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RISERVA NATURALE DI RIPA D'ORCIA
La Riserva Naturale si trova a poca distanza da S. Quirico d’Orcia e dal castello di Ripa d’Orcia. Il fiume Orcia delimita il confine meridionale della Riserva, che si estende sui rilievi in destra idrografica. Il territorio è dominato dalla presenza di rilievi collinari boscati e dall’incisione fluviale dell’Orcia, che qui scorre in una valle stretta e di notevole interesse paesaggistico, con pareti rocciose a picco sul fiume, nelle quali nidifica il passero solitario. La ben conservata vegetazione ripariale che borda il corso dell’Orcia comprende salici, pioppi e frassini ossifilli, con presenza di specie floristiche rare come l’orchidea palustre, mentre nell’alveo ciottoloso domina la gariga a Santolina etrusca. La fauna, ancora poco studiata, comprende molte specie degli ambienti boscati mediterranei come l’istrice, il cinghiale, il capriolo, il picchio rosso maggiore e il picchio verde. La Riserva è stata dotata di una estesa Area Contigua, al fine di regolamentare in maniera mirata e specifica anche i territori in sinistra idrografica del fiume Orcia, molto importanti dal punto di vista vegetazionale e floristico

Mr and Mrs C. - Plymouth uk -
Jenny and I must thank you again for our stay at your castle which we enjoyed greatly and hope to return one day. It is such a beautiful building and location and we liked so much that you have not made it to be too modern and too expensive so that only the super rich can enjoy it. Please do not change its character too much!! It's really special

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Karen Brown's - TRAVEL GUIDES 1997 -2013 (16 YEARS) -K.B. Video for Castello di Ripa d’Orcia - K. B. Review Of This Property: The lesser-known area of Tuscany south of Siena makes a delightful discovery and the variety of landscapes within an 8-kilometer drive provides one of the most fascinating excursions in the region. Besides the charming hilltowns of Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino, there are the abbeys of Monte Oliveto and Sant’Antimo, plus the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni. A perfect base in this richly historical and natural area is the fairytale castle of the Aluffi Pentini Rossi family, theirs for the past 400 years or so and practically a village in itself. The family resides in the upper reaches of the castle while guests are accommodated in several separate farmers’ houses divided into a combination of apartments with one or two bedrooms, living room, and kitchenette, plus six simply and characteristically appointed bedrooms with country furniture. Rooms facing out have absolutely breathtaking views over the virgin valley (the same view that all guests enjoy from the lovely pool). Downstairs is the dining room with wood tables covered with cheery checked cloths, where breakfast and dinner are served using homegrown products. A common space for guests is the old granary, converted into a large cozy reading room with fireplace. A History Traveller Property

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P.L. BED AND BREAKFAST DIRECTORY: L.COM AWARD WINNER 2011 :" WARM,WELCOMING AND FULL OF CHARACTER AND CHARM,THE ALUFFI ROSSI FAMILY OFFER EXCEPTIONAL HOSPITALITY AND EFFORT TO GO THAT EXTRA MILE. EARNING THEMSELVES THE DESIGNATION OF " INNKEEPERS OF THE YEAR FOR 2011 " WITH LANIER READERS,THIS B&B TRULY STANDS OUT ABOVE THE REST " - P. L.

Cindy and Chris - Los Angeles, CA -
Hello to the Rossi family. We are very happy to hear from you all especially Sfigatto! We had such a wonderful time with your gracious hospitality at the magnificent Castello di Ripa d’Orchia. We will be coming back again and again. We miss you all and hope you are doing well. We look forward to the constant enjoyment of your products. It will help make us feel like we are still there. The best to you all and it was an honor to meet your mama and papa! Stay well from Cindy and Chris

Darin & Sara Haugland - USA -
" WE ENJOYED OUR TWO NIGHTS STAY WITH YOU.WE HAD A WONDERFUL DINNER WITH DELIGHFUL ATMOSPHERE AND CHARMING MUSIC.THE CASTLE IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU & YOUR STAFF FOR YOUR WARM & FRIENDLY HOSPITALITY " .

K.L. - Bretzfeld - Deutschland
“ CASTELLO DI RIPA D'ORCIA - Entspannter Urlaub in fantastischer Lage” Wer Entspannung pur und eine einzigartige, ruhige Lage sucht, ist hier genau richtig. Hoch über dem Val d'Orcia gelegene ehemalige Burg mit nur wenigen Zimmern und Ferienwohnungen. Über 5km Schotterpiste erreichbar, daher absolut ruhig. Traumhafte Aussicht vom Pool und z.T. von den Zimmern aus. Kein überflüssiger Schnickschnack, dafür aber alles zum Wohlfühlen. Frühstück reichhaltig und lecker, abends gibt es die Möglichkeit, im Restaurant echte einfache toskanische Küche zu genießen. Dazu passen bestens die gutseigenen Weiß- und Rotweine, von denen man sich unbedingt einige Flaschen mitnehmen sollte.

Michael and Sarah Spinella - CA Usa
“Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation! We enjoyed the peace and quiet, the breath taking views and the delicious dinners. You and your family are very gracious hosts and we hope to be able to return in a year or two…”

RECOMMENDED BY : BEDANDBREAKFAST.EU
castello di ripa d'orcia, Castiglione D'orcia Ontspan te midden van de grote wijnen. Het Castello di Ripa d'Orcia in het centrum van Val d'Orcia, vanaf 1990 opent haar deuren voor reizigers en toeristen die willen een unieke ervaring in het hart van Toscana.E 'kunnen uitslapen en de nacht doorbrengen in de geschiedenis oude omgevingen ex-Olivier, nu omgebouwd tot comfortabele kamers, of huur een appartement met een kitchenette voor de bewoners het gevoel Ripa d'Orcia. Gasten kunnen wandelen en ontspannen in de tuin en de oude middeleeuwse straatjes van het kasteel of genieten van het adembenemende landschap in het buitenzwembad. Het omliggende landschap met haar wisselende kleuren is altijd een ontdekking voor mensen die graag wandelen in een ongerepte omgeving. Het verblijf kan worden vergezeld door het proeven van de gerechten aangeboden door de taverne boerderij verheven door een proeverij van heerlijke wijnen en oliën geproduceerd door familiebedrijven boerderij.

Mrs Miranda – France -
“THE PLACE IS WONDERFUL AND EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED.THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS.THE STAFF ARE VERY COURTEOUS AND HELPFUL. IT IS A MAGICAL PLACE AND WE FEEL PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO STAY HERE."

Mr james Palmer Canada
“Dear Countess, thank you for your family’s warm +friendly reception + attention to detail. The rooms were clean +very pleasant + the meals were very good… I Look forward to returning”

JIM and JUNE F. - FLORIDA USA
Thank you so very much for sharing your family recipe for Tiramisu’! As I said to you, this is my son’s absolute favorite dessert, and the Tiramisu’ I make for him bears no comparison to the Tiramisu’ your Mom made while we were on our stay at the castle. It was absolutely “divine”. He will be so excited when he comes to visit next month that I can make for him Tiramisu’ from a real Tuscan family’s recipe. However, I am sure that my product will not be as good as your Mom’s because there is always that very special “thing” that Mom’s give to cooking that can never be replicated. I would love to just watch your Mom cook and learn how she puts her recipes together, as to me she is the quintessence of Tuscan cooking. I will always remember each of you and your family’s warmth and sincerity. Your family home is heaven on earth—a monument in time, peaceful, in tune with Mother Nature in the val d’Orcia, and in touch with the stars in the heavens themselves. Your wines and olive oil—simply outstanding! Our visit to Castello di Ripa d’Orcia was a trip of a lifetime. The pictures we took of the val d’Orcia and the Castle are our reflective visions of a place that is now in our hearts, but the memory we take away is much greater. Our memory is of the gracious hospitality and warmth of Famiglia Aluffi Pentini Rossi, the beauty of val d’Orcia with its vineyards, olive trees and mountains and of course Castello di Ripa d’Orcia. I hope that one day we can return for a visit. Again, a most sincere thank you to your family for your gracious hospitality and for your family’s Tiramisu’ recipe—the best one in Tuscany and I dare say the World. If you are ever back in Florida, please consider a visit with our family. In great appreciation and wishing your family the best, JIM and JUNE F.

Mr L.A. Kamstra The Netherlands
“The room is very nice furnitured and comfortable. … The people of castello di ripa d’orcia were all friendly. Breakfast was excellent. We enjoyed our stay very much”

Ms Rossiter & Mr P. Said – Australia
“Dear Gino & Staff, our stay has been perfect – your beatiful home is very welcoming and you provide everything that is needed…We will happily recommend the Castello to friends…Thank you for everything”

Ms J. Sills – London UK
“This BNB is our favourite BNB . The scenery is beautiful and it is very peaceful. Food is excellent. We are very happy.”

RECOMMENDED BY : A.S. - SPECIAL PLACES TO STAY -ITALY
As you drive up the long,white road,the castle comes into view:a thrilling sight.Ripa d'Orcia dates from 13th century, one of Siena's most important strongholds.The battlemented fortress (closed to the public) dominates the "borgo" encircled by small medieval dwellings.The family are descendants of the Piccolomini who acquired the estate in 1484 and are hugely proud of their heritage.Gran banquets and knights in shining armour may come to mind ...children will love it here.Rooms and apartments have huge raftered ceilings and are furnished simply and well;many have breathtaking views.There's also aday room,filled with lovely furniture and heaps of books to browse.You breakfast in small annexe off the main restaurant;there's cellar for wine tastings and a shop for you to stock up on your favourites.A pool too, and a beautiful chapel in the grounds.The area is a paradise for walkers and there is enough on the spot to keep lovers of history and architecture happy for hours - before the "official " sightseeing begins.

