Enjoy the countryside near Renaissance Florence
Poggio al Sole is a small family-run farmhouse with an independent house with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a B&B with 5 double 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 Antonietta personally manage this genuine Tuscan agritourism, sharing their passion for the incredible landscape and their saffron production.
Top 3 reasons you'll love Poggio al Sole
SPACIOUS AND LUMINOUS ROOMS
The Tuscan farmhouse and barn provide a unique setting just outside of Florence and Fiesole
EXPERIENCE A TRUE TUSCAN FARM
Cultivators of the aromatic saffron, Giovanni and Antonietta are passionate about their work
Full exposure to the Tuscan sun while offering the best views of the hillside and a swimming pool for guests
Traditional Tuscan Style
The farmhouse has 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. These 3 rooms can be rented together to host up to 7 guests and offer the possibility to a family or group of friends to share a more private, intimate stay away from the main house. With its own well equipped-kitchen and outdoor dining area, it is a great place for guests wanting a base near Florence (the minimum stay if you rent out the entire apartment is 7 nights).
Two double bedrooms are in the main house, where you will also find the gift shop offering the farm's saffron, honey, fruit jams and olive oil and the breakfast room. All of the bedrooms have their private bathroom with shower and are equipped with all of the main comforts, including a safe, television, hair dryer and free WI-Fi access. Some of the rooms have air conditioning (extra charge for use), but in Fiesole you honestly don't usually need A/C at all, except on the hottest days of the year. On those days, the swimming pool with panoramic views is the best place to hang out! All of the rooms are cleaned daily and are non-smoking. Upon arrival, you will also find a breakfast "welcome kit" in every room.
Make note that a minimum stay of 2 or 3 nights is required, depending on the season.
Garden Areas for Relaxing and Picnics
The grassy garden area located in front of the hayloft is surrounded by the sweet perfume of rosemary, lavender and roses. There is a covered terrace with tables and chairs, ideal for planning an outdoor picnic. 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.
Stay on the City's Doorstep
There are four personalized trekking trails that leave and return at Poggio al Sole's doorstep, making a complete loop where you can explore the hillside and local sites. Ranging from 2 to 4 hours, these trails will introduce you to the Tuscan countryside and to the Mugello, as one loop takes you to the Monastary of Montesenario.
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 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 to park your car in one of the free parking lots in Fiesole and take the frequent bus into the city (#7, 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 in 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 jams made at Poggio al Sole for purchase in the reception area's gift shop. The courses are taught by experts and present a special opportunity for anyone wishing to learn more about Tuscany and the territory and its products.
Meet Giovanni & Antonietta, the Owners
Welcome to Poggio al Sole!
Our home is an 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 B&B 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!