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|Recommended Places to Stay…
La Romita Hotel and Restaurant, we owe a special thanks to Alberto and La Romita for the use of their field to launch our balloons. It is located centrally within Montisi and houses an excellent restaurant, comfortable lounges, and quiet corners. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens with stunning views of the countryside. The property has a large sun-drenched swimming pool.
La Locanda di Montisi is a charming small hotel located in a medieval building in the heart of Montisi. A convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom, superb service, and free Wi-Fi.
Santa Caterina bed and breakfast in Montisi, is a modern house with beautiful views. Five bedrooms, delicious home-made breakfasts, and a swimming pool under the olive trees.
Casa Parva is a small, charming one bedroom self-contained apartment in the heart of medieval Montisi. It has been fully restored and renovated to an excellent standard, with antiques, paintings, and attention to detail. Antonella Piredda, the owner, is also a tourist guide and a cheese and wine expert. Minimum stay 3 nights.
La Grancia, in Montisi, is a rare 14th century fortified farmhouse, with four elegantly furnished apartments. Guests have the use of extensive gardens and a lovely swimming pool and barbecue facilities with dramatic views over the valley and the countryside. Bookings are for the week, Saturday to Saturday, or by arrangement for shorter periods.
Palazzo Brandano is a 4 star hotel, bar and restaurant in the tiny medieval village of Petroio close to Montisi. Blending excellent service with the cosiness of village life, it comprises beautiful suites, spacious rooms and a selection of apartments within steps of the Palazzo, all restored in authentic Tuscan style.
La Locanda del Castello is located at San Giovanni d’Asso, also close to Montisi. The hotel sits within the walls surrounding the castle which dates back to the Sixteenth century. It has nine refurbished and individually decorated rooms.
Tailor-made breaks, Art and Paining Courses, Wine Tours, Gastronomic Tours & Cookery Classes
Elizabeth Cochrane, offers watercolour lessons for beginners. Even if you have never painted before (and even if you believe you can’t) Elizabeth’s carefully-planned tuition will help your artistic talents blossom. Your morning lesson will take place in the private courtyard of her home in Montisi, where you will be taken step by step through the process of creating a complete watercolour painting.
Montisi Magica, offers organised holidays for individuals and small groups in and around Montisi, giving the opportunity to enjoy village life and everything the area has to offer. For a creative break of painting, cooking, tasting and sight-seeing, or a tailor-made holiday of activities and relaxation – such as walking, cycling, historic sites, thermal baths, wines, cheeses, olive oils – for a week or just a long weekend – Ann Alexander makes sure that you enjoy every second of your stay and make the most of the richness of the landscape.
Liz Graham-Yooll, has painted and lived in Tuscany for many years and with her husband, Robert Etherington, set up the original Ballooning in Tuscany. Whatever painting subject she might pursue, her pleasure is still in setting up an easel in the middle of a field and working en plein air. Visit her website, and see her small works that capture Montisi’s countryside and farmhouse life to take home with you.
La Cornucopia Italia, expert Guided Wine Tours in Tuscany, Umbria, and throughout Italy!
Vitis Vinifera, in the heart of Montisi, presents a selection of the very best Italian and international wines. Keep an eye out for their unique wine tasting evenings.
Other ideas for visiting
The region maintains a very good website called Terre di Sienna for the sites and attractions in the Siena Province. The site includes information on the many museums and historic sites within the area. Well worth a look.
RESTAURANTS and CAFES, all within the immediate area of Montisi
Il Barrino (€€) is a bar run by good friends of ‘Ballooning in Tuscany’ – Gianluca, Cristina, and the family. Situated at the heart of the village, it serves excellent coffee, drinks, newspapers, etc. Upstairs is the friendly and informal Trattoria, where Gianluca’s mother prepares her seasonal specialties.
La Romita (€€€), also in the centre of the village, is run by our friends Alberto and Giovanna Bindi, with the food cooked by Giovanna, a Cordon Bleu chef. The food is superb and featuring a very special cuisine: traditionally Tuscan but with some elements of Medieval and Renaissance recipes. Lunch, dinner, and always book a reservation.
Taverna da Roberto (€€) is a restaurant run by Roberto Crocenzi who has a broad knowledge of wines and Slow Food. Roberto sources all of the food locally, and the menu is seasonal. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with tables both indoor and outdoor. Reservations are recommended 0577-845159.
MaMa’, (€) is located centrally in Montisi, across from La Romita, with a large outdoor seating area perfect for watching the world go by. It is open 7 days a week, and serves a wide range of good wines, beers, excellent cocktails, and pastas, salads and an array of local meats and cheeses. Live music on the patio in the summer every Friday night.
L’Osteria di Simone, (€) is a pizzeria in the small main Montisi piazza, owned and managed by Massimo and Sabrina. They offer simple dishes at lunch, and pizzas and pasta dishes in the evenings. They have a beautiful terrace with views of the countryside, with amazing views of the sunset!
Palazzo Brandano (€€€) bar, enoteca, restaurant (and four star hotel) has a spectacular terrace with panoramic views over the countryside serving traditional Tuscan cuisine with a modern twist using produce from the area; Tuscan, Italian and International wines are also available. Open for lunch and dinner with daily specials and seasonal treats.
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La Locanda del Castello, (€€) is located in the old part of this small ancient hamlet inside the walls of the town and directly by the castle, dating back to the Sixteenth century. It has indoor and outdoor seating and friendly service, with local specialties such as white truffles for which San Giovanni d’Asso is famous. (Truffles are very seasonal; white truffles in late Autumn/Fall; March truffles in Spring.)
Osteria delle Crete, (€) is located in the main village street. Great food, friendly service and lovely village location, perfect for watching the world go by. The Osteria offer morning coffee to multiple plate tasting lunches and dinner.
Ristorante Conte Matto, (€€€) is owned by Davide and his family with an excellent menu of Tuscan classic dishes accompanied by an extensive list of Italian wines. Indoor dining rooms and outdoor seating on a lovely terrace.
Osteria Caffe’ Ciriera, (€) is a bar/restaurant serving Italian breakfasts, with simple, authentic, and tasty dishes for lunch and dinner. Located in the piazza, looking up at the village church.
Casal Mustia, (€€) is a small restaurant, cafe/bar (and hotel) in the centre of this typical Tuscan village, just ten minutes drive from Montisi. Friendly staff, and great food serving locally sourced and quality food. Choose from the outdoor seating in the piazza, or upstairs in the small restaurant.
|Other Links (not in Tuscany)
Virgin Balloon Flights the largest passenger rides company in the world, based in the UK.