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Villa il Poggiale--simply enjoyable with flair.
The Villa ii Poggiale is one of the most attractive and romatic locations one could have in Tuscany. A fantastic location near Florence and Chainti, just outside a small yet easily accesible villiage in Tuscany. It overlooks a wonderful vista beautiful even in the "off " season.
We throughly enjoyed the atmosphere of this 15th(?) Century villa with its frescoed "living" room, verandah and period furniture and accessories. It was an absolute storybook location down to the tiniest detail.
the staff is very accomdating and helpful, but still let you decide how and what to do. They leave the premises in the evening and supply you with a set of keys to get in and out after they are gone giving you an experience of "owning" the property and allowing you to come and go as you please.
The location is ideal with numerous restaurants, wineries, hill towns and grand Tuscan landscapes all within a short drive.
A few dissapointments: although the room was very well appointed, we did not enjoy the bed and found it to be a bit hard and uncomfortable. We also did not have a lot of hot water in the mornings. In addition he breakfast was pretty undesireable but we did find a local cafe that we made "ours" nearby.
Aside form thsoe few details that were out of order the whole experience was generally pleasant and we still would recommend The Villa il Poggiale wholeheartedly.
Living like Country Gentry
The four of us, my mother,sister,husband and I, wanted a centrally located ,elegant,historic and peaceful place from which to see Tuscany and the Chanti area,. Villa il Poggiale fit our requirements well. The rooms were historic, roomy, comfortable , while elegant. The hosts were helpful and congenial. The breaklfasts were delicious, especially the homemade pastry items. We were close to Florence, but not part of the hectic traffic and noise there. The nearby villages were charming and filled with locals, not tourists. We'd love to stay here again upon a return to Italy.
Beautiful, elegant, a relaxing stay
We have just enjoyed a 5 night Christmas stay at this beautiful villa. It waa very quiet given it is the low season and the festive period, however the layout of the villa means, I am sure, that even in high season you will still be able to find your own quiet and peaceful place.
We stayed in a junior suite, which was wonderfully furnished in keeping with the period of the villa, and which had doors leading out to a courtyard which would be fabulous in summer. I understand that the courtyard is the oldest part of the original villa building. We were enabled to view quite a few of the bedrooms as they were not occupied, and they were all furnished and cleaned to the same high standard.
Our bed was very comfortable and the power shower had good hot water. Powerful heaters in the room. Our suite had a separate lounge where we enjoyed music and red wine in the evenings.
The staff at the villa are extremely helpful and welcoming (thank you Monica and Irene and the housekeeping team). Reception is open from 8am-8pm and outside of those hours you have your own key to come and go as you please. This suited us perfectly, as we enjoy "non intrusive service" but you must bear this in mind if you are looking for a 24-hour 5 star service. Outside of those hours there is an emergency number only.
The views to the left hand side of the villa are across gorgeous tuscan countryside, and this is where the pool is for spring/summer. Outside the front of the villa is a gorgeous seating area for enjoying a drink and a peaceful time. As another reviewer as mentioned, there is a road to the right hand side of the villa, which is cushioned from the villa grounds by large trees, and provides great access to neigbouring towns and country, but does detract a little from the peacefulness of the surroundings. It did not bother us however, and in summer you would be sat to the opposite side of the villa.
There are wonderful communal spaces in the villa, lots of "nooks and crannies" type rooms on various different levels. For example, there is a "Library" with opulent sofas and book lined walls and internet access, and small seating areas with floor cushions outside several rooms. We really liked the villa's layout, and you can just imagine living there as a rich Italian landowner!.
In fact, we did enjoy a "home from home" stay, guests can use the kitchen in the villa for cooking and there is an honesty bar for helping yourself to drink in the main lounge.
You need to drive to nearby restaurants, but this is the same in most areas of Tuscany. We did however enjoy a lovely meal at Locanda Barbarossa which is only 5 mins walk up the road. We also highly recommend Osteria di Passignano where we enjoyed a wonderful meal. I understand that Villa il Poggiale also has a restaurant in high season.
A fabulous stay and highly recommended for the relaxed and discerning traveller looking for a historic and beautiful residence.
We look forward to returning to this wonderful hideaway.
My husband and I stayed at the Villa as part of our tour of Italy for our honeymoon. It was the last part of our stay and it was perfect. The food is fantastic, the view is stunning. The only draw back is that the town is a little over a mile away, but its the prettiest walk you could ever want. I am so glad we stayed there. Wonderful. I can't say enough good things about this place. I don't know why its not the first ranked hotel in Florence.
Fantastic and relaxing place
We chose for the second time to stay at the "Villa" beacuse it is a fantastic place, quite and elegant, and in a strategical location to visit the surrounding Chianti area, Florence and Siena.
