About Simon & Verity, Our Tuscan Blog Contributors

Simon Zimbler & Verity Jones are the proprietors of Podere Patrignone, a top rated Villa in Castillina in Chianti. They are a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner, with glowing reviews, and will be blogging for us about activities in Castellina, Chianti, Florence, and beyond.

Podere Patrignone is a beautiful historic 14th Century (possibly even older) farm estate or ‘podere’ which has been lovingly and tastefully restored. Patrignone is set on top of its own hill reached by a long, winding private road through 150 acres of forest, olives and vines, with uninterrupted 360 degree views over the Tuscan landscape and valley below.

It is the perfect setting for peaceful walks, sunbathing, cycling and exploring. It has a lovely pool with one of the best vistas in Tuscany, and a peaceful Koi pond surrounded by cypress trees that keep it shaded and cool. It also has the large Terracotta Terrace where you sit out, enjoy a glass of Vernaccia or a meal, and watch the amazing sunset over the towers of San Gimignano and the snow-capped Apennines on the horizon.

Simon and Verity are ably assisted by their three kids, two pedigree mutts, and cat. Oh, and their chickens. They took the business over from Simon’s mother, Carla, in September 2007 and have been doing their very best to maintain the high standards she has set over the previous 20+ years, and to keep the magic of Patrignone intact.

They share Bob’s zeal for environmental efficiency.*  Thanks to their focus on the environment, Podere Patrignone has been awarded TripAdvisor’s top award for eco-tourism. The facility is actually “carbon positive,” recycles up to 95% of its waste, practices strict water conservation, and grows its own organic vegetables.

Both are excellent writers, with Verity regularly publishing an extremely enjoyable and informative newsletter called Letters from Tuscany: More Stories from Deepest, Darkest Chianti.

Please visit their web page and consider staying with them for a while. We can’t wait to do so ourselves!

(And yes, that’s all of them in the photo above – except for the chickens.)


Ciao! Ciao!


*Bob is author of Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are, and editor of The Use Less Stuff Report.

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