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San Giovanni d Asso: Hotel Locanda di Montisi

Via Umberto I°, n. 39, Phone: 0577.845906

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Reviewed by: Igiul from OR, review #931

When: October 2004

Seven rooms and 700% hospitality await guests in this little hill town of about 400 people. Excellent base for visiting nearby places by car, bike, or on foot. {2 stars}

A couple of years ago in Scanno, we had the great good fortune to meet and get to know Roberto Crocenzi, the co-owner and co-host of a marvellous restaurant there. Roberto has since relocated to the village of Montisi in Tuscany between Montalcino and Montepulciano. In Montisi, Roberto owns and runs a small hotel named Locanda di Montisi, where we had the pleasure of spending nearly 1 week in September 2004.

The hotel has seven well-appointed rooms, plenty of hot water, plush towels, and a very central location. There is no elevator. Parking is maybe 300 meters away. Breakfast is served in the street-level dining room and the cost is included in the price of the room. Other meals must be taken elsewhere, but Roberto will be happy to guide you in your selection of restaurants.

Roberto brought with him from Scanno to Montisi the same devotion to helping his guests fulfill their various touring wishes and needs. In addition to continuing his incredible dedication to quality in running his establishment, he has time and time again shown himself willing to guide us expertly in our exploration of Italian history, culture, geography, cuisine, and wines. He has also graciously helped us locate a doctor, a pharmacist, and a dentist when emergencies arose.

The area surrounding Montisi offers excellent opportunities for walking and rural bicycle touring. Friends of Roberto's offer hot-air balloon rides from Montisi, and Roberto can arrange horseback riding, cooking seminars, and professionally guided bike tours. He can also arrange transportation to Montisi from nearby centers.

Montisi lies midway between Montalcino and Montepulciano. It's an old hill town with a population of about 400 these days. It has a restaurant, a bakery, two small food stores, two café-bars, a bank with an ATM, one main church, and a post office. The local residents are pleasant people.

Driving times to some popular destinations are approximately as follow: to Montalcino or Montepulciano, 30 minutes; to Pienza, 30 minutes; to Siena, 1 hour; to Florence 90, minutes; and to Rome, 2 hours. We had a car, but there was an early bus at 6:30am on weekdays to Siena, returning to Montisi mid-afternoon. We were told that one can easily reach Florence or Rome for a day’s excursion from the train station in Sinalunga, which is a 20-minute drive from Montisi.

If you are looking for a real treat, book a night or a week at the Locanda di Montisi and let Roberto be your host. Complete hospitality is his specialty. Roberto speaks very good English and is always patient with our very limited Italian.

Locanda prices range from €45 for 1 person to €120 for 4 people; within this range they depend on the season and the particular room.

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