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Borgo Rapale
Via Del Castello 8, 52020 Rapale, Italy   |  
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“We fell in love!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

After anticipating that we were staying in a room in a farmhouse we got a fantastic surprise. One of the farm building behind the owners villa has been converted into 8 apartments. Our was overlooking the Ambra Valley adjacent to a small medieval village. Our apartment had a full kitchen and bbq outside supplied with firewood. It is a 30 minute drive to Bucine for the closest grocery store but the experience is worth the travel. There was a cool breeze that circulated through the apartment. It is the most peaceful place we have ever visited. Fortunato (Lucky) and his wife Gisele are fantastic. Their stories of the history of their home and the area are interesting and they are always available to tell them and to assist their guests. We wish we had been able to stay here for a week. We will definitely be back when we return to Italy.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

We had a great time here! Owners were friendly and helpful without interfering. Apartment was large and well stocked. Ambra is the cutest town ever. Great place to escape the crowds and enjoy beautiful Tuscany.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This agriturismo was very comfortable. Our appartment was very well equipped (apart from the small uncomfortable sofa) and nicely set out. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming and we enjoyed hearing about the history of the house and the small village.
The location was very nice because slightly isolated, perched on a hill providing great views, but also in a very small historic village.
We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

A wonderful walled village in the heart of Tuscany dating back to 1000 AD. Fortunato & Gisella are fantastic hosts. Beautifullly renovated apartments with lots of room and everything you need for a relaxing stay. Close to Siena, the Chianti, the Crete & Florence. We stayed for 6 nights & managed to pack in a heap of sightseeing. We would definitely go back but stay at least a week.

  • Stayed June 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This place was absolutely gorgeous. We used it as a base for visiting Siena, Florence and Perugia. The hospitality was beyond measure. Fortunato and Gisella were wonderful hosts. I want to come back and spend more time here. I loved the quiet of the tuscan hills.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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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
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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
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Additional Information about Borgo Rapale

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): $
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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