Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica
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... the stream, the bread was being kneaded etc. There was more to the church however, there were some very old pieces of art. San Gimignano is well known for the number of towers that were built inside the town. The towers were built by wealthy families to show their wealth and power. We climbed the tower on the town hall and admired the extensive views of the tuscan countryside around us. The town hall also had a small ...
... little place clinging to the steep sides of what was a very narrow valley on the sea side. The Cinque Terre is known for its beautiful villages and the beautiful walks between villages. As we were pushed for time we did not have time to do a real walk. However we climbed a steep path between houses and eventually got up above the houses and could look down on the village and really see how steep the hillsides were that ...
... saying of 'when in Rome.....' He's been drinking cafe macchiatos for a couple of weeks now and claims to be enjoying them. I'm not so sure as I think the slightly strange facial expression he has when drinking them seems to indicate otherwise.
The drive from Greve back home was uneventful but delightful as usual. I don't think there could be anything better than driving around Tuscany in the late afternoon.
We had a dinner reservation at San Casciano in ...
Last Tuesday in class, we made parmesan eggplants and tiramisu. I was in the group who made the tiramisu (only 4 people got to do it, so I quickly ran to the front when she asked for volunteers haha) It was really interesting to learn how to make it and it's actually really easy!
After class, some friends and I took a day trip to San Gimignano and Siena. We took a bus to San Gimignano where we first stopped at a family-owned vineyard for lunch and wine ...
... it to Santa Trinity church which includes a Ghirlandio fresco of the life of Saint Francis. Crossed to the Oltrarno neighborhood so the kids could see some of the artisans shops, and back home for dinner and (finally!) an actual early night. We are even too tired to go out for gelato! All of us read a really cool book about Florence for kids that we bought at the Uffizi bookshop.
Thursday, July ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa il Poggiale Dimora Storica San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Beautiful for sunsets and sunrises!
We were pleased with our room and got to sneak a few peeks in other rooms as well. We were pleased to see that although our room had adjoining twin beds (which, in all actuality, wasn't all that bad), others were more like what the website portrays. Our room, and the others we viewed, were all nicely decorated, clean, and considerably spacious (ours was a superior class room). The public spaces were lovely, the honor bar a nice touch, and the overall atmosphere was elegant without being overly stuffy.
We made reservations to eat dinner at the hotel one of our nights there (at an extra cost), and had a wonderful meal. They were serving fish that evening, but when I mentioned that morning at breakfast that we weren't seafood-people, they gladly offered to cook us up something special. We weren't disappointed! The meal was served family / buffet style, still maintaining a bit of elegance.
Breakfast consisted of the customary - ham, cheeses, fruits, and bread and they kept it well-stocked...even for us late-risers. :)
They had a computer with internet access available in a library / den available to all guests, and we had no trouble gaining access to it.
The only disappointment we had on staying here was its unexpected proximity to city of San Casciano. On the website it seems to be out in the country (it does have great countryside views!), but it is actually closer to town than it seems. The window to our room overlooked some neighbors who woke early and liked to talk pretty loudly over their fences. Also, the road noise is quite evident at certain times of day. No biggie, if you come expecting it, we just didn't think it'd be like that at all. Consider yourself warned. :)
The "Villa on the Hill" made our Italian Tuscan Adventure!
This was the first stop of our Tuscan adventure last October and we spent three nights, plus we circled around and spent the last one before returning home at this wonderful Villa. Parking our rental car in the Olive grove, using the key to open the gated entrance and approaching the villa was such fun! Beautiful grounds on a sophisticated level ... nothing touristy here I'm happy to report. Perhaps the most striking experience was the thunderous lightning storm one night ... and the deluge of rain particularly needed by the local village. We watched from a room that overlooked the front of the villa safe and sound within 2 feet thick walls that protected humans since the 1400s! Amazing. Through one event after another, we met Frances and Ed Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun) and I shared with Ed the beautiful presentation brochure so tastefully done. He was quite impressed and looked genuinely interested in visiting the villa. I wonder if they even got there? I would return on our next visit to Florence.
