A New Hotel Helps Revive a Medieval Village: Monteverdi, Tuscany

A lovely story of renovation and renewal. Castiglioncello del Trinoro was once a crumbling medieval town in a sleepy corner of Tuscany.  American lawyer and law professor Michael Cioffi spent the past 4 years buying up and restoring buildings in this teeny hilltop village, giving it a sparkling 2nd act. The result of his ongoing efforts is  Monteverdi, which currently boasts three beautiful villas and a just-opened 7-room boutique hotel.

Cioffi hired Architect Ernesto Bartolini of DA studio in Firenze, and Italian interior designer Ilaria Miani to transform the existing buildings into the villas and hotel. The talented pair brought new life to the medieval architecture, infusing the interiors with a modern, yet totally romantic, sensibility.

I love the yin and yang between the original ceiling beams and the more contemporary white backdrop in this hotel room. The black tub is the perfect punctuation to the space.

The white sheer panels suspended from the ceiling, looks both contemporary and incredibly romantic at once.

The bathrooms in the villas and the hotel are all incredibly original, they will make you want to rethink the safe route of subway tile. The rustic stone sink paired with the simple clean-lined shelves is just perfect. This would be a lovely look for a farmhouse bathroom.

An oversized square rain showerhead mounted on the ceiling is nestled in the wood ceiling beams–the perfect marriage of modern and rustic.

Here is another one of the bathrooms in the villas. Room for two.

The villa bedrooms are lovely


Get the look:

Black bathtub by Mastella

Kohler’s square showerhead available at Home Depot

Stone sink from Linens n Things 

Italian Campaign Canopy Bed from Anthropologie

Pottery Barn’s version is about 1/2 the price of Anthropolgie’s

Vintage trunk from V&M


The Chloe chair from Crate & Barrel has similar lines to the ones in the hotel’s lobby.