Una Palazzo Mannaioni
A B&B stay in a beautiful and romantic 16th century Tuscan hotel, packed with authentic character and original features
The Una Palazzo Mannaioni is a beautiful little hotel located in a 16th century stone building, which has been carefully renovated in a contemporary style, adhering to the traditional Tuscan design ethos of light open spaces and a simple, elegant aesthetic. It's located in the spectacular hill-top village of Montaione and has grand panoramic views out over the valley below.
Guests can spend their time relaxing by the swimming pool or exploring the countryside - either by foot on the numerous hiking trails in the region, with bicycles available for hire in the village or on horseback at the two nearby ranches. In the evening, enjoy some fine examples of Tuscany's world-famous cuisine in the Ristorante Mannaioni and delicious cocktails in the chic and sophisticated UNA Cafe.
Good to know
A minimum two-night stay is required on 31 December 2013 and 20 April 2014.
Bedrooms are elegant and refined, with tiled flooring, wood beamed ceilings and balconies commanding beautiful views over the countryside. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with a bathtub or shower.
- Pillow menu
- Satellite TV
- Air conditioning
The Ristorante Mannaioni is located in the atmospheric, low-lit premises of an old olive press and serves contemporary takes on traditional Tuscan cuisine. For a really romantic evening, it's possible to reserve the old wine cellar whose barrel-vaulted interior is especially evocative when illuminated by candle light. If you'd like to learn how to replicate the meals you eat here you can learn how to make them yourself in the cookery classes.
The village of Montaione has a long and chequered history. There are a few structures left standing from the Roman period, though the majority of the village dates back to the middle ages when it was a fortified, castellated settlement surveying the local countryside. The winding old streets and grand town walls are very pleasant to explore and there are a number of particularly attractive buildings like the church of San Bartolomeo. Within easy driving distance are the stunning castle towns of Volterra and San Miniato and further afield are Tuscany's spectacular city states - Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca, each one packed with historic and cultural significance.
The best bit...
- Sunbathing by the swimming pool whilst enjoying epic views over the valley
- Romantic meals in the atmospheric wine cellar
- Strong espressos in the stylish UNA Cafe
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