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Villa Poggiarello – Cooking Classes and Wine Tours


Restoring this villa estate back to and even beyond its original beauty and luxury, they have graciously agreed to open their doors to host Tuscan Way culinary and wine programs.
Warm, hospitable, and welcoming, Stefano & Chiara personify Italian fine living and traditional Italian hospitality.
The guide will accompany you on your journey through Tuscany’s off-the-beaten-track Maremma region.


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Meet Your Hosts

Villa Poggiarello is owned and operated by the Stefano & Chiara. Originally from Milan, they gave up the busy city life for the peaceful, elegant Maremma country side. Restoring this villa estate back to and even beyond its original beauty and luxury, they have graciously agreed to open their doors to host Tuscan Way culinary and wine programs.
Warm, hospitable, and welcoming, Stefano & Chiara personify Italian fine living and traditional Italian hospitality.

The Farmhouse

The farmhouse is set in the peaceful Tuscan countryside, and offers exciting holidays and warm hospitality.
The guests’apartments are in the most ancient house of Il Poggiarello. There are ten spacious and tastefully furnished apartments, all of them with a living room and a kitchenette.
If you wish, you can enjoy a bed-and-breakfast treatment and begin your day with a rich breakfast served in the open air (when the weather is fine).
You will be able to appreciate the typical cooking of Maremma at our small restaurant.
Relax, contact with nature and warm hospitality: these are the characteristics of your holiday in this Tuscan farmhouse.
Besides, you are offered the opportunity of visiting a lot of places in Maremma: in fact, Il Poggiarello is strategically situated between Siena and Grosseto; so, it is a good starting point to enjoy gastronomic and wine routes, to visit Etruscan places and the beautiful beaches of Castiglione della Pescaia.

Il Poggiarello offers you the following facilities:
– Open air swimming pool
– Mountain-bikes
– Garden
– Trekking routes
– Five-a-side football gound
– Shady gazebo
– Barbecue
– Playground for children

Villa Poggiarello

Villa Poggiarello
€ - Euro / $ - Dollar
1 WK: € 2.550,00 / $ 2,705.30 *
5/4/3 Nights: [On Request]

*price per person in double standard room*
*single occupancy requests a supplement*
*City Taxes: €2 per person/per day to pay at the check out*
 *Feel free to request a quotation for a shorter program (3/4/5 nights), choosing which days of itinerary you want to keep in your vacation*
*Ask for Additional Cooking Classes*
NOT included: airfare, private car (to quote at the request, it changes by number of persons) and gratuities

Where You Will Sleep

The apartments of Il Poggiarello are one different from the other; so, if you come for a second time, (and that often occurs!) you will be surprised. All the apartments are spacious and tastefully furnished; all of them are provided with living room, T.V. set, bathroom with shower and kitchenette with gas cooker, fridge, table and kitchen ware.
The beds are very confortable to ensure you a complete rest. We have great regard for the environment: for instance, hot water is provided by solar panels.

APARTMENTS

Il Leccio – 2 pers. (50 mq)

– second floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bathroom with a shower

La Scaletta – 2 pers. (65 mq)

– first floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bathroom with a shower

Casa Fonte – 2 + 1 pers. (45 mq)

– ground floor
– private garden entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette and fold out couch (single bed)
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bathroom with a shower
– private furnished outdoor space

Gli Allori – 2 pers. (48 mq)

– first floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette and fold out couch (single bed)
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bathroom with a shower

La Meridiana – 2 + 1 pers. (50 mq)

– first floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette and fold out couch (single bed)
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bathroom with a shower

I Girasoli – 4 pers. (70 mq)

– first floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bedroom with 2 single beds
– 1 bathroom with a shower

Il Pino – 4 pers. (75 mq)

– second floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette and fireplace
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bedroom with 2 single beds
– 1 bathroom with a shower

Gli Olivi – 4 pers. (91 mq)

