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Elisa and Valeria + future guest:

We had a divine week in the little nest! Montepulciano is charming and staying for a week allows one to experience the small details of life as it is lived here. It’s a ‘slow’ town in the best sense. One feels that life has not changed much for many years. We loved hearing the children playing outside into the evening. Enjoying the cool after hot day. And we had a unique experience of eating at ‘La Cittina’ (on the Corso), the only guests we were served by an Italian nonna whose granddaughter watched TV in the next room. She offered us not a menu but a platter of pici in tomato sauce that she had just finished making; we saw her go out to her garden to pick the basil and we had the most marvelous dessert I have ever eaten. A really unusual culinary experience (total for two=22 Euro!).

We made trips to Siena, Orvieto, Pienza and Montalcino. Siena is of course overwhelming and wonderful, but Pienza really captured our hearts… its perfect piazza is so intimate, while the Palazzo Piccolomini is so beautifully preserved. We had an excellent meal at ‘La buca di Enea’ (a tiny place so book ahead!) and we were impressed by the many local artisans. Orvieto we loved for the Signorelli frescos (amazing! How have I not heard of him before?), but the city itself we found less attractive and overrun with cars.

All in all, a wonderful week.


Christina and Keith

Alifax, Canada – Date of stay: July 2012



We have loved our week in Montepulciano. A wonderful hill-top village and the views across the Val d’Orcia are truly stunning! The walk to Pienza today was delightful. Thanks for sharing Ugo’s art books, a lovely few indulgent hours were spent in their company.



Henry and Robyn

Harcourt, Australia – Date of stay: June 2012





I can't thank you enough. Your apartment is charming, well appointed and the location excellent. From the day I made the reservations until our last day there, we were very satisfied. You provided all that was needed and more. The experience exceeded my expectations. This was my fourth time in Montepulciano and I always look forward to going back. I love your place, it is my favorite place to stay while there. I will return to your apartment on my next trip!

Grazie, Grazie,


USA - Date of stay: April 2009



We had a lovely time in Montepulciano. Mrs Meldolesi, who welcome us, was lovely (and such a beautiful lady).

The apartment is lovely, well located and well equipped.

Again thank you so much and hope to come again soon in the future!

D&F 09

Israel - Date of Stay: April 2009



Estar en esta pequeña monada nos relajó mucho; en ella todo tiene su lugar y con esto el tiempo es medieval. También constituyo una invitación a la salida, al encuentro con los campos sembrados o preparados para la siembra, una invitación recorrerlos hasta el cansar. Siena o, por el lado contrario Assisi, con estos votos de pobreza violados por la comercialización… si embargo siempre hermosos. Gracias por permitirnos estar aquí.. Gracias por compartir la niebla mágica y las lunas soleadas…

José & Marina

Caracas, Venezuela - Date of Stay: October 2008



Thank you for letting us use this wonderful apartment, so full of character, cosy and centrally located. We loved Montepulciano and had to stop every minute to enjoy the views! Thanks also for your "welcome" information on the town and the surrounding villages - we visited all of them and not one disappointed us. Our highlights were having a coffee at Monticchiello and admiring the beautiful landscapes from Montalcino (we almost gave this town a miss and were glad we didn't) We didn't enjoy Siena as much as we thought we would and wished we had enjoyed the smaller towns on our lost day. We struggled to find the car park on arrival but that is because we stupidly thought the road up to it was one way from the Church!! After a day we were easily used to the small roads! Thank Mrs Meldolesi for giving us a little back to our car and for showing us around! We had no idea how beautiful Montepulciano and its views are until we arrived and this was a lovely surprise. We finally have to mention that there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a very good Tuscan food!

From a very happy and relaxed,

D & J

Bedford, UK - Date of Stay: October 2008



We have had a wonderful time, without any problems, although trying to translate Italian parking iconography is not easy. Valeria recommended Trattoria Evoe' o Trattoria di Cagnano. Both it and the Osteria del Conte we found extremely good. The best (although more expensive) restaurant is La Grotta at bottom of the hill (San Biagio).

We have been as far as Perugia and Assisi as well as exploring the villages nearby, and only Pienza is a disappointment, not for the views which are wonderful but the coach loads of tourist are awful (c.f. Assisi).

The shops on the Corso are really pleasant and the Caffe' Poliziano is a joy - we have breakfast there every morning. Of all the shops selling wine, Cantina del Redi is one of the best - most of the others, especially those that are not the center of a grower, stock a wide range but are a bit exploitative.

The market by the bus station on Thursday morning was great!

L&C 08

Hereford, UK. - Date of Stay: September 2008



The apartment is beautiful and very well located. We two enjoyed Montepulciano - it was the highlight of our visit - and we had already been to Rome, Venice and Lake of Como.

