The historical heritage
Il Borro owes its notoriety to several things: first of all, to its architecture and to the conformation of the area where the hamlet is located and then to the important families of the past to which it was historically bound.
The history of Il Borro most likely dates back to Roman times. It is believed that the hamlet was originally a stronghold. During medieval times, this area in the Upper Valdarno was a place where many clashes that took place between the city of Arezzo and Florence.
The first written account of the Castle dates back to the year 1254 when a Milanese nobleman, the Marquis Borro Borri, purchased the property from the Mascagni family.
After years of harsh battles between Guelph Florence and Ghibelline Arezzo who fought for centuries for control of the stronghold, the Florentines conquered Arezzo. Having conquered the Ghibelline city, the Florentines took back all the castles and villas in the municipality and in the rural area of Arezzo. In 1384 even the Borro castle fell under Florentine domination and the Castle was returned to the Dal Borro family when the Archduke Ferdinand granted it as a fief to General Alessandro del Borro (October 4, 1644). Thanks to him, the XVI marks the start of the first transformations and extension of the stronghold which slowly led to today’s context.
In the 18th century, Il Borro and its land was purchased by the Medici Tornaquinci family who retained ownership until 1823 at which time the Borro estate was passed over to Count Giuseppe Della Torre Hoffer Valsassina.
In keeping with the fashion of the time, the Hohenlohe family built a stately home of brick and stone right over the ruins of an ancient dwelling. Besides the castle which today is surrounded by vegetation, the Medici Tornaquinci also erected a small chapel as a sign of their presence at Il Borro.
When it was sold to the Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, in 1903, the farm estate comprised some 50 farms and covered over 1000 hectares. Duke Amedeo inherited Il Borro from the Savoia Aosta family and had to reconvert the estate like all other Tuscan farms due to a period of crisis caused by the century old method of sharecropping.
In 1993, Il Borro became property of the Ferragamo family who had fallen in love with the wild nature of the area and the history of the estate. Respect for the traditions and the history of the place guided the family as they began major renovations and restoration of the hamlet and the villas.
Culture and traditions
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