Tuscany, Italy


Rates from (ex tax)$836.16

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR857.14), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Mellow mediaeval village


Colourful Castiglioncello


hotel has mediaeval charm by the village-load: cobbled streets, a tiny church, a sociable enoteca and a peaceful pool set in fragrant herb gardens. The air of serene rusticity continues in the spa, which offers traditional Tuscan pampering. Holidaying historians will be pleased to know that there’s even the ruins of a 12th-century castle. Rooms are decorated with rustic romance – elegant four posters and rich paints in herb and flower hues – and some of Italy’s best winelands beckon.

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Welcome reception including a glass of prosecco and selection of local cheeses and meats.


Photos Monteverdi facilities

Need to know


12 rooms, including six suites. There are also three self-catering villas (a two-bedroom, a three-bedroom and one with six bedrooms).


If staying in the hotel: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability; check-in 4pm. If staying in a villa: check-out is 10am, check-in 3pm.


Double rooms from $838.44 (€779), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR857.14), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a generous Continental breakfast.


Have a yoga class (€40 a person) in the herb gardens.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, gym, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, Wii consoles (on request), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, iPad (on request), locally made bath products. Villas have kitchenettes. Only the three Sant'Andrea suites have in-room air-conditioning, but portable units are available for other categories on request.

Our favourite rooms

Do you want a romantic private garden, or a supply of logs and your own wood-burning fireplace? Book your spacious Suite accordingly. The villas are an excellent option for families, with plenty of space (ranging from two–six bedrooms), cosy living rooms and neat kitchens. All rooms are designed to evoke rural romance: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant, slender-framed four posters, agricultural knick-knacks hanging on walls, alcoves dressed with colourful pot plants and straw hats hanging on hooks.


The glittering turquoise pool surveys the verdant Val d’Orcia and is surrounded by lavender.


The spa brings the rustic surroundings indoors; trees snake through tables, baskets of fruit and fragrant herbs are dotted throughout the lobby and treatments use wholly natural lotions and potions, sourced from a 13th-century Florentine farmacia. Facials to soothe and illuminate, rose-scented moisturising treatments, massages, and scrubs are some of the heavenly offerings; however, the signature treatments are rather special, whether you're submerged in a perfumed bath, slathered in Etruscan mud, or opt for the full shebang, the Full Monteverdi, a 30-minute soak followed by a 75-minute massage. The gym is a four-minute walk away.

Packing tips

An interest in wine; trousers that allow for pasta consumption.


The hotel hosts artists in residence and decorates bedrooms with their work: if you like what you see, buy a print or painting to take back home.


Very welcome: extra beds for under-12s (free) and cots (also free) can be added to rooms. English-speaking babysitters are around €20 an hour.

Best for

Babies, and older children who can run around in the gardens or splash about in the pool unsupervised.

Recommended rooms

The villas are best for families: more space and access to extra perks, including children’s cookery classes with the chef and trips to the local markets. That said, the Deluxe rooms have space for a sofa bed in a corner of the entrance hall.


Take your little ones to the local farms (ask staff to point you in the right direction), where they can pet the animals and learn how cheese is made.

Swimming pool

The pool doesn’t come with lifeguards, so keep an eye on less confident swimmers. Ask staff for floats and pool toys if you need them.


The chef will happily adapt menu items for younger palates, or – for villa guests – conduct a cookery class with junior Jamie Olivers.


Babysitting can be arranged with the concierge: sitters are English-speaking and charge around €20 an hour.

No need to pack

Staff will provide games, pool toys, footballs, skipping ropes and croquet kit. Children staying in the villas can borrow a Wii.

Food and Drink

Photos Monteverdi food and drink

Top Table

Sit at one of the little tables out on the terrace, or outside any of the restaurants, with the Tuscan tapestry of fields and valleys stretching beneath you.

Dress Code

Linen; leather sandals; an unbuttoned shirt.

