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This elegant hotel has been in the same family for four generations and it is still run with the same care and thought for their guests as ever. The Francia & Quirinale is undoubtedly one of the grand hotels of Montecatini with a refined air, attentive service and excellent cuisine. It is very centrally located, just a short walk from the centre of the town and a couple of minutes from the thermal spas. This bustling town is a great base for those wanting to explore Florence, Lucca and Pisa which are easily reached by train.
Classic rooms. All rooms have private bath or shower, television, minibar, safe and hairdryer. Some rooms look onto the interior courtyard.
Half board included.
Upgrades: Nightly supplements from: Deluxe £9.50; Deluxe Premium £16.50; Junior Suite £29; Suite £81.
Outdoor pool with sunbeds and umbrellas. The sophisticated bar serves a large selection of cocktails and local wines and also offers a menu of light meals. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Wine tastings and cookery courses can be booked locally.
Wine Tour of Chianti, Montalcino & San Gimignano Leave the car at home and enjoy a whole day dedicated to the joys of wine tasting. Start with San Gimignano, where the crisp white wine, Vernaccia, is produced. Then visit Monteriggioni in the middle of Chianti country, before ending the day at Montalcino to taste the wonderful deep red Brunello.
Tuscan and Umbrian cuisine is full of hearty fare; bread, wine and olive oil, important to all Italians, are sacred here! Most dishes are very simple but pasta often has rich sauces. Try panzanella, a tasty summer salad with bread and vegetables or ribollita, a filling bowl of bean soup.
The famous Siena Palio takes place on 2nd July and 16th August every year and draws crowds from all over the world. Nothing beats the medieval pageantry of the historical procession, followed by the craziest horse race in the world. Bareback riders in medieval costume hurtle around the main square of Siena at full pelt, cheered on by excited spectators.