Villa Il Poggiale near Florence

October 25, 2007

(October 12, 2007) For our second night en route to Florence, we chose to stay in Tuscany and enjoy our time there before picking up our niece at the airport in the early afternoon. poggioli-2-300x202.jpgThe B&B, really a hotel since it has 27 rooms and a restaurant, is called Villa Il Poggiale (villailpoggiale@ It was built in 1408 and later taken over by the church.The Rucellai-Ricasoli family bought it and generations later sold it to Professor Vitta, who used it as a vacation house for him and his family. poggioli-4-300x200.jpgWhen he died a few years ago his two sons turned it into the hotel it is now. The public areas are magnificent—high frescoed ceilings, gigantic chandeliers, antique furniture—and numerous.

The grounds are well developed with a pool, terraces and all sorts of terraces and patios for sitting and enjoying. Our junior suite had a lovely private courtyard and was furnished with antiques. The bath was certainly up-to-date, and there even was a television in the room.

This is definitely a destination hotel, and one to which we will return.

A folder in the room suggested various driving tours, local restaurants, Florence restaurants and came with helpful maps.At their suggestion, we stopped in Greve in Chianti and shopped at the Macelleria Falorni, greve-in-chianti-250x327.jpga butcher that makes their own salamis, prosciuttto, etc.

It is also charming and at the same time, vast. Saturday is market day so we spent some time walking through the market as well before we drove to Radda in Chianti where we had a pizza at a little café recommended to us by the lady from whom we bought some Brancaia and other radda-in-chianti-300x152.jpgChiantis to get us started at the “villa” in Florence.

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