Villa Rapale

Near Ambra between Siena and Arezzo

Villa with pool and tennis court in the wooded hills of the Valdarno

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Wifi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court

Under half an hour from Siena and Arezzo, a little over an hour from Florence, this very special house was 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 house, on a hilltop 450 m above sea level, has wonderful views across the surrounding hills of the Casentino. It has a tennis court, a boules pitch and very big swimming pool, 3 m deep at the deep end with a springboard, and the whole property is surrounded by its own parkland with carefully tended rare roses, shrubs and trees, as well as irrigated lawns and fruit trees.



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.

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.

Villa Details

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

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

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

Local area

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.

Where is Villa Rapale?


  • 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
  • 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

Prices and availability

From € 464 a day for the villa.
€ 3250 to € 4250 per week.
That's from € 46 per person per day, based on 10 sharing.

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