Located twenty minutes outside of Florence, in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing area, this Renaissance villa has been entirely restored and offers the hospitality and atmosphere of a patrician family country house.
The Villa has wonderful light and spacious rooms with private bathroom, minibar, satellite tv, direct dial telephone and modem, safe, as well as air conditioning.
Each room has its own unique character.
The large hall, the heart of the house, with its beautifully painted doors, has comfortable armchairs and welcoming sofas, while various other smaller lounges offer quiet, cosy corners for reading and relaxation.
The walls are painted in soft pastels made from natural pigments.
The fabrics used for curtains and canopies come from small Tuscan artisan workshops.
Oriental silks, on the other hand, have been used in the salons and rooms on the ground floor. Great care has been taken in the decoration of the bathrooms where only custom made tiles in harmonious pastels have been used.
Seated under the Renaissance Loggia, guests can look out over the formal Italian gardens and be enveloped in the fragrance of old roses and flowering shrubs.
The outdoor swimming pool (0rnamental bushes grow in the beautiful central courtyard and garden surrounding the swimming pool ) is open from June until the end of September, while the well-stocked wine cellar is a veritable treasure trove all the year round.
A conference room is available should guests wish to organize small business meeting.
Upon request and depending on the season, we can organize trips to Siena during the famous Palio horse race, to San Miniato to hunt for truffles, to nearby farms to enjoy the newly pressed olive-oil and local cheese, to the most prestigious wineries for a memorable wine tasting.
Breakfast is served in the bright and cheerful former playroom of the children.
The buffet that we serve can be justly called a "Tuscan Breakfast". Fresh ricotta cheese, jams, honey and prosciutto are supplied by nearby farms. Apple cinnamon cake, fruit tart, brioche bread, chocolate cake and quiches are all home made, some of which from old family recipes.
A lovely day in the countryside starts with a good breakfast.
Cooking lessons (from 2 to 10 people on request)
Our chef is an expert in Tuscan cuisine as well as other Italian regions: from the French influenced Piedmont cooking to the flamboyant cuisine of Naples and Sicily, which still harbours echoes of its Arab and Spanish heritage.
We will be glad to arrange for you a personalized cooking course.
Directions to Villa il Poggiale:
Take the Highway Autostrada del Sole (A1), and exit at Firenze Certosa.
From here enter the speedway to Siena, and take the first exit San Casciano V.P.. Drive for a couple of km and just before entering San Casciano, take a right turn towards Empoli-Cerbaia.
After approximately 3 km, on your left, you will find Villa il Poggiale, surrounded by cypress trees.