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“Wonderful Tuscan Experience!”

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La Fornace di Racciano
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

My husband and I stayed at La Fornace Di Racciano for 3 nights during our 5 week stint in Italy and wished we had been able to stay longer! Our host Cristiano was so welcoming and even picked us up in San Gimigiano because we were travelling from Florence on the bus! We were greeted on arrival by the beautiful Ambra and seated by the pool with coffee and cake while our check in documentation was filled out. Our apartment was located in the gorgeous little Hamlet of Racciano just a short distance from the main building and a stone's throw from a lovely restaurant offering delicious local fare. Our self contained apartment was homely and had everything we could possibly need - we particularly enjoyed sitting outside with a glass of local wine and produce in the private courtyard enjoying the serenity and quaintness of our surrounds. It is possible to walk from Racciano to San Gimigiano on a back road which meanders past grape vines and farmlets ( ask Cristiano for directions) - it only takes about 45 minutes! Make sure you take the camera? On the day we departed for Rome (a Sunday - not a great day to travel on public transport!) Ambra went to great lengths to "plot" and book our travel details which was MUCH appreciated - Grazie Ambra! Can highly recommend this Tuscan experience and will certainly return when next in Italy.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We have just come back and we found la fornacce di racciano excellent. The location is stunning, our apartment was really nice and clean, the surroundings were beautiful and staff was really friendly and ready to go out of their way to help. We travelled with our 14 month old son and were provided with a high chair and cot. Breakfast was delicious as well. Couldn't fault it, really good value for money. We felt very at ease, keep it going!

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Stayed in this wonderful bed and breakfast for a week while visiting Tuscany. The breakfast and the accommodations are truly 5 star. Loved coming back to La Fornace after a long day of sightseeing to a wonderful pool while being served by the owner Cristiano local wines and cheeses. A real slice of heaven.

If you're looking for a place that is centrally located, close to Pisa, Florence, Volterra, & Sienna, than look no further. You won't be sorry.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

We are a young married couple that recently got back from an amazing stay at La Fornace Di Racciano. This quiet and spacious farmhouse sits on a hill overlooking the landscapes of Tuscany and the hill town of San Gimignano. The hosts are the most gracious that we have experienced at any place that we have ever stayed. Our apartment was very clean, comfortable, and offered a kitchen to cook any local foods that we were interested in. One of our favorite experiences there was the breakfast consisting of meats, cheeses, pastries, and much more all from the area of San Gimignano. The olive oil was so fresh that we couldn't get enough of it along with the exceptional cappuccinos offered to us both in the mornings and evenings. The farmhouse is situated in a perfect location to see all of Tuscany. We travel modestly and the price to stay there is so affordable! We felt right at home and will definitely be back someday soon. We highly recommend this location.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

stayed here for a week last summer as part of a tour of Tuscany and would have loved to have stayed longer. The accommodation is spotless and there always seemed to be cleaning going on. Breakfast is excellent with coffees loving prepared by the owner. Pool is small but clean and the views are to die for you feel you are in the real Tuscany. the town of San Gimignano is a few minutes drive away where you can find many shops restaurants bars ect it always seemed to be busy with a very calm family atmosphere . Food here was very reasonable and of a high standard The owners will do anything to make your stay memorable even got me some fresh truffles on my last day to take home . book with confidence and recommended as long as you are able to drive as taxis are not readily available and are very expensive.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

As with all beautiful residences in Tuscany getting there is the challenge .
La Fornace di Racciano is only a short drive on the outskirts of San gimignano with a very peaceful view over the valley.room was just right with lots of space,breakfast typical European with sweets and cold cuts just how like .stayed only one night but would have lingered longer if we had the time. San G.was a great place to explore and soak up the history as you walked through the towns cobble streets.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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Address: Localita Racciano 6, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 109 Specialty Lodging in San Gimignano
Price Range: $77 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast in Tuscany in a short distance (2,8 Km) from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano (Siena). It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden. In the past "La Fornace di Racciano" was a furnace that produced lovely terracotta pottery using locally dug clay. Today, the building has been carefully renovated to maintain the typical features of the past, besides the modern comforts of nowadays. La Fornace di Racciano consists of nine comfortable rooms and three apartments. ... more   less 
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