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“A truly wonderful week in the build up to our Wedding”

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Fattoria di Poggiopiano
Ranked #5 of 17 Fiesole B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“A truly wonderful week in the build up to our Wedding”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

When planning out Italian wedding one of the things I really wanted was a place where family and close friends could stay. Fattoria di Poggiopiano was perfect, it ticked all the boxes, rustic charm, incredible views, great pool, fantastic facilities and really reasonable. What we got was so much more than that Elisabetta and her family are now part of our fondest memories of a very special occasion for our family. She could not have done more for us, always accomodating and eager to help in any way.

The pre wedding BBQ she organised was sensational, with many guest still raving about the fantastic food. When bad weather was predicted she even had a marquee erected to keep our guests dry.

I honestly cannot recommend this place enough, it's perfect for big family holidays and also for people staying in one of the apartments. If ever there is a case of a the people making the place, it is here. You simple feel like one of the family.

One final thing, it you do get a chance grab as much of the wine and olive oil as you can possibly can. Perfect on a rainy day in winter to remind you of you wonderful Tuscan adventures.

Merle Parrett

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Elisabetta_Mauro, Proprietario at Fattoria di Poggiopiano, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you so much to "THE Bride of Poggiopiano " ! A big embrace to you, James and all your wonderful Family. I hope to meet you again soon ; send me some pictures of your stay , if you can . Ciao !
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

My husband and I, along with our adult daughter and her fiancé stayed here for a week in mid August. It was a great base to take day trips by car. Elisabetta was very helpful with advice on places to visit in the region. During our stay we took day trips to Porto Fino (Gorgeous and highly recommended!), the Cinque Terre (next time we'd take the train), Florence (old city is a World Unesco site), Pisa, Lucca, Greve, Radda, and Gaoile in Chianti, as well as Sienna and San Gimignagno (another World Unesco site). It was unusually hot during our stay (40 degrees Celsius every day), so the large, cool, clean swimming pool felt great after a day of exploring. Although the rooms full of character with brick ceilings and tile floors typically stay cool during the night, the higher temperatures made our room uncomfortable the first night, but all we had to do was mention this to Elisabetta, and she had new fans in our rooms for the rest of our stay. As other reviewers have mentioned, the wine at Poggiopiano is top quality wine, and although we ventured through the Chianti region and did some wine tasting and buying along the way, we enjoyed the Poggiopiano every bit as much as the other Chianti's. I should also note that the Galardi's not only make fine wine and olive oil, but honey also. If we were not traveling for another 5 weeks, I would have bought some to take home. The restaurant in Girone was good (a garden setting with a nice atmosphere), but we wished we had more restaurants close to the farm that we could walk to. Many of the guests who stayed at the same time as us made their own meals in their rooms and ate out on the terrace overlooking the valley. The setting was really pretty. It would depend on what you want out of a holiday, but I would recommend this farm to stay at if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in Tuscany with a car to take day trips in. If you want more night life and more access to restaurants, then a stay in Florence on the south side of the Arno river might be more your style.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

No visit to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to a rural village where a family has been growing grapes and turning them into wine -- on premises -- for ages.

Galardi wines are produced on Poggiopiano Farm located in Girone; a borough of the town of Fiesole, just seven kilometers from the historic center of Florence.

Mauro Galardi runs the organic farm that produces Chianti, red and white wines as well as extra virgin olive oil.

Elisabetta Galardi operates Fattoria di Poggiopiano, the vineyard and olive tree farm-based bed and breakfast on the property.
The husband and wife team also prepare hearty meals for guests at their farm house and cottages.

We didn't get to stay the night -- we were simply sampling wines with our new friends Lamberto Tozzi and Patrizia from Turismo Senza Barriere.

But Elisabetta Galardi showed us an accessible room on the ground floor of the farm house that was nicely equipped for disabled guests and features panoramic views of the River Arno and village of Girone below.

The wine and olive oil tasting room also is barrier-free.
We sampled wonderful Chianti and Tuscan red while Mauro conjured up his best English to tell us about his passion.

He informed us about every vine, climate impact, harvest and processing technique at his wonderful winery.

Galardi's host wonderful wine tastings, which include three wonderful vintages that we'll profile during the next three days.

Chianti D.O.C.G. Galardi, a red wine from organic agriculture composed of Sangiovese (80%), Merlot (15%) and Cabernet (5%) grapes and bearing the flavor of red fruits and spices.

" The selection of the grapes is done with extreme care, as with every other part of our wine making , in order to extract only the softest tannins. "
"The wine is bottled avoiding strict filtration methods which do impart translucency and clarity to a wine, but inevitably destabilize its structure," according to Mauro.

"It accompanies any dish which has a decisive taste but not excessive. Ideal accompaniment for tomato based pasta dishes, salami and grilled meats."

Red wine I.G.T. Poggio all'Uccellare, another red wine from organic agriculture composed of Merlot ( 55%) and Cabernet ( 45%) grapes with notes of berry and spices.

"A red wine from Tuscany with outstanding intense taste and flavors," said Mauro.

"Produced with selected late-harvested grapes from Cabernet and Merlot vines."

"Its full-bodied and persistent taste is the result of an attentive fermentation, which takes place at controlled temperature, and the subsequent ageing in selected medium-toast oak barriques of varying types, which impart a wide range of flavors to the wine."

