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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My wife and I last visited Relais Ortaglia 3 years ago as part of a week long tour of southern Tuscany and Umbria as well taking some cooking classes with the wonderful hosts, Mara and Terenzio, and in Montepulciano. It was one of our best experiences in a lifetime of some pretty good travels.
This years experience was shorter and Mara was away but everything else was as great as the previous visit. Terenzio made sure we had they same room with views on three sides - a front view looking into the valley; backview overlooking their olives, grapes, and garden; a bathroom view looking up to the town of Montepulciano a few hundred yards away.
You stay at Ortaglia for peace and quiet, good friendship with the owners and assistants, and because you can reach so much of Tuscany from it. We spent a day in Siena, 1+ hours away if you stay off the highways and drive the beautiful roads of Val D'Orcia; another afternoon in Pienza just 15 minutes away, and a night in Montepulciano - you can walk in 20 minutes or drive in less than 5 (drive - it is a beautiful and very hilly hilltown).
Terenzio is terrific host, can take you on tours of the area if you prefer or provide excellent directions that keep away from traffic - we saw many more people on bikes than cars.
Don't forget to ask Terenzio to provide you samples of the families wines - from all over Italy from lower Tuscany north.
Looking for a place to slow down yet have many, many things to do and places to see, as well as be treated almost like family, choose Ortaglia and Montepulciano.

Room Tip: if you can book the Poggiola suite looking up toward town you've hit gold. Views described above, the room also has a sauna and jacuzzi and small balcony overlooking acres of olives
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank DillyScarlet
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Our stay at the Relais Ortaglia was outstanding! The grounds are well-kept, peaceful and beautiful with a gorgeous pool and fantastic views. The rooms have all the necessary amenities while still maintaining all of the old world charm we were looking for, but most importantly they are very clean. Ours had its own private balcony on which we could sit to watch the gorgeous sunsets.There was also a lovely terrace overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards, which was a perfect place to end the night with a glass of wine in hand.

The villa is situated very close to the town of Montepulciano - just a five minute drive - which is a very picturesque, quaint and charming town perched on the edge of a hill. The is plenty to do and see there, and the restaurants we ate at were superb. Not to miss is a wine cellar located about three stories down below street level (in a cave). The owner gives free wine tastings, too!

Terenzio and Mara are friendly, speak English well, and are very helpful. Every morning Terenzio took time to give us detailed directions for us to tour the region, and had many great suggestions for what to see and do, and even where to eat when we got there. We took a cooking class the last evening we were there, with wines served from Terenzio's own vineyards. The food was fresh and delicious, and I highly recomend the cooking class if you are at all interested in good, fresh food cooked in a true Tuscan kitchen with awesome hosts.

I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kathy L
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Ortaglia was perfect for our 6 night Tuscan stay in May this year. Located just outside one of Tuscany's favourite (but not yet over-run with tourists) hill towns, Montepulciano itself is breath-taking. It has a history, presence and charm that just can't be missed. The weather was unseasonably freezing for May, but when we arrived at Ortaglia, our host, Terenzio's warmth made it easy to forget the cold and the gray. In fact Terenzio welcomed us like family. Along with three other couples, we toured some of the region with Terenzio as our guide on our second day and what can I say other than we laughed, marvelled at monuments, ate and drank (ohhh, the wine) like never before. Ortaglia's breakfasts were so memorable, I even took a photo of beautiful Illy at the breakfast table she set (with love) for us every morning. This place is charming, romantic, warm, welcoming and brilliantly located (especially if you have a car and are using it as a base to explore). We even had one day of sensational warmth and spent it by the pool! Yes, they have a pool! We'll have to return in summer next time. Oh and it was pristinely clean with super comfortable beds.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cordies
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

My wife Hirae and I spent a fine June week at Ortaglia enjoying the warm hospitality of Terenzio and his staff. On our first evening they prepared a barbeque feast for six guests including ourselves and we truly felt as though we were guests in their own home. We samples some of Ortaglio's fine wines including its Vino Nobile. The following day Terenzio took us on a minibus tour of some of his favourite sites in the region including Bagno Vignoni; the beautiful Romanesque Abbey San Antimo where we caught the monks Gregorian chant; S. Quirico d'Ocia; Pienza; an amazing lunch a his favourite spo; and a private tasting visit to a winery in Montalcino. Terenzio is a very informed guide with a knowledge of the development of church architecture. Ortaglia is well located and our hot days exploring Tuscany were rewarded with a late afternoon cooling swim in the pool that overlooks Montepulciano and the Ortaglia vineyards.
In the cool of the evening as darkness fell we enjoyed a magical show of lights from the host of fireflies dancing through the vines. Ortaglia is an experience not to be missed and we will return one day.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank derekneale
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Our family spent three wonderful days with Terenzio and his lovely wife Mara at this picturesque Tuscan farmhouse/winery. We have two sons - ages 11 and 9 - which may have put the damper on the romantic aspect of this setting nestled below (and minutes away) from the beautiful town of Montepulciano. Even for a family of four from Chicago, the experience was still perfect. From the delicious homemade breakfast spread, to the selection of wines, to the knowledge Terenzio shared that helped us fully experience the region, to the grand vistas surrounding this thoroughly contemporary experience originally built in the 16th century. After two weeks of traveling from Rome to Venice with Ortaglia mixed into the trip for just a few too-short days, I asked my boys what their favorite experience was in all of Italy. Their answered without hesitation - Ternzio & Mara's swimming pool!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Gregory O
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