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Villa Poggiano
A country residence


Best season:   May to October
Address:   Via di Poggiano, 7 - 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Country / Region:   Italy - Tuscany
     
Rooms:   9 rooms including suites
Price Level:   Comfort


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Villa Poggiano nestles amid 6 hectares of parkland, on a crest above the gentle hills of Val d’Orcia, just 2 kilometers from Montepulciano. After long and meticulous reconstruction work, the present owners have at last restored the 18th century Villa to its original splendor. Guests to the Villa will find a refined and exclusive environment, nevertheless characterized by the sort of warm welcome that only a family-run establishment can offer.

The Villa boasts a magnificent marble swimming pool decorated with statues and fountains, built at the beginning of the1900s. Villa Poggiano is the ideal place for those in search of an exclusive location, peaceful and discreet, as well as a family welcome. Villa Poggiano is perfectly situated for day trips to the great cities of art (Siena, Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome), as well as for visiting the smaller nearby towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Monticchiello, Montalcino and Cortona, places well-known the world over.

HISTORY

The Villa and the adjacent buildings were built as a summer residence in the 18th century by the aristocratic Poliziana Gagnoni family. The main body of the Villa was successively restructured, before becoming the building as we know it today. The most recent of the rebuilding work was carried out in the mid 1900s when the Signorini family sold the property to the Helmke family, of German origin. The magnificent outdoor facilities such as the swimming pool, the statues and fountains, as well as some interior embellishments, were added in about 1940. The neo-classical style popular at the time is particularly apparent in the statues decorating the swimming pool, which were clearly inspired by the statues of the Stadio dei Marmi in Rome, designed by the architect Enrico del Debbio between 1927 and 1932. The Helmke family sold the property in the 1950s. Subsequently the Villa changed hands several times before finally being acquired by the Savini family in 2000, who, after long and meticulous reconstruction work at last restored the Villa to its former splendour and made it the charming inn it is today.

ACCOMMODATION

The rooms and suites each one different from the others, are furnished in the same style as the Villa with antique furniture and paintings, creating an elegant yet warm and welcoming environment. The rooms and suites all have large windows. Those situated in the Villa itself overlook the Italian garden and the splendid marble swimming pool while those in the lodges located in the grounds of the Villa enjoy a magnificent view of the endless cornfields, vineyards and olive groves of Val D'Orcia.

All rooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, direct access to Internet, a strongbox, a mini-bar and an external telephone line.

FOOD AND DINING

Only breakfast is served in Villa Poggiano. There can be no better way to start the day than with a superb breakfast. Every morning guests are treated to a display of delicious cakes, biscuits and pastries all made by the cook. There are selected range of pecorino cheeses, Tuscan cured meats and numerous other specialties which vary according to the season.

FACILITIES

Include meeting rooms, babysitting/child services, barber/beauty shop, concierge, handicapped facilities, 24 hour front desk, car parking, pets allowed, room service, front desk safe deposit box, shops/commercial services, laundry/valet services, wheelchair accessible, wake up call, airport transfer on request.

ACTIVITIES

There is also an enormous travertine swimming pool with a granite wall on one side embellished with a large sculpture, while on the other side, lounge chairs are set on a wide terrace outlined by very old cypress trees.

EXCURSIONS

Montepulciano to Montalcino: This particular area of Tuscany is famous for its numerous cities of art, for the production of red wine (Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano) and for the beauty of the countryside. Pienza is situated just 10 kilometers from Montepulciano, to Monticchiello, to Bagno Vignoni famous for its unique urban layout, where in fact in the very centre of town is a sulphur bath. Another interesting town is San Quirico d’Orcia where it’s possibile to visit the Italian gardens. Not far away is Montalcino, famous the world over for the production of “brunello”, an excellent red wine, while just 10 kilometers further on is the splendid Monastery of Sant’Antimo where every day visitors can participate in the mass, which is celebrated with Gregorian chants. Another magnificent monastery well worth visiting is the one in Monteoliveto Maggiore.

Umbria: Just 25 kilometers away from Villa Poggiano Tuscany borders with Umbria, another splendid region located in the very heart of Italy. From Montepulciano follow directions for Cortona, a city of art well worth a visit, after which the road skirts Lago Trasimeno as far as Perugia, Umbria’s main town, famous for the production of chocolate and cashmere. In an area of just a few square kilometers it’s possible to visit the towns of Assisi, Deruta, Todi, Spello, Spoleto and Orvieto.

Siena: Impossible not to visit Siena, which is also famous for the Palio, held every year on 2 July and 16 August. Siena is 60 kilometers away from Montepulciano and visitors should reserve at least a whole day for visiting the Museums (Municipal Museum, Museo delle papesse, Santa Maria della Scala, the Pinacoteca etc), the churches (the Cathedral, San Domenico, San Francesco etc), the magnificent Piazza del Campo and the Torre del Mangia.

Chianti: The Chianti region extends over an area between Siena and Florence and is famous for its magnificent countryside, its wines and its medieval towns. Monteriggioni is a medieval town where a historical pageant is held every year in the month of July; to San Gimignano, known as the city of towers; and to Gaiole, Greve and Radda.

Arezzo: Situated 50 kilometers from Montepulciano, Arezzo, an important town of Etruscan origin, is characterized by a blend of Medieval and Renaissance styles. Well worth seeing are the Piero della Francesca frescoes, the Cathedral and the historical centre. Moreover the first weekend of every month the streets of the town are lined with the stalls of one of Italy’s most important antique fairs.

GETTING THERE

Villa Poggiano is 60 kilometers from Perugia Airport.

TRAVEL TIPS

Climate: Weather-wise, the best months for sightseeing are April, May, June, September, and October -- generally pleasant and not too hot. The hottest months are July and August, when humidity can make things unpleasant. Winters are relatively mild in most places on the main tourist circuit but always include some rainy spells.

Language: Italian.

Currency: Euro €.

Electricity: 220V 50Hz.

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1.

Country Dialing Code: +39

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