For future guest:

1) there is a shuttle bus - servizio urbano - that can be used to move you around Montepulciano and to the bus station. There is a stop just up the street but we caught it at Piazza Grande. The first one arrives at 07.45. I don't know at what time it stops. Tickets can be purchased at bus station or tobacco shops (0.95 $/bt).

2) There is a lovely grocery store near the bus station and just past the round about (looking down at the bus stop it's on the left). Of course, also a lot of specialty shopping in town.

Anyway, great place. Will certainly recommend to others.


Chris & Pat

USA - Date of Stay: September 2008



We had a magnificent time in Montepulciano, our best ever holiday in Italy. We have been using the holiday rentals site for many years now...the apartment was just perfect, located on the edge of town, very quiet and a stones throw from San Biagio, one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in the whole of Tuscany, where we spent many an afternoon just relaxing, reading and even painting! The apartment is very well furnished and cleverly designed, easily accommodating the three of us and with all mod cons including a dishwasher!.

The town has a lot to offer, the restaurants were great, especially La Grotta where we had a very memorable meal. Piano music from the music school could be heard at various times during the day, and just made the whole experience even more special. We visited many of the other towns and villages, Montalcino, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Cortona, all of which were beautiful....Montepulciano however, was by far our favorite and we were so pleased that we chose it as our base. Even though it was in peak season, the town was never too busy, and the locals were wonderfully helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful holiday, and thank you Elisa for allowing us the use of your home...it was perfect in every way...we did get rid of the numerous bottles of Rosso and Vino Nobile from the various Cantina's, all of which were memorable, including one from Casanova! We will hopefully return to Montepulciano and will definitely use the apartment when we do...thank you so much, we have many wonderful memories to treasure...

John, Andrea & Jake

UK - Date of Stay: August 2008



We had a most delightful stay in this apartment. We enjoyed the week immensly. Somehow, we lost the directions, however, we ran into a man who knew the Meldolesi family & he was able to comunicate with them & we were all set. How lucky is that!!

The town is great & we did a lot of exploring from our base. We did most of what there was in the book that Elisa sent us before our departure from Canada & went as far south as Orvieto & sampled(bought) some great white wines.

The food in many of the restaurants down the hill was really great & the people were amazing!! Many thanks again!

Gerry & Denyse

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Date of Stay: May 2008



Montepulciano is a lovely walled town, well served by public transport and great place to take a break whilst exploring Tuscany. The apartment was fine for two- comfortable and well equipped. Just outside, down the steps was a green area over looking the valley where we spent a couple of lazy afternoons. Great restaurants and of course wine shops

Catherine '08

UK - Date of Stay: April 2008



Our time in Montepulciano was fantastic! We have lots of great memories from our week spent in this apartment. It was clean, extremely well presented and in a very convenient location. The heating worked extremely well especially on those days when it was –2C outside. Having a few books in English was a nice touch. All in all a fantastic place and I would highly recommend it to others.

Thank you!

Peter and Elizabeth

Victoria, Australia - Date of Stay: December 2007



The apartment is located in a truly lovely old building, it's very tastefully modernised and well kitted out. It's perfectly situated for walking into town – Montepulciano itself is also ideally situated for visiting Tuscany – we would absolutely recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in that area. We cannot forget being met by the owners who were charming and showed us round their family house there and we just adored all their father’s paintings!!!

Tony & Meriel

Valencia, Spain - Date of Stay: September 2007



Nous avons énormément apprécié notre séjour a Montepulciano. Votre appartement est très agréable et confortable. L'accueuil est de qualité (serviettes de bain, équipement de la cuisine (produits d'entretiens ) tout est à la disposition, même l'huile d'olive locale. Nous vous remercions pour ces petites attentions qui n'existent pas toujours dans notre pays et qui montrent un autre savoir faire et vivre. Nous avons pu nous reposer (qualité du couchage et tranquillité dans la ville). Etant des amoureux de la culture de l'architecture, nous avons savouré votre ville si riche en histoire et vécu avec les habitants la fête du “bravio delle botti” (somptueuse pour des français). Et puis chaque jour dans nos promenades des découvertes de villages préservé ou il fait bon vivre (les produits locaux sont simplement excellents et nous nous sommes

régalés de votre cuisine et de ces bons vins que vous produisez .La descente a San Biaggio le matin est un plaisir esthétique. Enfin depuis Montepulciano nous sommes allés a Sienne, a Pérouse, a Orvieto, a Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Sant’Antimo. Nous avons opté pour

ce premier voyage pour la campagne et petites villes car nous souhaitions la tranquillité et la qualité de vie sans la foule. La Toscane du sud est un lieu merveilleux pour nous. Nous avons aussi rencontrés des hommes et des femmes accueillants. Je recommande le voyage a mes connaissances.

Nous pensons aussi revenir dès que possible.

Alain & Lina

Puilboreau, France - Date of Stay: September 2007