Near cities of great artistic and cultural value

Borgo Il Poggiaccio, a Medieval Period Residence which lies downstream of the mountainous area of the Sienese countryside, is part of the municipality of Sovicille, whose name dates back to a celebratory description: ‘Soavis Locus Ille‘ (the sweet spot).

The ancient oaks and holm oaks woods, the beautiful wheat and sunflowers fields and the appreciated vineyards of Chianti Colle Senese offer many routes through an area of rare beauty.

From il Poggiaccio you can easily reach cities of great cultural and artistic heritage: Siena is just 22 km away, Florence 74 km and San Gimignano 35 km. Or, again within a few kilometres, you can visit the Abbey of San Galgano or the Monteriggioni castle.

The sea is about 50 km from the village, reaching the Tyrrhenian coast with Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia, the islands of Elba and Giglio. As well, the mount Amiata, popular health resort and ski area, can be reached along just 42 km.

How Borgo il Poggiaccio came out

The landscape merges with the sight of two ancient castles: Radi di Montagna (year 1130) and Palazzo al Piano (year 1270), overlooking the village, and the nearby medieval settlements that take us to a prestigious past. Borgo il Poggiaccio dates back to 1330 and its history can be considered remarkable for the construction of major rich ancient architectural interventions. In facts, from historical research we find that in the year 1380 the oldest part of the castle was the outpost of Palazzo al Piano, owned since the beginning of 1300 by Giacomo Andrea Tolomei, the ancient exponent of Sienese noble family, whose origins date back to the Italian expedition of Charlemagne. Later, at the end of 1770, the entire property passed to the Chigi Conti D’Ardenghesca, the great lords of the Sienese Maremma castles, which in Rome (year 1659).

In the beginning, the castle of Palazzo al Piano served as a fortress to defend the town of Pieve a Molli. Il Poggiaccio was later used as customs and there goods and people in transit were controlled, by charging the famous gabelle – that is why this place has a pejorative suffix. Il Poggiaccio was then a small self-sufficient village and, as such, it had its own school, a blacksmith shop, a carpenter’s workshop, a baker’s shop, and so on.

The change into 4-star Residence

In 1990, the 4-building complex was restored fully respecting the ancient structures and the original characteristics of a village of 1300 – thus maintaining its magical medieval, atmosphere. Today Borgo il Poggiaccio is a 4* residence which has 17 holiday apartments with different sizes and architecture that provide all modern facilities, a restaurant and wine bar open to both guests and non-residents of the village for lunch, dinner or wine tasting, as well as a large swimming pool with sun terrace, a tennis court and basketball field, and a beautiful garden for relaxing walks or for the celebration of secular rites.