As far as I understand, agriturism in Italy isn’t regulated by a rating system, which means that in one farmhouse you could be snuggling up with sheep, and in the next being served champagne by the pool before hopping into your own personal sauna. Six-room Podere Dionora fits into the latter category. As we’d approached Montepulciano, I’d been warning my husband, "this place is just a ‘farmhouse,’ so don’t expect anything too lavish." Funny how wrong I was.
Although Dionora does sit on farmland that produces olive oil, sunflowers, and wine (hence some magnificent countryside views from the pool), the experience here is nothing if not sophisticated. Our room, the "Girasole," a warm orange...Read More