Hotel restaurant

Top-flight eatery Oreade is helmed by chef Giancarla Bodoni. She carved out a name for herself at her acclaimed Miami-based restaurant Escopazzo, where the menu adhered to her farm-to-table philosophy. She's brought her forward-thinking culinary prowess to Monteverdi sourcing the freshest Tuscan ingredients and going back to basics with unpretentious yet delicious dishes. Smoked duck breast with micro-celery and green-apple sorbet; braised wild-boar short ribs; and chocolate fondant with liqueur-poached pears are just some of her palate-pleasing offerings. If not in the kitchen, the team are scouring the local markets for ingredients from nearby farms and cherry picking herbs, fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s gardens. Enjoy a laid-back lunch at the Enoteca, where bruschetta, sweet and savoury tarts, fresh salads, and charcuterie and cheese plates are served.

Hotel bar

The Library bar, which has a terrace with sweeping views of the Val d'Orcia, serves locally brewed beer, wine, prosecco and an impressive cocktail menu, which offers sparkling bellinis and kir royales, daquiris, margaritas and negronis. Abstainers can enjoy a small but tasty menu of non-alcoholic cocktails, too.

Last orders

Breakfast at Oreade runs from 7.30am to 10.30am; lunch from 12 noon to 2pm (only on Mondays); and dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm. Take lunch at the Enoteca, open 12.30pm to 8.30pm (closed on Mondays), and sip cocktails from 11am to 10.45pm at the Library Bar.

Room service

There’s a comprehensive bar menu featuring fresh garden salads, regional meats and cheeses, bruschette, pastries and just-baked panini and crostini.


Photos Monteverdi location
Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro


The closest airport is Florence (www.aeroporto.firenze.it), it's 144km from the hotel – roughly a 90-minute drive or taxi ride – and services a range of flights to major European destinations and within Italy. Pisa International Airport (www.pisa-airport.com) is just over two hour's drive from the hotel and serves a wider range of destinations. Most transatlantic flights or flights across the Pacific will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport, which is 180km (a two-hour drive) away.


Chiusi-Chianciano Terme in Chiusi is around 20 minutes from the hotel by car, with services connecting to Rome and Florence, via Arezzo, and Siena (www.trenitalia.com).


The town of Sarteano is 15 minutes from Monteverdi by car. The hotel has free parking, but be prepared for narrow, windy roads and gravel-topped streets in the village. It might be easier to park by the church upon arrival, and walk down to reception (it’s seconds away).

Worth getting out of bed for

Days at the hotel are best spent doing very little, aside from eating, drinking, wandering over to the spa and being very merry. Castiglioncello del Trinoro is a great base for discovering Tuscany’s vineyards, historic villages and tempting trattorias. Guests staying in the villas can enjoy cookery classes (whipping up pici pasta and boar), with the resident chef. Ask staff to arrange hiking trails around Monteverdi, yoga, painting and sketching in the lavender garden, wine and cheese tastings at the Enoteca, or a discussion with the current artist in residence. The hotel also recommends tours of La Foce’s famous gardens, 15 minutes away by car, as well as trips to Montepulciano’s vineyards to sip some Vino Nobile, or Montalcino for Brunello. Olive oil tastings and horse riding can also be arranged.

Local restaurants

Santa Chiara is the elegant restaurant attached to the charming Hotel Convento, on Piazza Santa Chiara (+39 0578 265412; www.conventosantachiara.it). The style is rustic and the hosts are hospitable; try home-made pasta with truffle or porcini, Maremma-style wild boar, rabbit with wild fennel and rich, indulgent puddings. Osteria da Gagliano (+39 0578 268022) on Via Roma is a great spot for simple, traditional Tuscan cuisine: pici with ragout, stewed boar, spelt with pecorino and pears, leek and saffron cake and so on. The little restaurant with its exposed brick and stone walls and arched ceilings makes for an atmospheric setting: there’s only space for 25 though, so be sure to book. The dining room has space for around 20. Albergo Ristorante, the restaurant attached to La Lanterna hotel, is a pasta-fan’s fantasy. Work your way through the different shapes, including ravioli and traditional pici (like a fat spaghetti). The restaurant is on Via Montebianco in Sarteano. Pizzeria Carpe Diem (www.pizzeriacarpediem.it) on Via Campo dei Fiori whips up thin-crust pizzas and feather-light crepes.


