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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Peace and quiet

    Stylish interiors

    Friendly staff

  • Kids will love

    The little café

    Pretty pool

    Green gardens

  • Don’t expect

    Organised activities

    Hi-tech frills

    A crèche


Monteverdi hotel in Tuscany has mediaeval charm by the village-load: cobbled streets, a tiny church, a sociable enoteca and a peaceful pool set in fragrant herb gardens. The rustic spa is also sweetly scented. Holidaying historians will be pleased to know that there’s even a 12th-century castle. Families staying here can expect elegant, understated rooms, and a minimum of fuss: just a clutch of staff, quiet surroundings, and pale, relaxed rooms.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Monteverdi with us:

Welcome reception including a glass of prosecco and selection of local cheeses and meats (can be customised for kids and non-wine drinkers).


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Monteverdi – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Monteverdi Hotel – Tuscany – Italy

Need To Know


10, including six suites, plus three villas (with two, three or six bedrooms).


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from £489.62 (€550), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include a generous Continental breakfast. Children Cots and extra beds are free for under-12s and can be added to all rooms. Extra beds for teens can be arranged for an additional cost.


Request an hour-long massage in your room (€100). The hotel hosts artists in residence and decorates bedrooms with their work: if you like what you see, buy a print or painting to take back home. 


At the hotel

Swimming pool, spa, gardens, café, gym, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, Wii consoles (on request), free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TVs, iPad (on request), locally made bath products by La Saponaria, a little company run by a husband-and-wife team. Only the three Sant'Andrea Suites have in-room air-conditioning. but portable units are available on request for other categories.

Our favourite rooms

The villas are an excellent option for families, with plenty of space (enough room to sleep 4–12 people), cosy living rooms and neat kitchenettes. The styling evokes rural romance: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant, slender-framed four-posters, agricultural knick-knacks hanging on walls, alcoves dressed with colourful potted plants and straw hats on hooks. There are two adjoining rooms, one of which has a king-size bed and one of which has twins, making them a great choice for families. Parents should be aware that, while the hotel's historic demeanour is what makes it so appealing, toddlers may find the uneven stone steps in the hotel and villas challenging.



The glittering turquoise pool surveys the verdant Val d’Orcia and is surrounded by lavender. The pool opens as soon as the sun is up. Ask staff for floats and pool toys if you need them; there are no lifeguards, so keep an eye on less confident swimmers.  


The adults-only spa takes inspiration from the rolling Tuscan countryside; trees snake through tables, baskets of fruit and fragrant herbs are dotted throughout the lobby and treatments use wholly natural lotions and potions, sourced from a 13th-century Florentine farmacia. Facials to soothe and illuminate, rose-scented moisturising treatments, massages, and body scrubs will lull you into tranquilit. Signature treatments are rather special, whether you're submerged in a perfumed bath, slathered in Etruscan mud, or opt for the whole shebang, the Full Monteverdi, a 30-minute soak followed by a 75-minute massage.

Book ahead

Book babysitting, yoga classes and in-room massages at least a day ahead.

Food and drink

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Monteverdi's Oreade restaurant may be a striking change of scene for chef Giancarla Bodoni, who wowed Floridians with her Miami eatery Escopazza, but her farm-to-table approach sees fresh Tuscan fare turned into delightful dishes. Artichoke flan with sheeps' cheese and truffle shavings, pappardelle with wild-boar ragu and beetroot gnocchi stuffed with local cheese are some of the palate-pleasing offerings. The culinary team scour local markets for ingredients from nearby farms and picks herbs, fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s gardens. Take lunch at Enoteca where paninis and salads are served.

Family fare

The chef will happily adapt menu items for younger palates, or – for villa guests – conduct a cookery class with wannabe Carluccios. There isn’t a children’s menu as such, but plenty of the options are already suited to younger palates: fresh and simple pastas, grilled vegetables and meat; delicious risotto.  

Hotel Bar

The Library Bar serves a selection of drinks and snacks.  

Last orders

Breakfast is served at Oreade from 7.30am to 10.30am; lunch (on Mondays only) from 12 noon to 2pm; and it opens later for dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm. Take lunch at the Enoteca from 12.30pm to 8.30pm (closed on Mondays). The bar is open from 11am to 10.45pm.  

