Villa Rapale 219

Near Ambra between Siena and Arezzo

Villa for 10 with pool and tennis court near Siena

This luxury villa is the perfect place for a Tuscan holiday with all the family. With a beautiful pool, a tennis court, table-tennis, boules and a gym is has plenty of activities for everybody. The fast wifi, barbecue, views and swimming pool make it perfect for relaxing too - and when you want to explore, the famous cities of Siena, Arezzo and Florence are all within easy reach.

This very special house was originally built around 1820 to celebrate the safe return of a soldier from Russia, whose family had feared him lost in the Napoleonic wars. The stone-built villa, on a hilltop 450 m above sea level, has wonderful views across the surrounding hills of the Casentino and is surrounded by its own parkland with carefully tended rare roses, shrubs and trees, as well as irrigated lawns and fruit trees.

Nice little touches

  • Excellent house notes at this property and a friendly house manager make it easy to plan a day out.
  • Catering and pizza nights are easily arranged for reasonable prices.
  • The covered terrace off the master bedroom has lovely views of the Casentino hills.

Good to know

  • Though you sit secluded on a wooded hillside, mobile phone coverage is fine throughout the property.
  • The hamlet of Rapale is in walking distance, but sadly it has no bars or restaurants. Nearby, however, there is great choice for fine dining.


A shrubbery-lined drive leads links the property gate to the two-story stone house whose sheltering portico, furnished with arm chairs and divans, runs the width of the facade. Entry is into a bright hallway with a pietra serena stairway leading up to the first floor and doorways to living quarters on either side. To the left is a large sitting room with sofas and armchairs, a corner fireplace, a door to a small furnished patio, and a large archway with sliding doors leading into a double bedroom and shower room suite. The stylish shower room with large rainfall shower and twin carved stone sinks also has a doorway to the back garden, with easy access to the pool and large travertine table for 12. To the right of the entrance hall is a small sitting room with four large armchairs in front of a pietra serena fireplace, next to a dining room with large wooden table that can seat all guests. The adjacent kitchen, outfitted with pale clean cabinetry and stone countertops, cleverly hides all the appliances and equipment a good cook will need and has two large refrigerator/freezers and a traditional kitchen fireplace.

The top floor has two shower rooms with carved stone sinks and stylish fixtures, each serving two bedrooms. To the right of one shower room is a twin/ double bedroom and a double bedroom, while to the left of the other shower room are two double bedrooms, one with a door to a large furnished balcony that enjoys the view of the Casentino hills. All bedrooms have wrought-iron bedsteads and charming hand-painted wardrobes and look out at the spacious grounds, whose lawns and shady areas with high trees are ideal for children at play.


Villa Type

  • Private pool
  • Villas with pools
  • Beautiful views
  • Family villas
  • Multi-gen villa

Villa Details

  • Private pool
  • Tennis court
  • Fireplace
  • Central heating
  • Insect screens
  • Wifi internet
  • Barbecue

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 4 double bedrooms
  • 1 twin / double bedroom
  • 1 ensuite bathroom with shower
  • 2 additional bathrooms with showers
  • Hair dryer in each bathroom

Kitchen equipment

  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen fireplace
  • Toaster
  • Coffee makers (american and italian)
  • Kettle
  • 2 refrigerator/freezers


  • Dvd player
  • Cd player/radio
  • Ipod reader


  • Swimming pool: dim: 15 x 6m., depth: 1.4 - 3 m., with diving board
  • Tennis court: hard court on site, with some tennis rackets available
  • Boules pitch
  • Table tennis
  • Gym with work-out machines
  • Pizza oven
  • Barbecue


  • Horse riding nearby, 19 kms

What's included

  • Final cleaning included
  • Pool towels provided

Extras on request

  • Central heating is charged on consumption
  • Arrival groceries available on request
  • Catering available on request
  • Cooking lessons available on request
  • Extra cleaning available on request
  • Television (non-satellite)
  • Telephone available for local calls
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Baby bed and high chair available on request


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Where is Villa Rapale?

Getting here

  • Florence airport 1 hr 10 mins
  • Pisa airport 2 hrs
  • Rome fiumicino airport 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Fast train from montevarchi 27 km. with connections to florence, rome and milan

Around Villa Rapale

Heading north there is nearby Ambra with excellent shops and restaurants or Montevarchi from which one can catch the fast train into the heart of Florence.

To the northeast is the medieval walled city of Arezzo, whose Basilica preserves the masterpiece of Piero della Francesco and whose Piazza Grande central square fills with monthly antiquarian fairs and Saracen Jousts.

Heading southeast leads to healing spa treatments at Rapolano Terme or, therapy of another sort, the designer shops of the Valdichiana Outlet Village. But the Chianti region is practically on Villa Rapale’s doorstep with Castelnuovo Berardenga, Villa a Sesta and San Gusmé all offering stellar restaurants, excellent wineries and stately villas. Not surprisingly, the rural castle of Baron Ricasoli, the creator of the ‘recipe’ of Chianti wine, is also located is this area.

It is a region which deserves to be discovered at leisure, with excursions interwoven into sunny days of relaxation and the comfort of one’s own Tuscan villa.


  • Shops, bars and restaurants at ambra 10 km
  • Spa in rapolano terme 15 km
  • Monte san savino and valdichiana outlet shopping 38 km
  • Siena 26 km
  • Arezzo 43 km

From € 464 per day

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