RECOMMENDED BY : Da Ospitalità di Charme in Italia edito da DeAgostini
“…Quando poi d’un tratto appare il Castello di Ripa d’Orcia lo stupore è grande : come una perla incastonata nella roccia, questa fortezza duecentesca giace al centro di una vallata di querce e ulivi, tagliata da un fiume verde smerlado….”

RECOMMENDED BY : GeoSaison
BURG RIPA D'ORCIA - ORCIA TAL “…Hoch uber dem sich windenden Flusschen Orcia steht das castello, ein unmauertes Wehrdorf aus dem fruehen Mittelalter. Jeder Quadratzentimeter erzahlt Geschichte : die 700 Jahre alten, schief getretenen Cottoboden in den Bauernhausern, die gewaltige Vitrine mit Dokumenten, die bis ins 16. Jahrhundert zuruckreichen. Uber die Zinnen der Befestigungsmauer hinweg spahten einst sienesische Soldaten die Truppen des Vatikans aus. Heute halt nur Birillo Wache, der sich dafur auch auf angemeldete Gaste sturzt. Kein blasierter Windhund, sondern eine Art Dackel. Rundum Sympathisch.”

Mr Doug - Boise - IDAHO USA
We stayed at the Castello for three nights. Had a great view, it is centrally located in Tuscany, quiet, private, and off the beaten path, but close to so many Tuscan towns. The rooms are large by European standards, the bathroom updated. The breakfasts are very much above the norm and the restaurant provides well prepared, delicious meals - including the best wine we had on our 2 week trip. We enjoyed the pool, which has a spectacular view of the d'Orcia river valley and surrounding countryside. I would definately return, and it also has long term apartments available for those wanting a longer stay in the best part of Italy.

RECOMMENDED BY : From the article by A..S.. “Simple pleasures”- The Observer
“I cannot resist including a thirteenth-century castle,… Your hearts will be filled with the magic of an ancient and noble house”

RECOMMENDED BY : F. TRAVEL GUIDES - ESCAPE TO TUSCANY
“Climbing to the parapet of the fortification walls, …, you will want to volunteer for permanent sentinel duty, for the view is guaranteed to take your breath away. As the golden late afternoon fades to black and the sky fills with stars, … The serenity of the place seeps into your soul, and for now you too are at peace, safe within the castle walls”

RECOMMENDED BY : Da Gli alberghi di Veronelli Guida Oro 2007/2008/2009
“Al centro della Val d’Orcia, (in) un castello di origine medievale del XIII secolo, …, Le suggestive camere sono ricavate nelle abitazioni che un tempo ospitavano le guardie del castello; hanno tutte vista panoramica sulla valle”.

Martina Scolari -Milano
L'ultimo paradiso. Abbiamo soggiornato al castello di ripa d'orcia nel mese di ottobre.Tutto era perfetto e l'accoglienza era molto buona.ottimi i vini ,la cucina e la possibilità di visitare i paesi della val d'orcia

Harry Brown -CA
Loved the location and view. Food in the restaurant was good as was the wine. ... This place was incredible. The silence, the views, and the access to southern Tuscany sites were great. I cannot find the words to describe how it felt to spend the first night in a room in one of the apartments in this castle. We had incredible views over forests, vineyards, and river. Late at night there were brief fireworks. Too perfect

Wendy Dallas Usa
We described that we stayed in a castle, and how often do you get to do that!

James Best -BC Canada
Upon arrival the owner offered to go down to our car and help carry the luggage to our room. ... The room was fabulous. We have never stayed in a room that large and with so much character. The view of the D'Orcia valley was awesome. ... The breakfasts were great and varied each day. The dinners where the best of our 5 week trip. ... Quiet, tranquil, enchanting, peaceful magical the best unique travel experience

Jody Hagles TEXAS
The dinners provided by hotel's restaurant are excellent and quite reasonably priced. ... We stayed in a selfcatering apartment and had a wonderful time. It was everything we hoped for and more, a real castle on the top of a high hill with views that went on forever. To sit on our terrace and watch the beautiful Tuscan sun turn the tower above us first gold and then rose was a perfect study of the fabled Tuscan light. All I can say is go and enjoy.

Robyn Mc Nally -Australia
This property exceeded our expectations in all respects. ... The new magnifecently located swimming pool. ... We would emphasise the beautiful location, the peacefulness and the excellent quality of food and wine available

Trish Charlton Uk
We had a wonderful welcome by one of family members. ... The entire visit was absolutely magical with a spacious warmly decorated room and wonderful views. The setting was absolutely sublime and very peaceful. Definitely recommended for a quiet weekend escape

Penn Shad - FL -
Castello di Ripa D'Orcia is a wonderful, restful and romantic experience. The clean, well-kept rooms, along with a courteous staff and breath-taking views makes this a place to which we will return

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(Travel Guides) - TUSCANY & UMBRIA This oasis of tranquillity in the countryside occupies an early medieval castle mentioned as far back as 1218. The Piccolomini family -- who've owned it since 1484 -- transformed several of the buildings into a hotel in 1988. The fairy-tale views sweep across forested hillsides (protected as a nature preserve) capped with other medieval castles, and the 10-minute dirt road that winds its way out here only enhances the feeling of solitude and a quiet retreat. In fact, they emphasize relaxation: The rooms, which require at least a 2-night stay, have phones but no TVs or other worldly temptations. The rooms are enormous country affairs, with antique furnishings and very comfy beds surrounded by thick stone walls and heavily beamed ceilings. There's a reading room with a fireplace and chessboard in the former granary, a quite good restaurant below the rooms (closed Mon), and they have installed an enoteca in the old cantina. The office will provide you with a map for hikes to sights in the surrounding area. Check-in is only from 3:00 to 7 pm; call to arrange arrival at any other time. Facilities: Restaurant (closed Mon, dinner only); bike rental; concierge; nonsmoking rooms,panoramic pool.

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ITALIAN COUNTRY HIDEAWAYS Vacationing in Tuscany's and Umbria's Private Villas,Castles and Estates by Kelley F. Hurst

Ruth and Bill Bancroft - Oregon Usa
We enjoyed our stay with you - very much -every one was friendly and helpfull - the room was very nice. We hope to come again someday

Mr/Mrs John Gallagher Usa
We had a nice welcome from the tall man who also served at dinner time.Our room was large with a lovely view,the bed was very comfortable.The dining room is cheerful and bright.The castle and buildings are magical!

Mr/Mrs Malloy N.J. USA
You have an absolutely wonderful place.It exceeded our expectations.The service was excellen and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Nicholas Sampson - Hong Kong
Don't change a thing ! It's perfect!

Ann & Bob Barrett - CA USA
Thank you for your wonderful castle village!We so enjoyed this stay- The rooms are so spacious,everything very well appointed;the atmosphere a treasure to find; so precious after busy city life.We will most assuredly return to your fine hospitality for a much longer visit.

Robert / Jane Owen uk -30.04.2011
Excellent! What more can we say - Bit disappointed that restaurant was not open on monday night after the wonderful meal had on sunday evening.

Carl Litten Florida USA -30.04.2011
A wonderful oasis of peace and tranquillity on our long walking holiday from Montalcino to Montepulciano. A lovely room and excellent meals. How good to see " vietato fumare" signs in the restaurant ! And no television either - hurrah !

Mr Jos Ruigorke - Holland -10.05.2011
You're castle is a very pleasant place to stay,no television,no radio, keep it that way. You're restaurant is very good.No trattoria in the area was better and I have been eating in 8 different places

Mr and Mrs Jonk - UK -12.05.2011
After the crowds of Florence and San Gimignano it was a delight to stay in this calm and also beautiful accommodation.Thanks to the fantastic food (compliments to your MOTHER) of which my last piece (warm clafoutis) couldn't be better. Arrivederci

Mr & Mrs S. Yamamoto - Japan -14.05.2011
Thank you very much for your hospitality.We really enjoyed staying here. We love beautiful scenery and good cuisine and wine of Tuscany. We had sweet memories of our honeymoon trip. We hope to come again .Bye.

Mr/Mrs Buxton - -Germany -17.05.2011
The spectacular views,the peaceful surroundings and the friendly hospitality have made our 2 nights stay here alovely and very memorable one. The food too has also been excellant.Thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay in your wonderful castle.

Alex and Anne Brabers -Belgium -19.05.2011
Hospitality:we felt at home Rooms:very clean Restaurant: exquisite We had a nice holiday here ! Thank you

Antje Ludwig -Germany -20.05.2011
Wonderful views - No disturbs - Silence as its best !

Wim en Yvonne Winkel -Holland -22.05.2011
It was a very good holidays; we were surprised of the beautiful castello with the many magnificent views!!! The apartment was/is very cosy and clean.We will recommend it to all our friends in the Netherlands. Greetings from Wim en Yvonne

Sig.ri Martini - ITALIA -23.05.2011
Sperduti nelle gole del fiume Orcia abbiamo soggiornato a Ripa d'Orcia immersi nei profumi della campagna circostante. Tutto era come desideravamo che fosse. La cucina era semplice e naturale,i famosi vini molto eleganti e profumati. Camminavamo tra mura antiche che parlano ancora di epopee medioevali. Torneremo a far visita alla Contessa Laura e alla Sua famiglia che così amorevolmente mantengono in vita un ultimo paradiso naturale.

Mr + Mrs Kuperyk - uk -25.05.2011
Wonderful location.Good service, wines & food. Excellent accommodation.Thnk you for a wonderful 3 days. We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and look forward to returning.

Sarah Humphies - Australia -29.05.2011
We have been travelling from hotel to hotel for the past 3 weeks and this has definitely been the best so far. Keep up the fantastic work! Compliments to the chef as well - an incredible meal last night

Mr. Doug S. - Boise - Idaho -29.05.2011
We stayed at the Castello for three nights. Had a great view, it is centrally located in Tuscany, quiet, private, and off the beaten path, but close to so many Tuscan towns. The rooms are large by European standards, the bathroom updated. The breakfasts are very much above the norm and the restaurant provides well prepared, delicious meals - including the best wine we had on our 2 week trip. We enjoyed the pool, which has a spectacular view of the d'Orcia river valley and surrounding countryside. I would definately return, and it also has long term apartments available for those wanting a longer stay in the best part of Italy.

RECOMMENDED BY : P. B. (Travel Guides) - CASTLE AND PALACE HOTELS
Castello di Ripa d'Orcia A 13th-century castle Well off the beaten path, this castle is a wonderful hideaway for those who want to hear only the sounds of chirping birds in the morning and see only the lights of the stars and moon at night. Massive walls surround the castle and former village, or borgo. Here you'll find either the regular guest rooms let on a b&b basis or the self-catering apartments. Guest rooms come in a variety of styles: some have fireplaces, views, or massive beamed ceilings. All are very comfortable with large bathrooms and are furnished in a rustic style. Apartments have kitchenettes equipped for easy cooking, nothing elaborate. The nearest food supplies are 5 km away. The castle restaurant serves highly regarded dinners. A long garden with a fountain is a wonderful place to sit and relax, read, or simply enjoy the sweeping views of vineyards, olive trees, and forest of a surrounding nature reserve. Something special Serenely quiet and away from civilization Castle produces its own wine and olive oil Castle hosts are descendants of Piccolomini family who have lived here for over 500 years What to do: On site : Swimming pool Nearby: horseback riding; cycling; hiking; Siena; Tuscan hill towns

Mr. Doug S. - Boise - Idaho -01.06.2011
We stayed at the Castello for three nights. Had a great view, it is centrally located in Tuscany, quiet, private, and off the beaten path, but close to so many Tuscan towns. The rooms are large by European standards, the bathroom updated. The breakfasts are very much above the norm and the restaurant provides well prepared, delicious meals - including the best wine we had on our 2 week trip. We enjoyed the pool, which has a spectacular view of the d'Orcia river valley and surrounding countryside. I would definately return, and it also has long term apartments available for those wanting a longer stay in the best part of Italy.

MR & MRS DeSalvo - Usa -04.06.2011
Dear Famiglia Pentini Rossi, We would like to thank you for our wonderful stay at the Castello di Ripa d'Orcia. We have been traveling to Italy for years, and have eaten well, but never as well as at the Castello. The food you serve is precisely what we'd always hoped to find in Italy, and never have before -- "casalinga" food, simple food, cooked exquisitely -- the hardest kind of food to make. So thank you again for all the care you put into serving your guests. We appreciated it, and hope to return with our entire family some day. Best wishes, L. and E.DeSalvo

John Gambino e famiglia USA -06.06.2011
Nell’aprile 2008 siamo andati in vacanza in Italia e abbiamo passato la prima notte in questo meraviglioso castello. È stato fantastico visitare l’azienda vinicola, conversare con i proprietari, bere vino e mangiare stuzzichini seduti sotto quegli alberi magnifici. Io e la mia famiglia abbiamo alloggiato nell'appartamento n.5, era molto grande e con vista mozzafiato dalla terrazza. Durante la nostra vacanza abbiamo visto tanti posti diversi, ma il nostro soggiorno al castello è stata una delle esperienze più indimenticabili, peccato che non avessimo programmato una sosta più lunga

Mr & Mrs Nelson USA -08.06.2011
My husband and I just spent a weekend at this wonderful property. The pool area is a beautiful view on the amazing countryside, and the restaurant where the staff prepares homemade bread and local specialities were just further phantastic experiences. we absolutely will return !

carlo e maria - novara -13.06.2011
E' tutto sorprendentemente magico, è un posto incantevole, sembra di vivere per qualche giorno in una favola... e tutto è chiaramente proporzionato... -servizio buono -cucina genuina-camere grandi e pulitissime -Atmosfera seducente Da provare almeno una volta nella vita .

Marie & Andre Laville france -14.06.2011
Mia moglie ed io abbiamo trascorso una settimana a visitare la Toscana lo scorso maggio. Abbiamo trovato Ripa d'orcia idealmente situato, elegante e rilassante, ambiente, personale sorridente bellissimo e tutti i comfort che potreste desiderare. Il nostro viaggio un successo! merci à bientôt

Ingrid e Paolo Muller - ITALIA -15.06.2011
Io e il mio ragazzo abbiamo trascorso un magnifico weekend a RIPA D'ORCIA, il luogo è da favola, il servizio eccellente ed i proprietari molto cordiali e disponibili. Consiglio vivamente questo castello immerso nella favolosa zona della VAL D'ORCIA

Maria OBBERTON ITALIA -15.06.2011
Dal primo momento in cui siamo arrivati ci siamo resi conto di essere entrati in una sorta di favola...un castello incantato,immerso nella campagna senese.Posizione comoda,ma nello stesso tempo lontana dal caos cittadino. Il castello è fantastico,tenuto in maniera impeccabile,con un'atmosfera allegra e serena. La nostra stanza era la numero 13.Vista mozzafiato,a 360°. Piacevole l'arredamento,semplice ma curato.Che dire poi di Gino...un gentleman attento,discreto e sempre disponibile per farci conoscere la val d'orcia. Un posto che sarebbe quasi opportuno tenere segreto... Un grazie di cuore anche a Madame Laura.E un saluto anche a SFIGATTO...il gatto del castello,che la notte ci scortava fino in camera.

Mike Connecticut usa - 21.06.2011
We stayed several nights in the middle of May, and wish we had more time. Certainly a place we will return to. Our room was wonderful, clean, airy, wonderfully maintained. There's no television, no room phones, and it's at the end of a 5k dirt road, but those are not bad things, it's exactly what we were looking for, a place to get away from it all. You are a short drive from the many sights throughout Tuscany. Cell phone coverage was excellent through, so you can still stay in touch if you want to. Breakfast was quite good, standard pastry, cereal, juices, etc. Additional items like eggs available for purchase. We had dinner one night, the food was excellent, extremely fresh and very authentic. The olive oil and wine they make is excellent, and priced to make you wish there wasn't a 50 lb limit on checked bags.

My princess got to stay at a Castle - Plivine Toronto - 23.06.2011
We spent a couple of nights at Castello di Ripa d'Orcia on our honeymoon. It provided us with a central location to explore Montepulciano, Montalcino and even Cortona! The Guest House, though, can be a destination itself. It is perched on a hill above the Orcia river and surrounded by forest and vineyards that can be explored on foot or bicycle. The rooms are charming, with big old wooden ceiling beams and wonderful views across the river valley. We ate one dinner at the nice restaurant that happily accomodated my wife's vegetarian diet - and were the only ones there (in August!). Truly treatment appropriate for a princess, but value priced.

A unique & awesome Experience -Vancouver BC Canada - 25.06.2011
We have just returned from a 6 week trip in Europe. Castello di Ripa d'Orcia was the hidhlite of our trip. We stayed in many out of the way places as well as well situated bed & breakfasts in major cities in the Netherlands, France and Italy. The owners were very helpful and pleasant.We met the father and both his sons who explained the history of the castle and region. While the father does not speak much English he made an attempt as I did with my limited Italian. The sons spoke English well and over the 3 days there we had several conversations. Our breakfasts each morning were wonderful and varied. We ate dinner at the castle each night and were very impressed with the menu. Our room was large enough to hold 8 people, the vaulted ceiling and the furnishings were incredible along with the view of the Orcia Valley. The bathroom was large and plenty of hot water. There were only 2 other couples there during our stay which allowed for a quiet and intimate stay after 7 days in Rome. We definitely will stay here again and would highly recomend others do the same. It is not a hotel but someones home. This is what makes it so unigue in addition to its' historical nature

Lisa Rude - Idaho -27.06.2011
Fabulous wine and olive oil. ... Our stay, at the castle, was absolutely wonderful. The castle was so peaceful and beautiful. One morning we were awakened by a real live cuckoo bird. At first I thought it was a clock because I had never heard the call of the cuckoo bird before. The dinners were fabulous and our waitress was extremely attentive. We actually preferred the Castello di Ripa D'Orcia's wine, to all the other highly praised 'DOC' and 'DOCG' wines. After dinner we would take a glass of wine and sit out in the garden area, just off of the restuarant. One evening when we stayed past dark, we looked over the castle wall, and there were fire flies all down the mountain. The castle stay was our most relaxing and our favorite part of travels in Tuscany. I am a little concerned about Andrea(Gino) & Philipo finding wives and having bambinos to pass on the wonderful castle, that has been in their family for so many years.

Signori Trevisan -..... ITALIA -28.06.2011
Ideale per chi, come noi, vuole passare un week end romantico in un luogo estremamente rilassante, con un'ottimo servizio, un'ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo, in un'oasi di pace. Il personale è estremamente gentile, molto efficente, tutto funziona molto bene. Buona anche la cura dei particolari ed in generale la manutenzione

Bob and Sandra Ultemaier - D -30.06.2011
il castello è veramente suggestivo e la famiglia molto attenta a qualunque richiesta.

