Accommodation Code: IT5492.800.9
Apartment Il Poggio ★★★
Florence Countryside »
We stayed in a duplex that was quite nicely furnished and decorated. In all there are four or five rental houses on this Bauernhof, so there is some activity and flow of people in and out. The owners are very helpful. The location is well outside Florenz, and there was a train strike our first day. So we drove to and from our destinations (Florenz, Pisa, San Gimigiano, Volterra) the rest of the week, and this was quite convenient. It is easy (and free) to park on the street in Florenz just outside the old city walls, and this was an especially convenient surprise for us.
Coming back to Il Poggio in the evenings really added to our vacation. We grilled several nights and enjoyed sitting on the patio watching the stars and listening to the sounds of nature. The Bauernhof is surrounded by rolling hills covered with Olive groves and Vineyards. It was too early for the pool (Apr 20), which was a disappointment to our daughters. Overall, we really enjoyed our visit.
As far as improvements, we found the WLAN to be extremely slow to the point of being unusable during certain periods of the day. Don't rely on it. Pay the roaming charges and use your mobile phone data line. There were several issues with the house (multiple cracked windows, the stove had only two of four operating burners, the water pressure for showers was barely above threshold), but overall these imperfections didn't detract from the positive experience.
We recommend this location.