You will discover a slower, more natural way of life with this generous, well-travelled family on their olive and wine farm just east of Siena. They make organic wines in an ancient cellar, produce extra virgin olive oil and, on request, serve dinner under a pergola with vegetables from the garden. They used volcanic tufo stone and natural pigments to transform the stone lemon house into a cool, airy apartment. It is beautifully done, with modern art and exotic furniture and fabrics picked up on travels, like Indonesian doors and ceiling fans made with sail cloths. You sleep under colourful Turkish bedspreads in an open-plan double room, wake to light flooding through large windows and shower in a luxurious Moroccan-style bathroom. In the morning, brew some coffee, squeeze your own orange juice and tuck into a welcome basket of breakfast goodies. Across the courtyard, a 1,000-year-old tower contains the family home, one B&B room and the wine cellar which Gianni will happily show you. You can borrow a bike, catch a bus into Siena, soak in Rapolano’s thermal baths or just relax on the terrace or by the pool.