Is there anything more luxurious than staying in a villa in Tuscany? Despite the fact that I am half-Italian and have been to the region previously, I have never had the good fortune to actually stay in one before. And I could not think of a better place to celebrate my first Tuscan villa experience than Villa Il Poggiale. This historical mansion is tucked away in the countryside and is one of those places where you immediately know upon first sight that you have stumbled across a real treasure.
Villa Il Poggiale is located in the Chianti region of Tuscany, less than an hour’s car drive away from Florence. It is surrounded by verdant rolling hills and family-owned vineyards. If you are looking to escape city life this is the place to do it, as your only concern will be when you have your first glass of wine for the day.
The villa is spread over acres of land and features twenty-two unique rooms. Each room has its own special design and atmosphere. I could tell that careful thought had gone into every detail of my spacious room from the Italian silk curtains and linens to the handpicked antiques and handmade tiles to the four-poster bed.
I did not get much time in my room, as I was occupied with exploring Tuscany, however if I had had the time, I would have taken advantage of the couch next to the window, as it looked out upon the villa’s charming courtyard.
My ensuite bathroom was everything I could have hoped for and more. I had a large bathtub (with a heated towel rack next to it) that was perfect for soaking in after a long day of eating, drinking, and walking Italian style.
What sets Villa Il Poggiale apart from the rest is that not only does it offer stunning and comfortable accommodations, it also offers a world-class spa, an outdoor pool, a gourmet restaurant, and guided tours of the area and other nearby cities. However, the amenity that is my favorite is the reception room, which has two things that will take your breath away: a grand chandelier and a fully stocked bar that is available twenty-four hours a day. I will forever remember drinking champagne underneath the dazzling masterpiece.
The villa’s grounds are some of the most beautiful I have seen in all of my travels and being surrounded by them is la docle vita at its very best.
A special thank you is in order to Trafalgar Tours for arranging this stay. This is an example of why they are the current leading travel company.