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Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Syracuse University in Florence
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Mercatale Valdarno, Italy · Member since February 2014
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Both Sara and Allen are Renaissance historians who live at il Poggiolo and commute to work in Florence. Maintaining this 8 hectare property and its buildings is not easy, which is why it has to help support itself.

We therefore renovated radically in 2006, since when we have been renting accommodations in this traditional Tuscan villa (both the independent part of the main villa on two floors, listed here, and the "Fienile," a renovated barn coming soon on Airbnb). We rent during Spring, Summer and Fall (not so much in winter as heating these large spaces is prohibitve).

Il Poggiolo is ideally located for day trips, located only 30-45 min. from the major sites of historic and cultural interest. There are also excellent markets in the areas, wonderful restaurants (from village pizzerias to Michelin stars), a number of designer outlets (Prada only 2 km. from house), and warm and welcoming people.

We are NEW to Airbnb, but have received rave reviews to date on other websites (the latest was that il Poggiolo proveded the best holiday accommodation a diplomatic family had experienced in over 50 countries !!). We have also done a number of home exchanges, some of which have become annual swops.

We like to make sure your stay begins in comfort, which is why a welcome basket is provided to incoming guests with refreshments. A welcome binder with information on special things to do in the area supplements the many guide books.

Come to get acquainted with our corner of Tuscany, on our little hilltop with 360° stunning views onto the Arno valley, the Apennine mountain range, and the Chianti hills. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information, more pictures, and the link to our website.