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Sit at one of the little tables out on the patio, with the Tuscan tapestry of fields and valleys stretching beneath you. For sociable meals with other guests, there’s a communal wooden table in the pretty gardens, which are lantern-lit by night.

  • Room service

    Order breakfast to your room between 8am and 11am.   


    If you need any extra supplies, there are several grocery stores in the town of Sarteano, a 15-minute drive down the hill.  


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Monteverdi Hotel – Tuscany – Italy

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Monteverdi – has been selected and approved by parents.


English-speaking babysitters are available for about €20 an hour; book 24 hours ahead.


The hotel’s baby monitors have a range of 30 metres. However, thanks to the thick, authentic Tuscan stone walls, the monitors don’t have much range across the hotel (however, they work well in the three villas). There’s no cost to use the monitors, but there are only a couple available, so it’s a good idea to reserve yours in advance.

Other Services

Staff can arrange birthday parties and other special celebrations – let them know if you want a particular meal made, or a local cake provided. The concierge can fill the bedroom with balloons, or provide other memorable touches.

What's there already?

For babies

• Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors

For toddlers

• Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Bicycles with training wheels • Bike helmets

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Bike helmets


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Monteverdi Hotel – Tuscany – Italy

Things to do

Monteverdi has an outdoor pool and pretty green garden: spend days relaxing in your hotel sanctuary, or drive to one of the nearby villages or towns for a wine tasting or languorous Italian meal.  

Hotel activities

Guests staying in the villas can visit the local markets and enjoy cookery classes with the resident chef. Ask staff to arrange hiking trails around Monteverdi, yoga, painting and sketching in the lavender garden, or a tête-à-tête with the current artist in residence. Take your little ones to the local farms (ask staff to point you in the right direction), where they can pet the animals and learn how cheese is made. Castiglioncello del Trinoro is a great base for discovering Tuscany’s vineyards, historic villages and tempting trattorie.

Local Guide

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Don't miss…

Siena (a Unesco World Heritage site) for its Romanesque-Gothic architecture (including the Duomo) and wonderful food.

Castiglioncello del Trinoro is a great place for little ones, because it’s safe, quiet, very pretty, and offers up plenty of natural, outdoorsy fun: country walks, bike rides, horse treks and mediaeval-village visits.

Head to the historic city of Siena (a Unesco World Heritage site) for its Romanesque-Gothic architecture (don’t miss the Duomo) and wonderful food. Wander around the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the town square and the setting for Siena’s famous horse race, the Palio, held in July and August every year. Let your little ones chase pigeons in the Campo, or take them up to the humbug-striped Duomo's campanile (bell tower) for wonderful views (and to ensure a good night’s sleep – it’s quite a climb).

At Il Museo del Bosco (+39 0577 582323) on Via dei Pratini, families can look at a collection of artefacts and stories from people who once dwelt in Siena’s woodlands. Children can admire the old farm tools, an exhibition area set in a remodelled hay barn and take part in an educational workshop held in a former school that’s just a short walk from the museum.

Drive to Montepulciano, a mediaeval hilltop town that surveys Siena from its lofty limestone ridge. Gastronomes flock here to try the town’s legendary cheese, pork, pici pasta and honey: like everywhere in Italy, Montepulciano is bad for your diet. The wine produced in this region is also worth the calories: the Vino Nobile ranks highly amid Italy’s many grape varieties. Aside from the restaurants and wine cellars, the main sights to see include the Palazzo Comunale and the Duomo of Montepulciano. Get your kids to try to spot the lion statue perched atop the Colona del Marzocco (a copy of the original, housed in the Museo Civico). If your visit lasts into the evening, sit on one of the town’s walls together and watch the sunset: the views are incredible.

This city of Orvieto has an impressive setting: tuff cliffs and craggy defensive walls built from the same stone. Once a key site of Etruscan civilisation, the city still boasts Etruscan ruins, and there’s a mind-boggling network of underground caves and ancient tombs (go on a guided tour). Admire the Albornoz fortress, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the Etruscan necropolis of Crocefisso di Tufo. Don’t forget to try some of the local white wine. Go for a stroll around the green and gorgeous communal gardens set within Piazza Cahen, and be sure to look stop by Pozzio di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick’s Well), built between 1527 and 1537, when the current pope feared the city would struggle for water if it came under siege.


