Poggio Etrusco is a privately owned organic farm near Montepulciano, located halfway between Florence and Rome. The owners are Pamela Sheldon Johns (a cookbook author) and Johnny Johns (an artist). On 15 acres, this property is an active oliveto with over 800 olive trees and production of an exceptional organic extra-virgin olive oil.
The Girasole suite has a fully-equipped kitchen and living area with a fireplace. It is tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork, and with lovely views.
Guests are encouraged to pick fresh, seasonal produce from from the kitchen garden and will enjoy homemade jams and preserves from the plum, fig, apricot, peach, and cherry trees at breakfast.
The views are breath-taking from every angle. In the distance you can see the charming hilltown of Cortona and Lago Trasimeno; nearby we see the ancient towers of the historic towns of Montepulciano and Chianciano Terme. Poggio Etrusco is in the countryside, but has close access to everything you will need.
The large swimming pool is a welcome respite in the summer months. Cooking classes are available. Nearby, you can find tennis, bicycle rentals, a language school, and horseback riding. The property is within minutes of Montepulciano Terme and Chianciano Terme; both offer a wide variety of spa treatments.
Within 15 minutes of Poggio Etrusco:
- The wine-inspired hilltop town of Montepulciano
- Charming Renaissance Pienza and Monticchiello and the Val d'Orcia
- Medieval Montefollonico
- The Etruscan town of Chiusi
- The spa town of Chianciano Terme
Within 30 minutes of Poggio Etrusco:
- Montalcino, famed for Brunello wine
- San Giovanni d’Asso, home of white truffles
- Bagno Vignoni, site of an ancient Roman Bath
- Mt. Amiata, the extinct volcano
- Under the Tuscan sun in Cortona
- Sarteano, San Quirico d’Orcia, Cetona, and other colorful towns
Within 45 minutes to an hour from Poggio Etrusco:
- Siena, Chianti, Arezzo
- The Umbrian towns of Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi and Deruta
Day Trips from Poggio Etrusco:
- Rome and the Vatican
Check out the July 2011 issue of Travel + Leisure for a great article about Poggio Etrusco. And a quick search on the CNN website (look for Tuscan Food Tour) will give you a peek at Pamela's food expertise. Reviews of her newest book, Cucina Povera, are at the Facebook page for Cucina Povera, Tuscan Peasant Cooking.
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