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Il Poggiolo Bed & Breakfast
Connecticut
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outstanding host, had a great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2009

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!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2009

Stay away from this place! We made reservations 5 months in advance. Gave her our credit card number to hold a room. She emailed us the week before to confirm we were coming. We said yes and she never indicated there was a problem. I gave her my mobile phone number to call me if there was an issue that came up because we would be in Rome for a few days beforehand.
When we get to her place at 8:00PM she tells us that there is a problem. Basically she double booked us. The people who pushed us out made reservations in September. We got put on a horrible futon in a bedroom in her house. The hot water was out. All of this is not good when your wife is pregnant. She never offered to lower the price. We would have stayed elsewhere but it was New Year's Eve. Steer clear. This place is hard to find and the worst agritourismo I have stayed at yet in Tuscany. The farm looks horrible. The scenery was nothing to take pictures of. I am so disappointed with this place. The breakfast was overpriced. 10 Euro for bread and jam! My last stay in an agritourismo in Torrita di Siena makes this place look like a barn. So our reservations were for the room overlooking the farm. The second night she said she would have a room for us. Nope. Not the one we reserved! There was an Italian couple in the one we were supposed to have. Save yourself the hassle...there are many other places to stay.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2008

I have traveled to 34 countries and stayed in many places, but I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Graziella and the wonderful time my wife and I had while staying with her in the Spring of 2003. She did everything to make the visit to Florence the very best. She took the time to make us feel welcome and gave us an authentic, down to earth experience in the Tuscany countryside that we will never forget. I hope to return someday and say "thanks" for the special time we shared and renew our friendship. This is an "agriturismo"-a working farm of olive trees and animals out in the rural hills surrounding Florence, look at the photos on the website to see if this is something for you. It sure was a refreshing change for us. We had a car, but there is a bus that comes near. http://www.il-poggiolo.it/index_en.html

  • Liked — Rural setting, wonderful host, friendly animals,
  • Disliked — Everything was a delight
  • Stayed June 2003, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2008

My husband and I stayed with Graziella in the apartment (she gave us our choice, as we were the only guests) and we loved it. She picked us up from the airport after 1.5 days of travel, we stopped at the tabacchi for excellent cheese, salami, wine and bread that we could have in the apartment for snacking. Graziella kindly gave us a map to use, bus tickets, a reservation number for the Uffizi and Academia - a true host. The next morning, we awoke to a lovely breakfast - a plethora of choices.
She does not meddle like an aunt you don't prefer - she kindly gives you what you need and let's you do as you wish. We stayed late in Florence one night for dinner and I gave the cab the phone number to get directions - she told us we should have called her, but who are we to annoy someone like that!?? We cannot say enough kind words about Graziella and her home. We will certainly return - only this time I would like to do so in the harvest season - she promised she would take us to where the olives are processed!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2006

When we arrived in Florence, Graziella was very gracious and offered to pick us up at a bus stop in the middle of the city. We agreed and she arrived very promptly and drove us to her house.
Upon arrival, she showed us the apartment and even offered some wine and bread which we again agreed to. We found her very kind and agreeable for offering these things to us.

Later, she again, offered for her son to drive us into the city to which we again agreed. Upon returning to the B&B we took the bus (didn't want her to be bothered by us) and had to walk a few miles back to her house. (There is a bus stop that comes nearly to the end of her driveway but the bus for this line is sporadic and we missed it.) This was no problem for us and we enjoyed the scenic walk through the Italian country side.

Upon arriving back at the B&B we were scolded by Graziella for not calling her to pick us up. We were not sure what to think at this point and then she asked us to dinner. We had already eaten and thus turned down her offer.

The next morning, her breakfast was delicious and much more diverse than many we experienced in B&Bs throughout Italy. When we asked about dinner that evening, she informed us that she was much too busy to make dinner that evening and instead drove us to a nearby restaurant. The restaurant was clearly local and we enjoyed it and enjoyed the view of Florence that it offered.

Throughout our stay at IL Poggiolo, we often noticed evidence that Graziella had entered our room while we were gone. In many B&Bs the owners do this to clean the rooms, etc... but our experiences were that the room was no cleaner than we left. On the contrary, we felt like she was snooping.

Graziella has owned her farm for 20 years. She has a beautiful location with several acres of olive trees, horses, and beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. She presses her own organic olive oil each year and her apartment is much larger than others we experienced. She also made reservations for us at the Uffizi and Accademia museums.

However, the comments she made, the fact that she entered our room repeatedly and her odd personality made us feel on edge during our stay. We are not sensitive people but we are not sure the hospitality industry is for Graziella. (Before we left she commented that during the Summer, there are many tourists in Florence and "It is terrible!" We agreed that Florence is very busy. She then looked at us and said "It is terrible for me too!" ) We feel that her place is beautiful and is a great bargain but we don't know if we'd stay there again.

