There are places like no other, hidden treasures where you breathe in an atmosphere of beauty and time seems to stand still. Il Borro Relais & Chateaux is one of these places, a 700 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 & Chateaux 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 to three luxury villas dotted around the estate.
Villa Il Borro is the most sumptuous and historic, Chiocci Alto is the most rural, but enjoys the loveliest view of the whole estate and its breathtaking sunsets, while modern Villa Casetta is surrounded by Merlot vineyards.
35 charming suites in the authentic atmosphere of the medieval village invite guests to relax and enjoy incredible peace and quiet in the simple luxury of rooms with a view 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.