The staff was always welcoming and helpful and the rooms was beautiful and clean.
Again, we felt us like at home.
We have just returned from a marvellous stay at this Villa.
We were celebrating the christening of our youngest daughter and wanted to do something special - What could be more special than a ceremony in the heart of Tuscany.
We contacted Monica with our idea back in November and she did all the rest - what an Angel!
She'd found a local church, and Priest, that would perform the ceremony for us and then made sure everything went well at the Villa.
The Location is stunning - perched on a typical Tuscan ridge the views from both sides of the property are awesome. The rooms were large and had a lovely individual character.
Food was excellent. We will definitely be returning.
Unique experience but...
After reading all the reviews on Tripadvisor we decided to stay at the Villa during our recent visit to Tuscany. Undoubtedly a unique property, with a historc touch, a relaxed ambience and a beautiful setting. However I would still give it an 'above average' rating rather than 'excellent' because :
- very small breakfast room (expect waiting upto 15-30 mins). Not sure if that might change during summer time with possibility of terrace breakfast
- No inhouse restaurant . Nearest restaurant is a 10 min walk (however, the traffic and no sidewalk make it a bit risky, specially if you kids with you)
- The walk from parking to the villa (specially during night)
- bathrooms seem a bit old
Our stay at Il Poggiale was the best part of our Italian tour - our private villa was lovely, reasonable and had stunning views of San Casciano. The staff were fluent in English and very helpful with external reservations and internal accommodations. 5 stars - definite recommend!
Disappointed - not really a Chianti or Tuscan Country Inn
After reading the reviews, it seems mine will be the only one that is disappointing, but will explain why.
Last year we went to Italy for our honeymoon, so wanted the idyllic country location, views, romance, charming villages etc.. We planned 5 nights at Il Poggiale.
Before arriving at Il Poggiale, we stayed at Tenuta di Canonica in Todi, Umbria (My favorite place!) Tenuta di Canonica was my ideal Italian countryside inn. It’s definitely centered in the country, almost on a bluff so has ¾ views of the valley and the charming town of Todi is in the distance. We had views from both our windows, the staff was warm and we had great room and bathroom. Why I am explaining the other place is to show that we had high expectations of Il Poggiale. We expected Il Poggiale to be the Tuscan version and so it was greatly disappointing when we drove to the villa. It is not in the countryside. You drive through a very moderate suburb with tall lower income apartments dotting the road. The photos on the website and in some of the reviews are deceiving because only one side of the villa has a view, the other is an active road. Only a few rooms have views, and they would not be any of the standard rooms.
We truly regret not upgrading to a suite, but didn't realize it would be necessary. I even sent a note asking if we should, but they said all the rooms were tastefully decorated. I cried when I saw our room which we called The Dungeon. It was below ground so looking out our barred windows, you look up to one of the pathways. I asked to be moved to a room with a view and they couldn’t that night. They had said in a day or two and each day I went back, but after expecting to be able to move, it sounded like someone checked in, complained and they got the room we were waiting for. We stayed the five days, but since we spent almost half our trip there, I really regret not moving to a place in the country. If I had realized they couldn’t move us, we would have checked out.
I feel compelled to share this with honeymooners expecting a villa in the Chianti or Tuscany countryside. The town really is more a suburb of Florence, so if you want something close to town, this might work, but for the romance of the Chianti country you really need to be closer to Castellina, Greve or Radda.
Well Worth Visting
Only one word to describe this hotel .....Excellent !!!!!
A truly wonderful experience and such friendly and helpful staff. It is a must for all travellers to Tuscany.
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Trip from Nice to north Italy
We are staying in Nice for two weeks and as we have been a lot around Cote D'azur we would like to make a two night/three day trip driving from Nice to Italy. Thinking about tuscany and a staying at a place called Villa Il Poggiale 40 km outside Florence. I am concerened that it might be too far to drive though as you dont want to spend the whole time in the car... Does anyone know how far it is between Nice and Florence and how long it takes to drive?
Does anybody have any other suggestions of a region or place in north of Italy to make the trip to? Am looking for a nice romantic place, maybe horsebackriding etc.
Re: Trip from Nice to north Italy
IN TOTAL IT SHOULD BE MORE OR LESS 4-5 HOURS. MY SUGGESTION IS THAT YOU LEAVE NICE AT 9.30 DRIVE FROM NICE TO LA SPEZIA. HAVE A NICE LUNCH IN LAS SPEZIA (VERY NICE FISH IN THE AREA) AND THEN GO TO FLORENCE (FROM LA SPEZIA IT SHOULD BE AROUND 2 HOURS.