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The hills of Chianti, rich in history and tradition, are an absolute delight for the eyes, mind and palate.

Right in these valleys, an area especially beloved by the British and jokingly renamed by them  the Chiantishire, stands the Renaissance villa Il Poggiale.

This magnificent historical dwelling, carefully restored, goes back to the early 1400s and was for many years a private residence.  Only at the outset of the 19th century was the villa transformed into a refined accommodation facility, capable of providing its guests with every sort of comfort and, above all, a family atmosphere.

As soon as you come through the gates, you find the villa’s beautiful garden-courtyard, ideal for arranging a special reception, a wedding, or a social event. The courtyard is the oldest part of the building and, seated under the loggia, with its beautiful Renaissance columns, you can enjoy an attractive view over the Chianti valley, breathing the sweet scent of lavender, jasmine and lemon flowers.

Inside the villa, guests are welcomed in spacious, luminous rooms, furnished with elegance. According to preference, you can relax in an armchair in the frescoed reception room, or choose one of the other smaller sitting rooms to read, or have tea, offered every afternoon by the owners.

The bedrooms are very spacious, provided with every comfort to make you feel at ease, and the sophisticated furnishings are a perfect match for the style of the residence. The beauty of the countryside becomes even more attractive when viewed from the balcony of your suite, while you are breakfasting and enjoying delicious Tuscan produce.

The restaurant of Villa Il Poggiale offers delicious dishes, always using fresh seasonal ingredients to give you the full taste of Tuscan specialities, accompanied by an ample selection of wines.

There are so many things to do while staying at Il Poggiale: being just 17 km from Florence, it is easy to reach the other main towns in Tuscany and arrange tours to the city.

If you already know Florence, you can relax at the villa’s spa and try out the fantastic wellness and beauty treatments on offer, or else take part in amusing cookery lessons at the villa itself and taste your own titbits!

Do you love sport? In just 20 minutes you can reach the Ugolino golf course, one of the most beautiful in Italy, while if you prefer swimming, you can try the villa’s own pool and enjoy the warm sunshine.

Book your holiday at once at the lovely Villa Il Poggiale, directly from their website www.villailpoggiale.it