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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


A Dream come True

A long time Relais et Chateau , is bottaccio lives up to a high standard. Nino the chef/manager is a culinary artist while Aldo and Irina make you feel special and at home. This is a special day place and a good base to explore Lucca Pisa cinque Terrell etc

Unique Hotel with Outstanding Service

This is a convenient hotel to most locations in and around Tuscany (Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terra, etc.). The rooms are huge. It is an old olive mill. We had an olive press in our room. Service here is outstanding. The staff honestly enjoy their jobs and do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. They are very helpful and are willing to accommodate you in any way possible. The restaurant is good -- more traditional Italian.

Personalized perfection

We stayed for one night on our way from Milan to Florence in the off season. The personalized/detail-oriented/friendly staff is off the charts. We were upgraded to an amazing room upon arrival — what a Christmas gift! We had a wonderful, delicious dinner by a cozy fire — it was a very nice touch for the chef to come to our table to greet us. The property has so much character and history having been a 18th century mill. The property is tastefully decorated with beautiful paintings and sculptures. We felt genuinely welcomed into a home with so much beauty and soul. Highly recommend.