Poggio al Sole lies in the midst of the magnificent scenario of the Florentine hillsides, and leans over the gentle slopes of the Mugnone valley. It rests on a 450 m hill, 6 kilometers from Fiesole in a neighbourhood called Torre di Buiano, only 8 kilometres from Florence. This viewpoint surrounded by olive groves, cypress trees and fruit trees is named after the sunny position it offers from sunrise to sunset, in summer and winter as well.
The farmhouse and the barn
We decided to keep the rustic look of the farmhouse and the barn that have luckily kept their original style until now.
The barn with its stone facade offers three large double rooms named after Gorse, Iris and Jasmine, (Ginestra, Iris and Gelsomino), all with private bathrooms and restored in the original Tuscan style, with wooden beams, terracotta floors, solid wood for doors, windows and the furniture. The ancient porch, with is likely to have been the place where tools were stored, is now the entrance to the rooms and the common hall. The porch is like a balcony opening on the valley and the fields of olive groves and fruit trees.
On the front of the barn a century-old oak shades the threshing floor, and other trees offer a cool relaxing area.
The first floor of the farmhouse offers two large rooms, one of which is a triple room, all with private bathroom, called Sunrise and Sunset, Alba and Tramonto, opening on the valley and on the city of Florence.
On the ground floor of the house the large chimney place decorates the breakfast room.
This is an organic farm, producing extra-virgin olive oil and saffron. Jams and herb spirits are produced with the fruit grown here: cherries, apricots, figs, pears, plums, walnuts and sorb-apples, and offered to our guests.
We put a special care in the production of saffron: we were responsible for the reintroduction of its production in the Florentine hills to obtain the name of origin controlled. The pistils are hand-picked one by one at the moment of the harvest, which the whole family takes part in from October to November. They are slowly dried and then packaged. This product is completely natural and free from any preservative or manufacturing.