$949 / night
Total guests, Nights

Poggio Etrusco: Tuscan B&B, apts, & Cooking School – Home 3801108 Villa

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Poggio Etrusco: Tuscan B&B, apts, & Cooking School – Home 3801108

  • Villa
  • 6 bedrooms
  • sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Swimming pool
  • Child Friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner



Poggio Etrusco is a privately owned organic farm near Montepulciano, located in southern Tuscany, 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, sangiovese wine, and several fruit crops. Staying on a working farm gives you a sense of Italian life and how connected to the seasons it is.

The price listed on this site is for rental of the entire villa, divided into three private apartments available individually for holiday rentals, and one double room that is available for bed & breakfast. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen and living area with a fireplace. They are tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork, each with lovely views. WiFi is available for your own portable device. Breakfast is included.

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 (more info below). Nearby, you can find wineries, great restaurants, tennis, bicycle rentals, 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

* Medieval Montefollonico

* The Etruscan town of Chiusi

* The spa town of Chianciano Terme

Within 30-45 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

* Florence

* Pisa

* Rome and the Vatican


Owner/cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns has written 17 cookbooks (see below) and is an expert on Italian regional, traditional cuisine. The hands-on cooking classes at Poggio Etrusco range from one-day workshops to all-inclusive programs of 4 to 7 nights.

Learn to make fresh pasta, or spend the morning with Pamela as she explores the Italian artisanal pantry, with explanations and tastings of olive oils, vinegars, capers, pasta, and more. Head out to the colorful local farmers' market with Pamela to buy the fresh ingredients to make the classic Tuscan dish, Ribollita. Visit local food artisans to discover the traditional process for making Pecorino, the local sheeps' milk cheese. Visit the area's best wineries for tastings, cantina and vineyard visits, and amazing food and wine pairings. Visit an antique frantoio, an olive pressing mill, for a demonstration and tasting of oils... or better, yet, help pick olives and participate in a tree-to-table workshop, bringing home olive oil that you've helped produce!

Besides Tuscany, Pamela's company Italian Food Artisans (FoodArtisans dot com) also leads groups in other regions (Cinque Terre di Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Sicily, Veneto, Piemonte, Puglia, Campania). Info on request.

Read about Poggio Etrusco:

• Featured on CNN! (search for tuscan food tour)

• feature about Poggio Etrusco in Travel & Leisure

• Wall Street Journal names Pamela one of the top 10 culinary guides in Europe

• Food & Wine magazine Sept. 2007 names Italian Food Artisans in Top Cooking Schools in Italy

• Canadian Geographic magazine March 2008 article about Poggio Etrusco's organic olive harvest/culinary program

• We're on Facebook: Poggio Etrusco... become a fan!

Pamela's cookbooks:

Italian Food Artisans





Festive Picnics

Holiday Hearts

Healthy Gourmet

Pizza Napoletana!

Williams-Sonoma Italian

Williams-Sonoma Risotto

Prosciutto, Pancetta, & Salame

Williams-Sonoma Vegetarian for All Seasons

50 Great Pasta Sauces

50 Great Appetizers

Cucina Povera, Tuscan Peasant Cooking

Silver Spoon Sicily

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • 5 Full baths


  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: ($108.97) €100.00
Please contact the owner


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Please note that as of 1 January 2012, the comune of Montepulciano has instituted a regional tax on lodging. You will be asked to pay this in cash at your arrival. The tax is one Euro per person per night for guests 12 years and over.


About the owner

Pamela S.
Calendar last updated:
07 Mar 2018
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





Very Good
34 reviews

Very Good

“Perfect hideaway”

Reviewed 18 Sep 2016

We stayed at Poggio Etrusco for three nights in September. It's a beautiful haven in the Tuscan countryside with a rustic, bohemian edge. Wild olives, tomatoes, and figs grow in the gorgeous verd… More

“Pleasant stay in beautiful surroundings”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2016

We stayed here one week. The location is convenient to several popular towns - Montepulciano (30 min), Pienza (30 min), Cortona (50 min), Montelcino (1 hour). The landscaping/gardens are lush and gree… More


Reviewed 16 Aug 2016

Chambre sympathique même si le matelas aurait pu être plus confortable et la baignoire plus pratique. Le lieu est magnifique, bien situé (à proximité du Val d'Orc… More

“The Perfect Stay”

