Poggio al Sole is a small family-run farmhouse with 5 B&B bedrooms among the beautiful hills of Fiesole, just outside of Florence.
The name literally means “hill in the sun” as the farm sits upon a prominent hillside only a short distance from the center of Fiesole and public transport.
Giovanni and his wife personally manage this genuine Tuscan agritourism, sharing their passion for the incredible landscape and their saffron production.
Traditional Tuscan Style
The farmhouse has been divided into 5 bedrooms: 4 doubles and a triple bedroom. They are furnished in typical Tuscan style with personalized wrought iron bedstands, handpainted ceramic tiles, colorful mirrors and lots of natural light. Three of the rooms are located in the renovated barn and share a large grassy common area which is bathed in sunlight and overlooks a stupendous landscape. There are two double bedrooms in the main house, where you will find the Poggio al Sole gift shop with the flavours of the area and the breakfast room. The bedrooms have private bathrooms with showers and are equipped with all of the main comforts, including a safe, television, hair dryer and Internet Wi-Fi access.
Garden Areas for Relaxing and Picnics
The grassy garden area located in front of the barn is surrounded by the sweet perfume of rosemary, lavender and roses. There is a covered terrace with tables and chairs, ideal for programming a picnic outdoors. Enjoy an evening under the stars or dinner at sunset: Giovanni and Antonietta have thought of everything. Upon request, they can even provide a “tagliere," a delicious plateful of local goodies which will make a filling evening meal. Or you can go only a few km into Fiesole and try one of the classic restaurants that offer outdoor seating on the many city square. There is also a common area in the barn with large panoramic windows, where you can spend time chatting with the other guests, on your own with a book or a cup of tea and the perfect view. As of Summer 2016, Poggio al Sole will offer a pool with a prime panoramic position and sunning corner.
Stay on the City's Doorstep
There are four personalized trekking trails that leave and return at the doorstep of Poggio al Sole, making a complete circle where you can explore the hillside and local sites. Ranging from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your skill, these trails will introduce you to the countryside of Tuscany or the Monestary of Monte Senario. Poggio al Sole, surrounded by fruit trees, olive groves and cypresses, offers its guests a quiet and relaxing atmosphere while guaranteeing easy access to some of the more famous sites in Tuscany.
You can move around with public transport, even from the B&B however, the easiest solution for avoiding parking and driving in the city center of Florence (less than 8 km from Poggio al Sole) is park your car in one of the free parking lots in Fiesole and take the frequent bus into the city, which runs until midnight. Enjoy the city by day and in the evening take in the breathtaking sunsets over the valley with a glass of wine at hand. Guests who want to explore the neighborhood without a car will find rental bikes available directly at the farmhouse.
Extra Special Activities for You
Upon request, the farmhouse organizes short courses and lessons about saffron, the most important cultivated plant on the property. You will also find olive oil, honey and other principal products made in Florence directly at the farmhouse. The courses, taught by experts, are a special opportunity for anyone wishing to learn more about Tuscany and the territory.
Welcome to Poggio al Sole!
Ideal base for anyone wishing to visit Florence without staying in the city, and for day trips to the main destinations in Tuscany coming back "home" in the evenings.
Poggio al Sole is our small, family run farmhouse just 8 km from the center of Florence. From our windows, you can view the cupolas and rooftops of both Fiesole and Florence.
A simple corner of paradise where I and my wife, Antonietta, welcome guests like old friends into our home for a relaxing and pleasurable stay.
In the mornings, the rich selection of homemade treats prepared by Antonietta offers the necessary energy whether you're headed into Florence or into the olive groves, saffron fields or walking paths near the house. We look forward to seeing you soon!