What a pleasure it was to return to Villa Poggiano every afternoon and close our shutters against the intense heat of the Tuscan sun in July. We fell easily into the siesta ritual in the comfort and simple elegance of our room that overlooked a rich panorama of golden wheat fields, tidy vineyards, and old stone farmhouses. Later we would slip into the cool waters of the 19th century travertine pool, then sit stunned into silent stillness as Tuscany continued to bake. I listened to the silence, interrupted only by an occasional splash of water or the trill of cicadas.
Villa Poggiano is an 18th century villa built as a summer residence for a local aristocratic family. It changed ownership several times over the years, including being owned for some time by a German general whose passion for the villa and the land encouraged him to restore the structure and beautify the gardens, where he built the spectacular pool. Abandoned after the war, it rapidly fell into decline. In 2000, it was purchased and restored with great care by the Savini family, who strove to maintain the integrity of its unique architecture and respect the natural beauty of its woodlands and gardens. The villa was converted into a luxury inn in 2003.
As guests, we felt comfortably at home, truly immersed in this peaceful haven, yet within minutes we were on the road, passing some of the most spectacular Tuscan countryside and visiting amazing towns, isolated sanctuaries, and renowned vineyards.
The main house is gracefully decorated with family antiques, a most welcoming atmosphere for relaxing indoors in their lovely living room and for enjoying a generous breakfast in their intimate dining nook. A very good start to a day that only gets better!
For those wishing a self-catering holiday, the owners of Villa Poggiano have a sister property "Montorio" that is a lovely sister indeed – a 16th century farmhouse converted into individual holiday apartments, thoughtfully furnished for comfort and convenience. The complex is perched on a hill with panoramic views of Montepulciano and the surrounding valleys and verdant hills, but it is its position directly above the Church of San Biagio that will remain unforgettable – a view that truly makes your heart skip a beat.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Via di Poggiano, 7, 53045 Montepulciano ~ Tuscany, Italy
Villa Poggiano ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson