Tuscany is an extraordinarily beautiful part do Italy, and the views from its hill towns are fabulous. We tried to make reservations in Siena, but most of Rick's recommendations were full. We chose to stay in Montepulciano as an alternative. And boy was that the right choice! This is a quite, friendly little village that offered us a quiet respite immediately after dealing with crowded, fast-paced Florence. We had great accommodations at Mueble il Riccio (means hedgehog in English). Our family of four spent three nights there and enjoyed the hospitality of Gio and Ivana. Breakfast was not included in the price of the room, but for €8, Ivana serves a great breakfast including some of her homemade pastries, and she makes an excellent cappuccino and tops it off with her personal signature smiley face. We had access to a great rooftop terrace with great Tuscan countryside views. I would love to go back and spend a month in Montepulciano drinking in beautiful Tuscany! And don't forget to visit Adamo at Contucci wine cellars. He is a delight!
Thank you for your information as I am planning an early December trip to Italy and this is a location we have not home based in with my two sisters. This is our 4th year in Italy and we go in early December because we fly stand by and more seats are available then! But the local holidays and December 8th are super special days for the locals and us.
We take the train or bus so how would we get there from Rome or Florence. We have home based in both so familiar with the train stations?
I am now looking up your hotel to send them a possible inquiry on dates and you had me with the breakfast for 8E!
Wow, 4th trip to Italy, what a treat!
When we visited Montepulciano, we had a car and drove in from Florance. However, Rick Steves' Italy book indicates there is bus service from Florance, and it's a two hour ride. If I understand correctly, you may also be able to take a train part of the way from Florance. I don't have any information about going from Rome. The village is pretty high so I'm wondering what the weather might be in December. For the best information, I suggest you call Mueble il Riccio. The owner, Gio, and the receptionist speak very good English. They were extremely friendly and helpful. Mueble il Riccio is located near the main square ( but is NOT noisy), and Gio provides tours of the countryside for €50/hour.
I hope you enjoy this fabulous part of Italy as much as we did!