When we initially arrived at Villa Poggiano (and announced our presence over the intercom) we watched the iron gates swing open revealing the long cypress lined driveway. Stefania waved us to the main villa house and welcomed us to Villa Poggiano. Her warm greeting let us know that we were expected to share this historic Tuscan estate as if it was our own.
There are rooms in the villa itself, but we stayed in a suite in one of the lodges on the beautifully landscaped grounds. The bedroom and sitting room were large and comfortable, and the travertine tiled bathroom was excellent.
The villa has a dramatic marble swimming pool, and is surrounded by park land, olive groves, and terraces offering long views over the Val d’Orcia. We were lucky to see Ring-necked Pheasant, and many beautiful wild flowers while walking the adjoining “white roads”.
An excellent breakfast includes fruits, pastries, yogurt, cereal, ham, cheeses --- and eggs cooked to order. Breakfast is served until 11:00am, allowing a leisurely start; but we were out early each morning. The Villa makes a convenient “base” to see nearby Montepulciano, Monticchiello , La Foce Garden, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, San Quirico de Orcia; and daytrips further afield to Montalcino, Cortona, Siena, etc.
Stefania and Angela are knowledgeable and very helpful in recommending itineraries, suggesting sights to see, and making reservations for wine tastings and restaurants (don’t miss the tour and lunch at Avignonesi). But perhaps the best highlight is to bring a bottle of local wine back to the villa to enjoy on the terrace watching the sunset over Val d’Orcia (after all, this is the home of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the nearby Brunello di Montalcino), My next life will be as a Tuscan! Until then, I’ll just return as a guest to Villa Poggiano.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Poggiano is a charming boutique hotel with 3 double rooms and 11 suites. Located in the beautiful south of Tuscany with its rolling hills, vineyard, olive trees. The villa Poggiano is a perfect spot to discover Tuscany and to relax in a unique setting, with professional staff ready to assist its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Poggiano Hotel Montepulciano