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“Decent accommodations, great location” 3 of 5 stars
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La Fornace di Racciano
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Colorado Springs, CO
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“Decent accommodations, great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a typical tuscan farmhouse, although it is just a B&B today (not agriturismo). We stayed in the apartment which was in some disrepair. There were windows missing screens or screens that had big holes in them. There was a dishwasher but it did not work which the manager seemed to be aware of already, which isn't that big of a deal but there was nothing to clean dishes with by hand (had to ask for it). Also, was lacking some other basic supplies, no garbage bags for the trash, ran out of toilet paper the first day, no dish soap. Things I would assume to be pretty standard based on stays at other apartments throughout Italy.

That said, the breakfast was quite good (I only ate it one morning) and the manager makes what could possibly be the best cappuccino I've ever had. The staff were friendly and accommodating whenever you needed something.

There is a nice pool although we didn't use it.

The surroundings are fairly quiet, although there were a lot of tractors in the area as it was harvest time (to be expected). There is a nice little restaurant just 100 meters away. Food and service was good there; we went twice.

Location is fantastic. Beautiful views of San Gimignano and the surrounding area and it is only about 3 km from S.G. historic center, not really walkable but a short drive in the car.

This isn't the best place I've stayed in Tuscany, but was adequate for the price which I felt was quite reasonable.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Tuscany is a great place to hang out if you are a wine lover and a traveler looking for something authentic. La Fornace is quite close to San Gimignano aprox. two km. and is situated in a fairly secluded beautiful area. Cristiano Boldrini the caretaker is kind and always helpful and supplies the best espresso and breakfast I have ever had in a B&B situation. There is a swimming pool and the rooms are solid and quiet. I was travelling with my in-laws and we stayed aprox. five nights and had a great time. Totally five stars and the wine provided for a small fee is extremely good quality. Cheers Clint

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Very nice place, nice surroundings. We stayed 1 night at this place ! what a nice place to wake up to. the breakfast was awesome, very nice spread of food ! Christiano was very very nice and friendly. wifi was fast. Room was clean, we even had an iron for us due to our request !

Do remember to key in the GPS coordinates into ur GPS when u are looking for the place. we got lost because we keyed in the postal code. THumbs up to La Fornace !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We spent a couple of days in this typical tuscan house, Nice views. Quite quiet place, owners are a very kind young couple. Not far from S.Gimignano, there is a nearby trattoria where it is possible to have dinner

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed already for the third time in this lovely small hotel. It provides very quiet and friendly atmosphere, breakfasts with local products, very nice swimming pool and spacy appartments. It is surrounded by vineyards and provides excellent view of San Gimignano panorama. There is a beautiful garden restaurant within 300m. We fully recommend it.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The old farmhouse is at 2.5km from San Gimignano. First of all, you need a car in order to arrive here and to visit the area. On the website of the B&B you have a very good map on how to reach the place.
It is situated on a hill in an area full of olive trees and vineyards. Christiano, the owner, told me that they produce their own olive oil and their wine(i bought a bottle, the brand is Cesani). It is a quiet place where you can have a 10+ sleep quality and when you'll wake up you'll hear the birds singing. We had the Pino Apartment with a full equipped kitchen but we also had in some days breakfast in the hall where you have a magnificent view to San Gimignano. Breakfast: salami, home made bread, olive oil, cereals, italian cakes, croissant etc. in case you don't want to go far, at 50m there is the Trattoria "Borgo di Racciano" where you can have lunch or dinner. We tested and it was very ok. We loved to stay in this old farmhouse - nobody to bother you, peace and quiet, a very nice area and the pool(this one we'll do next time, now it was very cold). San Gimignano is situated at 2.5km and in the other direction Volterra(approx 20km). My recommendation is to visit both of them. Christiano the owner can gladly help you with what you need. The main gate is closed at night but you'll have the key if you want to go in and out. A supermarket is in San Gimignano(a COOP) and 15km there is a PAM(in Poggibonsi). Take into account that all of them usually close at 20pm.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We stayed at this pretty farmhouse in August 2012. The owner, his family and staff were very friendly. They served a nice continental breakfast and we found the price for our room very reasonable (only about 75 Euros per day) The apartment had a small lounge area, comfortable bed and was very well equiped with air con and a kitchenette which we used for lunch and breakfast on some days.

I'd definitely recommend this accomodation for couples and families for a relaxing, authentic, sight seeing holiday. Great location, only a few minutes drive to the centre of San Gimignano. We went to some great restaurants nearby and really enjoyed the wandering the town in the evening. A great location for visiting Florence and Sienna by car or train.

Lovely swimming pool area with big gazebo, pretty gardens with beautiful views of vine yards and San Gimignano's towers. Very hot in August, approx 30 degrees but so beautiful to drive about and explore the countryside.

Cheap supermarket is about 10 minutes drive near the town of Poggisbonsi. There is one in San Gimignano but its twice the price because of the tourists!

Easy to book this place through their website and good correspondance with the owner via emails. Thank you for a great holiday Cristiano, family and Bridgitte :)

We hope to return soon x

Room Tip: We stayed in the apartment rosa and it was great for two people
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Fornace di Racciano
Address: Localita Racciano 6, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 108 Specialty Lodging in San Gimignano
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