There is a certain vision of what Tuscany looks and feels like. That vision is fully realized at Villa il Pozzo. First and foremost, the service from Alessandro and family is perfect. This is the home he and his siblings were raised in and they take visible pride in the property. Alessandro took the time to give us a tour of their wine and olive production (make sure you purchase a few bottles). Upon our arrival they walked us through the rooms and property and ensured we were comfortable with the accommodations. We shared our itinerary and Alessandro explained the best place to take the train (Certaldo) and noted some good restaurants nearby (try the pumpkin stuffed coniglio at Osteria di Casa Chianti). We saw the family around the property throughout the week and were available for us to ask questions.
The property and grounds were perfectly manicured. The pool was always clean. We were able to walk to a nearby church and walk around the vineyards. There is an incredible view of the neighboring hill towns. We asked ourselves, why stay at crowded San Gimignano when you have a clear, relaxing view of San Gimignano and all the towers from Villa il Pozzo? We stayed in the "Terrazza" room. The Terrace is incredible. Uninterrupted views of the entire region.
Geographically, the Villa is in a perfect location. Just a few minutes from Certaldo, which in its own right is a great exposure to Italian lifestyle (loved the families taking the evening walks with all the kids well past 10pm). We did our grocery shopping and we took train trips to Siena and Firenze from here. We also drove to Volterra, San Gimignano, and Siena. The drives were short and enjoyable (unless the passenger is prone to carsickness - lots of curves!)
I could go on and on. Suffice it say - I will never hear about a friend or acquaintance making a trip to Tuscany without recommending Villa il Pozzo.
The only regret I have is not taking enough time to relax at the Villa itself. Make those days trips shorter, come back to Il Pozzo, share some wine out on the lawn or by the pool and stare out across the perfect scene you imagined before arriving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically positioned between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti region, Villa Il Pozzo will impress its guests with stunning views of the gentle rolling hills leading to the extraordinary ancient towers of San Gimignano. All its beautiful apartments are personally furnished by Mrs. Gori with precious original antiques. Amenities include a magnificent Mediterranean-style swimming pool, a private library with recent and antique literature, a breathtaking classical Tuscan garden with hand-carved stone balusters and huge terracotta urns. Our guests may stroll through the olive groves and vineyards surrounding the Villa and taste the excellent Chianti wine and Olive Oil produced by the farm. Stucco, frescoes, and high hand-painted ceilings make Villa Il Pozzo the perfect place for an unforgettable vacation. At walking distance there are a family-owned Tuscan Restaurant, a mini-market, and one of the oldest churches of the region. Following an old tradition, all the weddings of the Gori family members are celebrated in this Romanic jewel. ... more less