Are the apartments located within the town?
--> YES. The apartments are located inside the town's walls right in the heart of historic center and at walking distance to everything interesting/useful in town. Montepulciano is a small town and while you stay at PA you won't need a car or public transportation.
Is there a parking available nearby?
--> YES. Although in the historic center, the PA are easily accessible by car and a free, public parking is generally available nearby. Larger free parking areas are located at only 5 or 10 min walk.
Are the apartments within the town's ZTL (limited traffic zone)?
--> NO BUT note that from 2017 most of the ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone) is controlled by cameras. You will be fined if you drive past the cameras at the entrance of the ZTL SO STRCTLY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS WE WILL PROVIDE.
Where are the PA exactly located in town?
--> Here I pointed on Google Maps the exact location. The building above the PA is the town's Fortress located in the highest point of the hill. The property is located in a privileged part of the town close to main monuments and all amenities.
How can I get more references about the PA?
--> Via the numerous traveler's forums such SlowTrav.com or Fodors or online travelogues (see some example on the reference page) .
Do I need a car during my stay in Montepulciano?
--> YES and NO. If you plan to stay in town you will not need a car as everything is at walking distance (shops, bars, restaurants, sightseeing places) but if you plan to visit the surrounding countryside and other villages in the area you will definitely need to rent a car as public transportation within the small villages is no existent.
How can I come to Montepulciano without a car?
--> You can come by train stopping at Chiusi and then by bus (30/40 min) or by taxi (30 min, ca. 40 euro). Buses to Montepulciano run from Siena and Florence. We will provide specific information
Do the PA apartments come with any service?
--> The apartments are self catering. They are provided with linen, towels, toiletry and some basic cooking ingredients (salt, oil etc.). Extra cleaning is available upon request and has an extra charge. Although there is not a proper concierge service, I live next door and happy to provide any assistance during your stay.
Do the PA apartments have air-conditioning?
--> No, there is no air-conditioning in the apartments. Note that Montepulciano is one of the highest hilltop town of Tuscany (located at 600 mt above sea level) and usually get breezy and cool evenings/nights even during summer (see the temperature table below). Old building are naturally insulated with double ceilings and thick stone walls. The apartments are also provided with fans.
These are the average temperatures in Montepulciano per months (in Celsius). Summer average in Fahrenheit max 83 / min 61.
What is the rental cost for 2016/2017?
--> Weekly rates vary depending on occupancy and season. Daily stays with a minimum stay of 3 nights are possible in low season only. Generally the rates for two persons occupancy start from 100 euro per night or from 600 euro per week. Rates for 3 or 4 persons (adult) occupancy range from 130 to 150 euro per night or from 700 euro per weekly stay. Longer rentals (2+ weeks) benefit of reduced rates. Note that the City tax is not included in the rental price.
How can I book?
Why I cannot find you on BOOKING.COM or other online booking engines?
--> Because we are not a standard/anonymous hotel and we prefer human communication to one-click booking system. We encourage the dialog and are happy to answer all your questions to make sure that what we offer is exactly what you are looking for. It's a hard choice in a competitive market but this makes us different :)
Are you on Airbnb?
--> YES we like and share the philosophy of Airbnb. We joined it since the very beginning and we are consistently Super Host since 2014:
These rates are per person or per apartment?
--> ALWAYS per apartment NOT per person.
Are there any extra/additional costs?
--> NO, the price in inclusive of all costs, charges, final cleaning and taxes (except the tourist tax - see here for details). There are no extra costs. The price is always per apartment (not per person). Optional daily cleaning is available upon request at an extra charge.
Why the local tourist tax is not included?
--> The tourist tax (or city tax) is set by the municipality. Any hotel or official vacation rental property just collects the tax on behalf of the municipality and it cannot be invoiced. The amount and conditions of the tax may vary and depends only on the municipality policy. The present conditions are posted here.
Can I only come for few days?
--> YES however the minimum stay required is three nights and restrictions may apply in high season (May to September - included). Only weekly stays benefit of reduced rate.
Is there a specific check in day?
--> No, we don't require any specific day of the the week for check in but generally the weekly rentals start on Saturdays or Sundays
What is the cancellation policy?
-->There is not a formal, strict policy however keep in mind that apartment rental is different from hotel rental: reservations come many months in advance and last minute cancellation will cause the apartment vacancy. Therefore, cancellations made ahead of time (at least until 60 days prior check in date) get full refund (deducted the transaction costs up to 10%). Cancellations made within 60 days before the check in only get partial refund depending on the season and the duration of the stay.
Small advance deposit below 65 euro are non-refundable. Note however that long rentals (2+ weeks) or group rentals (several apartments together) have a more restrictive policy.
I recommend you to get a travel insurance to minimize the risk of trip cancellation or interruption. In this page you will find some useful tips about getting a travel insurance
Is a long term rental possible?
--> YES and quite common because of the Italian Language School Il Sasso and because Montepulciano is the preferred base by many to explore all central Italy destinations. Long term rentals (2+ weeks) benefit of special rates and service (weekly cleaning) but have more restrictive cancellation rules.
Are these apartment suitable for family with infants / children?
--> For Infant YES. Renting an apartment with kitchen facilities offer a good alternative to a traditional hotel accommodation. We also provide a baby cot and highchairs. The apartments however are not much suitable for family with young children as all guests are adult/senior and require silence and relax. Also, we don't have extra bed for children or any playground.
What is the smoking or pet policy?
--> The apartments are STRICTLY no smoking. PET are allowed provided they are well educated and the owner provide pet bed. Pets are not allowed in sofa or bed. An additional deposit may be required.
Will I have any assistance during my stay in town?
--> YES. I'm happy to help you in organizing your travel to Montepulciano and your stay. I'm always keen to suggest you best places to see, to eat and itineraries. You will also find locally extensive travel literature and maps.