Molly McCorkle

Monteverdi

with Molly McCorkle www.byerscollective.com
  • Where:Val d’Orcia, Italy

  • Why:Italian roadtrippin.

  • When:June 2018

  • Who:Me + my fellow roadtrippers.

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

    • Life Changing

    • Plastic Free

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Takable Treats

    • Refer a Friend

    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.

    • Pool/Gym

      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.

    • Wifi

      Of course.

    • Children

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

    • Price

      Pricey. But totally worth it, trust me.

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    Must Bring

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    Best way to book?Hotel Website