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“Just too good !!!!!!!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Borgo Rapale
Via Del Castello 8, 52020 Rapale, Italy   |  
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“Just too good !!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

It is a hidden paradise....Whatever comes to your mind whilst thinking of Tuscany is HERE..The location is perfect, the apartments so aesthetically designed and so very well kept. And above all the wonderful Gisella and Fortunato. Excellent hosts !!!!
Already looking forward to my next visit....

Room Tip: Ask Fortunato for the local red wine.......
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

A quiet, friendly, beautifully located vacation spot! We were two families with teen-age kids and either spent time here, around the pool, or made daily trips around Toscana.
This is definitely our next 'home' for future trips to Toscana. Can't wait!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

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!

Room Tip: Jacopo was were we stayed. One side with a view of the valley floor. A perfect location for a couple...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

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!!

Room Tip: Ground floor apartments will be cooler but there may be people staying above you that could cause so...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We we were there a bit ago, but loved the place. Off season so we had the place mostly to ourselves. Guisella and Fortunato were like family. The history of the place is amazing. Dream of it all the time. Going to go back soon I hope.

Room Tip: mostly handicapped accessible cottage, loved it so much
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sollentuna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

We were 7 Swedish families, in total 28 guys in the age of 6 to 50+, celebrating midsummer at Borgo Rapale. Our very high expectations were exceeded by far. Borgo Rapale is a fantastic place and the owners and hosts, Gisella and Fortunato, do everything to make your stay memorable and pleasant. We also catered some dinners and can really recommend Carlo and his team from Buscine providing excellent food and service. We will be back for sure.
Regards, John

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

My husband and I arrived here on the Monday and our friends joined us on the Wednesday for a week . The details in the advertising were what sold us on booking here and sometimes you think well if its only half as good then it will be OK. But it was exactly what was advertised . Friendly gracious owners Gisela and Fortunato could not have done more to make us feel at home. The first day we knocked on the kitchen door as bidden and Gisela welcomed us in and gave us fresh tomatoes from a local garden an onion garlic and herbs from her garden. Our first meal we cooked that night was a simple pasta dish with local wine cheese and bread. I couldn't have dreamed of a better introduction to the Chianti region.
A car is a must to stay here and see the many walled villages of the area. My most vivid memory is waking up and seeing the mist in the valleys below and just enjoying the sunrise in the cool quiet morning.
Bravo Gisela and Fortunato for saving this place for so many people to enjoy!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Via Del Castello 8, 52020 Rapale, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Rapale
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Rapale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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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