Stayed May 2006
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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2005

We had an unforgettable Italian agriturismo experience at B&B Il Poggiolo, just outside of Florence. We spent the last part of our honeymoon there in early October and we couldn't have loved it more. Il Poggiolo provides great location and atmosphere and Graziella is an amazing host!

Il Poggiolo is located about about 3 miles from the heart of Florence, the main airport and Autostrada A1. This location is a great base of operations to see Florence and the Tuscan countryside. It is the perfect refuge each night from the wonderful insanity of Florence. Il Poggiolo is a working farm and olive plantation situated on a little hill (hence the name) on the side of a valley that is home to many other olive plantations. You can see Florence itself from the property, and the view looking across the little valley to the other olive groves is absolutely beautiful. There are two apartments for rent: one attached and one separate from the main house. We stayed in the separate apartment, which has a little kitchen, nice bathroom with shower and large bedroom/living room with a double bed. It was very private (perfect for a honeymoon couple!) yet just across the courtyard from the main house where the host, Graziella, serves a terrific breakfast each morning. The apartment is comfortable and rustic, yet the bathroom and other amenities are very new. It felt like a home away from home.

The location, setting and comfort of Il Poggiolo are reason enough to plan a stay there, but what really makes Il Poggiolo unforgettable is its host and proprietor, Graziella. With the help of her son and daughter (both in their 20s) she runs both the farm and the B&B.

Graziella serves as host and concierge to Florence and Tuscany. During our stay, she made reservations for us at the Uffizi and the Academia, as well as local restaurants. She also provides valuable insights as to places to see and how to get around town, which helped us to save time and see much more than we would have otherwise. Also, be sure to treat yourself to dinner at Il Poggiolo one night during your stay. Graziella plans the dinner according to your schedule and provides a multi-course meal that is extraordinary! Graziella makes you feel so at home and goes out of her way to make your stay in Florence a memorable one. At the same time, our independence was never constrained. Graziella gracefully manages her duties to her farm and family as well as all the needs of her guests. Case in point: There was a group of four intrepid Canadians staying in the other apartment at Il Poggiolo while we were there. They needed to leave at 4am on their last morning at Il Poggiolo in order to catch the train to Ancona to take the once daily ferry to Croatia (really, they were truly intrepid!) Graziella arranged for her son, Neri, to drive them to the train at 3:30 in the morning. No kidding! She even did some laundry for us while we were there!

There is a bus stop at the foot of Il Poggiolo's driveway, where you catch the small shuttle bus runs regularly to the piazza about 1 mile away. From there you can catch the city bus that runs directly to the heart of Florence. The timing of the shuttle bus serving Il Poggiolo was somewhat sporadic. Although having a auto is by no means required if staying at Il Poggiolo, we booked a car in advance of our trip. (Park is free at Il Poggiolo. Renting a car was affordable, saved us time getting into town and gave us the freedom to explore the Tuscan countryside. If renting a car, book it prior to your trip: we witnessed several people turned away at the AutoEurope office.) We found that driving a mile and parking near the main bus line was the best was the best transportation solution. Total travel time from Il Poggiolo to downtown Florence was about 25 minutes using this method (assuming that there wasn't bus strike!)

Although we were advised by many not brave Florence by car (it's not as bad as reputed to be - Boston is much worse!) we were glad we did - it enabled us to make easy daytrips to the Tuscan countryside. Our best daytrip was to the hill town of San Gimignano, about 45 minutes away. With the car, we were able to stay late into the evening and experience San Gimignano nearly tourist-free. A highly recommended day trip!

We can't say enough about Graziella. She's more than just a good host: she is a truly good person with a wonderful heart. We were treated as family during our stay. Please, if staying at Il Poggiolo be respectful of the fact that Graziella is a host and concierge but not a maid and waiter (although she does in effect serve these roles at times.) In other words, please respect that she is a very hard working woman who also must attend to the needs of her farm and family. Remember that you are being treated as a member of the family and being welcomed into her family's home. The reward for this respect will be the best travel experience you can imagine, a feeling that you have been embraced by another culture - and another family - as one of their own. If you are looking for this type of experience, Il Poggiolo and Graziella's hospitality will be a perfect fit for you.

Also, don't forget to take a few bottles of home made organic olive oil home from Il Poggiolo. Graziella wrapped three bottles for our flight home and we've been enjoying (sparingly, to make it last!) ever since!

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Property: Il Poggiolo Bed & Breakfast
Address: Loc. Cercina Via Belvedere 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Sesto Fiorentino
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Sesto Fiorentino
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Number of rooms: 3
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