I was married in Certaldo Alto in May 2013 and we were so fortunate to celebrate in an intimate and extremely special reception at the stunning La Poggiolaia. Our closest family and friends stayed for one week to celebrate our special day and I can honestly say that it was the best day of my life! From the moment I contacted Paola to make an enquiry to the day that we left, the service was impeccable. I have travelled often and have stayed in a range of accommodations, but never have I been so overwhelmed with such kindess and a genuine care for their guests' experience, as I have at La Poggiolaia. Paola was extremely kind and accommodating throughout the booking process and even assisted in sourcing a chandelier locally for our big day. As you know, wedding days can bring unexpected surprises and when a carton did not arrive from America with much needed decorative items, wonderful Paola again came to our rescue and liaised with the local courier company for us! It arrived on the morning of our wedding which would never have happened had Paola not intervened. This level of service continued with Slyvia, the lovely property manager who was there for our every need. Nothing was a bother, ever. Such wonderful people in every way. The villa itself was truly breathtaking. We were in the Capanna and the views from the 2nd level were to die for, simply stunning. The villa was extremely well appointed and was able to cope with my best friend ex chef cooking up a storm as well as the catering company for our reception. Our wedding was every thing we dreamed of and more due to La Poggiolaia. The abundance of blooms in gorgeous spring time created the perfect backdrop. Our families were truly amazed by this stunning location where we enjoyed pre dinner drinks and canapes by the pool overlooking the tuscan hills while a guitarist strummed his beautiful tunes. The beautiful stone of the villa complimented our reception styling perfectly, outdoors and under the pergola looking out toward San Gimignano. Truly, a life long memory of wonderful food and a stunning location. Enough about the wedding though. We also found the location to be perfect for our needs. Central to Siena, Florence and San Gimignano, we were able to do all the day trips that ticked our boxes in terms of gastronomy and gorgeous tuscan hills towns. A car is required in this area but we found it a delight to be able to get lost in your own way, on your own terms and discover some of life's little treasures - like the corner shop down the road from La Poggiolaia who sold wonderful breads and italian meats. Perfect! In addition to this, my husband's parents also made use of the train system on several occasions when they chose a different activity for the day. They found the system easy to use and enjoyed their days out. I could honestly ramble on for eons about this property, so do yourself a favour and take some time (at least a week!) to soak up the essence of Tuscany in gorgeous La Poggiolaia. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it. To Paola and Silvia - thank you for making our day so very very special. Your generosity and kindness will always be remembered. We will definitely return some time very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Poggiolaia is an elegant hilltop farmstead, strategically positioned in the middle of the Golden Triangle - Florence, Siena and Pisa.La Poggiolaia (literally "hill of olives") takes its name from the vast groves of olive trees that surround it in every direction, and will impress its guests with stunning views of the gentle rolling hills that lead to the ancient towers of San Gimignano. ... more less