Hotel Highlights

  • Prime Tuscan location
  • Chef Salvatori Consoli’s delicious dishes
  • Grown-up feel: elegant, arty, erudite

Overview

Poggio Piglia hotel in Tuscany has a brilliant name, enviable art and bucolic charm by the barrel-load: wine and olive oil are produced on site, and rooms survey some of Italy’s finest scenery. There’s a bright and airy restaurant with Kartell Ghost chairs and memorable views, and a glittering infinity pool set in herb-scented gardens.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Poggio Piglia with us:

Welcome drink on arrival and a bottle of wine in your room; GoldSmiths get a bottle of the hotel’s olive oil instead of the wine

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Poggio Piglia

20% off room rates

Detox programme: Chelsea nutritionist at Poggio Piglia, 2–5 May 2014

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–out

By 10.30am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $182.05 (€132), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.

At the hotel

Free WiFi in communal areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Be One bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We lost our heart to the one-bedroom Independent Villa, which occupies its own little patch of hotel grounds, flanked by olive trees and overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Because the villa is set apart from the main building, bedding down here feels romantic and private. That said, the Deluxe Rooms have nut-brown parquet floors, wooden-beamed ceilings and sweeping views…

Poolside

There’s a beautiful infinity pool set in the herb-packed gardens. The hotel has pool toys for little ones to frolic with.

Packing tips

Leave space in your suitcase for bottles of the hotel’s own olive oil and wine, but don’t forget your bottle opener and picnic rug.

Children

The hotel has a very grown-up feel, but well-behaved little Smiths are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged. There’s no children’s menu, but the chef is happy to adapt his dishes for younger palates (pasta with tomato sauce, for example).

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chef Salvatore Consoli rustles up elegant Italian dishes in the cream-and-white restaurant: expect a menu that hops from the traditional to the playful: tagliata of Chianina beef, or pork fillet cooked with raspberries and truffles, for example. Order a bottle or two of Poggio Piglia’s garnet-red wine, made from Sangiovese grapes.

Hotel Bar

Get to know the hotel’s grapes with a wine tasting at the informal bar area, just by the restaurant. Enjoy your tipple out on the terrace, in the gardens or on one of the cosy sofas dotted around the communal spaces downstairs.

Last orders

Dinner is served between 7pm and 11pm. Breakfast is available from 8am until 10am; lunch is served Tuesday to Sunday, 12.30pm until 2pm.

Room service

None, so make the most of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Staff will happily point you in the direction of the nearest food store or restaurant…

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Dress code

Relaxed refinement, just like the hotel: a splash of silk in olive and gold hues; cashmere; cologne.

Top table

Out on the terrace, with the breeze on your skin. On cooler days, you can sit indoors but admire what’s outside, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Wood-panelled walls, arched brick ceiling, crisp white linen and candelight: La Solita Zuppa (+39 0578 21006; www.lasolitazuppa.it) on Via Porsenna in Chiusi is a romantic setting for antipasti, pinci and Chianti. The osteria sticks to the traditional dishes of the region – minus some of the duck fat – aiming for modern but authentic Tuscan cuisine. Osteria del Teatro (+39 0575 630556; www.osteria-del-teatro.it) on Via Maffei in Cortona, Arezzo, has a dining room that dates back 500 years, a cosy feel and an intriguing menu: try chicory-and-ricotta-stuffed pasta, gnocchi with duck and rosemary, or artichoke risotto. There are some wildcards too: pork fillets with coffee and apple, or pigeon with black cherries, for example. If you like the idea of eating in a mediaeval convent’s former prison, head to La Frateria di Padre Eligio (+39 0578 238261; www.lafrateria.com) at Convento di San Francesco Cetona in Chiusi. The menu is hand-written, bread is baked daily, the olive oil is milled using old millstones – basically, it’s all pretty darn authentic.

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Charming Chiusi

Poggio Piglia

Macciano, Chiusi, Siena, 53043

Poggio Piglia sits conveniently between Siena and Assisi: Macciano is the closest town. The hotel feels deliciously remote and peaceful, set in its own quiet grounds, tucked away from the main road.

Planes

Florence's main airport, Peretola (aka Amerigo Vespucci; www.aeroporto.firenze.it) is 120km away. Rome’s airport, Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino; www.rome-airport.info), is 200km away. Most international carriers fly here, including Alitalia, British Airways and easyJet.

