There are places like no other, hidden treasures where you breathe in an atmosphere of beauty and time seems to stand still. Il Borro - Toscana is one of these places, a 1100 hectare estate in the heart of Tuscany, surrounded by unspoilt nature and beauty, between Florence, Siena and Cortona.
Originally run on agritourism lines, in 2012 Il Borro became a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux association, which completely embraced the philosophy and unique nature of place. Il Borro offers various types of accommodation, from elegant suites located within the medieval village, or the charming suites at Aie de Il Borro, to luxury villas dotted around the estate, inviting guests to relax and enjoy incredible peace and quiet in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
The name Borro, which probably meant a chasm or gorge in Tuscan dialect, was originally that of a fortress built to defend a strategic area crossed by stretches of the Clodia and Cassia.
"An enduring act of faith", Ferruccio Ferragamo likes to say. From 1993 he has worked every day to preserve Il Borro’s beauty and integrity, a task he carries on with relentless passion, aware that treasures such as Il Borro have to be protected and safeguarded.
Above all, love for this land means respect. Renewable energy, the use of natural fertilizers and no pesticides – all practices here are oriented towards sustainability and respect for lives and the environment.
Orto del Borro, www.ortodelborro.it, is a special project overseen personally by Ferruccio Ferragamo’s youngest daughter, Vittoria. Certified as organic in 2014, it employs growing practices based on respect for and maintenance of the natural balances that make it unique and rich in bio-diversity.
In the Medieval Village, guests can find truly original products and take home a memento of this unique place. The Corte contains a further two unmissable attractions, La Bottega, which carries a range of Il Borro products, and the Boutique, for surprising, stylish purchases.