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What We Love

  • Bags of character with lots of original features and arty furnishings
  • Terra-cotta terrace and secluded garden for alfresco dining
  • Huge airy suites dressed with antiques
  • Top location for coastal visits and hillside walks with views
  • On site stylish spa with hammam

What To Know

  • A car is recommended; the nearest train station is a 20-minute drive away in Massa
  • Intimate eight-room pad might not be to everyone’s taste
  • Breakfast (well worth tucking into) costs extra
  • Lunch service stops at 2 p.m. but the kitchen is more than happy to rustle up a selection of Italian cold cuts
  • WiFi is free


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  •  Restaurant
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The Review

In the sleepy village of Montignoso, surrounded by hills that tumble down to the swanky resort of Forte de Marmi on the Versilian Riviera, Il Bottaccio is an egg yolk-yellow country pad that’s as charming as it is typically Tuscan.

Among the traditional trappings at this Relais & Châteaux property, built around a 17th-century water-powered olive mill, you’ll find sculptures cut from marble from nearby Carrara, thick stone walls adorned with oil paintings and tapestries, ancient wooden beams and terra-cotta flooring.

Owned by a music producer with a keen eye for art, the suites and public spaces are crammed full of statues, antiques and Persian rugs. The higgledy piggledy series of rooms could double as a small gallery. With just eight suites, it’s an intimate property where service is first name-friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The staff are full of suggestions for making the most of the local area.

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On-site restaurant, Sala Piscina, is open to non-residents and has an excellent local reputation. Positioned around a pool, with arched glass doors leading to an outdoor dining terrace, the eatery has an award from the Italian Academy of Cuisine for blending innovation and tradition. Authentic Tuscan dishes feature on the menu, often spiced with African or Eastern flavors: roast pheasant with mango chutney, crispy red mullet with saffron. The impressive cellar stocks 200+ wines, with an Italian bias.

The garden is a highlight at Il Bottaccio, lit by antique street lamps with sculptures hidden among the trees. The giant wooden wheel of the original olive mill takes center stage and provides the perfect spot to sit and linger over a glass of wine or a cappuccino.

How to Get There

Il Bottaccio
1 Via Bottaccio
Montignoso, 54038 Italy


4.5 Very Good 99 Reviews
Amazing Jewel!
Reviewed 8 months ago

We are huge fans of Relais & Chateaux properties, so once we decide what area we want to visit, we always search R&P locations / accommodations first. They never disappoint! Our primary interest for this vacation was to visit the Cinque Terre area, which can be easily reached (30 minutes by train) from Il Bottaccio. We wanted to do other things, too - and it turned out that this location was positioned perfectly for day trips to the Carrara Marble Quarries (INCREDIBLE!! Tip.... take a private tour with Stefania and Manuela, which the hotel kindly arranged for us), as well an afternoon in Lucca. The only thing that we didn't have enough time for was a cooking class with the Chef, which we would have loved to do! Irena, Davide, and Giulia were incredible hosts, and we couldn't have felt more at home. The Chef was amazing! Thank you for such an exceptional experience!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Very nice and very calm place.
Feels like home so cosy it is.
Rooms are nice and have plenty space.
And then there is the food.....
One word WoW!!!!
The chef is super nice and welcoming and will cater to almost any of your resquest.
À delightful place

Perfect place with professional personnel
Reviewed 9 months ago

The best place and people we have ever met. So hospitable, accurate, professional and helpful personnel. Perfect for you if you travel with family and small children. They try their best to accomodate you well. Would like to visit more and more times!

Reviewed 11 months ago

I made a reservation by phone for 1 night in this Hotel
After an mail I heard that breakfast was not included.
I asked if they could make another offer. They did.
When I accept the offer (within 2 hours) the room was already given to some else.
I had booked the room. They had my creditcard details etc.
Do not book this hotel. They are not reliable.
Unbelieveble this is a 5 star hotel.

Anniversary vacation
Reviewed 11 months ago

We have stayed here for three nights during this trip to Italy. Staff were very friendly and spoke perfect English as well as putting up with our limited attempts at Italian.

Our room was fantastic with loads of space, a private terrace and air con that handled itself well even though the temperatures outside hit 35.

Breakfast was great but the evening menu was exceptional with fresh produce and skilled preparation, including changes to accommodate GF request. The wine list also provided lots of very good choices.