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Montepulciano

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About Montepulciano

Montepulciano is a big hitter as far as Tuscan wine goes, but it’s also a big hitter on traditional Tuscan hilltop charm. And our Gurus’ list of the best places to stay in Montepulciano is a big hitter on perfect bases for soaking up the local charms and culture, and indulging in Montepulciano’s delicious food and wine. Accommodation options in Montepulciano include elegant restaurants with rooms, luxuriously converted villas, small B&Bs, and romantically secluded farmhouse escapes.

Montepulciano is Southern Tuscany's highest hilltop town, so you can expect wonderful views across the surrounding vineyards and beautiful rolling countryside. In the town itself it's worth strolling the length of the steep main street simply to take in the fabulous Renaissance architecture and when you reach the Piazza Grande find a pew and admire some more!

As with so many of Tuscany’s charming hilltop towns, there’s a limit to how much accommodation can fit within the fortified walls, so you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Montepulciano outside the walls, in idyllically converted villas and farmhouses, with rustic details and phenomenal views. Although we have some wonderful picks within the ancient city walls, plenty of the best places to stay in Montepulciano are jut outside, under ten minutes' drive from town, or under an hour's stroll.

The Best Places to Stay in Montepulciano

For Historic Montepulciano

  • The Locanda di San Francesco is a small hotel and restaurant is a central spot, close to the top of the hill. As well as the views being incredible this means you’re also close to bars, cafes and restaurants, though the hotel has its own excellent gourmet Tuscan restaurant. The Lorcanda di San Francesco has just four rooms, plus a library, a bar, gardens, and that fantastic restaurant.

For a Rural Retreat

  • The Fattoria San Martino is a simple, rustic, and stylishly renovated 18th century villa just outside Montepulciano, with seriously eco-friendly practices. Traditional, and local, limewash and stone were used in the villa’s renovation, with beeswax for polish, and lemon and vinegar for numerous cleaning jobs. There are just four rooms and apartments, some with a kitchenette. The decor is elegant and eclectic, with fantastic original features and wonderful views of the Tuscan countryside. Plus there's a vegetarian/vegan restaurant which also runs cooking classes.

For an Intimate Escape

  • The Villa Poggiano is a gloriously ornate villa, set on set hectares of parkland overlooking medieval Montepulciano. It has 14 guest rooms and suites, featuring terracotta floors, exposed beamed ceilings, large windows and original details, like decoratively painted ceilings and walls, marble floors, grand fireplaces and tapestries. The hotel offers cooking classes and wine tastings. You can also take art classes. The pool continues the theme too, complete with statues and stone urns.
  • Podere Dionara is an elegant stone farmhouse turned six room B&B with a stunning infinity pool. Surrounded by its own fields and farmland, and boasting incredible views, this is a wonderful place to escape to, yet it's still just a couple of kilometres outside Montepulciano. The decor has a rustic feel — think terracotta tiles, wrought iron, exposed beams and whitewashed walls. 

For Couples

  • Follonico is a traditionally beautiful, and wonderfully relaxed B&B about five kilometres north of Montepulciano (about ten minutes drive), on the way towards Siena. There are just two rooms and four spacious suites, beautifully and simply decorated to make the most of the original features, but making sure to include all the modern comforts. The infinity pool is gorgeous, with incredible views, there’s an honesty bar with a collection of fantastic local wines, and when it’s warmer they offer their breakfast feast outside. A hideaway where time feels as if it might just stand still.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Florence Airport, Amerigo Vespucci, is 127 kms, or 79 miles from Montepulciano, about an hour and twenty minutes in the car. Pisa Airport may be useful to visitors too, about two hours drive away.
  • If you plan to hire a car, which we would advise if you want to get out and explore further afield, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The weather is at its best in the summer months, with the average daily temperature climbing to 30°C in July and August. However, this is peak tourist season and so if you want to avoid the crowds (and pay less for accommodation) then maybe April, June or September might be better. The weather's still in the low 20°Cs, perfect for sightseeing.

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Best Hotels in Montepulciano

  • Locanda di San Francesco Montepulciano Siena, Tuscany 4 rooms from £174

    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of historic Montepulciano
    Views  -  Wonderful views across the Val d'Orcia
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A small hotel and restaurant in a charming hilltown. Four rustic chic bedrooms with fabulous views, excellent gourmet restaurant, and lots to do in the surrounding area from wine tasting to local music festivals. See More

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  • Fattoria San Martino Montepulciano 4 rooms from £178

    Writing a novel  -  A tranquil and serene space in which to allow your creativity to flow- no wifi, so listen to the birds and look at the flowers!
    Value chic  -  Well-priced rooms and a healthy breakfast is included. The apartments come with an oven, dishwasher and refrigerator.
    Eco break  -  The owners are 'ambassadors' of green thinking and organic farming. All meals are homegrown and biodynamic.
    Sights nearby  -  The interesting town of Lucca is close by and is worth exploring for its churches and monastries.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A simple, rustic and stylishly renovated 18th century home. Totally eco friendly, they used limewash, beeswax and stone for construction, and the restaurant serves all vegetarian/vegan food. Elegant and eclectic rooms with chandeliers and incredible views of the Tuscan countryside. See More

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  • Villa Poggiano Montepulciano (Tuscany) 14 rooms from £182

    Cooking classes  -  The hotel offers cooking classes so you can take home some of their local secrets.
    Local markets  -  If your stay falls on a Thursday head to Montepulciano’s vibrant market.
    Sights nearby  -  The impressive Cathedral of Pienza is well worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Walk to the medieval town of Montepulciano.
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    After years of restoration current owners have returned this villa to its former glory. In 6 hectares of parkland it has rural views of the medieval town of Montepulciano. Exposed beams, terracotta floors and large windows feature in the rooms. There's a large pool & terrace. A rural idyll. See More

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  • Follonico Torrita di Siena, Tuscany 6 rooms from £191

    Local exploring  -  A wonderful base from exploring this area of Tuscany
    Restrictions on children  -  From May to August babies up to 1 and children over 12 are welcome. The rest of the year all ages are welcome.
    Views  -  Incredible views of Montefollonico and Montepulciano.
    Cooking classes  -  Ask Fabio or Suzanne to organise one for you.
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    Authentic and relaxed boutique B&B in the southern Tuscan hills. Six restored rooms and suites are rustic chic in style, beautifully done with a marvellous blend of period features and modern amenities. Just a short drive from Montepulciano and Siena. A hideaway where time continues to stand still. See More

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  • Podere Dionora Montepulciano, Tuscany 6 rooms from £243

    Groups
    Weddings
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside Montepulciano
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Delightful stone country house B&B surrounded by farmland with undulating views. Rustic chic rooms with four posted beds, some with private garden terraces. Lovely breakfast room and swimming pool. A refined and elegant spot for a wedding or a group holiday. See More

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