I found The Poggio (which means “hilltop”, I’ve been told) about 20 km. west of Florence along the upper arno River valley. It had a spectacular view that stretched probably 20 km. in one direction, maybe 12 km the other way. A broad lawn area under shady trees was ideal for wine-sipping and relaxation. Adults with children were able to keep an eye on them as they played in a safe environment. There were also some ducks, chickens, dogs, cats, and a couple of burros, and the kids naturally enjoyed interacting with them.
The Poggio has a wonderful swimming pool set out on the ridge, so the view is great, and the water cool and refreshing. One of my favorite activities was to take a noonday walk in the hills then come back to spend a refreshing afternoon at poolside. Mt. Vallambrosa sits across the Arno valley from the Poggio, also contributing to the beautiful vista. Driving on its slopes I found the famous Vallombrosa abbey that dates back to about the year 1000 a.D. A small apothecary shop at the abbey sold various herbal medicines, oils, and remedies. I found a couple of excellent osterias, ristorantes, and a great pizzeria in the countryside near the Poggio. Florence is easy to reach by train from nearby Rignano sull’Arno. It’s also an easy drive, but parking in Florence can be challenging and/or expensive.
I recommend this place for folks who want to visit the city from the comfort and security of the country.

Earl Dixon (Ukiah, California, USA) -

We stayed here for a family break in July. Enrico and his family were the perfect hosts. We liked it so much we invited friends to join us and they shared the experience. The pool was very clean and gardens well-tended. The apartment we stayed in was well maintained and Enrico was helpful whatever we needed. The terraces were very welcoming in the long evenings. Home from home… we will visit again!

Dinesh Raja (London, United Kingdom) -

The place is lovely and quiet, the owners are hospitable.

Alessio (Verbania, Italy) -

War wirlich ein sehr schöner Urlaub, auch an der Wohnung und dem Vermieter gibt es nichts zu beanstanden. Sehr hilfsbereit und freunlich, alles sauber und sehr gepflegt. Ideal zum Entspannen

Nicole Kaiser (Bad Säckingen, Germany) -

We had a lovely time although it took some tine to find the place. the family couldn’t be more friendly and helpful. The apartment was very comfortable and very large. It had a well equipped kitchen. No tv or phone but the amazing scenery more than made up for it. The swimming pool was lovely and the view from it is the most beautiful I have ever seen. Take anti muzzy stuff though!

Eleanor (London, United Kingdom) -

The place is beautiful, the owners are friendly and polite, the apartment is convenient and comfortable, the price is amazing. What do you expect more?!

Adriano (Torino, Italy) -

I fell in love with this place. I was staying there for 10 days with my boyfriend.
Castle is located in the heart of the Tuscany, surrounded by olive fields and grapes. This picturesque landscape you can admire sitting on the Castle’s terrace while drinking homemade wine prepared by Enrico and his sons. The owners are kind, open-minded people, happy to help and solve any problems. And also cause of them in that place you will see what means Italian hospitality. Last summer was one of the best in my lifetime.

Magdalena (Warsaw, Poland) -

Enrico and his family were very hospitable and helpful. They even met us at the station as we did not have any transport and gave us lots of information about train time tables and local restaurants. We had a very enjoyable stay at the castle and enjoyed the beautiful gardens animals and orchard at the castle.

Trevor (Eltham, Australia) -

We really enjoyed our stay at Enrico’s lovely accommodation. It was very peaceful, the scenery was stunning and It gave us a taste of true Italian country living. Enrico was very welcoming and easy to communicate with. We would highly recommend Enrico’s accommodation to anyone looking for a relaxing Italian getaway.

Shane Eagle (London, United Kingdom) -

A wonderful stay, welcoming hosts and great location. Highly recommended!

Aleksandra (Kraków, Poland) -