My husband and I, along with our 14 year old son, stayed at Poggio al Sole this past August for 3 nights. Our stay was so pleasant, restful and enjoyable .. we so wished we could have stayed for several nights more.
We followed the directions that we’d be given by Giovanni from Florence, following the road up into Fiesole and then several kilometers more to get to Poggio al Sole. Giovanni and Antonietta welcomed us upon arrival and we immediately felt at home. The view from our room was like a post card and the breakfast offerings, which included Antonietta’s homemade baking and preserves, were delicious. Everything was so thoughtfully offered and arranged. Giovanni assisted us with directions to various places that we headed to during our stay and they always turned out perfectly. (One of our day trips was to Siena via “the Chianti Road” which was fantastic.) In the evenings we always returned back in time for dinner at La Casa del Prosciutto, which is literally across the roadway from Poggio al Sole’s driveway. Their food is uncomplicated and delicious with excellent owner/hosts. It was so wonderful to wrap up your day where you can enjoy a glass or two of vino and walk just a few steps to get home.
Our room and beds were very comfortable. We were able to sleep with the windows open at night as they were fitted with screens that scrolled up and down like a blind, which was much appreciated, as it was very warm in Tuscany in August. We went to sleep with to the sound of frogs and crickets and were even treated to an incredible thunder and lightening storm one night. The grounds were an inviting place to rest and recover from our daily travels and our bedrooms were pleasantly furnished, clean and comfortable.
I know some have mentioned they took the bus from Fiesole, which is a short drive from Poggio al Sole. We had a little rented Fiat 500 and we did find having a car in this area most convenient. (We picked it up in Florence and Poggio al Sole is an easy drive from the rental offices in Florence.) I did have to encourage our little car to get up the steep driveway on my first attempt, but by our second day I mastered the technique perfectly and really enjoyed driving the little roads of the region. On the Sunday there were many bike riders that looked very professional and it was great fun to follow them along at their quick pace, snaking along the winding road into Fiesole and down into Florence.
Our entire stay at Poggio al Sole was ideal. Giovanni is obviously an expert on Tuscany and next time I would not miss getting more of an education and guidance from him on the area. (I noticed some of the books on Tuscany in our room were written by the modest Giovanni too late to mine his knowledge on this trip.)
I hope we return to this magical little spot in the next few years. In the meantime I hope things stay much the same, as this truly is a beautiful little Tuscan gem. We all will fondly remember our few days here. Our son says it was one of his favorite places of our two week European vacation.
Grazie Giovanni and Antonietta!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Poggio al Sole lies in the midst of the magnificent scenario of the Florentine hillsides, and leans over the gentle slopes of the Mugnone valley. It rests on a 450 m hill, 6 kilometers from Fiesole in a neighbourhood called Torre di Buiano, only 8 kilometres from Florence. This viewpoint surrounded by olive groves, cypress trees and fruit trees is named after the sunny position it offers from sunrise to sunset, in summer and winter as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Poggio Al Sole Fiesole, Province Of Florence, Italy