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Review: Fonte Martino in Montepulciano, Tuscany

In February, I had the pleasure of staying at Fonte Martino in Montepulciano for several days and completely recommend staying here if you are going to visit Tuscany. It was suggested to me in the Rick Steves Italy Forum and was the perfect suggestion.

Although I have been travelling to Italy for over 40 years, I generally have visited larger cities. Because I was travelling in February, I was a bit apprehensive about staying in an older farmhouse and wanted to ensure I had reliable heat. I called and talked to the boys who own Fonte Martino and they were very understanding of my concerns and assured me that they completely renovated the main house adding new system and that the external guest suites were newly built and just completed in April 2019. After that discussion, I decided to reserve with them.

When I arrived, both David and Toby were waiting to warmly greet me. Let me just say, the moment I stepped out of the car and saw the property and view, I knew I chose the right place. The boys carried my bags for me and on the way to my room, gave a bit of a tour of their gardens and property. They had such a calming manner and are very easy to speak with.

When we arrived at the room, I was again impressed with the accommodations. The room was very warm, inviting, and quite spacious. The décor was modern and stylish, unlike any other place I have stay in the past. Instead of being dark and full of older antique furniture, it was very bright and open. There was a sitting area with a couch and coffee table, which was separated from the bedroom by a fireplace. There was a queen-sized wrought-iron bed, which was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in while travelling. The bathroom was large and included a walk-in shower and dual sinks. The room also included a walk-in closet, minifridge with complimentary waters, coffee maker with assorted coffees and teas, and even a complimentary bottle of organic wine for me to enjoy.

The boys put out a feast each morning for breakfast. They explained they made everything fresh onsite each morning and during the warmer months, use produce they grow organically onsite. The selection was impressive and the quiche of the day was always a treat.

After breakfast, I would leave to explore the area and when I would return to my room, it looked just as it did when I first arrived. The waters and coffee were restocked. The bed was perfect. An they even left a few of the breakfast pastries under a glass dome as an evening treat for me.

During my stay, David and Toby made me feel as if I was part of their family. Again, being in my 70s and being a solo traveler, I did have some concerns which completely disappeared. The two of them make Fonte Martino very special.

I have done a lot of research before choosing Fonte Martino and would suggest that anyone who wants to visit Tuscany to stay there ( I am already planning my return to see them again next year.

Important Note: I would suggest having a rental car when visiting.

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It sounds like a wonderful place to stay. Thanks for the detailed description.
I was in Montepulciano 2 years ago, although it was just for a short visit. Beautiful town.

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6485 posts

Thanks for your detailed review.Fonte Marrino sounds like the perfect place to stay!

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Around 20 years ago, I also had a daytrip to Montepulciano and thought the town was so lovely. I had always wanted to return and as you can tell from my review above, really enjoyed myself. The town has completely changed in such a wonderful way since my first visit. There is a very high quality of shop and restaurants now and can say with absolute certain that I did not have a bad meal! If you asked me 20 years ago to describe Montepulciano, I would have said it was a sleepy but enjoyable town. Now, there is much to do, great shops, fabulous restaurants, but not over touristy. I look forward to returning next year.