"Oak harmoniously blends with the complex flavors of wine and enhances its balance."

"Dominant, intensely round, noble tannins confer balance to the wine; its structure allows for a good refinement in bottle."

"Wine is not excessively filtered before bottling, as this would inevitably impair its structure."

White wine ERTA AL MANDORLO, also organically grown with the fruit of the Trebbiano toscano (60%), Verdicchio (40%) vines with what tasted like notes of pineapple to our untrained taste buds.

The Galardi's say "perfumes are discreet, reminiscent of minerals and citrus, with nuances of sage ending in light spicy sensations."

"Goes well with raw and grilled fish; also with fish based dishes that require a wine of a medium-high consistency," says Mauro, noting that best consumption is within four years from harvest.

"Harvest and selection grapes are carried out with attentive care using crates with ventilation openings."

"Crates are taken from the vineyard to the cellar paying attention not to damage grapes, so as to avoid oxidation or undesired fermentation processes."
Soft pressing immediately after harvest aids in maintaining the freshness of primary flavors."

"A unique wine, intense, with flavors that will continue to evolve in the glass offering ever new sensations."

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Every once in a while you find a place to stay that has it all just for you. It's as if it were made for you. So it was with our stay at the farm. We stayed in the Fienile all'Ombra cottage and it was perfect. We had a kitchen and bedroom plus the porch in front perfect for evenings to have a glass of wine and sit and talk. We met several couples while there, and we all got to know each other around our porch. I like to walk and asked Elizabetta, our host, if it was okay to walk in the vineyards surrounding the lodge area. Of course it was, she said, and also recommended other areas to take sightseeing walks. Walking through the vineyards in the morning was peaceful and therapeutic for a city slicker. I like to cook, and the kitchen was adequate for a very good meal supplied from the butcher and grocer in near by Girone. It was one of the best meals we had in Italy.

We were lucky enough to get an olive oil lesson from Mauro Galardi, Elizabetta's husband which was a special treat. We tried his oil. It had the aroma of artichokes and fresh grass. It was fantastic for cooking fresh string beans and sautéed onions. 

If you want to stay somewhere that is a little different away from the crowds with hosts that were completely accommodating and nice and in an absolutely breathtaking setting, stay here. You will adore it.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

this place is truely unique. It is on a working winery and has a few apatments isolated among the vinyards and olive trees. a kilometer walk to the bus station in Girone and a 20 minute ride to downtown florence. No hassle of finding a place to park or driving in the city.
Elisabetta is a gracious hostess. A bottle of their red chianti and 1 of their white are in the room and available for purchase at the main house for 6-10 euros. These are very good Chianti wines. easily $30 a bottle in the US. No TV but great stars in Tuscany.
No wi-fi except at the main house a mile away but if you are in florence all day who cares.
Walk to the bus through the vinyards. Nice resturant in girone or bring your own food for the small kitchenette. Pick a time when the moon is over 1/2 for the beautiful walk home. Early october and the crowds were smaller--but still sizable-and the weather was great. the harvest was just finished and the leaves were changing.
The breakfast was in a beautiful room with great coffee. Wish we could have stayed days longer.

Room Tip: all are perfect. only maybe 8 rooms to choose from.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bratislava
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Everything was absolutely perfect!We spent there marvellous 14 days! Our room was lovely, we appreciate the small and good equipped kitchen. Every morning we awoke on great aroma of breakfast coffee. Missis Elisabetta prepares tasty breakfast served in cosy small house furnished in typical tuscany style. Surrounding was charming as well! Sitting on the terrace with cup of delicious red bio wine (poduced by the family Galardi) every evening with beautiful view on luminous village is experience! The pool was cleaned every day and it was great to jump in to the water after hot day. We amdmired the vineyards and olive´s fields arround. It was very romantic!But this accomodation was also very good starting point for our trips! To the Florence it was only 20 minutes by bus. To the Siena approximately one hour by car. Close to the accomodation you can find excellent restaurant with typical tuscany food. We tasted them and it was delicious, the staff was friendly and nice. In the end we would like to thank again to family Galardi for marvellous holiday!! We recommend to all visit this nice place and spend there holiday.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

We are a family from Greece, with two children (8 and 12) and spent the last week of August in this wonderful farm. It was so beautiful and calm, just like a postcard! Although it was a very hot week of 40 degrees our appartment was extremely cool. The breakfast was served in the loveliest veranda you have ever seen, with breathtaking views of the valley. Great location, just 15 minutes by car from Florence, lovely swimming pool, great for the children during the hot afternoons. A great surprise was the resturant in the village of Girone, a hidden garden with extremely friendly people and the most delicious dishes in very good prices. Our warmest thanks to Elisabetta and her family!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Fattoria di Poggiopiano
Address: Via Dei Bassi 13 | Loc. Girone, 50061, Fiesole, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Fiesole
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Fiesole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fattoria di Poggiopiano 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Poggiopiano farm lies only 7 kms to the east Florence yet fully immersed in the greenery of the hills overlooking the Arno Valley, amidst olive-groves and vineyards facing the sun.The apartments and the rooms,all with bathroom and heating,are located in a typical Tuscan farmhouse,with private panoramic swimming pool. City bus in Girone – 900 mt from the farmhouse- to reach the historical center of Florence. Apartments/Rooms equipped for diversely able people. Product from Organic agricolture : wines, extra virgin olive oil ... more   less 
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