The year before I spent much time finding an agriturismo up a hill with good access to highway and that had wifi and so chose Borgo Rapale. After we had booked the cute end unit "Jacopo" for my wife and I, we read reviews on trip advisor and felt even more confident in the choice we had made. What can I say, besides Gisella and Fortunato being great people and a great couple who run a relaxing and inviting Agriturismo, they were wonderful friends and literally life savers. We had booked 4 weeks at Borgo Rapale (we wanted to do day trips from 1 location). We spent 3 weeks visiting many major hilltowns, (Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, the Chianti towns - Rada, Greve, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Orvieto, Assisi, etc) when at the beginning of our last week my wife got severe stomach pains around 4 am. They got progressively worse the next day. Gisella and Fortunato, arranged for an ambulance from the town of Ambra to come up the hill to get her and we went to the regional hospital in Montevarchi. Within 1 day my wife had her stomach cut open to correct a twisted bowel. Fortunato helped me with the language (phoning the hospital) and the stress of dealing with this potentially life changing event and they visited my wife and me in the hospital. They are truly caring people and I can't say enough how much I appreciated their kindness and friendship. These people are truly amazing and if you are looking for a restful get away, with internet access that allows easy access to the Central and Eastern Tuscan /Umbrian hilltowns you can stop looking. You've found it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "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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