Trains

Chiusi station is a 10-minute drive from Poggio Piglia, with services connecting to Rome, Arezzo, Florence and other key Italian cities (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

It’s a great idea to bring wheels: driving in Tuscany is a pleasure, and gives you easy access to all that you’ll want to visit nearby – verdant vineyards, hilltop towns, rustic trattoria – as well as making day trips to Rome or Florence easy-peasy. From the Mi-Roma A1, take the the Chiusi Chianciano Terme exit onto the SP146. Turn left at the first crossroads toward Chianciano. After 2km, you will find a petrol pump on your left; keep on going for 200m and on your right, you will find the country lane that leads to Poggio Piglia.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Tuscan boutique hotel and unpacked their hotel-produced olive oil and wine, a full account of their Italian luxury country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside P...

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Poggio Piglia

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Tuscan boutique hotel and unpacked their hotel-produced olive oil and wine, a full account of their Italian luxury country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Poggio Piglia in Chiusi…

Alright, we’ll admit it: we fell in love with this hotel before we even clapped eyes upon it. The name ‘Poggio Piglia’ is just so pleasing: it trips so neatly and roundly off the tongue. Then we visited and our feelings deepened. Just driving up to the Tuscan casale is a treat: a long, greenery-flanked gravel road that unfurls its way up to the elegant Poggio, whose heavy wooden front door is flung invitingly open. This is a place with grown-up charm: staff are thin on the ground (pleasingly so) and effortlessly efficient; bold contemporary art decorates rooms; there’s an airy little style-conscious restaurant with Philippe Starck furniture, and green, green gardens planted with fragrant herbs and wild flowers.

You could quite happily spend your days here idly sunning yourself by the infinity pool, or wandering around the grounds – but then again, one of Poggio’s chief attractions is its prime location: if you’ve got a car, you can pootle off to Montepulciano, Siena, Arezzo, Rome or Florence, and still be home for tagliata and Brunello in the hotel restaurant. If you need further persuasion, remember: the hotel makes its own wine and olive oil, so you won’t even need to go shopping for the folks back home – just leave space in your cases for the hotel’s liquid gold…
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Poggio Piglia's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on 9 Sep 2013

We loved

I vote Poggio Piglia to be the finest small hotel at the right price in the middle of fabulous Tuscany countryside, but only a few miles from the main road so it's very easy to take day trips. The attention to architectural details is beyond belief; coming from London, we immediately appreciated the influence of architects associated with Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. The pool is lined in travertine marble; unbelievable. The ceilings are beamed throughout to keep the sense of history, but the added touches in the very generously-sized and superbly appointed bathrooms, including heated towel rail and underfloor heating, were a delight. Beds were very, very comfortable; linens were very high quality. The atmosphere is warm and chic/cool at the same time – just what we wanted. Air conditioning was excellent; very silent and adjustable – rare in Italy. The food is all local, most of it grown in the garden which you can see from the pool. Meat and other supplies are sourced from within a 30km radius. The olives are from the olive orchards surrounding the property. The figs and plums were falling off the trees when we were there in mid-September, so the chef served them for breakfast. Breakfast in Italy is usually a cup of super strong coffee and a biscuit or dry white toast. Here, they offer cereals, meats, cheese, fruit and many cakes. Cakes are a special breakfast tradition in Tuscany, so enjoy them with some super strong coffee from their Nespresso machine. (The filter coffee is very weak for those who want that). We convinced Salvatori, the chef, to prepare the figs for an evening dessert; quickly grilled with a bit of brown sugar and served with homemade gelato. A real treat. The traditional Tuscan menu offers enough to eat here every night and we did for four nights running! No need to deal with the 'drink and drive' dilemma! Try the homemade pasta with white ragu, a white wine sauce with shredded local Chianti beef, onions, carrots. To die for! And once you have savoured their spaghetti carbonara you'll never order it again until you return to Poggio Piglia (Paolo explained in detail to us exactly how they make it so I'll share the secret!) Absolute five-star without the super extras that you don't need anyway and would put the price up. Paolo the manager was most helpful. It was interesting to see what can be done to attain an exceptionally high standard in what was once a simple farm building of many centuries past. High marks all around. Just please keep the prices at this rate to continue to attract guests who really appreciate superior, genuine hospitality and cuisine, let alone fabulous wines grown directly before your bedroom! We loved it and we will definitely return.

Don’t expect

The very impressive modern wooden circular stairway with glass and steel supports needs sound insulation, in some way. We had Room 3 and could hear everyone coming up and down the stairs. A bit more choice on the menu would be good; simply extend the number of sauces for the homemade pasta to keep it simple and easy, but give a bit more variety for those staying four or five nights. When plums and figs are groaning for attention in September, offer a dinner dessert with these fresh delights. Even fresh figs with gelato would be enough to satisfy the greatest of foodies. Add some local Perugia hot chocolate sauce and you'd be on to an easy winner!

Rating: 10/10 stars