La Locanda di San Francesco: boutique hotel in Montepulciano, Tuscany


If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, check out La Locanda di San Francesco, an intimate (4-room) boutique hotel set in a 14th century palazzo in the historical center of Montepulciano in Tuscany. It is a family-run hotel which has been written about in magazines such as Food & Wine and Condé Nast Traveller. The owner, Cinzia Caporali, can arrange private wine tours and tastings in the family winery, Tenuta Valdipiatta, which makes Nobile di Montepulciano wine. The bistro/wine-bar offers artisan cheeses, salumi, and other simple delicious dishes. You can also buy locally produced olive oil, honey, pasta and other Tuscan foods.

The area around Montepulciano has so much to offer people who love food, wine, nature and history. The atmospheric little town of Pienza, which lies next to Montepulciano, was the birth place of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, later Pope Pius II, who rebuilt the town in Renaissance style and used it as his home away from Rome in the 1400s. Pienza has wonderful small food stores that sell fresh pecorino cheese, which one must consume immediately. You can find pecorino cheese, plain or mixed with truffles, hot red peppers, etc. in Montepulciano as well. Don’t miss the ancient spa towns of Bagno Vignoni and Chianciano Terme, whose thermal waters were once thought to have cured diseases. The hilly area is perfect for long walks, especially after all the eating and drinking that inevitably accompanies a stay in this region.

La Locanda di San Francesco
Piazza San Francesco, 5
53045 Montepulciano
+39 (0)578 758 725


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