Medieval Old Town & Spa

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Piazza Medaglia Oro Biagini, Serre di Rapolano, Tuscany 53040, Italy

Apartment in the old town of Serre di Rapolano.
Italian breakfast ready.
Ideal space for two people (four opening a sofa bed in the lounge).

The Space

In the old town of Toscana, medieval culture still lives & Rapolano Terme spas

Boasting medieval architecture, our apartment is located in the piazza of the old town, where you can see much of Toscana’s preserved medieval heritage.

We have just renovated the interior in the unpretentious traditional Tuscany style. The stone-built interior is outstanding, exhibiting of the Travertine limestone for which the area is famous.

Our guest room with a modern corner kitchen is right near the entrance. You can relax in this simple space by the fireplace.

At breakfast, having the kitchen, I invite you to prepare it at home.
You’ll find coffee (espresso & instant), tea, tisane, milk, biscuits, rusks, cornflakes and some fruits..

Cooking utensils are provided, (a fridge and a microwave also) making it ideal also for long stays. 
   
You can find cozy bedroom and gorgeous Travertine bathroom in the back and there, you can use a washing machine but no dryer. The guest room, with its queen size bed and sofa bed(double size bed), can accommodate three or four guests.
If you necessary you can use a washing machine but no dryer.

Clean bed linen and towels are provided.

Serre di Rapolano is a small and quiet village, it is ideal to experience the typical Tuscany!

There are free parking spaces near the house at distance of about 50m and another one 120m.

The Rapolano Terme, 8 minutes away by car, includes a number of hot springs as its name suggests. You will enjoy the scenic views of the Tuscany hills at the Terme San Giovanni. The Terme Antica Querciolaia also offers a variety of spa treatments.

We are located in Crete Senesi, one of the major districts, surrounded by olive and barley fields.

The Val d’Orcia and Chianti wineries are our neighbors, so you can enjoy driving from one winery to another (a journey of 40-50 minutes by car).

You could find the medieval times still alive in small town of Toscana. It is a fantastic experience to wander around this small town that the travel books have never known.

Siena and Arezzo, 30-40 minutes away by car, are great places to enjoy the streets and the arts.

The Serremaggio is the annual medieval festa, held from the second Friday in May until the next weekend.

The old town is the venue for this marvelous festa, which takes everybody back in time to the medieval period. You can watch many of the shows in the plaza from your window.

You can even use clay from the Val d’Orcia, an UNESCO World Heritage site, to make an original Tuscany relic!

The owner of the apartment, a professional sculptor, offers a course in terracotta sculpture upon request. She will help you make your own art and send the product to your address after drying and calcination.

One hour experience course
Relief/simple small goods

Half day Three hours course
Palm-sized sculpture

Location: at the atelier
Upstairs in the same building is our atelier.
Feel free to join us!

Guest Access

The apartment is for your exclusive use.

Interaction with Guests

Basically, we'll meets at the time of check-in and check-out.
Note that I'll enter one a week into the apartment for bed making. I normally, change towels and bed linens every week. More frequent service may be provided for an additional fee.
... and, if you are interested, you can go upstairs to see the Hanako's activity of sculptor, please contact me before because I'm not sure I'll be there.

The Neighborhood

Old Town of Serre di Rapolano
1. Castello di Gori Martini
2. Grancia (Museo dell'Antica Grancia di Serre)
3. Loggiato Rinascimentale nel primo cortile della Grancia
4. Secondo cortile della Grancia
5. Granaione della Grancia
6. Chiesa di San Lorenzo e Sant'Andrea
7. Chiesa di Santa Caterina della Misericordia
8. Cappella di Piazza
9. Teatrino Gori Martini
10. Pulceto
11. Porta Serraia
12. Porta di Sant'Andrea
13. Porta di San Lorenzo
14. Arco conta pecore

outside of Old Town
1. Chiesa Romanica Sant'Andreino
2. Cappella di San Rocco
3. Cave di Travertino

Getting around

Mountain bike rental:
with previous reservation by a local bike rental shop.
Delivery to the apartment. One day minimum rental period.

Bus:
Direct Siena - Arezzo (trainspa)
Train:
Rapolano Terme Station (7km)
(Trenitalia)

Other Things to Note

Look at the ''Guidebook'' in to this web site!
There is a small grocery store close to the house, a Bar (Il Barrino) and a Restaurant (Ristorante - Pizzeria San Rocco).
Having the car you can go to:
a big grocery store at a distance of about 600 m: In Coop,
the Restaurant Ischieto (dot Ischieto dot ) a 1km
the Tavern La Patria (dot (website hidden)) that is a very popular and economical restaurant in the main village of Rapolano Terme.
the Osteria Il Granaio in Rapolano Terme
the Restaurant Enoteca Davide Canella, they have elegant space and they offers a sophisticated menu in Rapolano Terme at the hamlet of Armaiolo.
The Restaurant lo scudiero in Asciano
and more..
naturally, all the restaurants offer dishes of Tuscan cuisine!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $11 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $342 /week
Security Deposit: $142
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Abbiamo soggiornato nella casa di Hanako trovandoci molto bene. Lei è gentile e disponibile, la casa è molto carina e accogliente, noi eravamo in 3 ed è stata la location perfetta.
    Grazie!

    - We have stayed in Hanako's home for a night and we have loved it. She is kind and ready to help you with advices. The home is very confortable, we were 3 people and it was perfect for us. Thank you!

