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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.
Il Poggio, c'est une maison sur la colline tout au bout d'un chemin qui grimpe à 10 minutes du village de Mercatale di Cortona. Nous avons apprécié la terrasse ombragée par deux beaux figuiers, la vue, le calme. Un endroit simple et en harmonie avec la nature environnante. On peut se rendre facilement à Cortona, Città di Castello, Assisi...
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!
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!
Located off the charming village of Mercatale, Il Poggio allowed me and my friends to spend the day wandering the scenic roads of Tuscany and then to return home to a quiet, cozy house at night. In the early hours of the day, one can see, from the kitchen window, the fog covering the valley. A few hours later, the fog is gone and all the birds wake up singing. It becomes easy to understand why Saint Francis, born just a few kilometers from this valley, was so passionate about Tuscan nature.
The house was equipped with bed sheets, towels, and a good heating system. The kitchen is so well equipped, that we cooked excellent meals accompanied by great Tuscan wines. Great times for all of us!
We highly recommend the experience.
On a hill looking out to a rolling mountains, small villages nestled into valleys, and 11th century castles perched atop the crests. Golden dusted mornings that pierced through the soft blanket of mist sleeping in the valley.
This was the view every morning from every room in 'Poggio', Paolo's beautiful Tuscan farmhouse. This place was everything promised, and more.
It was perfectly situated for us;
An hours drive from the splendours of medieval villages like Perugia and Assisi; and a short walk down to the quaint town of Mercatale, where the local butcher gave us his famaily's recipes and invited us to the town's weekly event, the porchetta cooking. We also went on a glorious walk though the forest and stumbled upon the ruins of an old castle, held together by a tangle of ivy, where the donkeys were only replaced by cars 40 years ago.
The house was warm, had a fire place and the lovely neighbour had stocked it full of firewood. Sheets, and towels and cooking essentials were provided. And an excellent Bose sound system. Perfect for entertaining friends or for a couple wanting to slow down and appreciate the simple joys of life.
An authentic piece of Italy and a weekend that seemed like a fortnight filled with adventure, leisure, friends and food.
We were looking for a short vacation over the easter holidays. I stumbled upon Paolo's offering and thought to myself "this is the place".
What we were really looking for was a quiet, simplistic domicile in tuscany/umbria. What we found was this awesome mountain house which is located on the end of a steep and curvy gravel road. Claudio, the friendly neighbor provided us with the keys and off we were to our peaceful home.
The nearest village is about 3KM away, the next house about 700m (not visible or noticeable at all). The village Mercatale offers everything you need. A local grocery store, a delicious little bakery, a butcher who offers great local meat as well as shops for daily supply (pharmacy, atm, gas station etc.).
Inside the house we found a fully equipped kitchen (sausage and cheese was provided as a welcome gift), two big bedrooms with very comfortable beds and a large dining/livingroom with a fireplace.
The outside is perfect for spending a relaxed afternoon in the sun and the surrounding woods offer plenty of ways to go on hikes and exploration.
All I can say is:
Go, you won't regret it!
I will certainly come back.
Staying at il Poggio in Tuscany was an unforgettable experience! The place is very beautiful, high up on the hills. Waking up in the morning to such a wonderful view and birds singing was really special.
The house offers everything you need for some rest and relaxation. Great heating, very comfortable beds, pillows, sheets and towels, a very nice bathroom, and all necessary kitchen utensils. We found the house super clean and well organized. The neighbours, Claudio and Dana, were very helpful and kind.
Mercatale is very well located as a base to tour Tuscany, every day we left the house in the morning and got back at the end of the afternoon: we went to Montepulciano, Montalcino, Assisi, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra e Cortona.
Thank you so much Paolo and Lu for a very special few days!
there are places where time ceases to chase us, where scenic views and sounds of nature fill you with a constant delight, where silence grows into a beautiful conversation between people... this place is Il Poggio , located just a few steps from the top of the mountain, in an old olive grove overlooking the valley covered with fog in the morning. full of sun, warmth and calming breath of the world. Eight days of happiness!
Paolo thank you for your hospitality and all the clues that made our travel so pleasant, thanks to You the memory of Il Poggio and Tuscany will remain in us forever. Also many hugs to Your neighbours.
& see You soon!
Foram dois dias de hospedagem e boas experiências. Antes mesmo da data de checkin o Paolo fez uma visita ao apartamento para certificar-se da qualidade e da localização e gostou! Procedemos sempre com uma limpeza e organização prévia e além do mais o apartamento está completíssimo!