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
The Villa Il Poggiale deserves its position as a Fodor’s Choice. The accommodations are great as is the food. The staff was very supportive. The only drawbacks are the distance to Florence and Sienna. We were very pleased with our stay. If you don’t have access to a motor coach, you’ll want to have a vehicle.
Thanks to its fascinating location in the middle of the Chianti and an excellent service the Villa is a must for all Tuscany lovers.
With its swimming pool and surrounding gardens the Villa is a welcome resting place after a trip in the country or to one of the nearby towns.
Al the rooms are different but well equiped and spacious. The staff is very friendly and competent. The restaurant offers a variety of fine Tuscan food and wine.
I stayed at the Villa with my whole family (children and grandchildren) and we had an unforgettable time there.
We had a wonderful weekend at Villa il Poggiale. The villa is simply stunning and the scenery is amazing.
We had lunch and dinner here and everything was beautiful.
The staff are extremely helpful and go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need.
Our daughter's wedding was held at Il Poggiale in early June over 3 days/2 nights.
This isn't a modern hotel with wall to wall carpet, etc. It's a fabulous piece of old Tuscan charm. The rooms are all different in size, but all have similar decor and furnishings. The villa has lovely grounds, views to die for over the valley, a very nice pool, an olive grove, etc.
The food is excellent. Home cooked Italian specialities. Very nice breakfast too.
The highest praise must be given to the standard of service and attention throughout. Everything was prepared without fuss, on time and was done perfectly. The manager Monica is quietly super-efficient, making everything happen almost without the guests realising it. None of the “Domani” that we had prepared ourselves for. All of the staff were attentive and unassuming.
We couldn't have been more happy with the way the event went. Thank you to all at Il Poggiale, especially Monica for making it happen.
The wedding was an exclusive hire of all the rooms for a weekend, but everything was just as good for the additional nights we stayed, when other Hotel guests were also staying at the Villa.
It's less than an hour from Pisa airport and it is also very easy to get into Florence and Siena. If you want to stay out of the hustle and bustle when visiting those cities, this would be an excellent choice.
My husband & I stayed at Villa Il Poggiale for 2 nights, oh how I wish it was longer!!! This place is absolutely stunning, our suite was huge & beautifully decorated. The Villa is 600 years old with a gorgeous drawing room, very picturesque gardens & views. It was so nice to relax by the pool, sip wine & enjoy the food. It was our 25th wedding anniversary & we were given a complimentary bottle of prosecco which was lovely. San Casciano which is a gorgeous old town is only a 20 minute walk away. Special thanks to Irena & Monica who were so warm & friendly. We hope to return.
Jackie & Mark