MADAME MONTIER - NICE -13.07.2011
Un paradis de calme, de bon goût, de confort . Dans ce manoir, perché au sommet d'une colline surplombant vignes et oliviers, entre le thé au bord de la magnifique piscine et le Ripagrande sur la terrasse, votre séjour atteindra la perfection !

Mark and Rhonda - MD USA -13.07.2011
With breathtaking views overlooking the forested Orcia River valley, this authentic slice of medieval Italy is not to be missed. Phillipo and Gino are first-rate and yet invisible hosts; the estate wine was superb and very fairly priced, and the on-premise dining was first rate (best tiramisu we ever ate - the estate matriarch does all the cooking). The premises are very well-kept and the quietness and night sky are unparalleled. Only the Montana wilderness could match it. Days trips to key Tuscan wine areas (Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano) towns are easy. Should you decide to stay here, allocate at least 3 nights and dedicate one entire day to stay on premise (to include a good stint at the superbly beautiful hillside pool). This place will quielty overcome you in a wonderful way ... enjoy! P.S. ... the other 3 trip stops were Venice, Cinque Terre and Lake Como/Bellagio

Marta Delotti - ...... ITALIA -16.07.2011
Il posto è incantevole , si respira un piacevole atmosfera nel mezzo delle colline senesi,vicinissimo a San Quirico d'Orcia. E' tutto molto curato e pulito. La prima colazione ti fa sentire a casa ed il servizio è professionale,accogliente , ma sempre discreto. La piscina ed il giardino hanno una vista stupenda sulle gole del fiume Orcia.

Yvonne Le Cour - Ussel France -17.07.2011
L'accueil a été excellent, ainsi que les prestations des chambres et du service!! très chaleureux dans l'ensemble de notre séjour! je vous conseille de gouter la "Faraona al Vin santo" fait maison! ainsi que le dessert à l'abricot!! hummm quel délice! merci à bientôt

Madame Melliot - Lyon F -20.07.2011
Une expérience inoubliable ! Notre chambre était splendide, confortable et très vaste. La salle de bain, également de bonne dimension, est très lumineuse. Une jolie vue s’offre sur les vignobles et le jardin. Les lieux sont d’une propreté irréprochable. Le petit déjeuné est servi avec des produits régionaux dans une jolie salle à manger

Pascal & Bernard - Cournon d'Auvergne france-21.07.2011
Quel beau souvenir, magnifique petit chateau Vue sur les vignes. Petite piscine mais dégustez-y un Le Piaggie chardonnay vin blanc et ce sera le paradis.

Mr/Mrs Leeuwen - ...... UK -23.07.2011
Ripa d'Orcia Castle is a wonderful B and B. It is five miles outside of S.Quirico d'Orcia. The room was lovely with an immaculate bathroom.I tend to be fussy about where I stay and this B & B more than met my expectations. We stayed here near the end of trip and wished we had found it sooner.....we would have liked to stay longer so that we could have explored the beautiful countryside. Madame Aluffi and philippo were so welcoming...very nice people. We enjoyed their company

Mr/Mrs Neilson - ...... England -24.07.2011
An amazing view, lovely food, and nice to leave the car outside the Castello so it was car-free inside! Wish we could have stayed longer!”

Mr/Mrs Holliday - ...... Uk -26.07.2011
This was a fantastic place to stay - unlike anywhere else. The view from our apartment was stupendous and the new pool was a real bonus. We even had our own keys for the gatehouse. The family run castle is homely - more a family home and certainly not a hotel - but they were extremely helpful and went out of the way to help us out when our car broke down. We shall be going back and we shall be buying more of their excellent wine”

Mr and Mrs Jenkins -USA -29.07.2011
My husband and I stayed at Ripa D'Orica at the end of a two-week stint in Italy. We had a fabulous time and will absolutely stay at Ripa D'Orcia should we be fortunate to visit Italy again. We had a very spacious, comfortable room above the restaurant overlooking the olive groves and Orica Valley. The view was beautiful and was one of the best in Italy! Our bathroom was also very nice and spacious. We ate dinner at the restaurant two of the three nights we stayed and the food was excellent! On our first night we ordered a bottle of wine but were unable to finish the entire bottle. The staff kindly put the bottle away for us to enjoy at our next meal. The food was authentic and home-cooked. I recommend eating at the restaurant at least one night during your stay - you will not be dissapointed!

Mr Jarras CA USA -30.07.2011
Skip David, the gondolier ride, and the ancient roman ruins. Leave the airport in Rome, proceed directly to the car rental and drive north along the historic road between Rome and Florence to the Castello and settle in for a week or more. There is no internet, no phone, and no TV. There are sweeping views of olive trees, vineyards and ancient forests sloping away from the castle wall. There is the sound of wind, water, and birdsong. There are no city lights, the night is either jet black or brilliantly illuminated by moonlight. Its easy enough to go find the 21st century that lies down the hill; the Castello di Ripa d'Orcia is a retreat into a timeless place. The descendents of the family that has owned this castle for centuries prepare breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is okay, but dinner is always fun. We step out of our room to enjoy a glass of wine in the garden before dinner. Then we join our fellow guests in the small dining room, order a bottle of what is literally the house wine, and find out what Mama is cooking tonight. Afterwards, we amble back out to the terrace overlooking the valley as we finish our wine and visit with new friends. Upstairs, our room was spacious, the bed great, the bathroom was nearly perfect and the open windows sufficient air conditioning even on the hottest afternoon. Even with the windows open, we enjoyed privacy. Our hosts were gracious, gentle people who appreciated our enjoyement of this place. Mama, who cooks, was a child living in the castle when it was occupied by the Germans of WWII and was present when the castle was shelled by the advancing american army. Ask her sons about the stories .....

Jody Hagler, TEXAS United States - 09.08.2011
The dinners provided by castle's restaurant are excellent and quite reasonably priced. ... We stayed in a selfcatering apartment and had a wonderful time. It was everything we hoped for and more, a real castle on the top of a high hill with views that went on forever. To sit on our terrace and watch the beautiful Tuscan sun turn the tower above us first gold and then rose was a perfect study of the fabled Tuscan light. All I can say is go and enjoy.

MR TALLET - DAYTON USA -14.08.2011
Thank you for opening your castle -village to us .We believe this was truely a remarkable experience,and probably the highlite of our vacation.Good luck with the olive harvest and hopefully see you in the future.

Mirko e Paola Treviso -15.08.2011
Il castello di Ripa d'Orcia rende magica ogni vacanza trascorsa in Val d'Orcia. Quando stai per arrivare tenti di immaginare come possa essere, ma credetemi, vederlo dal vero è tutta un'altra cosa. Fai un tuffo nel passato, sembra di tornare in epoche passate che scandiscono il tempo in modo più lento, permettendoti di rilassarti ed entrare in armonia con la natura. L'ospitalità è di casa. La Famiglia è presente e disponibile, ma sempre discreta, pronta a consigliarti itinerari culturali e gastronomici, a farti da guida turistica, ma anche a farsi da parte per permetterti di vivere un weekend romantico e indimenticabile, come se tu fossi il padrone del castello. Non vediamo l'ora di tornarci, ma la prossima volta ci fermeremo almeno una settimana, con la bici ci sono tantissimi percorsi da fare e nel castello tantissimi altri sogni da immaginare.

Mr Johnston / Mrs Roberts - UK -15.08.2011
Super hospitality and wonderful castle - thank you !

Mario et Danielle Bensasson - F -15.08.2011
Soggiorno unico,indimenticabile.Accoglienza e tradizione.Passato e presente,il calmo immenso della natura invita alla calma dell'anima.Merci

R. Ben and G.P. Englay -England -16.08.2011
We both enjoyed location of your home . the accommodation and food were as you would say in italian "bellissimo ! " The memories of the last few days will last a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Johanna Murray - Buenos Aires Argentina -17.08.2011
- Wonderful,charming room - Meals were exquisite - Really enjoyed our stay in this unique spot.I hope to return Thank you so much

Mr + Mrs P. Holtkamp Holland -20.08.2011
Dear Host, Please ,don't change anything. It 's perfect as it is! As we would say in Dutch: Het was gewoon te yek ! Greetings

Donna and Steve S. - Baltimore MD USA -20.08.2011
It was a wonderful visit to a magical place.Everyone here was very helpful,the hospitality warm + welcoming.We will certainly recommend the castle to our friends.

Van Iperen BERGEN NDL -22.08.2011
Scusi per mio italiano ,tutto molto bello ,tres romantico .Noi volentieri ritornare in 2011 Grazie mille per ospitalità Ute/Rolf

Don Nash + Goylen Pedersen LA CALIFORNIA -25.08.2011
Your castle is the most charming place we have staed in.Thank you for all of your hospitality.The rooms are decorated so nicely; it feel like a fairytale.We enjoyed our walks along the ridge overloking the river.The food was delicious,dining room was elegant and comfortable.We hope to come again someday.

HANNIE FLIER -REDDITCH UK -25.08.2011
It is very pleasant here.You are all very nice people with lots of hospitality.

Heleen and Grè Troost -- Holland -27.08.2011
We have been enjoying our stay in your "castello".We will recommend it to our friends. It is a very nice place for people of " any " age.

Mr + Mrs Pamment - ABERDEEN UK -27.08.2011
A most unique experience.Wonderful location.The restaurant was excellent and your estate wine exceptional.We appreciated all your hard work.

