We had only been in our apartment, shutters open with a view of the valleys and vineyards beyond, when we said to ourselves (family members: 7): this is it, this is what we have wanted to experience all our lives, and we will come back. This may sound like excessive enthusiasm from a novice traveller. But we know Tuscany, we had been in Venice for the Biennale, and have travelled to many countries. Why did we love our stay? the most gracious and warm owners one can imagine, a site history going back to the middle ages, a genuine rural character. When at local restaurants, virtually local citizens only. Roses blooming in May. A watercolourists delight. I recall there being, when we discovered Borgo Rapale on the web, a huge number of wonderful comments, to which this is just one small addition.