– second floor
– shared stairway entrance
– 1 livingroom with kitchenette and fireplace
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bedroom with 2 single beds
– 1 bathroom with a shower

Il Balchetto – 4 + 2 pers. (106 mq)

– first floor
– private outdoor stair entrance
– 1 large livingroom with kitchenette, fireplace and fold out couch (double bed)
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed)
– 1 bedroom with 2 single beds
– 2 bathrooms with shower
– private furnished outdoor space

Le Volticine – 6 pers. (91 mq)

– ground floor
– private garden entrance
– 1 large livingroom with kitchenette
– 1 double bedroom (Queen bed) with an extra single bed
– 1 bedroom with 3 single beds
– 2 bathrooms with shower
– private furnished outdoor space

 

Food and Wine Vacation – All Inclusive

Our most popular package is the full week that fully represents Tuscan culture and history – rooted in our art, foods, wines, and genuine hospitality. Feel free to request a quotation for a shorter program (3/4/5 nights), choosing which days of itinerary you want to keep in your vacation.

The Vacation includes everything but airfare, private car (to quote at the request, may vary by number of persons and number of days) and gratuities:

– 6 nights accommodations at Villa Poggiarello, near Siena, in a picturesque 18th century Tuscan villa.
– All meals as indicated in the itinerary: they will include 1 first course; 1 main course with side dish or 1 appetizer; 1 dessert; 1 glass of wine; water; coffee.
– Small groups accepted: 4 to 14 people.
– 3 Hands-on cooking courses in Italian and Tuscan country cooking (appetizers, fresh pasta, main course with side, dessert)
– 1 Guided excursions to the enchanting town of Siena
– 5 Wine and Olive Oil Tastings with visits to estates
– 1 Cheese Tasting
– Free time to shop in each town

The tours listed are not in chronological order to be followed on a day-to-day basis. However, all tours listed will be conducted throughout the week. All Villa Poggiarello programs begin on Saturdays!

 

Day 1 – Arrival – Transfer to Villa Poggiarello
Upon arrival at the Rome or Florence airport, you will be accompanied by car or van to Roccastrada and then welcomed at your vacation residence – Villa Poggiarello. After settling in, your tour hosts will show you around the estate! Then you can take some time to relax and settle in… take a leisurely stroll around the villa’s garden or around the enchanting property amidst warm vineyards and olive groves, before having dinner.

Day 2 – Massa Marittima and Castiglione della Pescaia; Cooking Class
After breakfast, you and your guide will travel to Massa Marittima. This is a fascinating town situated in the area of the “Colline Metallifere” of La Maremma or Metalliferous hills of Southern Tuscany. Some its main architectural attractions are the beautiful Cathedral (Duomo) built in the 13th century in Romanesque-Gothic style, and the “La Fonte dell’Abbondanza” a unique fountain, which is an attractive covered spring decorated with colorful frescos. Massa Marittima is home of an ancient Tuscan festival: the “Balestro del Girifalco” a crossbow competition between the quarters of the city where the participants and audience dress in medieval costumes and the prize for the winning arbalester is a golden arrow made by a local artisan. You will also enjoy a trip to the quaint and beautiful coastal village of Castiglione della Pescaia. A castle overlooks the turquoise bay and the village. For lunch you will dine at a popular local restaurant. Once back at your Tuscan home, you will take your first cooking lesson, preparing a healthy Tuscan dinner that will be enjoyed by guests and hosts family style.

Day 3 – Siena
This morning after you enjoy your breakfast, we will take you to the nearby town of Siena, where your guide will wait for you to have a fantastic guided visit. There you will visit the famous Piazza del Campo, the main square where the people from Siena (“i Senesi”) where twice a year the hold the Il Palio, a medieval horse race. You can later climb to the top of the Torre del Mangia and admire a marvelous view of the city. Siena has a beautiful Gothic-style Duomo or cathedral. You will have lunch in a quaint restaurant nearby Piazza del Campo. After some free time, you will have a wine tasting in an historical winery in Siena, and prepare yourself to come back to villa Poggiarello, where you will visit the cellar and you will have a wine tasting: yes, Chiara and Stefano are wine producers! At the end of the tasting, you will have dinner in a restaurant nearby.