Pam and Gene McGuire USA -27.08.2011
We would like to thank you for our recent visit. The Castello was as wonderful as we remembered it from our previous visit. We even stayed in the same room, which made the trip particularly special. Our daughter, her husband and mother-in-law have heard us talk about the Castello for years and thus were delighted to experience it themselves. They were equally enchanted. We all found the rooms extremely comfortable and the food excellent. You made us feel very welcome in your beautiful ancestral home. Many thanks for a wonderful visit.

Mrs Wisava - Milano -28.08.2011
E' un'immersione nel passato, con le comodità di un soggiorno moderno. Una vista incantevole ed un'atmosfera da favola. Producono olio, di quello buono, perchè le olive sono raccolte a mano, e anche miele... occasione da cogliere al volo

Mary Jo and Steve - USA -28.08.2011
This castle is such a memorable place! The setting is extraordinary, right in the Val D'Orcia in the heart of Tuscany. Our room offered an amazing view as did several parts of the lovely grounds. There is great service from the staff (family-owned since the 1400's!). You need a car to get here but it affords access to some of the smaller towns in Tuscany such as Pienze, Montepulciano, Montalcino etc. Great breakfasts and the option to eat dinner there as well. Highly recommend!” All the best to you! Mary Jo and Steve

Mr & Mrs Robin - Texas US -29.08.2011
The room was excellent with beauitful viewsand set loverly grounds The owner was very helpful and the breakfasts were excellent with local produce. Near to San Quirico d'Orcia and would recommend it to anyone.

VIVE LA RIPA D'ORCIA! -30.08.2011
“Vive La Ripa d'Orcia! Nous avons passé une merveilleuse semaine à Ripa d'Orcia; la region est magnifique, nous avons rencontré des personnes adorables tout au long de notre séjour, et de très bon produits pour bien cuisiner! Tout est bien pensé dans cet appartement et les multiples attentions sont très agréables. Nour esperons donc revenir bientot.” Vivienne et Patrick M. - Montréal Canada

Seven days in Paradise! -30.08.2011
Seven days in Paradise! This is the essence of Tuscany and we have been enjoying every second of it. Grazie mille…” Mr & Mrs Miller England

SUPERB POOL ! -01.09.2011
“Wonderful location, having a whole valley to look upon without disturbance. Superb pool. We’ve really enjoyed the home-cooked food prepared by the maid. The apt’s location puts us in easy reach of some fabulous Tuscan hill towns.” Simon & Marie Evian -Les - Bains Suisse

Mrs & Mr Harrison - BRISTOL UK -02.09.2011
I went to the Castle for a wedding anniversary,and we had the most charming time June 7-14,2010. The Owners Madame Aluffi,Gino and Philippo will greet you warmly into their beautifully castle. The apartment was large,clean and very nice,absolutely breathtaking views over the virgin valley. Excellent shower after walking. No television and telephone, we loved the silence. We would appreciate no smoking in the dining room at dinner. Food,wine and service was superb. One week.....one dream. I highly recommend this property and would return again.

Margherita e Silvano da Torino -03.09.2011
Cara Sig.ra Pentini, io e mio marito vogliamo ringraziarla ancora per la stupenda ospitalità che ci avete riservato in ottobre. E' stato tutto bellissimo e siamo rimasti colpiti sia dalla bellezza del posto, che dalla vostra estrema disponibilità riguardo tutte le nostre richieste ed attenzione per ogni dettaglio. Per due giorni ci siamo sentiti dei veri "castellani" e nostra figlia una principessa coccolata e festeggiata con affetto. E'stata una bellissima esperienza che ci rimarrà per sempre nel cuore. La preghiamo di trasmettere i nostri ringraziamenti anche ai suoi figli che si sono tanto prodigati con energia e gentilezza. Non vediamo l'ora di trascorrere un'altra vacanza da voi. Nel frattempo vi salutiamo caramente. Buone Feste.

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B. T. MAGAZINE BY REID BRAMBLETT -REVIEW
Review Castello di Ripa d'Orcia This medieval castle village three miles down a curving, bumpy dirt lane. By Reid Bramblett Price From $125 Once you settle into a cavernous room in this medieval castle village three miles down a curving, bumpy dirt lane, the only contact with the outside world is the pay phone in the restaurant. Accommodations are gorgeous in an antique, minimalist sort of way: very rustic, with massive ceiling beams, thrilling countryside views, and no TVs to disturb the calm. There's a long, narrow garden with a fountain and sunning chairs, battlements once patrolled by soldiers (now guarded by flowerpots) that make for a nice stroll, and an old granary lined with books, gaming tables, and a fireplace for guests. You'll get the feeling that, in passing through the tower gate, you've stepped out of the modern world and its frenetic pace. Details Rate includes breakfast. There's a two-night minimum stay requirement. Open mid-March-October.

Maria Trevisan - Bolzano - 05.09.2011
Posizione panoramica ,silenzio della campagna interrotto soltanto dalle voci della natura circostante.Stanza accogliente e pulita;vicinissima Siena e nel centro della val d'orcia. I proprietari molto cordiali e solari ,sapranno darvi indicazioni sui luoghi da visitare e posti giusti dove cenare.Un angolo di pace !!!!!!

Siena - what to see
Situated in the centre-south of Tuscany, the province of Siena extends over the most famous and fascinating Tuscan territories, such as the southern hills of Chianti, part of the Metallifere Hills, the high valley of the Ombrone, Val d’Elsa and Val di Merse, Val d'Arbia and Val d'Orcia, right up to the slopes of Mount Amiata. The province’s capital, Siena, is a magnificent city of art with characteristic lanes, rioni (wards) and towers, handicraft shops and buildings that make it a not-to-be-missed tourist destination for Italians and foreigners. Moving through Siena’s lands and immersing yourself in this atmosphere is a magical adventure, a trip through many landscapes, from dense woodland to old farms, from clay hills to stupendous paths. Furthermore, the territory preserves numerous remains from the Middle Ages, springing out along Via Francigena, the great pilgrimage road to Rome that crossed Val d’Elsa, the city of Siena and Val d’Orcia. Walking through this countryside, you can admire impressive abbeys such as St Antimo Abbey, Romanesque pievi (medieval rural churches) and characteristic borghi (small towns) such as San Quirico d’Orcia or San Gimignano, which preserve their original appearance to this day. The Chianti area, home to the famous wine, is also an enchanting piece of Tuscany that hosts tucked away towns such as Castellina and dense vineyards, such as those in Radda in Chianti or delicious wine and food itineraries. The landscape south of Siena leading towards the medieval centre of Asciano is dominated by the typical Crete, clayey land where erosion has created crevices, openings and cracks. It is an impressive area where the imposing Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore stands out. Val d’Elsa is also very impressive with its characteristic towns Colle di Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, which contains an inestimable art heritage. Val di Merse presents solitary but fascinating places, such as the ruins of St Galgano Abbey, which date back to the 13th century. Even Val di Chiana grants us emotions and wellbeing thanks to its thermal spa centres in Chianciano, Montepulciano and San Casciano dei Bagni. Hills and gullies, Tuscan cypress trees, the river, olive groves and vineyards: this is the landscape offered by Val d’Orcia and protected by UNESCO. Here stand magnificent towns, including Pienza, San Quirico, Montalcino and Castiglione, while to the west, the horizon is met by Mount Amiata with its solitary castle, la Rocca di Radicofani.

Mr and Mrs Briggs - MI USA -13.09.2011
"We loved staying here- so peaceful and beautiful.Everything was wonderful ...."

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Als u de prachtige weg naar boven volgt, lijkt het kasteeldorp Ripa d’Orcia aanvankelijk alleen uit een indrukwekkende stenen toren te bestaan. Tussen de cipressen door ziet u op een gegeven moment echter ook de wirwar van kleine huizen, die als eendjes rond hun moeder de toren staan. U parkeert uw auto buiten de kantelen, waardoor het imposante middeleeuwse karakter van het fort intact blijft. Vijandige strijders moeten wel even geslikt hebben voor ze aanvielen… Het mooie kasteel is met zijn loodrechte muren en uitkijktorens op de hoeken, die een uitzonderlijk fraai zicht bieden, namelijk een welhaast onneembare vesting. Het restaurantje en de accommodatie bevinden zich in de oude huizen, aantrekkelijk dicht bij de entree van het uitnodigende kasteel. De zes grote, comfortabele tweepersoonskamers en acht appartementen met kookgelegenheid, open haard en weergaloos uitzicht zijn elegant ingericht met rustiek Toscaans meubilair en stralen een weldadige rust uit. Proef de wijnen en extra vergine olijfolie van het huis in de vroegere wijnkelder. Ook de woonkamer met open haard, het panoramaterras en de tuinen zijn zeer de moeite waard. Een paradijs voor de liefhebber van geschiedenis, natuur, wandelingen… en bijzondere decors. Sportievelingen kunnen hier hun hart ophalen. Rond het kasteel liggen heerlijke wandelpaden, die het u mogelijk maken om ten volle van de ongerepte natuur van de Val d’Orcia te genieten. Laat u zich liever verwennen? Even ver van u vandaan vindt u het kuuroord Bagno Vignoni. Eveneens een bezoek waard zijn Castiglione d’Orcia met zijn vesting (10 kilometer), het dorp van de pecorinokaas Pienza (15 kilometer) en Montalcino, bij wijnliefhebbers bekend door zijn Brunello (20 kilometer). Ook de 45 kilometer die u van het mooie Siena scheiden zijn in een mum van tijd overbrugd.

