I first discovered Il Poggiolo in 2004 while leading a photography tour in Tuscany. Although my group was staying in a different agriturismo at the time, we were invited to dinner by another group of photographers we'd happened upon, in a poppy, field earlier the same day. Since then, I've been bringing my groups to Il Poggiolo, and sending friends, family and clients, who always love it as much as I do.
Each of the apartments are unique, and I can't really say that one is better than the others. They are all nicely decorated with antiques, the stucco walls are painted Tuscan country colours, and the kitchens have just enough utensils to cook a full meal.
But as much as I love this place, it wouldn't be the same with Michele, the host. He really makes you feel welcome, and is helpful in every way imaginable. He knows the best places to eat, where to buy good wine, which season specific cheese is the right one to eat and so on and so on. But beyond his knowledge, he's always one step ahead of you, and solves problems, long before they become an issue. He is a real gentleman, and the perfect host.
Is Il Poggiolo perfect? For me it is, but here's what others may find disappointing. This is not a hotel and sheets and towels are not changed daily (although I wouldn't be surprised if you asked, they'd do it - but do think about the environment first). The towels are the thin linen old Italian variety, that dry just as well as fluffy terry-towel, but many a foreigner might complain about. The breakfast is decent, with nice cakes and fresh pastries, and Michele's coffee is wonderful, but if you are used to a protein rich hearty breakfast you won't find it here. Having said that, the last time I was there, Michele went out and got us soya milk and cheese, and offered to make us eggs, even though that's not their usual breakfast fare.
The location is supurb, half way between Montalcino and Montepulciano and less than an hour from Siena. If you are into early morning misty photography, this is the place to be.
I love them all the apartments, but if you need wi-fi, it doesn't reach the one through the brea...
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