Villa il Poggiale : a charming old villa reconverted into an hotel where the atmosphere is totally cozy and familiar.
Houses are lo live, not to be watched. This is what Francis Bacon said in the xvi century, referring to the usefulness to enrich our houses when they’re lacking their most important and necessary feature: family warmth. And this sentence could be the motto of the family Vitta, owner of the Poggiale, that for them is an historic house, an event location, an hotel but, above all, the house of the family.
THE VILLA IL POGGIALE
Il Poggiale, massive renaissance villa that have been observing the Chianti hills from more than a half millennium, is located in San Casciano val di Pesa, less than 20 km away from Florence. Despite the very proximity to Florence, the echo of the city is really far away in this corner of peace surrounded by olive groves. After many changes of ownership within the centuries, in the 60’s the Vitta family bought the villa and decided to make it its residence. In those decades the house was inhabited by this large and numerous family and friends from all over the world passing by Tuscany were always welcomed.
Even when in 2001 Johanan e Nathanel Vitta decided to turn the villa into a beautiful and charming hotel with 24 rooms, that cozy and friendly atmosphere that used to reign in the house didn’t disappear. And the visiting friends (many of whom are still coming) were replaced by the hotel guests that are equally friendly treated.
THE HOTEL IL POGGIALE
And you breath this ‘true family house attire’ in the bedrooms that are all beautiful but absolutely differently furnished from one to each other, exactly as in a real house. In the kindness od the staff that has been working at Il Poggiale since when it was the private house of the family. Then you breath it in the lobby bar, called ‘honesty bar’, because you serve yourself and then you write down, still by yourself, what you had on a notebook: a trust between the host and the guest, like between two friends.
This relaxed and familiar atmosphere is not at the expenses of the service that’s a five star hotel one. From the luxury period furnishing to the panoramic pool, to the air condition in every room, to the great restaurant at guest’s disposal, everything makes you realize you are in a high category structure.
The Poggiale is open all year long. During the beautiful season guests can enjoy the panoramic pool, the bikes the hotel provides for a ride among the Chianti hills, and the numerous open air activities. During autumn and winter the hotel organizes many events such as yoga retreats (the next will be from 8th November to 12th November, 4 nights and yoga lessons from 600 Euro per person), or food and wine tastings. A dreamy place for a Tuscan getaway in every season of the year.
Villa Il Poggiale
via Empolese, 69 – 50026 San Casciano in val di Pesa (Firenze)
Tel. +39 055 828 311 – Fax: +39 055 8294 296
Words by Federico Sigali