Fattoria Poggio Alloro in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy is by far my favorite agriturismo. Basically ‘agriturismo’ means accommodation at a farm. In this case, the fabulous farm of the Italian Fioroni family, who runs their agriturismo full of passion and joy. This is the place to be if you want to get a taste of authentic Tuscany.
At Fattoria Poggio Alloro you cannot not only enjoy bed and breakfast, but also lunch and dinner. It’s served daily ‘family style’ with home-made Tuscan dishes like fresh pasta, cheese and fig jam for example. The farm makes their own wine and olive oil and offers a magnificent view of the beautiful medieval town of San Gimignano.
Coming back for more
My friend Melissa and I ran into Fattoria Poggio Alloro by accident while driving around the Tuscan country side back in 2011. We noticed the Michelin guide sticker and the view, and had a vague presentiment this might be something special…
My goodness, what a fantastic hidden gem we ended up having dinner! After the discovery in 2011, I went back a couple of times to Fattoria Poggio Alloro. It’s so fantastic here, there is nothing like it. Take me back please! I really would not mind to visit this place every year. I love it every time a bit more!
Fattoria Poggio Alloro simply has a view that will never bore me. The medieval skyscrapers of San Gimignano are among Tuscany’s most famous views. The historic center of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts more and more tourists every year. But what most tourists do not know, is what a wonderful agriturismo is located so closely!
Flowers, cows, lemons… Agriturismo Fattoria Poggio Alloro has got all the perfect natural Tuscan ingredients in house. It is the type of garden you wish you had at home… without the work haha It’s really something I can enjoy.
Vineyards, pomegranates and a pool with a view… What is not to love?! It’s really romantic to be here, although I have been here several times with friends too. And shared tables with entire families from all over the world. Suitable for anyone who enjoys living the good life!
Fattoria Poggio Alloro includes a farm with olive trees and a dairy farm with cows that you can visit. Believe me, it is not a punishment to wake up with this view every day. We enjoyed seeing the pretty flowers on the balcony of our room every morning.
Food is a very important thing in Italy in general. To my experience, the best food is served on the Italian country side. And here at Fattoria Poggio Alloro lunch comes not only with great food, but also with an amazing view…
Everything is wonderful and delicious at this agriturismo. The bruschetta tastes divine, the flowers bloom beautifully under the Tuscan sun and the panna cotta is to die for! So many different dishes, you will definitely have a full stomach afterwards!
Meet people from all over the world during lunch or dinner at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. There are long dinner tables, where couples, friends and families are set to sit together. While enjoying the wonderful food and drinks, you will get to know your international table mates better by the bottle.
Is it the sun and view that makes this cheese and fig jam so tasty? I don’t know, but I loved every bite of this home-made stuff! Some evenings, when steak is served, the meat is shown at the table before it gets prepared in the kitchen.
Fattoria Poggio Alloro has their own vineyards and winery, where a limited number of tasty red wines are produced, such as a soft Chianti and easy Merlot. My all-time favorite is the Vernaccia, a dry white wine with a unique salty taste that comes from the ground around San Gimignano.
Vin Santo, also known as San Vincenzo, is a gorgeous desert wine that never tastes anywhere better than here. If you want, there is also grappa and limoncello. Wine is served with both lunch and dinner, and is included in the price. So very convenient if you sleep here too…
You can also buy wine, olive oil, pasta, saffron, honey, etc. at the shop of Fattoria Poggio Alloro. And the good thing is: they can ship it to your house in Styrofoam protected boxes by courier service. Great afterparty at home guaranteed.
An Italian cooking class was definitely on my to do list. And Fattoria Poggio Alloro made this possible! In this 3 hour authentic Italian cooking class Sarah Fioroni will teach you how to make a 4-course Tuscan meal including appetizer, fresh pasta, meat and desert. Discover the secrets of how to make the perfect bruschetta and tiramisu!
The group will be min. 6 people. There is a break and you will have dinner afterwards with the dishes served that you prepared during class. You will also get an apron that you can take home. And of course the recipes! I still make at home some of the dishes I learned here. Friends and family love it.
Agriturismo contact & booking
Would like to go and experience yourself all the wonderful things Fattoria Poggio Alloro has to offer?
- Rooms are available for around 100 euro per night.
- April, May, early June, late September and October are the best months to visit.
- Lunch is 26-28 euro and dinner 34-40 euro per person including water and wine.
- Cooking class, or actually it’s now called ‘Bruschetta & Pasta class’, is 100 euro per person including dinner.
You will not find Fattoria Poggio Alloro on websites like booking.com. For availability requests and reservations/bookings please contact directly:
- Fattoria Poggio Alloro
- Address: Via S.Andrea, 23, 53037 San Gimignano (SI), Italy
- Tel: +39 0577 950 153 / +39 0577 950276
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: fattoriapoggioalloro.com
- GPS: LONG: 11°3’51,00” E, LAT: 43°29’15,00” N
This lovely town, spelled as either San Gimignano or San Giminiano, is only a 10 minutes’ drive (5 km) away from Fattoria Poggio Alloro, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. I would not recommend to go by bike or foot, rather by car or scooter. Parking will be no problem in April or May, but can be challenging in the middle of the day in July or August.
You can easily spend a few hours walking around in San Gimignano. Enjoy the beautiful historic architecture. For sure you will have to taste the ice cream of Gelateria Dondoli at ‘di Piazza’. In the summer temperatures can rise up to 40 degrees Celsius, so you will be longing for a refreshing snack.
How to get there
The closest airports near San Gimignano are Pisa (70 min) and Florence (50 min). Most flights fly either via Rome or Milano. Check flight possibilities on Skyscanner for example.
You can rent a car from the airport, or if you live somewhere in Europe, you might rather take your own car and drive to Tuscany yourself. The train is also an option but not practical at all on the country side, where agriturismos like Fattoria Poggio Alloro are located.
A rental car and being able to drive around yourself gives a lot of freedom and flexibility. You will be able to see more in a shorter period of time compared to public transport, and the airconditioning is a bit plus too! Just make sure it is insured all-risk and that you bring your EU or international driver’s license.
Personally, when it concerns renting a car, I would recommend Sunny Cars, an all-inclusive, worry free rental concept with affordable, fair prices, great service and no unpleasant surprises upon pick up or drop off. I am a big fan and use them all the time! In most countries the 2nd driver, free cancellation up to 4 hours in advance and all-risk insurance are standard included. Ideal, I use them all the time!
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My favorite places in Tuscany are Lucca, San Gimignano and Siena. Arezzo is also nice. Pisa you probably want to visit because of the Tower. Florence I do not like simply because it is too crowded.
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Last Updated on 04/05/2021 by Flitter Fever