Villa Il Poggiale Dimora Storica
What We Love
- Set in the glorious Tuscan countryside, yet only 20 minutes from the world class sights of Florence
- Lazy days by the secluded outdoor pool (open May through October)
- The staff is delightful and goes the extra mile to be helpful
- It feels like staying at the country pad of rather grand friends
What To Know
- The property dates from the 15th century
- An intimate retreat with just 24 guestrooms
- Rates include access to the wellness center, which is equipped with saunas and massage rooms
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Dating from the 15th century, this classic Tuscan Renaissance villa is surrounded by olive and cypress trees in the Chianti Gallo Nero wine region, nine miles south of Florence. Owned by the Vitta brothers (whose parents lived here until the late 1980s), the villa has the feel of a private home, with family antiques, prints and paintings filling the public rooms and guestrooms. But this is no museum, and rather than feeling austere, the place is made very cozy by warm pastel paintwork, bright rugs, soft lighting and pretty Indian bedspreads. The graceful arched loggia and the west-facing terraces are perfect spots for sunset aperitivi.
Bed and Bath
Accessed via a warren of staircases and corridors, many of the 24 attractive bedrooms have four-poster beds hung with fine Tuscan linens. Even the smallest Classic Rooms are a decent size (up to 269 square feet), and some of the Junior Suites come with sofabeds. All are beautifully furnished with antique chests, bedside tables and desks, while framed prints brighten the pastel walls. The white tile bathrooms are charming; most have tubs as well and showers, and one has frescoes over a clawfoot bathtub. And there are olive oil–based bath products from a local company.
The restaurant serves delicious Tuscan specialties using home-grown organic produce and the house olive oil. It features a vaulted ceiling and striking red walls, and it spills out onto a wide terrace (weather permitting) with magical views. Breakfast includes homemade cakes, scrambled eggs, prosciutto and local cheeses, and there’s a light lunch menu too, if you want to stay put and laze by the pool. There’s no bar as such, but there’s an honesty bar system in the main drawing room. The small spa offers saunas and massages.
In the Area
Il Poggiale lies at the heart of the Chianti wine-producing DOC, which offers plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. The property is only a 20-minute drive from Florence, but San Gimignano and Siena are also within easy reach. The smaller towns of Certaldo, Volterra and Monteriggioni are also worth a visit. Nearby restaurants include the Michelin-starred Osteria di Passignano, which offers a creative take on the local cuisine, Rinuccio 1180, at the stunning new Antinori winery, and the relaxed Cinque Divino. There’s wonderful walking just outside or, if you want a more unusual perspective on the area, the Tuscany Ballooning hot air balloon company is based in nearby San Casciano.
How to Get There
We stayed at this Villa for three nights as part of a pre-cruise package with Viking Ocean Cruises. The Villa is very old, well kept with beautiful appointments and countryside views. Our room was large, very clean and well taken care of. The staff couldn't be any better. Our meals we great too. We still have to learn not to eat to much at the start of a 5 course meal. It was a nice place to unwind from our long flights to get there.
The reason I didn't give the Villa an excellent rating is there are no smoke alarms in the building that I saw. There were a few fire extinguishers in the hallways. I always look for these things while overseas. Also the escape route from our room, which was in the top of the building only had one way out, not good. You could go out a window but it's a real long first step. So I guess if I were to stay again I would ask for a room on a lower floor. There are no deadbolts on the room doors, if you want to secure the door you need to use the room key to lock the room door from the inside. If you need to get out quickly you'll need to leave the key in the door lock on the inside.
Other than safety issues it was a nice stay at a beautiful Villa.
We were apart of a Viking group. Pre-visit in this Villa for 3 days. Welcome was warm, food was terrific/wine pairings awesome. We had a great time with our guide Daniel and the group we were with - the staff very friendly. Our only problem was the location of the room we were in - #4. It was comfortable, lots of room, kitchen, dining, bedroom, and bath, were all clean and seemed well taken care of. We were however right by the main road and it was noisy during the night, even with windows closed. We also had to go outside to get inside - interesting and we were thankful the weather was beautiful - no rain to run through. All in all we would return. Thank you Monica for a memorable experience.
From beginning to end we had a marvelous time! The ambiance made this a wonderfully classy romantic place to stay while we explored around Tuscany. The staff was a compliment to the experience! Simply WONDERFUL!
Fantastic Food that we enjoyed at breakfast and evening dining! Very attentive, accommodating staff before, during and after our stay! Spacious rooms with beautiful decor and modern bath rooms. Very clean! Beautiful, quiet grounds for leisurely walks and relaxation. Public areas of Villa beautifully appointed with historic reading materials, pictures, and maps, etc. Gorgeous furniture, wall coverings, draperies, chandeliers, etc. Great location for exploring the entire Tuscany area. Easily within reach of day trips to surrounding towns, Florence, and even Rome. When we return, we will definitely stay here again.
My husband and I were traveling with a group of 12 and we spent 6 nights at this lovely villa. Not only was the food, surrounding and service superb, they did an exceptionally nice job accommodating our large group. They set up a lovely place for us to practice yoga and even opened the kitchen early one morning and prepared bag breakfasts for a group of us that had an early tour. They really made us feel like we were guests in their home. I highly recommend this villa.