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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Appartamento Il Riccio A is a romantic and welcoming two-story apartment surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It sleeps four people. From Appartamento Il Riccio A you will enjoy an enchanting view of the Tuscan countryside and of the towers of San Gimignano. Appartamento Il Riccio A is 110 square meters (1200 square feet). It features a shared swimming pool, a private garden, winter heating and WI-FI Internet access.

You will be roughly 7 km (4.3 miles) from San Gimignano, where you will find restaurants and the shops. You will find the closest restaurant at 6 km (roughly 3.7 miles) and a grocery store at 1.5 km (roughly 1 mile). You will reach Appartamento Il Riccio A from the parking area along a 50-meters (165-feet) private walkway that cuts through the garden.

To stay at Appartamento Il Riccio A you will need a car. You will be able to park it on the premises, in a reserved parking space.

Appartamento Il Riccio A is located on the side of the building that looks towards the towers of San Gimignano. As a guest of the apartment you will have the exclusive use of the area of the garden that is in front of the apartment, which is fenced by an hedge and a small gate, so that quiet and privacy are assured.

The living room has high ceilings, and is divided into two by a brickwork round arch, characteristic of ancient Tuscan houses. On one side of the arch there is a welcoming sofa with armchairs, placed around a nice fireplace of an ancient shape. On the other side of the there is the long dining table and a beautiful and comfortable brickwork kitchen.

The entire living area gets light from large windows which overlook the green of the garden, and which are close by the original ancient medieval iron gratings.

The decoration, rich in ancient items peculiar of the local country life, and of lace and white linen, gives a touch of charm to the environment, and of freshness and cheerfulness as well.

An authentic ancient stairway made of stone of Firenzuola will take you upstairs. Here a small corridor separates the bedrooms, which are located one to the left and one to the right of the corridor. The door of the bathroom, large and comfortable, opens in the corridor.

The furnishing is welcoming and pleasant, white and blue, rich in charm and reveals the fantasy of the kind owner, and her care in welcoming her guests.

Appartamento Il Riccio A is one of the holiday homes available in a small complex. Please find a general description of the complex below, and please scroll further down for a description of Appartamento Il Riccio A.

The Il Riccio apartments are part of a farmhouse located on the gentle hillside, at a height of 200 meters (650 feet).

The farmhouse is surrounded by 4 hectares (10 acres) of vineyards, olive groves and woods, and it is located in a panoramic position on the slopes of a hill, just a few kilometers from the medieval burg of San Gimignano.

Once you are past the entrance gate, you will see a green lawn decorated with terracotta jars and pots full of flowers, and marked by a few pathways flanked by rose bushes. At the end of the lawn you will find the beautiful and large ancient building, made of stone and terracotta.

In ancient times the building use to be a fortified monastery, located on the road that pilgrims going to Rome had to follow. This is quite evident if you look at the remains of an ancient tower, nowadays incorporated in the building.

The large house has been skillfully renovated and divide into four apartments, all of them with an independent entrance and reserved external areas. Three of these apartments are being rented out, while the owners of the estate reside in the fourth one.

On the side of the garden, at a slightly lower level, you will find the swimming pool, hidden from the view by a hedge. It is almost circular, placed on the side of the hill and surrounded by an amphitheatre of green lawns.

You will find this location particularly suggestive, because when you are by the pool you will be able to see only the blue of the water and the green of lawns, trees and vineyard, and you will be able to relax and enjoy the sun all day long. By night you will be able to swim in the illuminated pool, and the place acquires even more charm.

At the farmhouse you will be able to taste the produce of the estate: Chianti wine of the Sienese hills and extra virgin olive oil.

You will also be able to use a pizza oven and a portable barbecue.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool has a sinuous shape and is deep from 10 centimeters (4 inches) to 1.4 meters (4.6 feet). The swimming pool area is equipped with sun umbrellas, sun loungers, an hammock and an external shower. From the swimming pool you will enjoy an enchanting view of the surrounding countryside. You will share the pool with the other guests staying at the complex. It is open from mid-May until the end of September.

Garden

The garden is 2000 square meters (21500 square feet) large. It is partly shaded by ancient olive trees. In the garden you will find a brickwork barbecue and a wood-fired pizza oven. From the garden you will enjoy an enchanting view of the Tuscan countryside. You will share the garden with the other guests staying at the complex.

 Garden

The garden is 40 square meters (430 square feet) large. It is partly shaded by trees. It is equipped with a table and chairs. From the garden you will enjoy a view of the surrounding countryside.

