My family and I recently returned from a week at Colombiao di Momo and it exceeded our expectations in every way. First off, the property is stunning: Situated among olive groves on a hillside overlooking the fields and mountains of southern Tuscany. It is extremely well cared for with plenty of room to eat, play, explore etc. Our children enjoyed hours playing outside and in the nearby fields. It's also perfectly located 30 minutes from Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza.
As for the house, well -- the pictures don't tell the whole story. It is absolutely fabulous. My 83-year-old mother -- who stayed with us for three days -- was tearing up at the loveliness of it all. It is warm, welcoming, well-stocked and decorated beautifully -- filled with Michael's family heirlooms from travels throughout Morocco, the Middle East and beyond. All told, four of us stayed the entire week, and we were joined for three nights by my brother, his daughter and my mom and everyone had private space: including their own bedrooms and bathrooms. We had plenty of room to spread out and not be on top of each other. In addition, the kitchen was extremely well stocked with all the cooking utensils and instruments you could want -- and Michael gave us a can of his own olive oil from the surrounding fields (along with wine, cheese, salumi and other noshes) at the start of our week -- just an excellent touch.
And that brings me to the host himself. Michael was singularly the best host I've ever had the pleasure of renting from. He clearly cares about his property and his guests' enjoyment. He is full of great recommendations -- including welcoming us to a village-wide lunch on communal tables on the village's Main Street that proved to be the highlight of our week in Tuscany. He's a gem -- and a real bridge into the quiet world of real Tuscan living. As far as we traveled, we always felt at home back in Montisi -- largely thanks to Michael's hospitality. And he was incredibly kind to us last year when we couldn't make the trip due to a medical emergency.
In all, Colombiao di Momo was absolutely perfect, and I can't wait to return again soon.