l Melograno Hotel is a small, seven-room place just at the base of the hill that is topped with the very old town of Montemerano, about a 40 minute drive (and a lovely one at that) to the east of Grosseto, and only 15 minutes from the historic spa town of Saturnia. Melograno is family-run and its details show it. The rooms are spacious, light, impeccably clean, and well furnished. Most rooms have small terraces that look out on the lovely rolling hills of the area. The bathrooms are exceptionally large with showers, double sinks, and truly absorbent towels. The breakfasts are a pleasure, with local breads and pastries as well as jams and honeys, all to the tune of a noisy machine that in the owner's hands produces very fine cappucino. The bonus is that less than 100 yards away is the Trattoria Verdiana where one can feast on a contemporary interpretation, using the very freshest ingredients, of the authentic dishes of the area.