When you first step out of the car, you think, "Wow." The grounds are beautiful and impeccably kept. The quaint charm of this place couldn't be overstated. Our room was very spacious and pleasant. Bathroom was quaint, which does mean the shower/tub is a little different and not the easiest to use, but goes with theme of the place. The pool area is unbelievable, with the infinity section of the pool overlooking the Tuscan landscape. Just wow. It's like an enchanted forest land here. Free breakfast is served every morning in their restaurant, which is high-quality. Dinner is served every night (€33 per person, doesn't include drinks) and a set menu is displayed each morning to let you know what will be served. The on-site restaurant is a fantastic option available if you want to just hang out and not drive into the old town. Even after dinner we had a fantastic time chatting with other guests all night around the grounds.
We also did a wine tasting one night and their cooking class another night. Wine tasting (€25 each) consisted of going down to their basement cellar and learning a little about Montepulciano wines over some Prosecco. Then you are paired wines during your dinner (White for appetizer, Rosso for pasta, Nobile for secondi (meat)), and it is a fair amount of wine. The cooking class (€85 for 3-hour class, €65 for 2-hour) was very enjoyable, and you are actually cooking for the entire restaurant for that evening. It was fun to get compliments from fellow diners that evening at dinner on some of our dishes.
Our only regret is that we didn't book this sooner and thus could only stay 2 nights instead of the 4 nights that we stayed in Montepulciano area. This place is absolutely perfect and was just what we needed after a very crowded weekend in Rome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Restored villa dated back to the 16th century with charming gardens and endless pool located in from of the secular olive grove, some of the rooms have an amazing view to the tuscan countryside, Villa Cicolina offers daily tuscan dinner with chef Mimmo, cooking lessons, wine tasting in the historical cellar, organization of wine tasting tours in the countryside, wedding at Villa Cicolina is a dream which can be realized. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Cicolina Hotel Montepulciano