Thoughts from the Owner

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I bought Ripertoli in 1988, as the culmination of a 20-year love affair with Italy, and with Tuscany in particular. I bought it with the help of local Italian friends, and with the advantage of knowing the Chianti region well and knowing where I wanted to buy to within 10 miles. Deborah and I rent it out when we are not there because the income helps us to spend more on improving and restoring the estate, and because a family home like Ripertoli should be lived in as much as possible.

As well as the house and two capanne, there is over an acre of well-irrigated park and garden, a beautiful large swimming pool with an electrically-operated cover, several acres of well-tended olive groves (where Deborah and I pick the crop every November and make our own extra-virgin olive oil), 25 acres of woods which ensure privacy, and a marvellous family team which takes care of the Ripertoli estate as though it were their own, plus a squad of builders, plumbers, electricians, JCB-owners, stonemasons and painters, whose enthusiasm for the place rivals ours.

Would you enjoy a holiday at Ripertoli?

Not if you want nightclubs, the seaside (it’s 2 hours away), or a posh “Villa” with a formal butler and attendants who will tell you how to behave. Ripertoli offers 2 things, and I hope some combination of the two will suit you:

  • A genuine rural Italian environment, with glorious views, every home comfort that we can think of, wonderful flora and fauna, and delicious local produce and restaurants. It has enough separate buildings and open spaces for different age groups to have a perfect family holiday without falling out over taste in music or the right time to go to bed.
  • A convenient base  from which to explore Florence, Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the beautiful Chianti countryside.
  • Nigel & Deborah with our dogs June 2019. We didn't dare bring them until we had fenced the property to keep out the wild boar and deer.


There seem to be two approaches to a stay in Ripertoli. Some people spend most of the time relaxing and reading by the pool, and shopping in Greve. Marisa often cooks for them 4 or 5 nights a week. The challenge is having a car big enough to bring in adequate supplies of Chianti every day…….But they also visit Florence occasionally, often sensibly returning to Ripertoli for a late lunch and a swim, something not easily available in hot mid-afternoon Florence.

Other guests are out of the property early every morning, on their way to the Uffizi, the Accademia, Carmine, Siena, Pisa, San Sepolcro and the rest of the Piero della Francesca trail ….. until they return for supper.

If you’ve read this far, you might think Ripertoli has something for you. Golf, tennis, horse-riding, and wineries which will welcome you for a tasting are all within easy reach – as is true in many parts of the world. But there is something special about the Tuscan landscape which delights the eye and inculcates peace and tranquillity. If you think that might be your thing, then consider Ripertoli – even in this glorious region, it is recognised by the locals as being exceptionally beautifully situated.

Deborah & I met in 1998; one of the first things I asked her to do was to visit Ripertoli,  and it was no surprise that she loved it immediately.  She too speaks excellent Italian, and the property has benefited  hugely from her good taste and management skills. Deborah is a consultant radiologist, working mainly for the NHS in London; I was immensely proud when Imperial College appointed her Professor in 2017.

By the way, although I worked for IBM for 38 years I am also a professional rock/jazz musician, having led my own band  The Dark Blues for 50+ years. The band came to Ripertoli in September 2005 to play 2 concerts in the public squares of Greve and Panzano….. and the Mayor asked us back to do it again for the Festa del Vino in 2006, 2008 and 2013.  I ran the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) until April 2023 – a labour of love, “putting something back” – and The Dark Blues are still gigging.

Ianto and Elaine, July 2023
Our words can\'t really do justice to Ripertoli. It is unimaginably lovely and special. The entire week was a joyful and wonderful experience for us. It really was the holiday of a lifetime in what we can only describe as a Paradise.
Kathy & David Jackson, New York. June 2024
My fifth trip here and Ripertoli just gets better and better! Pristine and ideally located, it was a magical spot for this group of 17. The summer heat wave was barely noticed as we lounged by the pool daily, enjoyed more of the sweeping views from high atop our Tuscan hill and “Nonna” Marisa’s luscious feasts on the terrace.
Michael and Deborah, Florida USA, August 2021
Dinners outside were a treat each night, with Marisa\'s local dishes. This is an excellent vacation villa for a multi generational family vacation.
Chiara del Guasta, Florence native, August 2020
Despite us being natives of Florence, Ripertoli was a marvellous discovery which guaranteed days of complete relaxation
geese14, Pell City, Alabama, USA, June 2015
The view is stunning. We were actually reluctant to leave on our pre-planned visits to Rome and Venice and delighted to come home to the tranquillity of the loggia.
Neighbour J, Hamilton, Canada, Sept 2015
Everything about Ripertoli is welcoming and relaxing. It is everything you would expect a Tuscan villa to be and more
sreitz2015, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, May 2015
The perfect vacation home for the week. The photos of Ripertoli are great but they can’t do the property justice
MJCollins, Greenville, South Carolina, USA, July 2014
A perfect vacation of a lifetime. 3 generations – 17 in all and everything worked at Ripertoli.
Marie V, Aesch, Switzerland, April 2014
From the moment we drove in Ripertoli exceeded our expectations. A wonderful secluded location with beautiful vistas. Rustic charm with all the modern conveniences. A home and not your typical rental property.
Josephine Gray, Hertfordshire UK, April 2017
No write up, review or photograph could have prepared us or do justice to the beauty and tranquillity of Ripertoli - we all absolutely loved it!
Ripertoli was perfect and served our mixed group of family / friends reunion from USA, Australia, and UK far better than any of us could ever have imagined”
Roger & Lesley, Berkshire UK, June/July 2017
We had a delightful 2 weeks with family (3 generations) and friends at Ripertoli to celebrate our significant birthdays. The views from the terrace are to die for – it is a really special place.
Susan Jane & Nick Sutton, Wyoming, June 2017
To put it all into one word – the trip was simply “perfect” in every way. We loved Ripertoli, we loved that is retains its ancient feel and the property is simply wonderful.

Nigel Tully

June 2024