So this was a last minute booking on our Honeymoon. Our plan for our honeymoon was to Fly into Rome, spend two nights, then spend 4 days on the Amalfi Coast, then take the next 5 days by ear in Tuscany. Rent a car and spend the night in whatever town we felt like spending it in. I called Palazzina a couple days before we were going to arrive and they had a double suite available for $105 (Euros). When we ended up in Montalcino and saw our room, we were blown away! 105 Euros was a STEAL!!!! we paid $130 Euros in Sorrento, $150 Euros in Florence and the rooms were half as nice! we had our own separate entryway with a bathroom, and a very large room with a very comfortable bed. All the beds in Italy are very stiff and this was one of the only ones that was actually very comfortable. The town of Montalcino is amazing! You can walk across it about 15-20 minutes and walk around the outer walls in about 30 minutes. Sits high a top a hilltown and has amazing views of the Tuscany countryside. The food in town is amazing and the Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino's are the best wine in Italy in my opinion.
The B&B itself is the perfect location. 100 ft from the main Piazza, and located 20ft from the main street with great Taverna's, Osteria's and Wine Shops! The town is as quiet as it can be, and after spending a few days on the busy busy busy Amalfi Coast, Montalcino is the answer! The House that Palazzina is located in has frescos and trim dating back hundreds of years and is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen! You really feel like you are staying in someone's home in Italy!
However, what really makes this place special is Roberto & Lucilla, the owners! Roberto is from New England, was a photographer in the fashion industry and has had several restaurants in America. He used to visit the area since he was a kid, since his Grandmother was from the area. Together Roberto & Lucilla could open up their own Tour Guide business because they both have such a vast knowledge of the area and culture. Every attraction and eatery they suggested to us was 100% authentic and amazing. They wont send you to any tourist traps! When it comes to food, as both Roberty & Lucilla told us "We really like to cook and eat good food, so we wouldn't recommend any place we wouldn't eat at." The local Taverna they recommended to us, we went to both nights we were in town. (Taverna Grappolo Blu) Check it out!!! Best Truffle Pasta I have ever had!
I also had a run-in with the local Carabieneri (cops) regarding an accident that didnt actually involve myself. Roberto came running up and translated for us and absolutely saved the day! In situations like that, having someone translate for you when English is there first language is the best thing that could have happened to us. Thank you Roberto for that!!!
Besides all this, Montalcino is a very close-knit community. What we noticed, was there weren't many tourist traps, like the other bigger towns. Montalcino, was a place that wanted to showcase all the best things to area had to offer in a 100% authentic and traditional way, and wanted tourists to come back for those things. Not be grabbing them with some cheap-italian tourist trick to get them back. This was why Montalcino, was one of our favorite places we visited in all of Italy. And when you decide to come visit this town, stay at Palazzina Cesira! You're experience will be 10 times better if you do!
Thank you again so much Roberto & Lucilla for making the time of our honeymoon in Montalcino as special as it was! We will be returning very shortly!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzina Cesira is a beautiful 13th century residence with a refined and tranquil ambience. An elegant home and small hotel, located in the historic center of Montalcino. A Bed and Breakfast where you will experience the style and atmosphere of times gone by. The dignity of Old World with modern comforts creates an inviting and peaceful environment for our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzina Cesira Hotel Montalcino