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 ...
... We set off the next day for some sightseeing. The first stop was the Galeria di Academia to see David. We weren't too sure about spending €7 to see a statue but we were very impressed by it. We even had some very analytical things to say about it. I said, "it's pretty big," while Tess came up with, "he's got quite a mound of pubic hair". Very deep stuff. Later on we walked over the river and up the hill to Piazza Michelangelo which has an amazing view of the city. ...
... like Rome, a place with flashy tourist sights, but the flipside curse of ugliness in-between them. Florence is none of this. The only adequate description I can give is 'liveable'. Yes it sounds like a horrible description at first. When Melbourne was voted world's most liveable city I recall feeling like we'd won first prize in the world's most terminally boring city contest. But when you think about the criteria ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.