View from the pergolatoWelcome to Il Poggio!
Amazing views and lots of peace!
Amazing views and lots of peace!

Entire home/apt

7 Guests

2 Bedrooms

6 Beds

Entire home/apt

7 Guests

2 Bedrooms

6 Beds

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About this listing

Il Poggio is an old farmhouse high on the hills overlooking the green Niccone Valley and the Castle of Pierle. Basic but very comfortable, it provides a unique hideaway among birds, cicadas and crickets, with easy access to local shops and beautiful cities like Cortona, Perugia, Montepulciano and Siena.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $12 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $87
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The space

The house is in a panoramic and isolated location among hills covered in oak and chestnut trees, and features great views of the unspoiled Niccone Valley.
The top floor has two large bedrooms and a living room with a double sofa-bed, a small kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet.
The main entrance is on the ground floor, under a lovely pergola where you can have a meal while enjoying the views. The rest of the ground floor (still to be renovated) consists of two former stables and a small tower that was used for drying tobacco leaves. There is about one acre of land around the house, which we left a bit 'wild'... ! You can occasionally spot deer, fox and wild boar in the surroundings, and sometimes you will be given a wake up call by wood peckers!

Guest access

The kitchen is fully equipped, and there is a washing machine in the large stable downstairs. We do not have a swimming pool, but we love taking open air showers using the garden water hose!
As the place is made for resting and relaxing, we decided not to have a TV or broadband internet, but for those who cannot resist a 3G key can be bought near Cortona.

Interaction with guests

Our lovely neighbors live in the nearest house about 500m down the hill. They will be handing you the keys and be available during your stay for any emergency. We will check in regularly by phone or email to make sure everything is ok!

The neighborhood

The house is a 10-15 minute drive from the nearest town (Mercatale di Cortona), where you will find banks, supermarkets, a great bakery and butcher, bars, etc.
There is a small market on Wednesday morning, great for vegetables and cheese. The butcher makes 'porchetta' (traditional pork roast) every Thursday, but you have to get there early to get some... it's delicious!
Many of Tuscany's favourite destinations are within easy reach by car:
Cortona - 30 minutes
Lake Trasimeno - 20 minutes
Perugia - 45 minutes
Montepulciano - 40 minutes
Siena - 1 hour
Montalcino - 1 hour
Assisi - 1 hour and 15 minutes
Gubbio - 1 hour
There are lots of nice walks and MTB trails in the area.
During the summer, look out for village fairs, where you can taste local specialties and enjoy some open-air dancing, and for the the many arts and music festivals happening all over the region.

Getting around

Given its location, you will need a car to enjoy Il Poggio.

House Rules
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)



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3 nights minimum stay

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Mathias User Profile
September 2016
Paolo's Il Poggio is an island of tranquil just on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. The location and the view down into the valley and towards Mercatale. We had the greatest time relaxing in and around the house. The facilities include everything that we could've asked for, and we cooked many great meals for dinner. There are four fig trees outside of the house which were bearing very tasty fruit during our stay. We did indeed get regular visits from wild boars which were enjoying the fruit falling off the trees. It's pretty amazing to feel right in the middle of nowhere and getting these regular visits from wild animals living in the area. Note that the wild boar won't come up to the house if you're sitting out in front, they'll rather run away if they hear noise. A few tips: * The closest place for a swim is south of Tuoro at Lake Trasimeno, about a 30 minute drive from the house * Make sure to visit Montepulciano and enjoy the old city center as well as some wine from the region (make sure to get some Vino Nobile di Montepulciano * If want to spend a day by the sea, you can drive out to Fano, where you'll be able to have a swim in the Adriatic Sea with wonderfully clear and warm water * Siena is worth a visit, most definitely! * Eat fresh figs if you can, they're super tasty * Porchetta is made fresh every Thursday at the local butcher, make sure to be there between 17:00 and 17:30 which is when it's usually served. It'll all be gone quickly, so be there on time! * Try the frozen tiramisu from the local bakery, it's amazing and tasty!

Ingrid User Profile
August 2016
Perfect information about the house and the surrounding. Great help from the neightbours. Very clean house!

Jennifer User Profile
September 2015
The house was incredibly peaceful and quiet - we loved our stay.

Karoline User Profile
August 2015
Il Poggio is a wonderful place far away from every day life and stress. It is beautifully located on a hill with great views. The house is very charming and well equipped. You find everything you need. It is the perfect place to take a few days off, dive into a good book, do some nice cooking and enjoy a glass of wine. 10 minutes away from the house is a lovely village with a great restaurant called Mimis. Make sure that you arrive during the day, as the last few kilometeres up the house are a bit adventurous. but once you are up there, you realise it was worth it. We did not meet Paolo in person, but he was in touch with us via mail and gave us great recommendations and tips. I highly recommend Il Poggio.

Lauren User Profile
October 2014
Absolutely amazing place. Pretty remote, but exactly what we needed. The views were amazing, and the house was just the right amount of space for us. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an escape in the country, and isn't afraid of driving up long dirt roads.

Britta User Profile
July 2014
We had a wonderful time at Il Poggio and found everything we were looking for: a charming Tuscan countryhouse - nicely furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need in- and outside the house, a scenic view, peacefulness, quiet and privacy since the only people who came up the mountain that far were some lost hikers once in a while. Paolo is a great host taking very good care of his guests even from far away. He answered all our questions on the same day and made sure that we enjoyed our stay. A welcome gift at our arrival (everything you needed for a first meal) is just one example for that. We felt very lucky having found such a wonderful holiday home and can recommend it without hesitation. The house is also a good starting point for trips to great Tuscan or Umbrian towns such as Perugia, Cortona, Siena. Mercatale, the town below Il Poggio, has everything you need including a great restaurant (Mimmi). But I guess most of the time you will want to stay in this hideout enjoying this great place!

Lisa User Profile
May 2014
This is a lovely, quiet hideaway in a beautiful part of Tuscany/Umbria, the perfect secluded spot for relaxing and a good base for exploring both regions. There are numerous fantastic hiking routes right outside the house up and down the hillsides. We had no trouble accessing the site (the drive up is a bit rough - exciting! - on gravel roads but our rental car handled without problems), and Paolo's neighbors gave us the keys and were quick to respond when we had a couple of challenges (the hot water heater wasn't switched on initially - quickly addressed). We mostly went out and explored a town and it's surrounding regions (montepulciano, Olvieta, etc) during the day and cooked at night at the house, as restaurants would be a bit too far of a drive. In all, it was our favorite spot we stayed in italy! Peaceful, beautiful, well-equipped - a lovely hideaway!

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