5 March 2015
The medieval quarter of Castiglioncello del Trinoro is a small and surprising pearl, dominating a hillside tucked in the Val d’Orcia. In antiquity, this town made of old stone and narrow streets, was an important crossroads on the Francigena; up until a short time ago, it had been neglected and abandoned by its inhabitants. Michael L. Cioffi, an American lawyer of Italian origins, had the genius idea to restore this Sienese beauty, giving it a new life. Authenticity is the greatest strength of this tourist destination; the hotel is spread over several of the quarter’s structures, which have been expertly and respectfully restored by the designer, Ilaria Miani. Monteverdi Tuscany offers guests the choice to stay in one of the 12 rooms of the boutique hotel, or three villas. The reception is located in an ancient barn. The historic walls also host a restaurant and enoteca, as well a spa, covered in travertine marble, which offers products from the renowned Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. The spaces are perfectly integrated with their surroundings, lacking any signage that could disturb the perfect harmony within the atmosphere recreated with expertise. The interiors have the same feel, and have been treated with a touch of “countryside”. Monteverdi Tuscany is a magical place, where one can recharge far from the daily stress and frenetic rhythms of the city.