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“San Giovanni in Poggio was incredibly beautiful, comfortable, and Francesco is your goodwill amabassodor for Tuscany!” 5 of 5 stars
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San Giovanni in Poggio
Via di San Martino 2775b, 53014 Monteroni d'Arbia, Italy   |  
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“San Giovanni in Poggio was incredibly beautiful, comfortable, and Francesco is your goodwill amabassodor for Tuscany!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

San Giovanni in Poggio was even more beautiful and serene that I could have imagined. We spent 10 days there, with Francesco (the owner) as our trusted advisor for winetasting, restaurants, local shops/groceries, and day trips in Tuscany. Everything about the visit exceeded our expectations, and the apartment we inhabited (Crepuscolo / "Dusk") was beautiful, tranquil, and well-appointed. The radiant floor heating, wi-fi, tv, fireplace, outdoor grill, dishwasher, clothes washing machine, stove/oven and round-the-clock hot water were all flawless. We had our own Italian villa with the most gorgeous views and friendly townspeople in nearby Monteroni D'Arbia. Franceso provided a lot of help during our trip, and his list of must-visit restaurants was right on target.

This place is a 15-minute drive from Siena, with about 3 km of well-maintained country road leading to a 2-lane divided highway for another 9 km or so. I recommend parking in "Il Campo" for visits to Siena. We took side trips to Certaldo (Annie Adair's tour, highly recomended!), San Gimignano, Volterra (cooking class by Guiseppina Pizzolato), Montalcino (where you can bring your own bottle of wine to many restaurants), San Giovanni d'Asso (truffle museum, olive oil harvesting nearby), and Monteroni d'Arbia's own Il Borgo for artisanal salumi and fresh meats.

If you plan to reserve SGiP for the twice-annual Palio horserace (2 July/16 August), you'll want to book in January to make sure there's space.

Room Tip: Crepuscolo had gorgeous sunset views. You can hear the soft bells of sheep being called to dinner, a...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Heaven on Earth may sound a bit hyperbolic, but nothing else could describe our stay at San Giovanni in Poggio. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there the first two weeks of September 2012. The booking process, payment and email communication with Tomasso was professional and thorough. Communication with Francesco the week prior was the same. Upon arrival we were greeted by Francesco and a big plate of figs he picked from his own trees. We knew right then and there we were in special hands! Arber's guidance and engaging personality were a particular joy! All of the reviews on Trip Advisor are spot on; this place is truly special.

The location is perfect for taking day trips all over Tuscany; nothing is out of reach, not even the sea. Although you can travel far, there's no need. Everything within 30km is fantastic! Siena, Montalcino, Montalpuciano, Pienza, San Giovanni D'Asso, San Giamaggiano, Chianti, it's all an easy and picturesque drive away. Between these places you will find dozens of wonderful sites not even mentioned in the travel guides.

Although we intended to use San Giovanni as a home base, it's charm and beauty stole the show every day. Each trip down the 2km driveway the local residents bid hello; from the grazing flock of local sheep and their attending sheep dogs to the European Jays, falcon, deer, pheasant and hare. This is Tuscany in it's most natural and handsome state.

As a professional chef, I cannot say enough about the region. We were lucky enough to catch a local porcini festival in Pievescola (thanks to Francesco!) the Tuscan honey festival in Montalcino, and the Truffle Museum in San Giovanni D'Asso. Forget what you think you know about Pecorino cheese, Brunello, Chianti, olive oil, salumi and Pici pasta. you can't walk 100 feet without tripping over all of it, and all of it better than anything you've ever tasted. Whatever you do, make sure to try the Riccarelli cookies, a Siena specialty. We're on our 3rd attempt at replicating them in the states.

Every restaurant Francesco and Arber recommended was fantastic. We only encountered welcoming and eager to please service. Our Italian is terrible, but we really tried, and they returned the favor with speaking much better English. Everyone was very helpful.

Words really can't do this place justice. You'll see when you get there. We can't wait to go back!

Buon viaggio!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zoutleeuw, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We were here for one week and it was the perfect place to relax.
Super location in a very beautifull landscape (excellent for mountainbiking) and a great service from the owners. Whatever you ask Francesco he arrange it or gives excellent adresses (The winetasting in the Cantina Museo di Montalcino in Torrenieri is an example).
The rooms and swimming pool are perfect.

If you want to discover Tuscan this is a perfect place. We certainly will come back

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We spent 9 nights in San Giovanni in Poggio during August 2012 with our three children (aged 8,10 and 12) and it is one of the most relaxing holidays we've ever had. The location is simply stunning with beautiful views of the Crete, rolling hills as far as the eye can see and in the evenings the most beautiful sunsets. At night while sitting on our sun terrace or looking out our bedroom window we could clearly see the lights of Siena twinkling in the distance and it was just magical listening to the crickets chirping in the fields around the farmhouse. The apartment is furnished to an extremely high standard with beautiful fixtures and tiling throughout. The decor is very well chosen with lots of lovely touches like the beautiful painting by Francesco's wife on the main wall and the gorgeous antique style beds and bedroom furnishings. The apartment even had a dishwasher and washing machine for us to use. The swimming pool and surroundings are beautifully clean and well kept and the short drive to town to the local supermarket meant we could stock up on food easily. Even though it is only 10 minutes drive from town, once you head out of town through the hills you're in paradise with only stunning scenery for miles and miles. Arber and Francesco opened the reception everyday and were always extremely helpful and friendly and provided us with lots of maps and brochures to ensure we made the most of our trip. Definitely a location to return to, again and again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We spent a part of honey moon in San Giovanni in Poggio. And i t was the perfect choice for Tuscan area.Everything is better than what they showed in the pictures.Owner Francesco is very nice and helpful and his hospitality was great.Rooms, pool and location with the amazing view , everything is perfect. For sure we will visit again...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

We just came back from one week san giovanni in poggio with our 6 month old baby girl. Our expectations were quite high when reading all the rave reviews, but they're all true...
Location: stunning, on top of a hill in the crete senesi offering magnificent views of the surroundings. But also not too far from monteroni (10min) so supermarket etc is in easy reach.
House: beautifully renovated, with taste and quality materials, very nice pool.
The hosts (Francesco & Arber) made everyone feel right at home, always ready to help, super-friendly and really "sincere" personal service. When we arrived everything was setup for our baby, they even put baby-proof bottled water ready for us without we ever mentioned or asked this...6* service

Basicly at the end of the week, we were sad we hadn't booked longer... But it will for sure not be the last visit to this superb landhouse.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Virum, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

My family and I spent one fantastic week here; the location is outstanding, the pool and the facilities very nice (honestly, to be in a pool with that view is provocatively nice). The two hosts that we met, Francesco and Arber, were very helpful and made us feel welcome all way through.
We shall be back here, no doubt!

Thanks, Hans

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Via di San Martino 2775b, 53014 Monteroni d'Arbia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Monteroni d'Arbia
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty lodging in Monteroni d'Arbia
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