Follonico 4-Suite B&B
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast, free water and soft drinks, and a preprogrammed GPS device
- Gorgeous countryside views at every turn
- Tons of original features and quirky furniture
- An intimate retreat in an off-the-grid location in southern Tuscany
What To Know
- No restaurant, but there's an honesty bar and light dinners are available on request
- Breakfast can be taken on your private terrace (on request)
- Pets are welcome
- Free WiFi and parking
- Late check in (4 to 8pm) is permitted if previously agreed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In southern Tuscany, a 50-minute drive from Siena, the Follonico is an intimate retreat housed in a ninth-century farmhouse, a labor of love for owners Suzanne Simons and Fabio Firli, who spent two years searching for the perfect (derelict) property and a further three years renovating it. The six rooms are individually styled and combine traditional Tuscan decor (beam ceilings, terra-cotta floors) and eccentric furnishings including antique doors, vintage toys and ancient typewriters. Mod cons include free WiFi, iPod docking stations, large rainfall showers and Italian Ortigia toiletries, and the White Essential Rooms feature a private 215-square-foot terrace. The breakfast/brunch spread is an impressive array of local produce grown within 10 miles of the property, and it can be taken on your terrace (when requested in advance). There’s no restaurant or pool, but the owners are passionate about the area and can arrange food and wine tastings with artisanal producers and make reservations at under-the-radar restaurants in the region.
In the Area
The property is less than a 10-minute drive from the hilltop town Montepulciano and a 40-minute drive from Montalcino, both known for producing some of the region’s best wines. The picturesque town of Pienza is within easy reach and worth exploring for its grand church, tiny coffee bars and artisanal and specialty food shops. Sienna is less than an hour away. The stunning 14th-century Palazzo Chigi hosts classical concerts year-round, and theater fans should make a beeline for the unfeasibly elegant Teatro dei Rinnovati. For a hipper haunt, hotfoot it around the corner to Bar Cacio e Pere for live music and a local crowd.
How to Get There
We traveled to Tuscany to explore the region, including the many hill towns.
Follonico was a great way to do this.
This is an updated farm house, which is located several Km down a country road - not quite one lane, but not quite two. Within a day, it is possible to see a lot of the region. The inn is about 5-15 minutes drive from cities, so plan a drive to and from dinner.
The pictures on their website are accurate, but as is often the case, being there is better. The bed was fantastic. The comforter was unique and delightful.
Suzanne and Fabio could not be more helpful or bright.
Breakfast is Inn style. They don't make the huge international hotel buffet, but rather default to delightful local foods in reasonable portions. Fabio was clear that we could request a more American breakfast - but we really enjoyed the thoughtful often unique foods being served. Breakfast is at a common table, where other guests were delightful to exchange with.
If you are after a corporate feel - skip this. If you want a great, quiet retreat - book soon.
We stayed with Suzanne and Fabio for two nights during our Tuscany road trip! It was a best part of our Tuscany trip. Lovely place and hosts, a home away from home. Highly recommended! Thank you, Suzanne and Fabio! Hope to visit again soon!
The rooms are a unique mixture of whimsical and wholesome - think teapots hanging from string and linen sheets and exposed beams. It’s a great fusion of Italian country house pared back with eco friendly ideas. The hosts look like an advertisement for health supplements but are welcoming and kind. A great base for exploring Tuscany.
We stayed three nights at Follonico. The entire place is very personally decorated and it feels like visiting old friends once you meet Fabio and Suzanne. Breakfast is a special highlight as it’s uniquely individual, prepared by the hosts and served on the terrace, great freshness and quality. A pool has just been added to the property.
The B&B is a perfect starting point to southern Tuscany, just a couple of minutes away from Montepulciano and even better - because you probably haven’t heard about it - Montefollonico. The place is not overrun by tourists and offers great dining options.
In advance of your trip you’ll receive an ebook that’s well worth reading and keeping. It contains lots of information about sights and dining options in the region.
The road to the place requires some serious fixing, not the hosts’ fault but more as a word of advice for your approach ;)
I deducted a point for the value for money only.
My husband and I went back to Tuscany to explore the Val D'Orcia and we based ourselves in Follonico and it was the best decision! It is a typical Tuscan country farm, beautifully decorated and run like a BnB by the beautiful couple Fabio and Suzzane that make you feel like family. We also got upgraded to the suite, which was supper spacious and comfortable.
Fabio will cook you the best country breakfast in the morning, served in their beautiful garden with a view of the vineyards.The house is also lcoated about 10 min drive to the beautiful town of Montepulciano.
They just opened their new pool, which is amazing in the afternoon overlooking the vineyards.
We loved our time at Follonico, and hope to be back soon!