    March 2014
    Hanako
    Response from Hanako:

    Grazie Sig. Paride!
    Nonostante il breve soggiorno mi ha divertito conoscervi e scambiare un po’ di parole con voi. Mi sarebbe piaciuto sapere di piu’ del vostro lavoro. Siete stati una squadra fantastica e sempre benvenuta! Grazie a tutti!

  • Soggiorno di una notte in questo splendido appartamento in un delizioso paesino del senese! Perfetto per raggiungere le terme di rapolano e perfetta accoglienza da parte di hanako! Consigliatissimo!!!!! Grazie x il bel soggiorno!

    February 2014
    Hanako
    Response from Hanako:

    Grazie della bella recensione Alice!
    Thank you for nice review Alice!

  • L'appartamento di Hanako merita tutte le stelline! E' intimo, tranquillo, in ottima posizione e non manca nulla... da molti dettagli si percepisce la premura e le attenzioni che Hanako ha per i suoi ospiti.
    Lo consiglio vivamente!
    Hanako's appartment deserves 5 stars! It's cozy and quite, well located and nothing is missing... many little details makeyou feel the care and attention that Hanako has for its guests. I highly recommend it!

    December 2013
  • Ospite molto gentile e premurosa. Appartamento sito nel centro di un grazioso borgo medievale. Appartamento ampio, pulito e fornito di tutto il necessario. Consigliato! Grazie Hanako! :-)

    November 2013
  • Ho scelto di soggiornare a Serre di Rapolano perché è molto vicino alle terme Antica Querciolaia. Infatti, nonostante io e il mio fidanzato abitiamo a Firenze, non volevamo disperdere i benefici di una giornata trascorsa in totale relax. Direi che abbiamo fatto bene: Hanako è gentilissima e disponibile e il suo appartamento in pieno centro storico è delizioso. Il bagno, poi, con uno spazioso lavandino in travertino, è veramente bello. Tutto di ottimo gusto e con un buon rapporto qualità/prezzo. L'indomani siamo partiti alla volta di Siena, pure molto vicina.

    October 2013
  • Under the Tuscan Sunという本を読んだり、その本をもとに作られた映画を見てからトスカーナに強く憧れていた。
    用事でイタリアに訪れることになり、トスカーナにも立ち寄ることができるかもしれないことになった時は、
    こんなに早く憧れの地に訪れることができていいのか、嬉しさと同時に戸惑いを覚えたほど。
    深いけれど穏やかなラインを描く丘陵、強すぎない緑。丘や人の住むところへ均等に太陽の光がふりそそぐところ、トスカーナ。

    私がゲストハウス最寄りのRapolano Termeの駅に着いたのは真っ暗になってから。
    レンタカーで訪ねる予定が電車になったり、いろいろな予定変更で心細くなっていたところ、Hanakoさんがbig hugで迎えてくれたのが嬉しかった。
    ゲストハウスまでの道のり、周囲の建物や街(集落と言った方がふさわしいかもしれない)の古めかしい雰囲気に興奮しながら、
    その日私が泊めていただく部屋に着いた。
    長年かかった部屋の改装について、家具がどのようにしてそこへ来たか、石の彫刻家であるHanakoさんがご自分で手がけた石のシンクについてなど、
    その部屋ができるまでのお話を聞かせてくれた。
    思い入れのある建物ほどすばらしいものは無いと思う。
    これから泊まる場所がHanakoさんが手塩にかけたものであるのを知ってますます興奮した。

    一人になってから、彼女のしただろう作業の工程を思い浮かべたり、「もしここへ誰かと一緒に来ていたらどんなだっただろう。。。」などとうっすら思いながら。
    自分の物を少しずつ部屋の中に置いてみた。だいたいの物を配置してから、ソファに座り、一人には十分すぎるほどの空間を味わった。
    Hanakoさんの作品である石のシンクやシャワー周り以外にも、ベッドサイドの引き出しや衣装ダンスの天板が石でできており、
    それらを一つずつ手で触ってみながら、そこにいることを実感していった。

    窓から外をのぞいたら、向かいの家との間の通りが、オレンジ色の街灯に照らされていた。
    こちらの建物も、向かいの建物もみんなオレンジ色。
    「ここまで来ることができたことも、ここでじっくり今までのことを考えることができることも、ぜんぶすばらしい」と思った。

    ぐっすり眠って起きると、彼女が前の晩に「せっかくここへ来たんだから、エスプレッソの淹れ方を覚えたらいいわ」
    と言って教えてくれたのを思い出したので、やってみた。
    これにお砂糖をたくさん入れれば、現地人かしらと思いながら。
    砂糖は入れずに、前の日に同じB&Bに泊まっていた女の子からもらったマカロンと。
    ご近所を探検したり、朝の時間を十分楽しんでから、シエナの街へと出かけた。

    部屋は2人で過ごすのにちょうどよい広さ。
    一人で訪ねて、人生を振り返ったり、物事を考えるのにもちょうど良い広さ。

    トスカーナと周辺の観光地も訪ねたいけれど、現地の人と同じリズムで静かに落ち着いて過ごしたいという方に、こちらへの滞在をお勧めする。

    October 2013
    Hanako
    Response from Hanako:

    素敵なコメントをありがとうございました!またいつでもいらして下さいね!
    THank you for nice review! Please come back to us anytime!

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はじめまして。 イタリアの美しい自然や芸術に魅せられた私は彫刻家としてこの地に制作活動の基盤を築きました。 ゲストの皆さんにはこのトスカーナのゆったりした空間を味わってもらえたら嬉しいです。 一緒にトスカーナを満喫しませんか。
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