Dimora Storica Villa Il Poggiale | Hotel in Tuscany | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Dimora Storica Villa Il Poggiale - Hotel in Tuscany

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Via Empolese 69, 50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Florence
Tuscany, Italy

Monica Cozzi

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+39 0558 28311(landline)

A much-loved Tuscan villa restored to elegance: dinner in an olive store, paintings, frescoes, rose garden...and Florence a 20-minute drive

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Where to start? This historic 14th-century Tuscan villa is serenely lovely. Breathe in the scent of old-fashioned roses from a seat on the Renaissance loggia. Wander through olive trees to the pool. Retreat to the house for some 1800s elegance. Much loved, full of memories, this is the childhood home of brothers Johanan and Nathanel Vitta, who devoted two years to its restoration. Rooms are big, beautiful, full of light, and everything has been kept as it was. An oil painting of their grandmother welcomes you as you enter; a portrait of Machiavelli by Gilardi hangs in the salon. Bedrooms are all different, all striking. Some have frescoes and silk curtains, others have fabrics commissioned from a small Tuscan workshop. The attention to detail is superb but in no way overpowering. The independent apartment is a restored farmhouse with original fireplace and stunning views over the rose garden. The staff clearly love being here and want you to love it too. Breakfast is a generous buffet, dinner is in the restored olive store and Florence is a 20-minute drive.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Monica Cozzi:

Local points of interest from
Monica Cozzi:

  • Visit Castello Sonnino in Montespertoli, a seventeenth century castle still used as the home of its owners, the Baron De Renzis.
  • We offer dinner in our own restaurant, with a menu based on the best of traditional Tuscan cuisine and using local, seasonal produce. Check out Corzano e Paterno, a farm producing some of Chianti's best cheeses, as well as hosting oil and wine tasting.
  • The villa is not far from the beautiful medieval villages of Montefioralle and Badia a Passignano - try the restaurant Osteria di Passignano and visit the Antinori Cellars.
  • San Gimignano, the famous walled medieval town, with its beautiful towers, and Certaldo, birthplace of the 14th century poet Boccaccio.
  • Explore some of Tuscany's best-known towns and cities: Greve in Chianti 17km, Siena 50km, Volterra 60km, Pisa 78km & Lucca 90km.
  • Come and relax in our spa and wellness centre, created to complete your stay among the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. It has been designed especially for the villa and offers simple treatments using natural products from the region.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Lovely and charming place. I highly recommend it for those in search of a peaceful retreat. I enjoyed it with family and friends and loved the restaurant, very good and great coice of local wines."

Alessandro - Rome, Italy

March 2017

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  • 22 Doubles
  • , 2 Suites for 4
  • , 2 Apartments for 5
Price:(i) 130 to310 per night

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Dinner €30. Wine from €8. Restaurant open April-October.




Via Empolese 69, 50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Florence

Hotel 22 Double rooms
Price: (i) 130 to 240 per night
Hotel 2 Suites
Sleeps 2-4.
Price: (i) 195 to 240 per night
Hotel 2 Apartments
Sleeps 5-6, self-catered.
Price: (i) 310 to 310 per night

Monica Cozzi

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+39 0558 28311(landline)