VAL D'ORCIA -UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Brief Description The landscape of Val d’Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers: an agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting innovative land-management systems; towns and villages; farmhouses; and the Roman Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines, bridges, etc. Justification for Inscription Criterion (iv): The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures. Criterion (vi): The landscape of the Val d’Orcia was celebrated by painters from the Siennese School, which flourished during the Renaissance. Images of the Val d’Orcia, and particularly depictions of landscapes where people are depicted as living in harmony with nature, have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape thinking. Long Description Val d'Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was rewritten in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. It lies to the south-east of Siena, its northern boundary approximately 25 km from the city centre. The landscape reflects colonization by the merchants of Siena in the 14th and 15th centuries. They aimed to create a landscape of efficient agricultural units but also one that was pleasing to the eye. The landscape that resulted was one of careful and conscious planning and design and led to the beginning of the concept of 'landscape' as a man-made creation. The landscape was thus created to be efficient, functional, equitable and aesthetically pleasing. It was based on innovative tenure systems whereby the estates owned by merchants were divided into small properties and cultivated by families who lived on the land. Half of the produce was paid to the merchants as rent - sufficient to allow the merchants to reinvest in further agricultural improvements. The farms were mixed farms cultivating grain, vines, olives, fruit and vegetables and with hay meadows and pastures for livestock interspersed between the farms. Farmers practised transhumance with routes to Meremma and l'Amiata. An illustration of the aim for the farming landscape to create pleasing pictures is the persistent tradition of planting roses to embellish vineyards. Cypresses form a striking addition to the landscape planted along routes and around settlements, their regular form punctuating the rounded shapes of the hills and their dark colour contrasting strikingly with the pale landscape The colonization of the landscape involved creating new settlements for farmers and their families and labourers needed to work the land. It also involved greatly enlarging and improving existing villages. The most dramatic example of a planned new town is Pienza, named after its founder Pope Pius II who commissioned in 1459 Bernardo Rossellino to enlarge his village to create an ideal city with cathedral, palaces and civic buildings surrounding a central piazza, thus bringing together civil and religious authorities. Larger fortified settlements on hills include Montalcino, originally a 13th-century frontier post, Radicofani, Castiglione d'Orcia, Ripa d'Orcia and Monticchello. Elsewhere the landscape is studded with smaller villages on smaller hills, some also fortified. In many cases these settlements include remains of 13th-century buildings when Siena first gained control of the area, buildings from the great period of expansion in the 14th and 15th centuries, and also later buildings constructed under Florentine control in the 16th centuries. The World Heritage site is significant in that the large farmhouses assume a dominant position in the landscape and are enriched by prominent architectural elements such as loggias, belvederes, porches and avenues of trees bordering the approach roads. The strategic importance of the area, its connection with Siena, and its development, are all intertwined with the Via Francigena which has traversed the area north-south since Roman times (when it was know as the Via Cassia) linking Rome with the north of Italy and France. Since late medieval times, the route has been used an ecclesiastical route, linking the Church of Rome with its dioceses. It also facilitated a flow of pilgrims and merchants and generally allowed the transmission of people and ideas to enter the region. The route fostered the development of fine churches and monasteries such as the Collegiata di San Quirico in the Abbey of Sant'Antimo. In the Val d'Orcia (and also in Siena) the landscape is strongly associated with utopian ideals. Siena was a sort of 'commune' and the Val d'Orcia a model of sustainable rural development, and both manifested the highest aesthetic qualities. The ideal landscape was painted by Lorenzetti in the Town Hall in Siena in 1338-40; it became reality in the Val d'Orcia and was then immortalized in paintings by artists such as Giovanni di Paolo, and Sano di Petri, who in turn helped to strengthen the ideals.

Bibi e Carlo - Milano -14.09.2011
una perla nascosta tutto è molto bello,solitario e incantato.siamo immersi in una natura incontaminata e modellata dal lavoro dell'uomo.Le antiche mura del castello lasciano senza fiato al solo pensiero che sia stato possibile in tempi antichi realizzare una tale opera.Bisognerebbe ringraziare gli attuali proprietari e in particolar modo la Signora Aluffi per la gentilezza e la dedizione con cui tiene vivo ancora questa perla nascosta in val d'orcia.

Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfast Directory: LanierBB.com
The Castello di Ripa d'Orcia is the ultimate bed and breakfast destination for any traveler in search of an unforgettable, unique experience. With excellent attention to detail, our member innkeepers serve their guests with extraordinary care, creating a memorable experience for travelers. “Warm, welcoming and full of character and charm, The Aluffi Rossi Family offer exceptional hospitality and effort to go that extra mile. Earning themselves the designation of “Innkeepers of the Year for 2011” with Lanier readers, this B&B truly stands out above the rest”. –Pamela Lanier Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International has been assisting inn goers with a comprehensive variety of boutique lodgings since 1982, announcing an “Innkeeper of the Year” winner for 28 years in a row, the oldest and most prestigious B&B vote program in the world.

Mr/Mrs Harchaaik - UK -14.09.2011
" The Castello di Ripa d'Orcia is a beautiful facility in a beautiful location.We found the room to be clean,the food very good and the service efficent.We look forward to returning soon "

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ALKEMADE/V.BETUW -HOLLAND -15.09.2011
WE HAVE ENJOYED OUR STAY HERE VERY MUCH! VERY NICE ROOM,GOOD FOOD AND GREAT HOSPITALITY. THANK YOU

Mr+ Mrs Plincot Florida usa -15.09.2011
AMAZING PLACE TO STAY IN TUSCANY We will be going back. Quiet, rural, great views, wonderful hiking, superb food and wine. Family owned and operated. Family is very friendly and helpful. They speak great English. Truly an amazing experience

Simonetta e Luigi Franceschini -16.09.2011
Gent.ma Famiglia Aluffi Pentini Rossi Siamo stati ospiti al Castello di Ripa d'Orcia lo scorso weekend (20-21-22 maggio) La meravigliosa sensazione dei giorni lì trascorsi è ancora con noi e ci dà nostalgia. Vogliamo ringraziarVi per il soggiorno, che è stato piacevolissimo per il relax che ha offerto, per il senso di libertà, e la serenità che ha regalato, per la cortesia del personale (citiamo il signore che si alternava tra reception e servizio ai tavoli). E' stata una full-immersion nella Bellezza. Eccellenza paesaggistica, storico-artistica, e gastronomica. Ci auguriamo possiate mantenere lo stile dell'ambiente e dell'ospitalità, il Castello di Ripa d'Orcia è un gioiello in questo mondo caotico.

Mrs Rye - NY - USA -17.09.2011
We have made 3 trips to the Ripa, as we affectionately call it, over the past few years and we absolutely love it. Our most recent trip was in April 2010 and the Ripa was as wonderful as ever. The owners are superb hosts in all respects. The location is spectacular, the buildings surrounding the castello are magical, the rooms are charming and comfortable, the food is home-made Tuscan and is delicious. It is a very special place. We have traveled all over the world, and this still ranks as our favorite place to stay. For atmosphere, charm, architecture and the overall experience, it just can't be beat

Darlene Lieden - PA USA -20.09.2011
Thank you for a wonderful stay,breathtaking view,good food! Your hospitality was gentle/accomodating.This was a once in lifetime adventure.thank you

Francesca Corsini - Torino -24.09.2011
Siamo stati ricevuti in modo cordiale e discreto. La stanza era ben pulita e calda. La cena ci è stata servita in una saletta molto accogliente e il cibo con menu del luogo era molto curato ed ottimamente cucinato. Il signore che serviva ai tavoli(presumibilmente il proprietario)vedendomi apprezzare mi ha offerto il bis di alcune portate.Vino da applausi. La notte è stata silenziosa.Grande rispetto per il riposo. Niente di negativo quindi.Abbiamo trovato quello che avevamo sperato di trovare.

Carla Borromeo - Bologna -24.09.2011
Ho trascorso un weekend di puro relax in questo bell'agriturismo a un passo da Bagno vignoni, circondato dal verde e arredato da tanti oggetti di altri tempi che la famiglia dei proprietari ha conservato nel tempo. La buona, semplice cucina della signora Laura ha reso ancora più piacevole l'atmosfera . Ci tornerò volentieri, ma in estate quando le giornate saranno più calde. Devo dire, però, che il freddo esterno era ben compensato dal tepore sia delle camere che degli ambienti comuni. Ottimo punto di partenza per visitare i luoghi più belli della toscana.

Simone Scola - Milano -26.09.2011
Castello di ripa d'orcia indimenticabilmente bello Il posto è meraviglioso, è immerso nel verde, i proprietari sono persone veramente gentili, disponibili ma soprattutto sono cuochi eccezionali...I prezzi molto accessibili...insomma è un posto da provare...magari con la persona giusta

Mary and Paul Berlow - Oregon - usa -27.09.2011
My husband and I stay every year in agriturismos in all parts of Italy. This is the best of many very fine ones. L'Oleandro, our apartment for a week, was well appointed, had a good bed, a good bathroom and shower, a beautiful view out over the valley and was only 15 minutes to San Quirico d'Orcia with very easy access to the main roads as we travelled to small towns throughout Tuscany. Their dinners were exceptional - delicious, authentic, many courses and only 25Eur. including wine. Breakfasts at 10Eur. were also delicious. Gino and his mother Laura (the owners) are very personable as is Anna on their staff who speaks English fluently and gives wonderful insider tips on the small towns we were planning to visit. We cannot more highly recommend this accommodation and we will definitely go back again soon.

Marta Simoncini - Bolzano -27.09.2011
Ho soggiornato per un paio di notti a Ripa d'Orcia. La camera era molto spaziosa, silenziosa, pulita e arredata con cura in stile rustico. Hanno anche acceso i riscaldamenti perché il tempo era molto piovoso e umido. Assolutamente da non perdere: due chiacchiere con il proprietario per scoprire cose interessanti e nascoste della Val d'Orcia. Ottima la cena e i vini della fattoria. ci ritorneremo presto.

