Poggio Landi set in the wooded hillside below Rapale
While the outdoor terrace will be the venue for many meals, it is easy to set a lovely table for a special indoor dinner.
The large pool is encircled with shade trees and silvery olives
The house is set within its own parkland with carefully tended roses, shade and fruit trees as well as irrigated lawns.
The large pool (6x15m) near the house is perfect for serious swimmers and the diving board adds a bit of fun.
If you are serious players, be sure to bring your rackets along to use on the tennis court - but if you do forget them, there are a few available for your use.
A furnished portico at the entrance to the house offers a comfortable place from which to enjoy the garden.
The front entrance hall gives gracious welcome and means to reach both wings as well as the top floor bedrooms.
A quartet of wingback armchairs provides a place to look back over the adventures of the day or plan new ones.
The hub of any Tuscan house has something to do with cooking, and whether you're in the kitchen, setting a lovely table or waiting comfortably to be called to the table, Poggio Landi is laid out in true Tuscan tradition.
The large dining table and chairs are already beautiful in themselves, but add attractive dinner settings and flowers and dinner becomes festive.
Pale clean cabinetry and stone countertops cleverly hide all the appliances and equipment a cook would need.
Double refrigerators mean fewer trips to the markets and the traditional kitchen fireplace makes grilling even tastier.
The attractive master bedroom has its own furnished panoramic balcony.
Allowing a retreat from the crowd or just a lovely meditation on distant hillsides, the balcony is a treat for those staying in the master bedroom.
Not a bad view with which to begin the day or bring it to a close.
While the stylish shower room is adjacent to the master bedroom, it is shared by one other bedroom at that end of the hall.
Both upper floor shower rooms are fitted with sculpted sinks, stylish stone wall treatment and roomy showers.
The double bedroom near the master bedroom has, like all the bedrooms, a charming hand-painted wardrobe.
The right end of the hallway mirrors the left, with a shower room handy to two bedrooms.
This first floor double bedroom looks on to the front garden.
On request, the twin bedroom can be made up as a double.
In this stylish shower room you will be 'rained upon' with delight.
The main sitting room has comfortable sofas and armchairs, as well as a corner fireplace, a welcome feature for early Spring or Autumn guests.
There is a small side terrace just outside the larger sitting room, for the owners knows that members of a large group sometimes needs to separate for a time.
Though the brick archway will remain, soon there will be a sliding door to provide greater privacy for the guests in the ground floor double bedroom.
The largest of the bedrooms is the ground floor double, with an ensuite shower room.
A harmony of wood and stone dress the ensuite shower room to the ground floor double.
In addition to sculpted twin sinks and an open shower, the ensuite shower room has direct access to the back garden.
Roses, hydrangeas, and the silvery olive tree blend well in the spacious grounds.
A long travertine table under a pergola in the back garden near the pool is a favorite sport for al fresco meals.
A barbecue stands at the ready for the chef who knows his or her way around glowing charcoal.
In a separate building on a lower level to the house, a well-equipped gym and a telltale mirror awaits those wanting to use some holiday time to keep fit.
Umbrellas are unnecessary when nature provides its own shade.
The portico that spans the width of the house has seating to suit all types of loungers.
Boules is a relaxing activity for the late afternoon
Some activities at Poggio Landi are less stressful - for example boules or a nap in the hammock.
The expansive views of the Casentino from Poggio Landi
Though the hamlet of Rapale does not boast a market or restaurant, it is worth a stop, if only to appreciate its ancient conformation built around a medieval castle.