About this listing
In the very heart of Crete Senesi region, an oasis of pace and nature with astonishing pool facing a travertine bluff. Ideal starting point for one day tours around Tuscany. A stone's throw from Monte Oliveto Abbey and the thermal resort of Rapolano.
The apartment is located in the very heart of Crete Senesi area, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. It is part of an ancient complex that was finely refurbished few years ago.
The apartment is about 80 sq. meters wide and it is composed of two bedrooms, living room with kitchen on one side and one bathroom with shower.
The master bedroom has one double bed, while the other can be used as a single bedroom or a twin with two single beds.
The sofa-bed in the living room can easily be converted in a very comfortable double bed. Therefore the apartment can host up to 6 people.
The private garden is at our guests' disposal for eating outside or simply relax in every moment of the day.
Our guests can also enjoy the shared garden and the swimming pool, with a marvelous view on the Tuscan hills. The swimming pool is open from May to September, the precise dates of opening and closing depending on the weather conditions.
Asciano is an ideal location to discover the main attractions in the area.
We shall be pleased to help you organize guided tours in the provinces of Siena and Florence! History and art, museums, food and wine tastings or cooking classes. Just ask us for details if interested!
Thermal resorts of Rapolano: 9 km.
Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey: 10 km.
Montalcino: 30 km.
Pienza: 30 km. - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Siena 30 km. - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Bagno Vignoni 36 km.
Chianti area 40km.
Montepulciano 38 km.
Monteriggioni 46 km.
S.Gimignano 72 km - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Florence 96 km. - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Assisi 100 km. - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ground floor apartment with no particular accessibility problems.
Private car park (2 parking places) inside the common property. The remote control for gate opening will be given to our guests together with the keys of the apartment.
Interaction with Guests
We shall be glad to greet you at your arrival, offering you our "welcome basket"!
You may contact us in any moment of your sojourn by phone or email and of course on the Airbnb chat.
We shall meet again at the apartment on your departure day.
The apartment has a truly strategic position: while being right in the countryside, it is only 500 meters away from Asciano historical town center. The supermarket, the railway station and the bike rental are even closer and can easily be reached by foot.
Nature lovers can enjoy walking and biking tours in the immediate surroundings.
From Asciano railway station you can easily reach Siena by train in only 1/2 hour.
If you arrive to Italy by plane, here is some information on the distances to/from the main airports:
Perugia: about 90 km, 1h30 by car
Firenze: about 120 km, 1h50 by car
Pisa: about 150 km, 2h30 by car
Roma Ciampino: about 220km, 2h30 by car
Roma Fiumicino: about 240km, 2h45 by car
Other Things to Note
Bed and bath linen and towels are included.
Private car park (2 parking places) inside the common property.
No smoking allowed indoor.
We had a super time in Asciano. Luigi gave us a warm welcome. He gave us a very thorough explanatipn of the appartment and surroundings. Both are beautifull. Luigi is easy in comunication ans always a helping hand.
My husband, 11 year old daughter, spent a lovely week in this truly charming house.
Luigi was great, welcoming us with a food basket and beverages. He gave us a very thorough orientation to the property and was speedy in his response to our request for recommendations for local farms to visit and horseback riding options. His restaurant recommendations in Asciano were excellent. He has a comprehensive list of things to do and see in the area which we found very helpful.
The house is lovely with a jaw dropping view of the valley. This property is in the heart of Tuscany in a non-touristy town and we really felt the spirit of "la dolce vita" here. We loved hanging out at the house in the morning and evenings, enjoying the view and cooling off in the pool. We took a passeggiata into town each evening and had a great time mingling with the locals.
Asciano is a small Tuscan town with very few tourists. There are some really nice restaurants and a museum with medieval art and etruscan relics. Numerous medieval hill towns are within a 45 minute drive and Sienna is less than 30 minutes by train. If you are a cyclist, the bicycling in the area is amazing as long as you like hills.
At the end of our stay, my husband and I agreed that we would definitely want to return to this area and stay in Luigi's place. We just scratched the surface of what the area has to offer in our week here.
We loved our stay at this house. Everything was perfect. Luigi picked us up from the train station and helped get us settled. His Guide Book was incredible, we used it everyday to plan our stay. The apartment is wonderful, even has laundry. Town is within walking distance. If you want to tour the area, do get a car from Siena, which is a 30 minute train ride from the apartment. The Hertz is only 10 minute walk from the train station in Siena. Note though, they're closed on Sundays, so plan accordingly. And if you book the car online before hand, you save about 40%.
The view is stunning from the pool. Every way you turn is Tuscan beauty. Close to so many castle towns, wineries and art.
Our stay here was one we'll never forget.
We had an amazing stay in Asciano! The area is beautiful, with the rolling of hills of the Crete Senesi in every direction. It's also a great location for exploring Tuscany, with so much to see an do within a short drive. Our children (and us) loved the pool and dining outside with the panoramic view. Luigi was such a kind and friendly host, and went the extra mile to make us as comfortable as possible (providing a bed our infant son and getting a new grill!) It was an unforgettable vacation and we would love to come back!
The beauty and friendliness of Asciano and particularly Via Cappogratoli epitomizes our wonderful experience of Tuscany.
