Molly McCorkle

Monteverdi

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  • Why:Italian roadtrippin.
  • When:June 2018
  • Who:Me + my fellow roadtrippers.
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Monteverdi The dirt road into Monteverdi. Who cares if we're there yet, this is too good to be true.

The dirt road into Monteverdi. Who cares if we're there yet, this is too good to be true.

Monteverdi The lobby. Nailed it on the design

The lobby. Nailed it on the design

Monteverdi Lobby details.

Lobby details.

Monteverdi How's that for a hotel room.

How's that for a hotel room.

Monteverdi More importantly...this copper tub!

More importantly...this copper tub!

Monteverdi Skip the mini bar, go for the fresh fruit.

Skip the mini bar, go for the fresh fruit.

Monteverdi Breakfast on the terrace at Oreade.

Breakfast on the terrace at Oreade.

Monteverdi The view from the pool.

The view from the pool.

Monteverdi A hummingbird! Or bee?

A hummingbird! Or bee?

Monteverdi Did someone say aperitivo?

Did someone say aperitivo?

Monteverdi Basic sunset photo which really isn't so basic after all - I mean look at it!

Basic sunset photo which really isn't so basic after all - I mean look at it!

Monteverdi The path to dinner...a bit tricky after a spritz or two.

The path to dinner...a bit tricky after a spritz or two.

Monteverdi Walking off last night's pasta.

Walking off last night's pasta.

Monteverdi Taking inspiration from the handpainted signs.

Taking inspiration from the handpainted signs.

Monteverdi The rolling hills of Tuscany. Amazing to see how much of the land is untouched.

The rolling hills of Tuscany. Amazing to see how much of the land is untouched.

Monteverdi If I had a dollar for every time I mentioned

If I had a dollar for every time I mentioned "views".....

Monteverdi Italy's hilltop hamlets have become so mobbed - it was nice to find a place that felt like our own.

Italy's hilltop hamlets have become so mobbed - it was nice to find a place that felt like our own.

Monteverdi In Monteverdi's gallery...if this was the gift shop, this look would be mine.

In Monteverdi's gallery...if this was the gift shop, this look would be mine.

Monteverdi Plotting our day...so many wineries, so little time.

Plotting our day...so many wineries, so little time.

Monteverdi Enoteca.

Enoteca.

Monteverdi The grapvines throwin shade.

The grapvines throwin shade.

Monteverdi Long, lazy lunches at Enoteca.

Long, lazy lunches at Enoteca.

Highs & Lows

  • The drive to Monteverdi is (almost) the best part. A long and winding dirt road set amongst those picturesque golden Tuscan hills leads you up and up until you reach Monteverdi. If you suspect you're lost, you're not - you're almost there.

  • This remote location is by design, meant to deter the masses. No selfie sticks here!

  • I might have mentioned the hilltop views a time or two...but worth mentioning again. Set above all of Tuscany, it's really a unique vantage point. The sunsets are not to be missed.

  • Monteverdi's owner has meticulously restored this medieval village over the span of many years, but original elements still remain - including the older Italian couple that lives across from check-in. They greeted us from their folding chairs just outside their front door.

  • The interior design is immaculate - perfectly plush while fitting seamlessly into the surroundings. We had a full copper bathtub...dreamy.

  • Monteverdi's programming is quite impressive - from an on-site modern art gallery to classical concerts, they've got it all.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Revamped hilltop hamlet.

  • Vibe

    A gift from the heavens.

  • Location

    Very much off the beaten path, the hotel is spread throughout the remains of a medieval hilltop village.

  • Rooms

    Eighteen...plus three villas.

  • Music

    Not really! In fact, you might feel compelled to whisper.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Ernesto Bartolini of DA.Studio and interior designer Ilaria Miani.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes...infinity pool with views across all of Tuscany. I'm sure there was a gym, but no need...this is vacation.

  • Restaurant

    Two! Fance farm to table at Oreade and Enoteca for a more casual fare - this was my favorite place for a long wine lunch.

  • Bar

    The lobby bar and terrace has incredible sunset views. But your options are limitless - pick your favorite scenic spot and a drink will be delivered to you in no time.

  • Minibar

    No, but there was fresh fruit and wine waiting for us upon arrival.

  • Children

    You could, but it's a better place to enjoy without.

  • Price

    Pricey. But totally worth it, trust me.

  • Website

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