Carlo Furlanetto - Borgaro torinese - Torino -27.09.2011
ottimo posto lo consiglio! perfetto per chi è automunito, immerso nel verde a soli 4 km dal paese di san quirico d'orcia, buona prima colazione. Ottimi vini e la grappa. proprietari alla mano e gentili pronti sempre ad un consiglio!

Mr and Mrs Briggs - Alaska Usa -28.09.2011
This place was amazing! We drove down from Florence and it took a little longer to find the place than I expected, so I recommend allowing extra time and planning your arrival around 3 pm, since they close the reception at 6 pm. Our GPS tried to take us down an impassable dirt path, so beware! The next morning, we hiked around the area for a couple of hours before breakfast. We were absolutely alone, and the 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside were enchanting. The pool has a nice view. Our room was comfortable, clean, and very quiet. The place makes no pretensions to be a full-service hotel, but the quality of the room and the friendliness of the staff exceeded our expectations. The continental breakfast was delicious and nicely presented. Dinner was excellent. The location is a good base for visiting Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona.

Thomas and Barbara Frauenfeld - BERLIN - D -28.09.2011
“Spectacular View! Unforgettable Atmosphere! Excellent Restaurant! Great Wines! Superb Castello! Thank you for your hospitality”.

Mrs Sherry D.H. --NEW YORK USA -30.09.2011
Dear Gino and Phillipo: Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in your home! We are still talking about it! I have received the olive oil, and you kindly included three samples that I was VERY happy to receive. Thank you so much for your generosity! ........ I have proudly hung my plate of your Castillo on my wall of New York. We will never forget your hospitality and beautiful home. Thank you for sharing it with us! Sincerely,

Simona Olivieri - Parma -30.09.2011
Qui il tempo sembra essersi fermato... In questo incantevole borgo è stato come tornare indietro nel tempo. tutto è rimasto intatto come allora, solo gli abitanti sono cambiati: eravamo noi. Si perchè i clienti del castello sono letteralmenti gli abitanti delle case di questo luogo. Abbiamo " abitato " nella casa di "Gina", nel passato la sarta del borgo. Tutto è stato restaurato con cura, mantenendo intatti gli ambienti originali. Soffito con travi a vista ed un camino ( funzionante e si può utilizzare ) per riscaldare l'atmosfera. Il personale è molto gentile e disponibile, ottima la colazione. Nota di merito il ristorante, dove abbiamo mangiato un ottimo pollo alla birra. Consigliamo vivamente a tutti di visitare questo luogo, specialmente per un fine settimana romantico.

Dario Oberaus Merano -30.09.2011
Antico borgo medioevale molto suggestivo. Se si cerca pace, tranquillità, relax e contatto con la natura, questo è il posto giusto. Personale molto cordiale e disponibile. Ristorazione ottima. Prezzi onesti. Personalmente abbiamo soggiornato nell'appartamento n° 1 Ginestra con il camino (naturalmente acceso visto la stagione) ai piedi del letto: molto romantico! E' uno di quei luoghi in cui, prima o poi, ci si deve andare. Veramente consigliato.

Miranda F. - Arles - F -01.10.2011
Nous avons séjourné plusieurs nuits dans la mi-mai et nous regrettons de ne pas avoir plus de temps. Certainement un endroit où nous reviendrons. Notre chambre était magnifique, propre, aérée et magnifiquement entretenu. Il n'y a pas de télévision, ni de téléphone de chambre, et c'est situé au bout d'une route servait de terre, mais elles ne sont pas points négatifs, c'est exactement ce que nous cherchions, un endroit pour s'échapper loin de tout. On est à quelques minutes de voiture de tout ce qu'il y a à visiter de nombreux la Toscane. La couverture de mon portable était excellent au travers, vous pouvez quand même rester en contact si on voulait. Le petit déjeuner était assez bon, des viennoiseries standard, de céréales, de jus, etc. Points en plus comme les œufs étaient en vente. Nous avons dîné un soir, la cuisine était excellente, extrêmement propre et très authentique. L'Olive l'huile et vin qu'ils faire c'est excellent, et prix en vous regrettons qu'il n'y avait pas une 50 lb plafond sur sac après qu'ils. Même si c'était notre premier séjour, ce ne sera pas le dernier, tout le monde rencontrées qui était y séjourner est un habitué. C'est une escapade retour à l'époque de lorsque les choses ont bien plus simple. Il n'est sûrement pas à tout le monde, mais si c'est ce que vous voulez, c'est super.

Giada Borromei - Milano -02.10.2011
ottima la gestione, camere spaziose e confortevoli, una piscina non grandissima ma una nuotata si riesce a farla in un contesto di verde spettacolare, a due passi da un bel bosco per piacevoli passeggiate. posizione ottima a pochi chilometri da montalcino e montepulciano. ottima struttura e i vini dell'azienda

Catherine Boisse - Grenoble France -03.10.2011
Nous cherchions une chambre d'hôte insolite, nous l'avons trouvé chez la famille Aluffi. Le château de RIPA D'Orcia entièrement restauré et décoré avec beaucoup de goût par ses propriétaires, a comblé toutes nos espérances. Tout cela était sans compter sur l'accueil extrêmement chaleureux de gino et philippo qui nous ont fait partager leurs connaissances sur la région et donner de bonnes adresses. Nous avons passé des moments formidables en leur compagnie qui resteront gravés dans nos mémoires. Encore un grand MERCI à tous les 2 et à Madame Aluffi pour votre disponibilité, votre gentillesse, nous espérons vous retrouver bientôt. Notre séjour = Bonheur et perfection = Revenir vite, trés vite!...

Brigit Helman - MONS - BELGIQUE -04.10.2011
Le château de RIPA D'ORCIA, un haut lieu d’inspiration ! Laissez-vous séduire par l’accueil de Laura Aluffi. Un moment passé à Ripa d'Orcia est un voyage à la découverte des sens à travers la passion de la famille Aluffi Rossi. Fusion totale avec la nature environnante du domaine, confort feutré ne sont qu’un aperçu du moment privilégié que nous avons découvert en leur compagnie. Assurément, nous y reviendrons avec un immense plaisir.

Catherine Philm - PREGNY-CHAMBESY -SUISSE -05.10.2011
UN ENDROIT MERVEILLEUX C'est un endroit hors du commun, quand vous arrivez à Ripa d'Orcia vous êtes dans un autre univers, vous retourner dans le passé , quand il y avait de vrais valeurs , un service impecable, le personnel est très gentil.

BERNARD & MARIE BINONT - Alsace - France -05.10.2011
UN PUR MOMENT DE JOIE - Ce lieu magique inspire la joie, la détente, le repos. Idéal pour se ressourcer grace à la pierre, la nature, le calme. Le tout avec une bonne dose de joie, de gentillesse et de compréhension communiquées par Madame Laura et Philippo, les propriétaires. Le seul risque que l'on prend en allant à la RIpa d'Orcia, c'est d'avoir du mal à en repartir.

Valerie et Marlen T. - LAUSANNE -CH -05.10.2011
Chambre d'hôte super charmante, cadre magnifique, calme, acceuil souriant, petits-déjeuners partagés avec le propriétaire très sympa, chambre douillette idéale! Emplacement idéal à une dizaine de minutes en voitures de San Quirico d'Orcia ....parfait pour visiter la Val d'Orcia!

KIRSTEN UTHEIUM - VANCOUVER -CANADA -05.10.2011
This is one of the nicest places we have visited.The service was excllent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.We loved it here and will recommend it to everyone and we hope to return one day soon.Thank you so much for your Hospitality.

RUTH & BILL SCHAUROTH -OREGON USA -05.10.2011
The accomodation is beautifull.We had great 2 weeks.Every one was friendly and helpfull.We hope to come again someday.Thanks a lot.

Dr.Neville and Jenny Kuperyk - Surrey UK -07.10.2011
The family are very hospitable and kind and very attentive to us.- nothing was too much trouble,even being helpful and patient with my attemps at the language!! Our apartment was lovely and we felt we were guests in someone's home.The castle is beautiful and the setting idyllic.We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and look forward to returning.

ARDEN ELLISON - TEXAS - USA -08.10.2011
First i must thank you for allowing me to share your castello with you. It was a dream come true. Relaxing and peaceful and so very beautiful. One question are you open all year or when do you open. Thank you once again.Yours truly "

LILLARD AND PATRICK NING - BOSTON USA -08.10.2011
A lovely place and setting! Thank you for your kindness and patience.We will tell other people of this great place and surely we will return again .thank you so much for your hospitality. Lillard and Patrick

Lillian S. - Wilton CT USA -08.10.2011
You're restaurant is very good.Compliments to the chef as well. No trattoria in the area was better and I have been eating in 8 different places How good to see " vietato fumare" signs in the restaurant !

Joy Ruigrok - Schiedam - Holland -09.10.2011
Fabulous wine and olive oil. ... Our stay, at the castle, was absolutely wonderful.

SORREL AND PAUL L. - VERO BEACH FL USA -10.10.2011
The room was lovely with an immaculate bathroom. The view from our apartment was stupendous and the new pool was a real bonus.I hope to return Thank you so much

Muriel and Robert M. - LINCOLN MA USA -10.10.2011
We stayed at RIPA D'ORCIA on our way back from the South of Italy, driving to Siena and we highly recommend it. The rooms are large, spotless clean, and very nicely decorated. The hotel owners are charming and have very good taste for both decoration and gastronomy. San Quirico d'Orcia (the village) is one of the best to discover good local Orcia Valley wine and the owners can recommend several good wine producers in the area. If you decide to stay there, do book at the hotel restaurant as this was one of our best experiences for local gastronomy. prices are reasonable and quality is very high. Overall our experience was really nice and worth the spend and we would highly recommend it to travellers in the area.