Reviewed 13 Mar 2014

Experience a "real" taste of Italy. Stay in a really cool, old farm house back off the road next to their own vineyard. Pam and Johnny are great and very knowledgable of the of the area and … More

“A lovely working farm”

Reviewed 12 Nov 2013

We stayed in the room that was available for one night. The room was very nice with a private entrance. The hosts were very accommodating. They showed us olive picking and we followed them to the fa… More

“Island of peace near Montepulciano”

Reviewed 1 Sep 2013

Thanks to my great hosts Pamela and Johnny, I was able to recharge my batteries in the beautiful peaceful countryside just south or Montepulciano. I stayed in one of the apartments which was well fur… More

“Beyond adjectives”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2013

There is no way to describe our stay here! Pamela and Johnny were more than welcoming. We arrived with our 7 & 4 year olds in tow...and from The gate greeting, we felt as if we were at "mem… More

“A chance to wind down...”

Reviewed 17 Oct 2012

This is a perfect place to wind down and relax in beautiful Tuscany. Be sure to take the cooking class and enjoy the personal attention of the owners. Their own vineyard produces some tasty wine as … More

“Complete disappointment”

Reviewed 16 Oct 2012

My husband and I just returned from a week stay with friends in Poggio Etrusco. We shared a 2 bedroom/2 bath with common area on the first floor. The entire apartment was dark with not enough light to… More

Response from the owner We are quite sad about your review on TripAdvisor. It is rare for us to have this kind of reaction, and we are puzzled and hoping to understand what happened. I believe that all of this could have been resolved if you had spoken to us when you were here. For the sake of future possible guests, I feel I should respond how we might have handled your complaints if you had let us know: About the WiFi… I just returned from a hotel stay in Milan. I paid 10 Euros a day for WiFi, and it was not a consistent signal. Welcome to life in Italy! At Poggio Etrusco the WiFi is free. Thanks to the lovely 400-year old (very thick) walls, the signal doesn’t reach all of the apartments, but each apartment has a covered terrace that does get a strong and pretty consistent signal. I know you had difficulty connecting due to the incorrect settings on your laptop, but once you worked that out, I saw that you found several HotSpots on the property, even on your own front porch. If you had mentioned that it was an inconvenience, I would have given you a portable repeater that would have increased the signal. There are no TVs in the apartments as all channels are in Italian. However, if you had requested a TV, we have a small portable one we could have hooked up for you. As for the darkness, the lights are energy-saver bulbs and take a while to warm up. I would've gladly brought you more lamps if you had only said something. I do apologize that we apparently didn't get a light bulb in to replace one that was burned out. Also, I noticed that you kept the wooden shutters closed even in the daylight. That would certainly make the room quite dark. The guest information booklet has info about where to take your trash, however if you had asked, we could have emptied your trash can under the sink, which was probably what caused the odor. Most agriturismos don't even offer breakfast, and when they do, the typical Italian breakfast is quite simple. We try to offer a variety of primarily organic and seasonal products. Most people are tickled to cook their own farm fresh egg in the little egg cooker. The yogurt we buy is top quality and delicious, and is of course ‘packaged.’ The pastries come from the local pastry shop, fresh every morning, supplemented with my homemade jam tart and/or olive oil cake. Fresh fruit, cereals, bakery bread (Tuscan unsalted bread, which the uninitiated often misunderstand) and American style bread for toast, and my homemade jams. There is good roasted Italian coffee, hot milk, hot water and teas, organic juices (yes, ‘packaged’), and our healthy spring water. If there was something missing from that breakfast, we would have been happy to provide it. We have no fleas. I know this for a fact as I am highly allergic and make sure the animals are flea-free. We were in the mosquito season when you were here, and offered you citronella candles and repellant as we noticed you spent a lot of time in the garden. I have written to all of the other guests that week (and have heard back from all but one), and they had a completely different experience than yours. All found the property charming inside and out, the breakfasts abundant and fresh, and had great sleep. Above all, I am very sorry that you were so unhappy. We take pride in making our guests feel at home and try to make their stay pleasant and memorable. I wish we could have known the problems at the moment and would have either resolved them, or helped you find another accommodation that would have suited you better.

“Almost there in Montepulciano”

Reviewed 17 Jul 2012

We chose this place based upon reviews we saw in Trip Advisor. I must say that the owners, Pamela and Johnny were an absolute joy. They are easy going and fun to talk to and made us feel comfortable… More

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I withdraw my booking request?

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How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Pamela (the owner) a message.

If Pamela (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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