Holidays in Tuscany

Rapolano Terme

Rapolano Terme is situated in one of the most fascinating areas of the Siena province known as Crete Senesi. It is  mainly characterised by pure and unspoilt nature. The landscape is magnetic and charming: cypresses, clays, tiny villages, old monasteries enrich this area of Southern Tuscany, perfect for walking and cycling holidays. It is a land rich in natural hot springs and spas which can offer You moments of relax, wellness, where you can take a break from the stress, appreciating the benefits of a  thermal treatment or therapy  or just enjoying the silence and tranquillity of marvelous landscapes. Many worldwide known photographers have already chosen the Crete Senesi as set of their workshops.

The thermal Spa: it was already known during the Roman age and continued to be in use during the Middle Age. The mineral waters of Rapolano Terme flow at a temperature of 39° C, they are rich in sulphur and bicarbonate and provide healing properties in treating skin problems and respiratory system. Terme San Giovanni and Antica Querciaiola are two recently renovated Spas where guests can also benefit of beauty treatments. 

Serre di Rapolano: it is a tiny village, whose typical Tuscan atmosphere has remained intact. The center deserves a brief visit: Porta Serraia, Palazzo Gori Martini, Via del Cassero is a lovely lane that passes the village's most important monuments, Vicolo delle Setaie, The Teatrino Gori-Martini,  the main square known as La Piazza, home of the town hall. Serre di Rapolano  is perfectly situated for enjoying the Tuscan countryside, with easy access to visit the best sights. The spa town of Rapolano Terme is just minutes away, and city of Siena is located 30 minutes driving.just beyond that. The beautiful landscapes and wonderful wines of Chianti are close by. Pienza, Montepulciano, Arezzo, Montalcino and the Val d'Orcia should be on the list of must-see destinations. The surrounding hills are perfect for country walks and are lined with cypress trees and sprinkled with country castles.

 

SerreMaggio Festival (Festa di Ciambragina)

The festival Serremaggio or Festa di Ciambragina, takes place every May turning  the town into a medieval centre with a costumed parade, colourful flag-throwing competition, open-air market, music, typical foods. The story tells that  Giovanni de’ Rossi, a 14th century merchant, married a beautiful French girl, Ciambragina, and brought her to Serre di Rapolano where they lived. During the Festival the couple comes back to life walking through the village in period costume, accompanied by noblemen, musicians and knights. The local cellars are open to visitors who can try the local traditional products. During the Serremaggio, visitors can assist a medieval atmosphere in the village, taste medieval style food and buy some handicraft products. Groups of dancers show ancient dances while musicians and jesters around the village entertain the visitors.