Photos Monteverdi reviews

Anonymous review

I have a glass of prosecco in my hand; Mr Smith has a cold beer. We have our feet in the swimming pool; a jawdropping view of the Tuscan hills laid out before us is obscured only by enormous white butterflies.

We have been at Hotel Monteverdi exactly 17 minutes, but already the real world – the easyJet flight, the cavalier Italian disregard for indicating on motorways, the diabolical choice of Italian music radio – has faded away. We are in a better place now. A chef wanders past, cutting herbs from the garden, which reminds us that we are starving after a day of travelling and dinner – but oh, what’s that they brought with the drinks? A tray of fresh bruschetta and olives? Hmmm. We could get used to this.

Monteverdi is the kind of hotel you could wax lyrical about for hours, but if I had to choose just one adjective instead it would be this: ‘classy’. Monteverdi is not a hotel, but an entire village; an ancient hilltop cluster of pale stone buildings with a panoramic aspect across the Val d’Orcia which has been converted into self-contained villas and hotel rooms, with a swimming pool, gardens, a relaxed breakfast-and-lunch café and an elegant restaurant. So instead of arriving in a soulless foyer, you park your car on a steep cobbled lane and you are led through lavender-lined steps to your room. In place of getting a lift to the infinity pool with a view, you meander across terraced lawns, counting lizards as you go. It is an extremely pleasing arrangement, which allows maximum enjoyment of the vistas – I know I’m banging on about the views, but I promise you that if you come here, you will totally see why – and it all allows you to feel as though you are drinking in Tuscan sights and culture without actually having to venture more than a few yards from your perch.

We stayed in Room 3, which was just above the restaurant, but utterly peaceful. (This is not a late-night-party kind of a hotel.) The decor is of the chic rustic-whitewashed-simplicity school familiar to anyone who has stayed in upmarket hotels in, say, Ibiza, or Andalucia, or Provence. I’m not being snarky – when done well, it is the perfect backdrop for an idyllic holiday, for fabulously restorative sleeping and for those heavenly siestas when the world seems to stand still for an hour or two, and Monteverdi does it very well indeed. Thick mediaeval stone walls ensure the interiors are wondrously cool, while heavy wooden shutters keep it pitch dark until whatever time you decide to call morning. (Being an isolated village on the top of a Tuscan hill ensures the quiet. In fact, the first night, it took me a while to get to sleep as the adjustment from London levels of outside-the-window shenanigans to the blanket of utter silence that had descended by midnight was something of a shock. But, you know, we learned to live with it.) We had the bed from heaven, two mini dressing areas off the sleeping space, a good-sized bathroom, and a little sitting room with a sofa and a desk. Pool towels came in a stylish basket to take to the pool; the little notebooks were covetable enough to have been, I admit, immediately snaffled into my suitcase.

There is no better way to kick off a summer evening than an Aperol spritz at sunset. Especially when it is served with a thick, serious-looking menu presented with a proud flourish by waiters who know that even here, in Tuscany, among the very best food in the world, Monteverdi takes some beating. The sheep’s cheese bruschetta antipasto was so tasty I had it every night. The sea bream with clams and the Florentine steak both so delicious that there was really no excuse for chocolate pistachio cake – except that when you’re on holiday, and the food is this good, it would be criminal not to make the most of it, right?

Blissfully easy as it would be to while away the day by the infinity pool, watching the tiny Hummingbird butterflies dart in and out of the lavender, Monteverdi is within tempting striking distance of some of the most picturesque towns in Italy. Montepulciano, a treasure trove of restaurants and frescoed churches, winding streets lined with gelaterias (for ice-creams) and enotecas (for the acclaimed local red) is a 30-minute drive away. Even closer to hand, Sarteano – a sleepy Italian town a few minutes from Montepulciano – is the perfect size for a shady, atmospheric wander from piazza to hilltop fortezza. At the hotel’s recommendation, we lunched in a tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it osteria Gagliano, just off the main piazza, where the pici – pasta in the traditional Tuscan noodle-shape – with wild boar ragu was to die for.