This was our first trip to Italy and first stay with Air B&B so we were unsure what to expect. Luigi and his wife greeted us as honored guests with a big basket of Tuscan goodies and a bottle of Chianti Classico. They immediately made us feel at home. Both are fluent in English and have a wealth of information about Tuscany, its history and people. Luigi’s wife is a tour guide in Tuscany and had great suggestions for places to visit. What they didn’t know they took time to research and apprise us by e-mails (for instance, about the local market days and festivals). Luigi gave us a thorough orientation of the apartment and other amenities associated with the old restored monastery of 10 apartments and of Asciano.
Asciano is picturesque, friendly and quiet but with all the amenities. There is a Co-op grocery, train station, banks, green grocer, butchers, restaurants, a bakery, bookstore and bars (where one can get a cappuccino, pastry, panino, salad or meat/cheese plate most any time of day) all within walking distance of the apartment. There is some tourist activity. In May it was primarily on the week-end. Bicycle tours and day trippers like Asciano. But it is definitely not over run. It has a splendid museum with a history of the town, Roman occupation and, most especially interesting to me, a wonderful Etruscan exhibit. I especially recommend it.
Our little home away from home is on a travertine cliff-side overlooking a beautiful valley of farms, olive groves, vineyards and copses in which we saw deer, pheasants and myriad singing birds. The hilltops are crowned with classic golden stone farms and tiny villages. My husband took a brisk early morning walk down the isolated one lane Via Cappogratoli almost every day to visit “his” asini (donkeys) and gati (cats), inspect the vegetable and flower gardens and say “buon giorno” to the local farmer or the little elderly lady across the street. It is the perfect peaceful retreat after visiting crowded tourist venues. We pretty much had the complex to ourselves. Occasionally, someone would stay in one of the other apartments for the week-end, but it is quiet and safe. The 3 rooms + bath is well appointed with lots of bed linen, towels and kitchen equipment as well as just about everything one would need to live quite comfortably for a nice long stay (we were there for a month!). The apartment is set at street level and easily accessed. It has its own private front garden, screened by hedges with lots of pretty flowers, perfect for basking in the Tuscan sun, dinning al fresco or watching the stars. We loved our stay there and our perfect hosts. I was honestly sad to leave. Maybe next time we will have to stay for 2 months.
C & L
Dear Cheryl and dear Leif,
I'm really happy I knew you and it is a honor for me to read all these beautiful things about us and our place. For me you were simply the Perfect Guests. No host can imagine to deal with better persons, so interested in being deeply aware of traditions, history and social relationships of the place they chose for their holiday. This is the philosophy of travel that I love.
I really hope we will meet again!
Giacomo and his mother were waiting at the station when we arrived. They drove us to the apartment , showed us around, and then drove us to a restaurant, as we could not pick up a rental car until the following day. We felt very warmly welcomed. They had left a bowl of fruit and a basket of treats as well.
The apartment was exceptionally well-equipped, with a modern and very functional kitchen. Many staples were provided, making it easy to cook meals. The bedroom was very comfortable and quiet, with convenient storage.
We loved being within walking distance of restaurants and a supermarket, and having the train station so close by. We used our rental car to explore the lovely landscapes in the Crete Senesi, as well as several nearby "hill towns". The town of Asciano is pleasant and visually appealing.
I don't generally write reviews but I've decided to take the time to do so on this occasion because our experience was so completely positive at Luigi's apartment in Asciano.
The apartment itself is excellent: well-equipped, sharply designed and very spacious. And as nice as the apartment itself is, the terrace and view are better. A beautiful patio/balcony overlooks a stretch of rolling Tuscan countryside that takes your breath away.
Our host was tremendous, responds to questions almost instantaneously, extremely helpful with information and suggestions and generally seemed like a very nice fellow. He started us out with a basket of fruit, a bottle of wine and a well-stocked fridge/cupboards when we arrived.
The location is outstanding. Asciano itself was a pleasant small town to explore but our intentions were to tour Tuscany more broadly in our week stay. We had a car to do so, but learned very quickly that although the driving was gorgeous, one doesn't even need a car at this apartment. The train station is literally a 10 minute walk away, with frequent and cheap services to Siena and Florence, not to mention all the other small Tuscan medieval towns worth visiting as well. All that to say that a car is nice to have but not essential at this apartment as taking the train (which we did on multiple occasions to avoid the parking hassles and dreaded ZTL's), was an easy experience from the apartment.
There's a big supermarket (Co-op) just 10 minutes away as well. And the wireless is solid.
We (my wife and I) would go back to this place in a second. Old world friendliness, picturesque setting and carefree accommodation.
About the Host, Giacomo E Luigi
Siamo Giacomo e Luigi, due fratelli originari di Siena.
Siamo molto legati alle nostre bellissime campagne ed amiamo condividere la bellezza della nostra terra con i nostri ospiti. Saremo lieti di ospitarvi nel nostro appartamento di Asciano. Siamo sicuri che la vacanza che vi concederete, breve o lunga che sia, sarà per voi rigenerante come lo è per noi ogni volta che passiamo anche una sola notte in questo bellissimo luogo immerso nella natura e nel verde!
Vi aspettiamo ad Asciano!