Badia di Pomaio
What We Love
- A four-star retreat near Arezzo, with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside – includes breakfastHaving Tuscany’s sights – from ancient Arezzo to Lake Trasimeno – on your doorstep
- The beautiful restoration that turned this 17th-century abbey into a relaxing retreat
- Exploring the surrounding countryside from this peaceful rural location
- Treating yourself to an Italian cooking course, so you can to recreate the restaurant's classics at home
What To Know
- The two dining rooms (one is cozy and casual with a fireplace, the other is a vaulted stone cellar) serve Tuscan dishes like slow-cooked suckling pig and homemade pappardelle with the property's own wild-boar ragu
- There's a shuttle service to Arezzo (a 20-minute drive), but guests who want to explore the area should rent a car
- The outdoor pool is seasonal
Under the Tuscan sun is where you’ll find Badia di Pomaio, a peaceful oasis with a soundtrack of birdsong and the occasional distant chiming of a church bell across the valley. The mountainside setting affords far-reaching views across to charming Arezzo, just 20 minutes away.
The rural location is perfect for outdoorsy types. Head out in almost any direction, and there are footpaths and hiking trails leading through the Tuscan countryside, with many more sights reachable by car in under an hour. After a long day of exploring, the teardrop-shaped pool is a great place to unwind, as the sun dips below the surrounding hills.
A former 17th-century abbey, this beautifully restored property features stone walls and terracotta floors in perfect keeping with the original features. Beamed ceilings make for cozy rooms, particularly in the wine cave, where modern renditions of classic Italian and Tuscan cuisine is served alongside an extensive wine list, many bottles of which are locally grown and produced.
The spacious Superior rooms boast panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside and plenty of natural light. Decorated in a traditional fashion befitting the property’s monastic past, rooms feature antique furniture and soft colors that match perfectly with the largely untouched interiors.
You can choose from two dining rooms: a cozy and casual setting, complete with a fireplace, or a vaulted stone cellar. Breakfasts are typically Italian, while lunch and dinner include a wide and well-regarded menu of re-imagined Tuscan dishes, like slow-cooked suckling pig and home-made pappardelle with the property’s own wild-boar ragu. If you (understandably) wish to recreate the dishes at home, you can even sign up for the hotel’s courses in Italian cooking.
Atop one of Tuscany’s famously undulating hills, Badia di Pomaio is less than four miles outside Arezzo, with glorious views across the countryside to the twinkling lights and soaring church towers of the historic city. Splendid isolation means the property boasts plenty of space to explore on foot, but with so much to see in the local area, you may want to consider renting a car. Alternatively, the hotel offers a shuttle service into town.
How to Get There
Let me begin by saying we were heartbroken to leave Badia Pomaio. The drive down the picturesque mountain on the edge of Arezzo felt like leaving family. This last full week of October was the last week before they close the resort for the season. When we arrived, there was one older couple who stayed for one night and when we left 4 days later another overnight couple had arrived for one night. For most of our time there we were the sole guests. We were treated like royalty the entire time. We know that during high time, the staff’s attention would be stretched, however I am certain that we would feel equally special even then. The hotel is gorgeous and tranquil. The views from the property are unbelievable. This restored abbey has all of the modern conveniences and superb design of a luxury resort with the character of a moment in history. Elena, the manager has done an amazing job of restoring the previous hotel and former Abbey by modernizing everything and adding a gorgeous bar to the historic building. The grounds are lovely, highlighting the kitchen garden, a heated infinity pool (which we would have definitely used had I not forgotten my swimsuit!), lounging chairs located to enjoy views, sunsets, and the stars. As we slid into the comfortable bed we were lulled to sleep by reading aloud the nightly printed bedtime story left on our bed evoking legends regarding the Abby.
The staff was simply amazing. Davide was extremely helpful and sent us on our day trips armed with information on where to park, restaurant recommendations, and alternative things to do around the area. Sweet Nadia greeted us every morning to introduce the amazing breakfast display and asked about our sightseeing the day before, happily practicing her English and reminiscing about her earlier years living in the US. Mario provided friendly conversation and is the on-site sommelier who gave us a wonderful pre-dinner Tuscan wine tasting when we knew it was going to rain later that day and we would be returning back early for the evening.
The meals at Badia Pomaio are simply exquisite and were among our most favorites of our trip to Florence and central Tuscany. The dinner service was fabulous and the chef lives up to his Michelin Star. The wine selection is extensive. The morning chef prepared the best frittatas (recommended by Nadia) that I will continue to dream about on cool weekend mornings. The breakfast buffet was scrumptious and includes seasonal goodies from the garden, Tuscan cheeses and charcuterie, yogurts and fresh toppings, cereals, house made chestnut honey and cakes, breads. Truly impressive.
The only negative thing we have to say is that after exploring the hilltop towns we wished we had more time to enjoy the property and it’s amenities...the outdoor terrace, pool and bar. I would recommend reserving one day to relax on site. I sure wish we did!! If you are looking for a beautiful base camp to see Tuscany, this is your spot! Thank you all for a dream vacation!
Excellent, truly excellent ! My wife and I have been staying in some of the finest chateau hotels in both France and Italy for nearly
twenty five years. We have now found the very best. Based on a very old monastery, this hotel now incorporates an extremely modern very tasteful extension that has chic, style and sophistication. Nothing can be faulted. Just a few miles outside Arezzo, the hotel has stunning views over the valley with Arezzo nestling in the bottom.
The manager, Elena, has trained her staff to the very highest level that way exceeds the service we have received anywhere else. Let me cite one example, although I hope for Mario's sake that he makes it a one off unique service ! My wife and I were in the pool ( an infinity pool, the best we have tried anywhere ). Mario came to take our order for poolside drinks. We ordered two G & T's. As he walked back to the bar, I remembered the truly fabulous smoothies that they served, so I ordered a lime, ginger and cinnamon one. When he returned with the two G & T's a few minutes later, there was no smoothie ; I expect that it was missing due to taking longer to make, and probably by the kitchen staff ? Mario rushed off to get it. Upon returning to the pool to the pool a few minutes later, and stopping only to take his shoes and watch off, he descended the pool steps fully clothed and walked the length of the pool to bring me my smoothie on a silver tray !
If there has ever been any service any better I've never heard of it. We shall be returning again and again.
The menu has nice variety of dishes based on the tuscan tradition, but in a modernised way. Some ingredients are coming from the garden nearby. We decided to go with the degustation set and it turned out to be interesting and pleasant experience, the food was delicious. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor areas. Outdoors you can experience not only the food, but also fantastic tuscan sunsets. The place was fool of locals which is always a good sign. Hip bar area with the glass roof.