Beautiful property on the top of a little hill in the middle of Tuscany. Fall asleep listening to the cicadas chirping and awake to the sounds of wild boar and birds. Stayed in the Giovanni apartment with four adults and two children, was very spacious, clean, and comfortable with all the comforts of home available including free WiFi, use of a barbecue (wood burning style) and the awesome pool area with gazebos for shade. Everyone also has their own private patio/table for outdoor eating and entertaining. Fortunato and Gisela are wonderful, helpful hosts, be sure to buy some of their inexpensive wines especially the prosecco. There are a few restaurants within a 10-15min drive, along with a couple good grocery stores in nearby small towns. The road up to the property is narrow and windy with little room to meet another car (though do-able), so just be careful. Bike riding at this location is on difficult inclined terrain so most would be better off taking a hike instead. You can also do laundry at 3euros per load. Be sure to take Fortunato's advice about taking the train to Florence as we got very lost driving there and back. Other day trips to Montelpulciano very worthwhile by car as were Siena and San Gimiano. Driving in Italy is interesting to say the least, locals drive very fast with no regard for lanes, signalling or yielding to others. Signage on roadways is also somewhat confusing as there can be arrows pointing two different directions to get to the same place, so pay attention and be aware, and have a very good map/directions or a GPS. Would highly recommend this property for a peaceful change from the big busy Italian cities. Be certain to have a tour of the estate by Fortunato along with an amazing lesson in history. Unwind, relax and watch the sunrises and sunsets!!
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- "Borgo Rapale" is a Tuscan farmhouse situated on a hilltop between Siena (25 km or 15 miles) and Arezzo. It borders a small, medieval castle and it boasts stunning views of the Chianti hills and the Ambra Valley. At an altitude of 500 m (1600 ft), cool breezes keep the resort comfortable under the Tuscan sun. The farmhouse is strategically located near the most important art cities of Tuscany and Umbria. From the farmhouse, it is a 25 minute drive to Siena and about an hour to Florence, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Perugia and Assisi. More than 10 restaurants of various types are located within a 10 minutes drive. Also, good and convenient local food catering may arrive in your apartment. Borgo Rapale's architecture typifies the Tuscan farmhouse style. The farmhouse is immediately adjacent to the Villa, which has been inhabited since 1520 by the proprietor's family that welcomes and entertains guests as friends. The proprietors are always available to provide information about the history of the villa and of the nearby castle, as well as about restaurants, shopping, wineries and major tourist attractions. Apartments are rented on weekly basis from Saturday 4 pm to Saturday 10 pm. During the low and medium seasons, also daily with the minimum of 3 days. Wi-Fi is available inside and outside the apartments. All the bedrooms have private bathrooms with shower and bidet. Each apartment features a spacious living room with well equipped kitchenette, dining table, satellite TV, wall safe and convertible sofa for two. The brick floors, the ceiling with chestnut beams and the inviting furnishings are in keeping with the Tuscan character. Al fresco dining is available for each apartment. The guests have access to a large swimming pool (7 x 14 meters or 23 x 46 ft) that overlooks olive groves, vineyards and forested hills of the below valley. Additional facilities include a lounge and an old wine cellar. Free use of covered parking, barbecue sets with fire wood, mountain bikes and games for adults and children (tennis table, football table, bowl course etc.) Washing machine is available for 3 Euros per use. The woods around the farmhouse make for great hiking and mountain bike trips. The renowned thermal baths of Rapolano, with its pools and beauty treatments, are just 15 km away. Horseback riding is 4 km away. Shops, tennis facilities, go-karting and fishing lake are all within a 15 km radius. Hot air ballooning, the Chianti and Brunello wine regions, and Italian fashion "factory outlets" such as Prada, Gucci and Ferragamo are within 40 km. ... more less
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