Tuscany, Italy

Poggio Piglia

Rates from (inc tax)$236.01

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR230.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cultured contemporary casale

Setting

Charming Chiusi

The brilliantly named Poggio Piglia hotel in Tuscany has a stash of enviable art and bucolic charm by the barrel-load: wine and olive oil are produced on site, and rooms look out over some of Italy’s finest scenery. There’s an elegant, airy restaurant with Kartell chairs and equally chic Italian cuisine, and a glittering infinity pool set in the gardens.

Smith Extra

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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

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $236.01 (€209), 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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR230.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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 and Drink

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At the hotel

Chef Giorgio Cabella 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.

At the 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…

Location

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Address
Poggio Piglia
Macciano
53043
Chiusi
Italy

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.

Worth getting out of bed for

Go roaming around the gardens, admiring the olive trees (there are more than 900), where five types of olive flourish: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Correggiola, Leccino and Pendolino. Ask staff to give you a tutorial or guided tour, if you want to learn more about the production process (or just make a note to dip bread in a glug or two, in the restaurant). Further afield, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Head to Florence, Siena, Pisa or Arezzo for mediaeval splendour and Chianti countryside. Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza and Chiusi are an hour’s drive away. Visit wineries (start with Avignosi or Contucci), go on a balloon ride in Siena or have a canoeing or kayaking adventure in Lago Trasimeno (staff can arrange any of the activities mentioned above).

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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Ruth Crilly, A model arbiter

The view from our room at Poggio Piglia is the kind of view that makes you incapable of thinking in anything other than clichés. It’s just perfect. Rolling Tuscan hills, green and lush, the scenery looking as though it hasn’t changed since the Romans trod their way across, laying roads and being annoyingly industrious in a way that will put future historical eras to shame.

‘I feel like Ridley Scott’s Gladiator,’ says Mr Smith. ‘Apart from the fact that I’m not a father to a murdered son or a husband to a murdered wife.’ Ignoring the other glaring differences, I leave Mr Smith to unpack his sandals, shield and harpoon and take a little tour around our room, poking into drawers and cantering around the gargantuan bathroom with its two-person soaking tub and what could only be described as a ‘party’ shower. Everything is impeccably styled – the old wooden beams and thick stone walls feel elegant rather than rustic; the neutral colour palette and the simple, stark lines of the furniture make it feel as though you could be in a brand new room, rather than one that has sat in the hotel’s solid, fortress-like building for hundreds of years.

A long, greenery-flanked gravel road unfurls its way up to the elegant Tuscan casale. 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. Our room has its own private entrance and exterior stone staircase and I find Mr Smith, aka Maximus Decimus Meridius, poised and alert at the top of the steps, scanning the landscape as though on the lookout for approaching danger. Beneath us, the acres of hotel-owned vineyards and olive trees look tempting for a leisurely amble, but in the heat of the afternoon it is the cool, mirrored surface of the infinity pool that calls to us the loudest and so we don the appropriate attire and make our way down to claim a pair of sunloungers.

Shamefully, it is here that we spend much of the following 24 hours, breaking only for a fine and jolly multi-coursed dinner in the restaurant and the kind of heavy, dreamless sleep session that can only be achieved after generous helpings of full-bodied Chianti. Finally, guilt-ridden that we are snoozing and sun-lounging away our time in Tuscany, we decide that we must move from Poggio Piglia and have some kind of adventure.

‘Where to?’ says Mr Smith.
‘Oh,’ I say from beneath the cool flannel I have placed over my face, ‘I don’t know. You decide.’
Which is how I find myself, pale and distinctly nauseous, standing beside something called a ‘Judas Cradle’ (look it up) at the Museo Delle Torture in Montepulciano – yup, you got it, the Torture Museum. The hilltop town of Montepulciano is one of those ancient, narrow-streeted places that has you taking a photograph every three seconds and saying things like ‘Cathy/Auntie Beatrice/Dave and Karen would love it here’; yet Mr Smith is happy to spend over an hour examining various spiky mediaeval poles and chained implements, pressing his face to the glass display cabinets with a kind of horrified glee.
‘I find it absolutely fascinating,’ he says, and then, seemingly unaware of my near-to-vomiting status, suggests that we go and get ourselves some dinner.

To my surprise, he has pre-Googled places to eat near Montepulciano and we head towards the restaurant that rates number one in all of the listings, an old converted stable with lots of atmosphere and good, attentive service. But would it be unkind to declare just how much better the dinner was at Poggio Piglia the previous night? Because at Poggio Piglia (one can never have Pod-jo Pea-lia roll off the tongue too many times), chef Salvatore’s food was fresh and colourful and bursting with flavour. Plates of pink meats and creamy, oozing cheeses and hearty portions of pasta with things like wild boar ragu and shavings of Parmesan and black truffle. One delightful dish after another, served with glasses of deep, coma-inducing red wine and friendly chatter.