Stay of a lifetime
Loved the Villa, it's staff and it's location. It really added a lot to our trip. We found the location to be ideal b/c it's so close to Florence & yet amidst many of the major hilltowns. I felt like a welcome guest in our host's mansion. Our room had a booklet on what to do in the surrounding towns & where to take nature walks. The breakfast was great, and the juice was organic. What a passionate touch. In one of the living rooms there is an "honor bar" where wine & liquor was left out for anyone who wanted it-you just write your room # & how many drinks you had. At $2.50 per wine, I didn't feel like they were even trying to make a profit, rather just covering costs. It felt so warm & cozy there. The road outside the villa is inconsequential. Our room was very quiet. They are serving dinner now, but we never made it unfortunately. You park in an olive grove. The grounds have herbs, many flowers & roses, a cherry tree, etc... We watched the sun set over the hills from the pool. They have free internet in the library upstairs. Amazing stay, worth every penny & more. You should have no second thoughts about this hotel.
After a stay in Florence my husband and I decided to spend a few days exploring Tuscany and choose to stay in this fabulous Villa, I could not have choosen better it was perfect.
We arrived in the early afternoon and were greeted with a very warm welcome, and shown to our room, which was outstanding. We booked a deluxe room which was huge and furnished with Italian antiques, the walls and ceiling were frescoed it really was fantastic and exceeded all the expectations I had.
We were then asked if we'd like a glass of champagne, which turned out to be a bottle (I don't know whether this is normal or if it was due tomy husband's birthday) and served it in the library upstairs which was incredibly relaxing. They also have a lounge with an honesty bar which is a particulary pleasantplace to enjoy a drink a relax reading a good book, before or after a meal - or both.
All the restaurant they recommended were outstanding, genuinly recommended upon quality, as opposed to knowing the owner etc. This Villa is fantastic and I would highly recommend anyone to stay who enjoys beautiful genuine surroundings.
Beuatiful villa and wonderful hosts
We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Il Poggiale. Cannot praise our hosts enough, a beautiful villa with spacious rooms and bathrooms. Excellent interior decoration.
As others have said, the hosts are the highlight of your stay. They will recommend excellent restaurants (La Gramola in Tavernelle was a great one) and will help you plan your days.
The location is just outside San Casciano in Val di Pesa which is very good if you want to combine a visit to Florence with touring the Chianti region. And it is not so far from Pisa, Siena and Lucca either for day trips.
We hope to be back again soon - I know we have found the perfect place to stay in Tuscany.
Tuscan hospitality at its best...
Both I and my partner stayed at Villa Il Poggiale at the beginning of September for 10 days. Although the weather was not always wonderful, the villa was.
Villa Il Poggiale dates back hundreds of years and is packed with exposed beams, period features and beautiful antique furnishings. This combined with a breath-taking view of the rolling Tuscan countryside from the pool, makes this place a real find.
I would agree that there is slight road noise from a minor road on one side of the villa, but this didn't interfere with our enjoyment of the holiday.
San Casciano is a small town with several places to eat, but you will need a car to explore further. Laconda Barbarossa is a very nice, reasonably priced restaurant only 5 minutes walk from the villa. We received a 10% discount from our meal as it was booked from the villas reception.
The staff are also able to make reservations at other restaurants, book taxis, recommend places to visit and are generally very helpful.
We had a lovely holiday and would like to thank all the staff.
Martin & Jen
We loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful with restaurants, day trips, and special requests. The rooms were clean and very large. Wonderful breakfast. This hotel is on a country road and did not have any problem with outside noise. In fact, it was very relaxing compared to our previous stay in the center of Florence.
Villa Il Poggiale is a romantic place to stay with a lovely grounds and comfortable, spacious rooms. We stayed in Room 1, which contained many elegant antiques and had a huge bathroom. The windows, however, are higher up so there is no view. The continental breakfast is ample and should be enjoyed outside in the garden. The host, Katerina, is knowledgable and will recommend things to do for daytrips. During the day, most of the guests leave and so we had the whole palce to ourselves. The only downside is that the Villa sits on the main road so there is always the hum of traffic during the day as you are sitting in the garden or by the pool. Overall, it is a fabulous place to stay.
A Charming Inn
We stayed here for two nights and had a pleasant stay. A little disappointed with the location (we were hoping it was more centrally located), it was a bit of a drive to anything worth while.
The rooms are large and clean. The staff leaves at 8pm, so you're on your own after that. Although it has a wonderful breakfast, there is no restaurant on site.
The staff was the highlight of our stay. They were on hand to offer wonderful restauarants and great directions.