Patrick and Donna F. - Havre -Montana USA -11.10.2011
My wife & I could not have enjoyed our time more! The owners are wonderful! Everything has been updated beautifully, and the restaurant is amazing!

GISELA - DEEP RIVER CANADA -12.10.2011
We spent a wonderful week in Tuscany at Ripa d'Orcia. It is beautifully situated overlooking the hilly countryside with its olive groves and vineyards and not far from the "must see" places. We stayed in the "Apt n. 4", a house by itself with a stunning main room. The well equipped kitchenette has a beautiful arched window overlooking the lovely garden. Ripa d'orcia was a delightful oasis of peace to return to after the bustle of doing the tourist things, and Gino was a very welcoming and helpful host. I still dream of the place and I hope to be back there again one day. Gisela, Canada

Marco e Stella C. - Bologna -12.10.2011
Semplicemente fantastico, la fattoria di Ripa d'Orcia è un paradiso nel cuore della Val d'Orcia, ottima accoglienza, bellissima la piscina e tutta l'atmosfera che ti circonda!!! certamente ci torneremo, grazie.... ah dimenticavo ottimi vini e l'olio!

Marc et Yvonne L. - Nice - France -12.10.2011
Perdu sur une colline avec une vue imprenable de toute beauté. Accueil très chaleureux.Super propre et très grand calme. Pour qui souhaite visiter la région c'est un endroit idéal.Toutes les informations que vous souhaitez vous seront données par Gino. Je le recommande vraiment à tous ceux qui aiment les paysages splendides, les visites de villages, les belles pierres et qui souhaitent vivre sans bruit.

Marco e Lucilla D. - Milano -13.10.2011
Se potete, passate qualche notte in un piccolo angolo di paradiso in terra. L'accoglienza è famigliare ma mai invadente.Il gatto Sfigatto sarà il vostro comitato di benvenuto. Cercate di passarci qualche ora anche di giorno invece di correre in giro come dei matti! Difficile trovare di meglio nelle peregrinazioni in Val d'Orcia.

Paola Vendola - Genova -13.10.2011
questa è la seconda volta che torniamo. Quando sei a Ripa d'Orcia sembra di tornare indietro nel tempo,si viene avvolti dal silenzio e dalla tranquillità della campagna toscana.le camere sono bellissime,restaurate alla perfezione.Lo staff è molto gentile e disponibile.La cucina è davvero ottima così come il vino! la piscina non è da meno!

Ketty Barros - Winnipeg -Canada -13.10.2011
A place that has breathtaking views and that is situated in the middle of silence. Gino (the owner) is also the most kind and helpful host and guide.

TRUDY L.L. - Australia -14.10.2011
The castle is located about 50 mins from Siena. There are limited rooms and we were lucky enough to score the Valley View room. It had beautiful views of the valley below from every room- including the toilet!! The room consisted of bedroom, dining room, kitchenette and bathroom. All very clean and spacious. Even though we were on our honeymoon my husband and I woke up early each morning to take in the beautiful view. The pool is amazing and just what you need. The restaurant is lovely, it's a set menu but food is beautiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We can't wait to return!

Malva Triboti - Brescia -14.10.2011
“ Posto da sogno per chi come noi vive controcorrente: silenzio, solitudine, niente televisione in camera, dovunque si respira l'aria di concezione gestionale colta e di grande professionalità con l'ombra di un passato storico importante . Vi piace Rimini? Allora Ripa d'Orcia non è per voi. ”

VINTAGE TRAVEL BLOG - NOVEMBER 2011
Ripa d’Orcia Castle - Val d'Orcia In the beautiful Orcia Valley surrounded by profound natural beauty lies the Ripa d’Orcia, one of Tuscany’s oldest and grandest castles. The castle has been renovated to an immaculate standard and provides accommodation in the form of apartments. Ripa d’Orcia spans across a vast area of 320 hectares that include a vineyard and an excess of olive trees. Part of the Republic of Siena’s territorial organisation from the 13th century, this magnificent Italian castle built within the most spectacular of surroundings is definitely worthy of a visit. For more information on one of Tuscany’s most spectacular castles visit www.castelloripadorcia.com

Mark Diehl CA USA - MAY 2012
Ciao, Phillipo (and Gino)! We stayed at your wonderful Castello di Ripa in September, 2010. We thoroughly enjoyed your estate wines, and brought some home to the USA in our luggage. Recently we opened our last bottle, a TERREDISOTTO - DOC ORCIA del 2005 da 0.750 lt. See attached photo. I wanted to share with you how wonderful it was. Please inform the winemaker (your sister, I believe) that they did a fantastic job with this vintage. The wine drank beautifully, and we only wish we had another case to savor! We hope to return some day soon, but in the meantime ... gracie, and be well.

A.E. - LISSE - NEDERLAND -MAY 2012
wij vonden dit een geweldige ervaring. erg fijne mooie ruime kamers. wat een mooi onderhouden kasteel. respect. kon niet stoppen met foto's maken. en wat een uitzicht. we zijn 2 nachten geweest en we hebben ook 2x in de avond gegeten. erg lekker en niks was teveel. mijn vriend heeft alle wijnen geproefd en uiteindelijke ook van bijna alle wijnen en olijfolie een aantal meegenomen. ze bevallen zo goed dat we ze in nederland hebben nabesteld en de levering hiervan is super netjes gegaan. erg leuk om ook te zien op de foto's hoe het voor de restauraties eruit zag.

Robert & Katherine Griffitts - USA - SEPT 2012
Good Morning/Afternoon Phillipo, We recently spent a month traveling thru Italy. In celebration of our 40th wedding annivesary, we spent two "magnifico" days at Castello Ripa d'Orcia! Our time spent at your property, is without a doubt, the most memorable, relaxing part of our holiday! Our sincere compliments to the kind gentleman who served the absolutely amazing breakfasts and dinner! :) The views from the castle and aong our trek through the countryside were spectacular! We will always fondly remember our time at your castle, and hope to return one day for a longer visit. Thank you for your hospitality. Sincerely, Robert & Katherine Griffitts

Renaultteurodrive-travelblog.com.au
Italy has experienced a boom in castle hotel openings in recent years and you’ll find them dotted everywhere no matter which part of the country you visit. Tuscany has an abundance of historical places to stay but if you’re looking for a fairy tale experience,then look no further than Agriturismo Castello di Ripa d’Orcia. This authentic family run property offers rooms and apartments at very reasonable rates (AU$150+). It’s not a true hotel experience, but the property does include a pool and terrace overlooking the amazing countryside. The apartments could be described as rustic but if you’re looking for a castle experience without the 5 stars, then this 13th century estate won’t disappoint.

Great Castle B&Bs
The towering presence of a castle often evokes memories of childhood bedtime stories and their happy endings, as well as images of kings and queens and their life at court. Although it’s likely that you’ll never own your own castle, it is possible for you to rent a room in one. Travel back in time by planning a stay at one of these unique castle bed and breakfasts, where all of your fairytale dreams are sure to come true. Over the course of its long history, the architecture of this 13th-century castle has survived virtually unchanged. The castle itself serves as the proprietor’s private residence, and fully renovated guest lodgings are contained within buildings located in the small surrounding village. The six double rooms, decorated with terracotta floors, raftered ceilings, and rustic furniture, are equipped with private bathrooms and showers. If something larger is needed, then you can stay in one of the property’s eight apartments, each with a spacious sitting area and kitchenette and room enough to sleep up to four people. Within recent years, the ancient cellar has been converted into a tasting room where you can sample the estate-produced wines and extra-virgin olive oil, and the small local restaurant serves up traditional Tuscan dishes. A pool and common living room with a wide selection of books and board games are available for guests, but if a daytrip is what you’re after, this bed and breakfast puts you within 30 miles of Siena, less than 15 miles from Montalcino’s Brunello wine cellars, and within ten miles of the famed cheese-making region of Pienza. BY MICHELLE RITTLER

NEWS 27.08.2013 MERANO WINE FESTIVAL 2013
PREMIAZIONE E INVITO Spettabile Castello Ripa d´Orcia, Con la presente siamo a ringraziarVi per averci inviato la campionatura dei vini per il Merano Wine & Culinaria Award 2013 e aver quindi partecipato anche alla selezione per la partecipazione al Merano WineFestival 2013. E’ stato un vero piacere conoscere le annate nuove dei Vostri vini che sono stati degustati e valutati dalle nostre commissioni d’assaggio, composte da sommelier professionisti, enotecnici, ristoratori ed appassionati, seguendo il metodo di valutazione dei 100/100 punti. In base alle valutazioni espresse da parte della Commissione d’Assaggio Finale, la degustazione ha confermato l’alta qualita’ dei Vostri vini e ha premiato con il bollino rosso del Merano Wine & Culinaria Award il seguente vino assegnandoli un punteggio tra gli 86 e 89 punti: 2011 TERREDISOTTO ORCIA DOC 86 - 89


CASTELLO DI RIPA D'ORCIA Località Ripa d'Orcia 53023 Castiglione d'Orcia - (a 5 Km da San Quirico d'Orcia) Siena
Tel. 0577 897376 Fax. 0577 898038 e-mail:info@castelloripadorcia.com©