Boggioli is the name of a small locality, smaller even than a hamlet, about 3.5 km beyond Montegonzi and lies on a ridge overlooking the valley of the Arno. It consists of a main house, a restored barn and two outbuildings. The earliest records of habitation go back to the 12th century CE, although it may date from Roman times. It is difficult, though, if not impossible, to say with any degree of certainty whether any parts of the structures date from that far back; what is certain is that it has been almost continuously inhabited and, like most Tuscan hill farms, was virtually self sufficient.


The original name was ‘Boiuli’, which has come down to modern times as Boggioli (with the accent on the first syllable). No one has any real idea of what the name means, although some think that it may have something to do with poggio or poggiolo, meaning a hill, although the accent is different. Others have suggested boccio, the bud of a flower, as the origin, although it is hard to match this with the old name which sounds as if there is a connection with buoi, oxen. It may even be Etruscan in origin. Regardless of what the name may mean, Boggioli lies at an average altitude of 460 m at the end of a gravel road that winds through chestnut woods and olive groves.