Day 4 – Pienza and Montalcino; Cooking Class
You will set after breakfast to go to Pienza to see the extraordinarily charming town of Pienza (Unesco World Heritage). Pienza owes its beauty and fame to Enea Silvio Piccolomini born in Corsignano on 18 October 1405 and elevated to Pope in 1458 taking the name Pius II. We will leave now for Montalcino, the town of the very famous Brunello di Montalcino, strong and full body red wine. You will have a visit of a noble family cellar, and in there you will taste some of their wines and olive oils, during a light lunch. At the end of this lunch, you will have some free time to walk in Montalcino, to see the fortress and the old town and see the little shops of the local artisans. It’s time to come back to Villa Poggiarello, where you will have your cooking class and dinner.

Day 5 – Montepulciano; Cooking Class
Today you will have the opportunity to visit a typical cheese factory of the famous Pecorino cheese; you will see how this famous sheep cheese is produced. Obviously, you will taste also this great tuscan product! While we are in Montepulciano, you will have a visit in a cellar where the famous Nobile di Montepulciano is produced, and at the end of this visit you will have a rich tasting of wines and typical tuscan products. When you finish your tasting, you will have some free time to walk around in Montepulciano. Curiosity! Here in Montepulciano, a famous movie scene was filmed few years ago! Do you know which is this movie? It is New Moon (Twilight Saga), based on novels written by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Chris Weitz, with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson! Now, it’s time to come back at Villa Poggiarello where you will have your last cooking class.

Day 6 – Scansano
You will go on tour through the region known as “La Maremma” which is known for its Etruscan culture and proximity to the stunning seaside of Southern Tuscany. There will be a late morning wine tasting with a visit to a private winery where you will enjoy Morellino di Scansano, strong-body red wine, followed by lunch at the wine estate.  At the end of the lunch, we will go back to villa Poggiarello, to have some free time to enjoy the quiet of the villa and to start to prepare baggages, before having dinner at the restaurant of the Villa.

Day 7 – Good-bye Tuscany!
Enjoy your final breakfast at Villa Poggiarello before heading back to Rome or Florence.

 

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NEW OPTIONAL ADVENTURES

Choose Your Adventure!
You can customize your own tour with our new super offers:
– BEER TOUR a visit in a typical brewery and the taste of Italian beer (*where available*)
– YOGA RETREAT/SINGLE LESSONS dedicated yoga lessons in extraordinary scenery, benefits of these practices include a clearer mind, a deeper feeling of inner calm, the ability to accept and move through challenging and stressful life events with more ease and acceptance, improved immunity, increased energy levels and sometimes even feeling happy for no good reason!
– SPORTS EXCURSIONS bike rides, trekking, horseback riding… all you can do in a land of a thousand possibilities as Tuscany
– GOLF GAME are you a golf passionate and you want to try the emotion to play golf in the beautiful tuscan countryside? Why not? We can provide for you your Italian Game!
– CRUISE EMOTION you can visit the most exclusive spots on the Tuscans Islands , accessible only by sea, and see scenery of incomparable beauty, grottos, inlets, picturesque coves and rocks where nature has let its imagination run free to create strange, unrepeatable shapes (*available only at Villa Poggiarello*)
– OLIVES HARVEST the magical smells and flavors of the olives and the unique experience of attending to their harvesting (*by season only – normally october/november, depending on weather conditions*)
– THERMAL SPA  a day in one of most famous thermal center of Tuscany, where you can find the best spa treatments
– TRUFFLE HUNTING do you want to live the emotion to look for truffles with a real truffle hunter and his dog? You can! And then enjoy a wonderful lunch with truffles! (*by season only – normally october/november*)

Contact us now to know more about them!
info(at)tuscanway.com