Hotels Near Montepulciano

Sep 16th, 2010, 03:43 PM
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<<5 nights in either a small hotel or upscale agriturismo.>>

Not sure of your budget, but this place might work for you-

http://www.la-bandita.com/

I have not stayed there, but I like the location and it looks pretty cool.

By the way, if your stay is during the second half of May you may find that a pool will be nice. I have visited the area several times during the last 2 weeks of May and it was sometime quite warm and sunny during the day. The pool was a nice way to cool off and recover from the heat.
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Sep 16th, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Here is another one in a great location- the valley between Montepulciano and Montefollenico-

http://www.lupaia.com/location.html

Absolutely lovely!
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Nov 4th, 2010, 08:06 AM
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Both Villa Poggiano and Dionora are beautiful and in a fantastic location
both are hight quality and charming ,
I suggest to contact directly both or chack on trip advisor
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Nov 4th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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I had a wonderful stay at Agriturismo Poggio Etrusco (http://www.poggio-etrusco.com/) in the Montepulciano area. Pamela is a wonderful cooking teacher if you have time for a class.
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Nov 4th, 2010, 10:32 AM
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How do I find the itinerary from Stu talked about in this thread? I did a search with his name, but couldn't locate it.
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Nov 4th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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Nevermind, found it.
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Nov 4th, 2010, 10:11 PM
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We stayed at Villa Poggiano in September 2007. It is a beautiful property, lavishly maintained. We stayed in a mini-suite on a second floor of the main villa with gorgeous antique furnishings, sparkling marble bath, robes, walk-in closet, view onto the Tuscan countryside, i.e., stunning!! We traveled with a couple of friends who are much more "reserved" in terms of spending and stayed in a free-standing building on the Poggiano property, I believe in room 7 or 8. While their room was comfortable and certainly adequate, it was not luxurious. However, they had a whole private lawn at their disposal with lawn chairs.. sort of "pinch me" kind of a setting.

The owner Stefania and her assistant are super gracious and helpful with driving itineraries and dinner reservations. Very nice breakfast is included. I would second the suggestion above that you e-mail Poggiano for further information.

I know that Podere Dionora is situated further up the driveway from Villa Poggiano. When we stayed at Poggiano in 2007, we drove up to see Dionora which just changed hands and looked pretty abandoned. I do not know what is its state at this point.

So, while Poggiano is certainly luxurious and a dream of a place to stay, I can also recommend La Saracina which is a bit closer to Pienza, also off the 146. La Saracina is more of a country home but also very upscale and romantic.

I hope this helps you. If you need additional info, to the extent that I have it, please e-mail me direct at [email protected], since I do not hang at Fodor's that often.

As to sformby's question, e-mail Stu at [email protected] and ask for his Tuscany itinerary. He will attach the document for you.
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Nov 4th, 2010, 10:34 PM
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I would recommend Il Marzocco which is just inside the walled part of the city...ask for a room facing the outside valley...great views.
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Nov 5th, 2010, 01:15 PM
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The owner Stefania is the same poster from 11/4.

Thanks anna. We will be staying there. Which restaurants did you enjoy in the area?
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Nov 5th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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Centralparkgirl, I had a feeling that Stefania in the post above was the owner. Very gracious, wouldn't you think, for responding the way she did. You will love Villa Poggiano and Stefania. I envy you already!

Here is my list of restaurants with first-hand experience:

Ristorante Poggio Antico: Excellent and costly, within the winery of same name, 5km south of Montalcino; reserve in advance. We had lunch with Brunello.
Montepulciano: La Grotta is wonderful and moderately priced. We enjoyed it several times.
Pienza: Latte de Luna is o.k. Fairly good food, moderately priced. Did not knock my socks off but others seems to love it. Could be me.
Pienza: Sette de Vino is a small place serving typical Tuscan fair, e.g., broad beans with sage and oil; crostini, etc. Inexpensive and good. Just manage your own ordering vs. have the owner bring it all out..
There is another good place in Pienza, ran by a husband and wife. Kill me - I cannot remember the name, Isabella something or other.. Very nice.
Monticchiello: La Porta is good for lunch. We thought dinner was overpriced for what we got and certainly could have a great meal at La Grotta for the same money. But, lunch on the terrace with a view of the whole Tuscan valley is wonderful.

I am sure that Stefania will give you many more great tips regarding dining in the area.
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Nov 5th, 2010, 04:24 PM
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anna - We are also staying in the main villa. I'm compiling a list - lunch in different towns that we will visit and dinners nearer to Montepulciano. I think I will post a new thread next week.Do you have any sense how far ahead one books restaurants for May? (Being a NYer I'm used to booking very early, but in other parts of the world, it would be looked at as crazy).

It's kind of ironic that Stefania resurrected this thread!
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Nov 5th, 2010, 07:55 PM
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Oh, I am plenty neurotic and I am not a New Yorker. [BTW, you responded to my questions re trip to NY this past Spring. I made reservations at Le Bernardin a month ahead and could only score a post-show 10:00p.m. No matter - it was fantastic!] I would say a week in advance is plenty for some places like La Grotta or Poggio Antico. La Grotta has a website and you could probably e-mail or Stefania could reserve for you. Latte de Luna gets filled up quickly also and, of course, there are closing days which you have to keep in mind. Smaller places.. I would say Stefania could call in a reservation in the morning for that night's supper or the night before. We visited in September and October, and never had a problem getting into a restaurant. For other restaurants in Southern Tuscany, you may want to search for Bobthenavigator's list. He has a good list of places to eat in the area, including San Quirico, Montalcino. etc.

I did not know that Stefania was on Fodor's. I am a fan of her place on Face Book. (Lordy, with all this techno stuff, I no longer have time to read). She really is a wonderful gal and will treat you like royalty. You will absolutely love Villa Poggiano. I am glad that you are staying there.
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Nov 5th, 2010, 08:03 PM
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Ah, remembered!!
Il Rossellino in Pienza. Very nice.
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