cinzia's directions, driving to and from the hotel is easy. There is also a laundramat 30 yards from the hotel's front door so we left with clean clothes.

Cinzia provided a map of Montepulciano with recommended restaurants and shops identified that was very helpful. Everything was within an easy (a relative term in hill towns) walk from the holel. We also ate at the wine bar at the hotel a couple of times when we were not in the mood for a big meal and enjoyed it very much.

We will definitely return when we visit Italy again,

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear Ssdssi,

I thank you again for chosing or Locanda San Francesco for celebrating your husband's birthday .
Also, we all really appreciated your detailed review about our property, and the very kind words you spent about us!
It would be a great pleasure for us to have you again as our Guests in a next occasion.
Warmest regards

Cinzia Caporali
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We had a hard time picking where to base ourselves for 4 nights in Tuscany. We knew we wanted a charming area outside of the larger cities with great views, food, and wine. Thanks to Tripadvisor we came across reviews for La Locanda and pulled the trigger. This hotel/B&B really lives up to its ranking here, and we'd recommend it to family, friends, or anyone wanting a real Tuscan experience. Cinzia was such a wonderful host, and helped us with every question and request. The wine bar attached to the hotel is charming and even a little "hip"(not in a bad way). We were surprised how great the food was, and would absolutely recommend eating there whether you stay at the hotel or not (we are still talking about the braised beef raviolis). Our room and bathroom were nicely sized, very clean, with amazing views of the Tuscan countryside in 2 directions (sorry I'm not sure which room name we were in). We loved the bottle of wine waiting for us in the room and brought one home with us. Montepulciano was the highlight of our 9 nights in Italy. If you're looking for a quiet (but not TOO quiet) getaway in the area you've found it here, not to mention the Nobile wine is truly all it's cracked up to be. Thank you Cinzia for such a great stay!

Room Tip: Our room had views of both sides of the mountain and we loved it!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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loveantw, Proprietario at La Locanda di San Francesco, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear Yojosh,

Thank you for the beautiful words you spent about us!
Together with our staff, we do our best so that Guests feel not only welcome, but at home when staying in our property.
So I'm very happy you had such a beautiful experience in Montepulciano, in our Locanda and in its wine bar "E lucevan le stelle", and I hope we will have soon the pleasure to have you again as our Guests !

Warmest regards

Cinzia
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Property: La Locanda di San Francesco
Address: Piazza di San Francesco 5, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Montepulciano
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Montepulciano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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