Great time to visit as there'll be quite a lot going on. 25th April is Liberation Day, 1st May is May Day, both of which are popular public holidays in Italy so there'll be plenty of local visitors out. It's just as well you've pre-booked your accommodation. I'll comment on what you can do around Serre di Rapolano. First off, excellent choice of hotel and village for hotel is very comfortable, village so authentic, it's a gem. Well placed for touring too along quiet, empty roads. Nearest local market will be in Rapolano Terme on a Thursday morning, starts around 8.30, will be packed up and gone by 1 pm. This town is worth exploring (the old part, not the new) for it's painted houses that always remind me of the Amalfi coast. I think you'll be too late for the monthly market at Asciano as it's usually the second weekend of the month if I remember rightly. Check out link: www.asciano.altervista.org. The people at the Castello will be able to confirm this when you arrive but I think there's usually something going on this week at Montisi, which you must visit anyway as it's so picturesque and has a couple of excellent restaurants. The weather should be warm enough for you to eat outside at Da Robertos. Ensure you go inside la Grancia, there's a similar one in Serre that's now a museum. To be honest, every village within a 30 km radius is worthy of a stop but you don't have to go quite that far even. Asciano - a couple of excellent museums, they're small, never crowded but home to an excellent collection of paintings and Etruscan relics. There are also some good restaurants in this village. San Giovanni d'Asso - truffle museum, picturesque lanes, great views and a good restaurant at their castle albergo. Chiusure - if she's open, there's a lady up here with a tiny restaurant that serves excellent local "house wife" food. Monte Oliveto Maggiore - abbey with frescoed cloister, monks chanting and very good restaurant. Buonconvento - seldom visited by tourists but the medieval town behind the still intact walls is beautiful. They too have a highly respected picture gallery, good restaurants too. Then there's Castelmuzio and Petroio before you arrive at the better known towns such as Pienza, San Quirico, Bagno Vignoni, Montalcino, Sant'Antimo, Montepulciano. As I said, everywhere is worth a visit. Wonderful countryside of the Crete between Serre and the southern hilltowns where the fields should still be carpeted in yellow mustard in late April - a sensational sight. Going north, you're soon in the Chianti. We particularly like Castelnuovo and often head over there on a Thursday for there quite large town market. Nearby San Gusme is seriously pretty with enoteche (Chianti) and more good places to eat.