Meuble il Riccio
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... pan fried rabbit with olives and roasted potatoes. Dolci was a torte. She paired each course with a different wine from this area. We learned new recipes and techniques that we, (mostly Tom) will be able to make again when we return home.
After our siesta, we walked up the hill from where we are staying into Montalcino. It's a quaint little town with amazing views. Looking forward to exploring more of Tuscany tomorrow.
In the morning, after checking out, we drove a few miles down the road to a winery. We had a great tour and learned all about how they grow the grapes and care for them. Probably more information than I wanted to know, but Tom really enjoyed it. We then tasted several of their wines with some local food. I enjoyed this part the best. :). On the way to Montalcino we made a couple of stops. First we stopped in Cortona and walked around the town. It was a typical ...
Kevin got up early to go to the laundermat so we could do a little laundry. Thanks Kevin!! Had breakfast at the Trattoria owned by the same people as the hotel. It was a buffet with lots of choices. After breakfast we did a little shopping and then checked out. Off to ...
Atop a volcanic butte in the Paglia River Valley is Orvieto. Spectacular from any and every angle. Vertical cliffs shoot skyward, with the city walls appearing as an extension of these cliffs. The church spires and towers strain higher still.
Since Etruscan times the high plateau on the butte has attracted settlement. Relics of their life have been found throughout the city and the necropolis at the base of the cliffs has provided ...
Up early for breakfast then to the train station Train to Firenze, then Chiusi, then a taxi to Montepulciano as no buses run on Sunday! Room not ready so lunch at Diva and Maceo: bean and bread soup for me and pasta with porcini for J Then Roberta picked us up and drove us to apartment Out ...
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A room with a view
My first trip to Italy and the first time I booked all the hotels through tripadvisor. I had very high expectations - and they were all met. Our favourite hotel was the meuble. It is a dream of a place, the friendliest people who made us very welcome and a fantastic setting. Would like to thank Gio' & Ivana who were so lovely. the view took our breath away.
Great value in a beautiful town
My husband and I stayed here in May 2005, in room #4 for 85 euros per night (no breakfast included, but can be purchased separately for 8 euros per person...try Caffe Poliziano instead!). Our room was a good size with a nicely sized, relatively modern bathroom. The view out our window of the Val di Chiana extended for miles and was gorgeous. The room was very dark and quiet for sleeping, though there was some noise in the evening/morning from the other rooms off the hallway - the walls may not be the thickest, but this didn't bother us much.
The main areas of the hotel are lovely - plenty of comfortable sitting areas and a rooftop terrace with great views of town and the valley beyond. Gio and Ivana, the proprieters, are welcoming and helpful in making recommendations and reservations in the area.
The location in Montepulciano is great - at the top of the hill, just steps from the main piazza. A "downtown" parking space is included with the hotel, but I'd recommend parking on the perimeter road near the top of the hill and walking to Il Riccio for your first time in to get better directions - it can be tricky navigating through the narrow, twisty and steep limited traffic zones without them!
This hotel, and Montepulciano itself, made an excelllent homebase for exploring Southern Tuscany. We wouldn't hesitate to return due to the hotel's location, charm, cleanliness, and great value.
My husband and I just returned from Italy. We traveled with our children, ages: 10, 12, 14 and 19. The Meuble il Riccio and Montepulciano were the highlight of our trip. The owners and staff were extremely accommodating and friendly. The view from the rooftop terrace is absolutely incredible.
Meuble Il Riccio, A Real Special Find in Montepulciano
My husband and I stayed in the wonderful, non touristy town of Montepulciano in central Tuscany. We chose the Meuble Il Riccio hotel and had a fantastic experience. It is owned and operated by Gio and Ivana, two of the most wonderful people that we met in our month long trip through Italy. The building has been in their family for many generations, and their pride in it is very visible. From the moment you enter the incredibly beautiful courtyard, you fall in love with this place! The reception is a grand ballroom size room with beautiful decor and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Our immaculately clean room was spacious with a large, modern bathroom, and was decorated beautifully. Gio and Ivana treated us like family from the minute we entered and were constantly available to make suggestions for places to see and restaurants, and Gio made a number of reservations for us. When we returned from a long day of touring, we would go to the rooftop terrace with its beautiful view of the Tuscan countryside and have our wine and cheese purchased locally since Montepulciano is known for its wonderful wines. I cannot say enough about the quality of our experience in this hotel. It was truly our very favorite hotel (and town) in our entire trip.
A magical place
I'm glad to read that the Meuble Il Riccio is still going strong. My wife and I stumbled on it 10 years ago when we decided to hop off the train in Montepulciano.
As described in the earlier review, it is above a mosaic school. When the staff brought us to our room and opened the window, we were floored. We felt like we were looking out on all of Italy.
Montepulciano also served as an excellent base from which to visit neighboring sights, and had very good wine and good local cuisine.
This is a fantastic place
This is one of those rare finds. The best view I had from any point on my trip to Italy was from the window of my hotel room of this hotel. The owners are exceptionally friendly and extremely helpful. The rooms are clean and unique. The main room has unique art and mosaics because the owners father use to run a mosaic school here. Great location also. Parking is included with the room which you don't know how special that is until you drive around a Tuscan hill town looking for parking that you don't have to walk three miles with your luggage. Book well in advance.
Just stayed there: Wonderful hotel, friendly owner, amazing view from our bedroom window. Only downside is that bags must be taken up several staircases to get to the room. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Lovely hotel, unbelievable views
This tiny hotel (8 rooms) is just off the Piazza Grande at the top of Montepulciano and has a roof top view that extends 30 miles. The rooms have all modern conveniences, and there is a lovely lounge as well. The owners, Ivana and Giorgio, are very pleasant. We drove in, were able to park nearby (permit provided by hotel) and had a delightful 5 days there.
A nice place to stay
Il Riccio proved to be a wonderful place to stay in Montepulciano - clean well-cared for rooms, very reasonably priced, and with an excellent view of the village and surrounding hills of Tuscany. The family owners have clearly put attention into the details of the historic building built on top of an early church (the entryway is magical)... This was a perfect base for our tours.
This Is A Special Place
During our trip to Tuscany we could only spent one night here but I wish it was longer, as our stay in Meuble Il Riccio was wonderful. You can sense the history as soon as you enter the courtyard and you can see the pride in the owners, the very friendly Caroti family, if you are appreciative of what is also their home. The rooms were reasonably priced, very clean and if you are lucky to get one facing east away from the centre of the town, the views are stunning. As is the view from their little roof terrace, which must be one of the best vantage points in the town. A farewell glass of Vin Noble here under the stars was a memorable experience.