Let me start by saying that most of the clientele that visits Lupaia is from Italy, which means that they're probably not as intimidated by the 2.5 kilometer (supposedly) two-lane dirt road, with very limited oncoming traffic visibility, that leads to the resort. We rented a car, as it would be almost impossible to sitesee from this location without one. We were so frazzled when we arrived that we asked for suggestions (as well as a healthy glass of wine) on how to negotiate the road if we encountered an oncoming car. We were told that we should go slow (as if we had a choice) and attempt to move to "the side of the road." People, there is no side of the road for the majority of that stretch of the journey. We are young and both drive manual transmission cars in Metropolitan areas in the states, so we're used to challenging driving, but this was extreme. This drawback became significant for us because we would not drive this road after dark, in the rain, or after having a few drinks. It really became a major deterrent to some of the siteseeing we had planned. Apparently we were not the only ones who felt this way, as a couple from Canada approached us with the same concerns. That said, we would return to Lupaia for the fantastic food, beautiful scenery, very warm staff (especially Claudia, Franco, and Didi), and luxurious spacious accommodations (Basa was beautiful), but only if we were planning on little to no driving. Of our 4-day stay, the most relaxing was the day we spent at the pool with Spugna (Claidia's cute little jack russel terrier). Spugna was also our saving grace during meals, chasing away the many stray cats that have no qualms about laying on your feet while you're dining (a turn off for those who are allergic to or just not that fond of cats). We ate dinner at the resort 3 of the 4 nights of our stay. Please note that it is possible to opt for an abbreviated menu, rather than all 4 courses if you prefer. Franco is a fantastic chef with a wry sense of humor (which we really enjoyed). The included breakfast buffet was plentiful, and the complimentary stocked mini fridge was very much appreciated. All in all, Lupaia is beautiful and relaxing, but, in our opinion, only if you intend to stay put during the majority of your visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany, set between Montepulciano and Pienza, this small Borgo features a unique combination of nature and history, blended in total harmony. Set on a small hilltop, Hotelito Lupaia offers enchanting views over the surrounding hills and medieval villages from all its charming rooms and suites. Each accommodation has an independent entrance and either a private terrace or garden, featuring all modern comfort, while being unique in its style, decoration and details. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotelito Lupaia Hotel Montepulciano
- Hotelito Lupaia Province Of Siena/Torrita Di Siena, Italy