And so as we sit in romantic Montepulciano, discussing the practicalities of death by flaying, we wish that we were back at Poggio Piglia, our imposing stone fortress of a temporary home, kicking back in the reading room with the smell of lavender drifting in through the window and the sounds of dinnertime conversation hanging in the night air. Fortunately, it’s less than a half an hour drive back to the hotel and we are home just as the last of the Poggio Piglia diners are finishing off their nightcaps. It occurs to us, as we climb our little outside staircase, that Poggio Piglia is a place that – on a short break, at least – you don’t really need to leave. It has food, it has a pool and it has that all-important place to put down your head and plummet into a deep and rejuvenating sleep. In our case, a modern four-poster bed swathed with little wisps of white curtain; neatly furnished with plump pillows and crisp, cool sheets. There’s even a sachet of lavender from the garden, just to help us on our way, though with the various culinary indulgences of the evening it’s hardly necessary. We are asleep in our chic, Tuscan residence within minutes, dreaming of chariot races and hooded executioners and Russell Crowe.
 

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.

We loved

The location, the room, the attentive friendly the staff. Recommend the tasting and tour at Avignonesi

Don’t expect

It to be child free, but the children we encountered were very well behaved.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Aug 2016

We loved

The facilities, great attentive staff and management, super property and the attention to detail in every way - exceeded expectations! Visit Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Cortona

Don’t expect

It to be a typical hotel

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jul 2016

We loved

The beautiful setting over the Tuscan hills. Lazy days by the pool. The wonderful food. Perfect place for a relaxing time, away from it all. Montepulciano is a beautiful little town with some excellent gelato and views over the surrounding countryside.

Don’t expect

To want to explore away from the hotel too much.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jun 2016

We loved

The location was terrific - tucked away but relatively easy to get to. Beautiful property.

Don’t expect

Attentive service. The hotel is understaffed - Paulo did everything from carry our bags to wait on tables. The hotel has great potential but didn't quite deliver.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel. Paolo at front reception is absolutely lovely. He is warm, welcoming, and personable. He is the first and last impression you have of this lovely hotel. The rooms are spacious and charming. The setting of the hotel is idyllic. It is so nice to enjoy a cocktail on the outdoor patio. The pool looks inviting and we look forward to returning to the hotel when it is warmer weather. The food is outstanding. Lucca, our waiter was so friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this hotel!

Don’t expect

There is not a spa here, but there are plenty of spas near by that are welcoming to guests not staying at their hotel. We found this hotel much better than some of the larger spa hotels in the area.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Oct 2015

We loved

Our room was chic and spacious - massive bathroom with a jacuzzi bath. The hotel surroundings and pool area is just beautiful with the most stunning views across the Tuscan countryside. The pool was gorgeous and we did a full day of sunbathing (even in October). Evening drinks outside were amazing - expertly made cocktails and yummy nibbles went down a treat! The staff were wonderful and food and drinks were good value for money for the quality and surroundings - delicious pici pasta and amazing buffalo mozzarella. Oh and their own Poggio red wine is delicious - we drank it constantly!

Don’t expect

Very hard to fault Poggio - we would 100 go back and recommend 10/10! Only criticism is they gave us the wrong smith extra (wine instead of olive oil) but after a long journey from London we were very glad to enjoy a glass of red wine whilst unwinding in our room!

Rating

Stayed on 1 Oct 2015

We loved

Lots of things. 1. Paolo - without this gentleman, our stay may not have been the same. He was up at breakfast and there with the guests at last drinks. He did everything from recommend running trails and make lunches when the kitchen was closed to mix pre-dinner drinks. Our Private Studio - this studio opened on both sides making lazy mornings in the sun looking over the pool and hills very easy. The Pool - well sized with lots of afternoon snooze spots. The little things - we stayed in four different locations during our time in Italy but this shower was the best, we're not sure if it's water pressure or the fact it wasn't over a bath but it was lovely. Drinking wine from vines on the property. If you have a car book a wine paired lunch at Avignonesi, they're the biggest bio-dynamic grower in the area and a great producer of vin santo.

Don’t expect

Bread sticks in bags and bad glassware.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Sep 2015

We loved

The grounds. 10/10.

Don’t expect

Night life.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Sep 2015

We loved

The hotel and setting are fantastic - right in the heart of Tuscany. There are really great views from the hotel and it's really peaceful. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The breakfast spread was varied and delicious. The dinner menu is simple albeit very tasty!

Don’t expect

Large hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jul 2015

We loved

The villa was perfect for our 2 night stay during our honeymoon, secluded and quiet, tranquil and relaxing by the infinity pool. Cannot recommend this hotel enough, the food was amazing and the service from Paulo, the manager, was superb! We will be going back!

Don’t expect

Entertainment - this is a relaxing getaway with stunning views across Tuscany!

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Stayed on 4 Jun 2015

We loved

The view took our breath away every single morning. The breakfast was simply devine.

Don’t expect

You may not want to leave!

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Stayed on 3 Jun 2015

We loved

Peaceful location, limited number of quests, quality in everything - the food, furnishings, attentive staff, manicured grounds, jaw-dropping views, the good-sized infinity pool… Pretty much everything!

Rating

Stayed on 16 Oct 2014

We loved

I loved everything! Beautiful grounds and building; rooms well decorated and the bathrooms were very special. Food was beautiful both in the morning and evening for dinner. The pool was in one of the best settings I have seen. Service was second to none. I couldn't fault the staff.

Don’t expect

We had a room by the stairs and I could hear people coming up and down each time.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Sep 2014

We loved

I can't think of anything I didn't like about Poggio Piglia. The staff were terrific and hard working, the atmosphere was so relaxing, and we loved the cooking class, too.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2014