My husband, 20-year-old daughter and I enjoyed 4 nights at Montorio in mid-June, 2014. We stayed in the two-bedroom, one bath unit which is spotless, very spacious and charming. The entire property is beautifully maintained with top-quality fittings and furnishings throughout. Care has been taken to provide a serene setting along with everything you need for peaceful relaxation and comfort; the beds, bed and bath linens, sofas and other furnishings are perfect. There is a small, but utilitarian and complete kitchen with several cooking staples provided, i.e., olive oil, salt & pepper, coffee, tea, sugar. An initial setup of milk, orange juice, and bottled water are provided too. The dining and living room is spacious. (Nearby is a supermarket with fresh, local and very cheap groceries. It is called Eurospin. We were pleasantly surprised at the prices which were very inexpensive!) We cooked one evening and enjoyed breakfasts on the patio every morning - a real pleasure.
The location and setting of Montorio is absolutely magical. The house, which was a former monastery built in the 13th century, prettily overlooks the 15th century church of San Biagio (widely considered to be one of the loveliest churches in Tuscany) and is just outside Montepulciano town walls. It is possible to hike up into the town via a broad footpath across from Montorio, but it’s a somewhat challenging walk. My husband and daughter hiked up (and down) early one morning and enjoyed it. Montorio is a super-quick 2 minute drive from the town’s parking areas which provide much easier access to the Piazza Grande. The house is situated on a knoll nestled amid a fruit and olive orchard and ringed by cypress trees. The property is remarkably private given its convenient location to Montepulciano, a grocery and nearby restaurants. Parking is ample and well-concealed so that nothing spoils the view of Tuscan rolling hills, vineyards and wheat fields. Thankfully, because of its iconic place in the history of the area, there is not a pool at Montorio to spoil the charming country atmosphere. At night, there were fireflies in the orchard!
Stephania, the welcoming hostess/manager of Montorio is warm, professional and very well informed about Montepulciano, the wineries in the vicinity, other hill towns in Tuscany and the Siena area. Stephania is completely fluent and comfortable speaking English. She is well organized and was prepared upon our arrival to show us in detail the many features of our accommodations and the facilities at Montorio. She also provided us with a hand-annotated map of town with recommended restaurants ranked by price. She was available at all hours by cell phone, readily answered all questions and assisted in providing route-guidance for our day trips. We could not have asked for more.
We tucked our visit to Tuscany in the middle of our trip. After the museums, cathedrals and palaces of Venice and Florence, it made a welcome change of pace. We relaxed, lazily explored nearby hill towns (and Siena too), and enjoyed the peace and abundant natural beauty so that we were rested, refreshed, and ready for Rome later in the trip! Our stay at Montorio exceeded all of our expectations, creating a memorable experience that remains a highlight of our lovely trip to Italy.