Ground FloorLiving Room

The living room is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The furnishings are warm and welcoming, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include a sofa and two armchairs. There is a nice fireplace made of bricks. In the living room you will also find a cooking area. The kitchenette is well equipped, with a four-burner gas cooker, a gas oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, an Italian-style coffee-maker, an American-style coffee-maker (bring your filters!), a toaster and other small appliances. There is also a washing machine, an iron and an ironing board. The dining table can accommodate six guests. In this room you will find a satellite television. From the living room you will be able to enter the garden with a view of the hills through a French door.

Half-bath

The half-bath is equipped with a washbasin and a toilet. You will be able to enter it from the corridor. First FloorBedroom 1

You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the corridor along a stairway. The furnishings are simple and comfortable. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a window with a view of the garden and of the hills.

Bedroom 2

You will be able to enter the second bedroom from the corridor. The furnishings are simple and comfortable. It has two twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). The room has a window with a view of the vegetation and of the towers of San Gimignano.

Bathroom

The bathroom is spacious and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a shower and a bathtub with fixed shower head. The bathroom has a window with a view of the garden and of the swimming pool. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.

 

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach 90 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 9 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Florence 57 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi - San Gimignano 9.2 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The room has high ceilings, and is divided into two by a brickwork round arch, characteristic of ancient Tuscan houses.

On one side of the arch there is a welcoming sofa with armchairs, placed around a nice fireplace of an ancient shape. On the other side of the there is the long dining table and a beautiful and comfortable brickwork kitchen. Satellite television is available.

On this level you will also find a small bathroom, which is equipped only with toilette and washbasin. The kitchen is equipped with four-burner cooker, oven, refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine and small appliances.

The entire living area gets light from large windows which overlook the green of the garden, and which are close by the original ancient medieval iron gratings. The decoration, rich in ancient items peculiar of the local country life, and of lace and white linen, gives a touch of charm to the environment, and of freshness and cheerfulness as well.

An authentic ancient stairway made of stone of Firenzuola will take you upstairs. Here a small corridor separates the bedrooms, which are located one to the left and one to the right of the corridor. The door of the bathroom, large and comfortable, with shower and bath tub, opens in the corridor.

One of the bedrooms has a double bed, the other one has two single beds, which can be made into a double one. The bedrooms have windows overlooking the green surrounding hills, covered by olive groves and vineyard. You will be able to admire the hill of San Gimignano in the distance, with it crown of medieval towers.

The furnishing is welcoming and pleasant, white and blue, rich in charm and reveals the fantasy of the kind owner, and her care in welcoming her guests.

The house is equipped with satellite television and central heating, and it has a reserved parking space. It is possible to connect to the Internet.

Further details outdoors

On the side of the garden, at a slightly lower level, you will find the swimming pool, hidden from the view by a hedge. It is almost circular, placed on the side of the hill and surrounded by an amphitheatre of green lawns.

You will find this location particularly suggestive, because when you are by the pool you will be able to see only the blue of the water and the green of lawns, trees and vineyard, and you will be able to relax and enjoy the sun all day long. By night you will be able to swim in the illuminated pool, and the place acquires even more charm.

Around the swimming pool there is a sun deck paved with terracotta tiles and equipped with beach umbrellas and deck chairs.

Appartamento Il Riccio is located on the side of the building that looks towards the towers of San Gimignano. As a guest of the apartment you will have the exclusive use of the area of the garden that is in front of the apartment, which is fenced by an hedge and a small gate, so that quiet and privacy are assured.

In this garden, which is approximately 40 square meters (430 square feet), you will find table and chairs to have meals “al fresco”.

From the garden you will be able to enter the large living area that covers the entire ground floor.

Further details

The swimming pool is open from mid-May until the end of September.

At the farmhouse you will be able to taste the produce of the estate: Chianti wine of the Sienese hills and extra virgin olive oil.

The Tuscany region

Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.

Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.

The region was populated first by the Etruscans on the 7th century BC, and about 500 years later by the Romans.

The words Humanism and Renaissance evoke Tuscany, as immediately as Pope evokes Rome: just think that between the fourteenth and the sixteenth century, both these ages were born here. The entire region attained a very important artistic role.

If you are keen on art and nature… well you’re definitely in the right place! ;-)

Indeed the fathers of Italian painting, architecture and sculpture lived in this beautiful towns: such as Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. This is the reason why the entire region is rich in museums where thousands of amazing works are kept. You’ll be impressed by the majesty of the many ancient palaces (for examples “Palazzo Vecchio”, “Palazzo Pitti”, “Palazzo Medici”), monasteries and villas that are springing up all over the Tuscany.

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.

The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.

What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.

The Apuan Alps are a monumental work of the nature. They consist in some of the highest peaks in the region: This regional park sets up the chance for those who want to practice trekking, cycling, horse riding or simply walking to enjoy this beautiful landscape.

Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.

Another great attraction of this region is the archipelago. The largest island is Elba: more than one hundred kilometers of coast.

Curiously enough, since the Etruscans introduced the use of fresh herbs, the Tuscan cooking is still based on vegetable dishes, bread-based soups, meats perfumed with sage, rosemary, and thyme. Moreover the secret of its success is the good care and the devotion to guarantee the quality of the products of the land... crostini of chicken liver, soups, tortelli with Bolognese sauce, “pappardelle” with hare sauce or with boar sauce, boar hunter style, fillet of beef, salted cod with tomato sauce, ricciarelli, cantucci, Tuscan salt-less bread… We’re sure your mouth is already watering!

A holiday in Tuscany is an experience that will bring you back happy memories for the rest of your life.

San Gimignano

Close by the house a trail begins, marked in guide books, for hikes and mountain bike trips. Within 10 km (6 miles) you will find a horse centre, tennis courts and a golf club.

You will also be able to use a pizza oven and a portable barbecue.

Staying at Appartamento Il Riccio you will be able to easily visit the most beautiful artistic and historic spots of Tuscany: San Gimignano and Certaldo are at approximately 7 km (6 miles), Volterra is at 20 km (25 miles), Siena is at 30 km (20 miles), Florence is at 45 km (30 miles), Pisa and the sea at 70 km (50 miles).

San Gimignano is probably the most famous small town in Italy, and there are few places that evoke the atmosphere of mediaeval Tuscany so powerfully. It is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities and with its mediaeval towers of varying heights it has the feel of a living museum.

Situated on top of a hill, at 334 mt above the sea level, the village overlooks the Val d'Elsa. Ancient Etruscan village, built during the Hellenistic period (III-II centuries BC), whose name derives anyway from the Saint Bishop of Modena: St Gimignano, that saved the hamlet from the barbarian horde.

The town reached the maximum splendour in the Middle Ages, thanks to the via Francigena, that allowed the flourishing of extraordinary works of art adorning churches and convents.

In 1199 San Gimignano became a free commune, and suffered civil fights between Ardinghelli (Guelphs) and Salvucci (Ghibellines). In 1300, the village hosted Dante Alighieri, as ambassador of the Guelph alliance in Tuscany.

Unfortunately the Black Death spread and raged over Tuscany in the XIV century, and touched San Gimignano in 1348. The charming place suddenly emptied, and sank into a grievous crisis, submitting itself to Florence's authority.

Only in recent times the city's been rediscovered and the restoration works have increased the value of the whole area, bringing it back to the ancient splendour and the original agricultural identity.

The narrow flagstone alleys and the extraordinary glimpses once passed through Porta San Giovanni (one of the ancient gates) will strike your imagination and let you feel in a lovely village of the past. At the end of Via San Giovanni you'll find the centre of the town, formed by two interlocking triangular piazze: Piazza della Cisterna, built around a fascinating well dated back to 1237, and Piazza del Duomo, flanked with the city's main church and town hall.

The village is delimited by the tall medieval towers and walls that have made San Gimignano, "city of the beautiful towers". There are many enchanting cultural itineraries, as follows:

Duomo, consecrated in 1148, structured over three naves, enriched by precious frescoes of the Senese school: Old and New Testament, by Bartolo di Fredi and "Bottega dei Memmi"; the Last Judgement, by Taddeo di Bartolo. Some works of art of the Florentine school: stories of St Fina, by Ghirlandaio; St Sebastiano, by Benozzo Gozzoli; Statue Lignee, by Jacopo della Quercia) and some sculptures by Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano. The wonderful masterpieces makes the Collegiata a prestigious notable museum.

Palazzo Comunale, Holy Art and Archaeological Museums, do all worth a visit! Something not to be missed is the lovely "Spezieria di St Fina", related to St Fina's Hospital, with a faithful reproduction of the ancient pharmacy, pottery and glass containers as well as ancient medicaments.

San Gimignano is also famous for a very prestigious wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano - the first Italian wine to obtain the DOC (denominazione di origine controllata, i.e., controlled designation of origin). Right outside the town, in San Donato, you will visit the cellars of one of the producers of this famous wine. There, you may taste different types of wine made in the region accompanied by local foods.

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Calendar last updated:26 Aug 2014

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