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“Central to Everything Tuscany Offers”
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La Ripolina
Ranked #4 of 6 Buonconvento B&B and Inns
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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19 reviews
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“Central to Everything Tuscany Offers”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

In the heart of southern Tuscany, La Ripolina offers rustic farm stay accommodation in easy driving distance to Siena, Montalcino, Cortona, Montepulciano etc. Buonconvento is 1.5kms away and offers some great restaurants, and its own village charm.

The property is surrounded by productive crop farms, and beautiful views across the plane and hills. The quiet star-lit summer nights were a welcomed treat for us city dwellers, as were the fire-flies on show.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Helden
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed at La Ripolina for 1 week in august 2012. It was a great place from where you can easily visit all the small towns in the Southern Tuscany area.
The apartment was spacious and very well equipped. there is a supermarket not to far from La Ripolina where you can get all you need if you would like to make your own meals.

The breakfast served in the main house was very nice.
The Owner Laura provided us with a lot of information about the surroundings and provided some reading about Il Palio which was taking place that week in Siena.
Pool was very nice and clean, good sunbeds for enjoying the sunshine in the afternoon after a visit to one of the many small towns.
Overall a very good and nice place to stay when paying a visit to Tuscany.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Elkins Park, Pa
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We stayed at La Ripolina B&B six years ago, and again in early June 2012 for seven days. We found it just as lovely as it was then, and Signora Cresti just as friendly, helpful, and gracious as she was before.
The reason that we chose La Ripolina and Buonconvento is because of its beautiful location ( rolling hills and green valleys dotted with dark trees), and its proximity to Florence, Siena and Assisi and their artistic treasures.The lower Tuscan countryside is also full of interesting and historic Medieval towns and hamlets. The small unassuming town of Buonconvento (very near La Ripolina) is very friendly, and very Italian.It is a town without a T-shirt store but one with at least two very good restaurants, a small museum, and ample services for visitors.
All in all our stay in La Ripolina with its handsome accomadations and its very ample breakfast, was a very satisfying and quite affordable experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

A lovely week in Tuscany at La Ripolina.
Our apartment was spacious, clean and very well equipped. Laura the owner was
most helpful and even booked bus tickets to Rome for us. We were travellng with
my 11 year old niece who loved the pool and playing with the other children.
The nearby village of Buonconvento was charming and very close by. We had several
lovely meals in the village or bought groceries from the local Coop and cooked at nights
using the great local produce drinking great wine of the area. Sunsets were spent with a glass of red in hand, taking in the view chatting with other guests at La Ripolina about our day and where we should visit next. Towns visited.Sienna, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Sant'Antimo Abbey, Assisi.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

My parents (mid 60s)and I stayed here for our 'week in Tuscany', to chill and relax midway through our 5 weeks in Italy. It was perfectly located and adequate for a relax. It is also ideally located as a base to visit nearby towns of Montalcino (overrated in our minds), Montepulciano(loved it!!!), Pienza (LOVED it more) and even Sant' Antimo. We also did a day trip to Assisi, and ended up driving to Chiusi and catching train to Rome.
It was lovely and clean, and we felt perfectlY at home and could easily get some groceries in town at the Coop and make dinner or eat in town.
Depending on what sort of stay you want in Tuscany will determine where and what sort of place you stay. Next ti,e I would stay in Pienza or Montepulciano and really get the feel for Tuscan villages, however if we did that this time no doubt it would not have served our purpose of chilling.
Laura the owner was an absolute delight and would definitely recommend la ripolina for a place to chill and be close to sought after locations without paying top dollar.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

Stayed at La Ripolina for 2 nights in October. The owner, Laura, speaks English and is helpful if you need advice for restaurants or even booking future accommodations for your trip. (She did this for a couple who were also staying there.) La Ripolina has both apartments and b&b accommodations so something for whatever you need. Breakfast was good with the usual assorted breads, biscotti, cereal, yogurt, cheese, meat, juice, and fruit. The room was fine with antiques\ancient furniture which fit well in this very old brick building. Views are lovely from all directions. There is a pool which would be nice in the summer. The only drawbacks (for some people) which are worth mentioning are: (1) the breakfast slot is very brief (8:30-9:00am); (2) the room was not serviced during the day (didn't matter to us but some people might care); and (3) check out time was vague until the day of the departure when we were asked to leave right away at 10am (it was 10am) and so this can be a bit disruptive if you are not quite ready to leave. Check out time needs to be clear when one checks in. Otherwise, this agriturismo is just fine and I think most people would have a pleasant stay here.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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ATHENS
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Reviewed August 26, 2009

The building is a very nice renovated old italian farm, typical for the area. Our appartement was large and we had space enough. The kitchen was very well equiped. The swimming pool was large and necessary to relax and have joy with the children. There were many open areas around the house that you could enjoy the view and to breathe the fresh air of Tosany in the afternoon or early in the morning.Of course be prepared for the mosquitos, not to disturb you.
Near by the house there was the super market and also the village of Buonconvento with nice ice-creams and quiet small restaurants-all in better prices than the bigger cities like Sienna. Sienna was three quarters drive.
But there are smaller and nicer villages and a person could visit a different one every day. They all have a nice center to visit.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Property: La Ripolina
Address: Buonconvento, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Buonconvento
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Buonconvento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Ripolina is situated in the heart of the "Crete Senesi" (Sienese Clay Hills) about 25 km from Siena. It is close to Montalcino, land of the famous Brunello wine, and is surrounded by 100 ha of vineyards and grain cultivations. These charming hills make the countryside unique and ever so beautiful in all seasons. This area is full of history, with its ancient stones and red brick walls, and therefore is a special place for physical and mental relaxation. ... more   less 
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La Ripolina Buonconvento, Italy - Tuscany

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