Andrea and I stayed the nights of Feb 18 and 19, 2009. We had a wonderful time.
The room/suite was great. The breakfast was in our room and very ample: cereal, bread or croissants with butter and jam including some fig jam from the farm, milk, juice, a toaster, and DIY American coffee. During warmer weather, I understand breakfast is in a large, bright common room, with huge cactus and plants in it.
Our suite was a very large, bright, well-decorated room divvied into a living area and sleeping area. There is an alcove with a refrigerator and microwave. A large (private) bathroom is off the alcove. This was in the main house; there is another apartment in a sub-building.
We arrived after dark, it is admittedly hard to find, though not too far out of town. We did find it by ourselves, stopping once in Serpiole to confirm we were on the right road. In the morning, when going into Florence, we drove about two km. to a square with free parking and took the bus. This worked very well. There is theoretically a bus stop at the base of the driveway, but the bus in the country is not as frequent.
Graziella was tremendously helpful, providing directions, finding us a place to stay near Malpensa Airport for our last night, getting reservations in the popular attractions in Florence, guiding/leading us to a restaurant up the hill from her place. She also made us a quick meal our first night, we were quite tired having driven up from Rome (the very long way) during the day.
Il Poggiolo was exactly what we were looking for, a place out of the ordinary, with an authentic (and somewhat colorful) person willing to spend some time to help out with what ever. It is a place in the country, a somewhat steep driveway, three collies, several cats, and at least two horses. A person who desires luxury Marriott type accommodations with pool and bellhop service, etc. needs to understand this is a country farm. That being said, I would absolutely recommend Il Poggiolo.
It is a great place, a great value, with a great host. It was one of the highlights of our trip!
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