So there we were, in the heart of the most beautiful landscape in Europe, surrounded by the most opulent treasures of Renaissance art, within an easy and picturesque drive of Siena’s famous Piazza del Campo, and of Montalcino where glasses of the town’s famous Brunello can be bought and sipped around the castle walls – and not to mention of the Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada outlet stores – and yet, what did we find ourselves yearning to do by early afternoon each day? Head back to our hilltop bubble for an afternoon swim à deux, an hour with a book, a shower in our cool room, aperitivos, and dinner. Perfetto. Whoever it was who said you can’t buy class clearly had never stayed at Monteverdi.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Monteverdi’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The peace, the quiet, the views of Val d'Orcia. When leaving the hotel, take the opposite road from where you arrive when driving through Sarteano (arriving East, leave West). It's a gravel road/farming road (it can get very bumpy and we were very surprised the GPS recommended it or even had it on its map) but it was worth the trouble as you get to go through farm lands and villas with breathtaking views.

Don’t expect

Very engaged staff in the likes of typical 5 star hotels. They are quite hands off and happy to let you engage with the surroundings by yourself.


Stayed on 18 Aug 2016

We loved



Stayed on 21 Jul 2016

We loved

Beautiful location, amazing views, stylish bedroom and the most delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients - it is clear why this place was voted Best Hotel Restaurant by Mr & Mrs Smith members last year.

Don’t expect

Rooms (not suites) are above the restaurant kitchen, so it can be noisy late into the night and from quite an early hour when setting up for breakfast. The lack of air-conditioning made sleeping an issue in the hot weather when windows had to be left open.


Stayed on 25 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything. A beautiful hotel with very friendly staff and amazing food. The hotel restaurant is very good, I'm not sure you can find a bad restaurant around Tuscany!

Don’t expect

To be in the thick of the action- the hotel is in a village in the middle of nowhere!


Stayed on 18 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything about it; it was an absolutely personal experience. Fantastic staff, and everything was completely perfect!

Don’t expect

The turn-down service and change of towels the minute we used them; it was so speedy!


Stayed on 24 Nov 2015

We loved

The rustic but very stylish room, the wonderful breakfast and food in general, the lovely views and the very helpful and dedicated staff. Wine tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona in Montalcino (arranged by the hotel).

Don’t expect

To get around without a car (prefably AWD), as the hotel is quite secluded in the Tuscan hills, or to dine anywhere else than in the hotels extremely good (but also pricy) restaurant.


Stayed on 29 Sep 2015

We loved

The village, the people who all seemed committed to the hotel values, the food which was superb, the views which are stunning, the wine bar, the informality, the rooms and the interior design.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 21 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything...and we extended our stay because of that. The location is stunning, everyone who worked there were wonderful, the rooms were amazing, and the food and wine were an absolute treat. We plan to return for another stay! Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

We stayed in Aenas 1 for our last night. The decor is very different to our previous room (and we personally preferred the rustic charm of the other), but it has a beautiful lounge area which you share with the adjacent room. Great if you know the people in that suite, but maybe not the room for you if you want some seclusion and quiet....


Stayed on 6 Aug 2015

We loved

The peace and warmth of Tuscany encapsulated in one beautiful hilltop village - stylish local food and wine, space to write or read a novel, an adopted family of friendly, interesting staff, lawns and flowers and ancient ruins everywhere around you, and endless dreamy vistas...

Don’t expect

Absolute seclusion - rooms like ours above the restaurant have a fair bit of early morning noise as the place awakes and people gather outside your window for breakfast. I'd advise choosing your room carefully to suit your needs.


Stayed on 7 Jun 2015

We loved

The views and rooms.

Don’t expect

There isn't a lot to do for children here and it is quite isolated - it's marketed as family friendly but this is really an adults and in particular couples hotel.


Stayed on 25 May 2015

We loved

There is nothing about this hotel that we didn't love. The staff is top-notch. Everyone is so friendly and the smallest details are given attention. The restaurant, bar and cafe are all wonderful. We stayed in the Il Pozzo room and could not have been happier. We will return whenever possible.

Don’t expect

There is nothing to complain about. Absolutely perfect.


Stayed on 21 Apr 2015