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Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Sarteano, Tuscany, 53047
Hotel setting

Colourful Castiglioncello

Getting There

Monteverdi’s location is enviable: a mediaeval hamlet called Castiglioncello del Trinoro, in the Val d’Orcia (a Unesco World Heritage site), midway between Rome and Florence.


The closest airport is Florence (, it's 144km from the hotel – roughly a 90-minute drive or taxi ride – and services a range of flights to major European destinations and within Italy. Pisa International Airport ( is just over two hour's drive from the hotel and serves a wider range of destinations. Most transatlantic flights or flights across the Pacific will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport, which is 180km (a two-hour drive) away.


Chiusi-Chianciano Terme in Chiusi is around 20 minutes from the hotel by car, with services connecting to Rome and Florence, via Arezzo, and Siena (


The town of Sarteano is 15 minutes from Monteverdi by car. The hotel has free parking, but be prepared for narrow, windy roads and gravel-topped streets in the village. It might be easier to park by the church upon arrival, and walk down to reception (it’s seconds away).


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Monteverdi – has been selected and approved by parents.

Monteverdi hotel in Tuscany is a simple proposition – part of a mediaeval village in tranquil gardens, with a little café and friendly staff – but, sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that keep you coming back. There’s nothing pretentious or ornate about this authentic Italian charmer, with its herb-packed grounds and rooms styled with a particularly elegant breed of rustic romance. Parents: don’t expect a crèche, nannies or children’s paraphernalia. Bikes are provided, and there are cots for little ones, and the hotel can stretch to black-out blinds, but beyond that, you’re on your own – and all the happier for it. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful setting, and a deliciously relaxed set-up. Staff are young, smiley, and few and don't fuss around guests. Distractions include yoga classes in the gardens and sociable resident artists. Of course, you’re perfectly placed for exploring Tuscany from this Sarteano hideaway, but chances are you won’t leave the pool…

Smith & Family

Our favourite moment of the holiday came on the last evening, towards the end of a drawn-out dinner. Pearl had made friends with children from another family, and the three of them were playing Grandmother's Footsteps on the lawn, a few yards from where we were lingering at the table. We were topping up our wine glasses, chatting and listening to peals of happy laughter as our daughter was having her first taste of those exotically hot, late Mediterranean evenings: holiday perfection. When I scroll through the pictures on my phone, some of the snaps I stop at most often are the ones I took at Monteverdi. My husband and daughter, in shorts and straw hats, walking hand in hand back from lunch, in the shade of the Cypress trees; Pearl in her swimsuit, chasing white butterflies in the late afternoon sun. I look at those pictures, and think: that holiday was bliss.

Anonymously reviewed by Jess Cartner-Morley, fashion editor

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Monteverdi in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The rustic but very stylish room, the wonderful breakfast and food in general, the lovely views and the very helpful and dedicated staff. Wine tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona in Montalcino (arranged by the hotel).

Don’t expect

To get around without a car (prefably AWD), as the hotel is quite secluded in the Tuscan hills, or to dine anywhere else than in the hotels extremely good (but also pricy) restaurant.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The village, the people who all seemed committed to the hotel values, the food which was superb, the views which are stunning, the wine bar, the informality, the rooms and the interior design.

Don’t expect


Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The views and rooms.

Don’t expect

There isn't a lot to do for children here and it is quite isolated - it's marketed as family friendly but this is really an adults and in particular couples hotel.

Rating: 5/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Where do I start? From start to finish this was the best experience! The location is amazing - we couldn't get enough of the views of the Val d'Orcia. The hotel itself is delightful with each room having its own character. We stayed in the Val d'Orcia Suite which was spacious, beautifully decorated and of course had stunning views. The food was excellent - quality and locally sourced ingredients - each day they surprised us with great dishes. And of course there was lots of great wine and we enjoyed sipping cocktails in the bar. The service was superb; nothing was too much trouble. It really was like being amongst friends.

Don’t expect

It would have been great to have a spa in the village - however, this is already being planned by the hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars