Appartamento Il Riccio is an apartment of 110 square meters (approximately
1185 square feet) which sleeps four persons. It is part of a farmhouse located
on the gentle hillside, at a height of 200 meters (650 feet), which has a garden
and a swimming pool.
The apartment is equipped with satellite television and central heating, and it
has a reserved parking space. It is possible to connect to the Internet.
Appartamento Il Riccio is built on two levels: on the bottom level there is a
large living room with fireplace, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a toilette
only; on the top level there are two bedrooms and a large bathroom with both a
bath tub and a shower. In front of the entrance to the house there is a reserved
and fenced area of the garden, of approximately 40 square meters (430 square
feet), equipped with a table and chairs.
As a guest of the apartment you will be able to use the swimming pool, which is
shared with the guests of three other apartments on the premises.
Appartamento Il Riccio is part of a farmhouse that grows 4 hectares (10 acres)
of vineyards, olive groves and woods. The farmhouse 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.
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.
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
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
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.
The swimming pool is open from mid-May until the end of September.
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 center, tennis courts
and a golf club.
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.
Staying at Appartamento Il Riccio you will be able to easily visit the most
beautiful art 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
The closest airport is Florence. You will need to have a car.
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Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.