The infinity pool at the spa overlooking the Medieval Village.
My dad happens to be one of the best vacation planners around! More specifically he finds the most amazing accommodation. Our family trip to Mexico was a stunning success due to the huge house he found. And for our trip to Tuscany he found Il Borro. A 700 hectare estate owned by the Salvatore Ferragamo family, this destination is made up of vast vineyards and olive groves, lovely farmhouses, a Renaissance villa and a medieval village! And we stayed in the village – how fun is that? Guests can rent the entire villa (it sleeps 20-30), one of the farmhouses, or one of the houses in the village. The village is absolutely charming – on top of a hill, separated from the rest of the estate by a tall bridge – it’s buildings sort of piled on top of one another. The estate has a 1000 year history and has survived upheaval, plague, war, and much more. Now it is an idyllic little respite, set apart from the hustle and bustle of Florence, Siena and Arezzo with easy access to these gorgeous cities. Here’s a little tour:
Chapel next to the Villa - perfect for a destination wedding, don't cha think?
The Villa gardens - you can see the village in the background.
More Villa gardens - spring was just coming and I can't imagine how gorgeous these would be in the height of the season.
In case you need more space than the seven floors available in the Villa, you can also rent this property, which is right next to the main house.
Love these guard dog statues.
The Medieval Village
The bridge leading up to the village.
One of the houses is being restored and I thought the craftsmen's coats hanging outside was so picturesque. Yes, I'm a sucker for this sort of thing...
I'm not too sure about the beware of dog sign - the only dog I saw around was an adorable little thing that was super friendly and was probably 15 years old!
My adorable mom checking out a pottery shop in the village.
The village looks down on some gorgeous countryside.
The educated person does no harm to the flowers and certainly does not take them!
The building on the right was ours for a week! The balcony above the front door was part of my parent's room.
Our house had a great kitchen and we cooked some delicious Tuscan produce to enjoy in front of the fire.
Il Borro produces its own wine, olive oil, and honey! And they’re all delicious and we were able to tour the winery.
The huge tanks where the wine is separate from the grapes.
This bottling machine fills, corks, seals, and labels 3000 bottles a minute! It isn't usually running but happened to be going while we were there!
One of the caves where the wine is aged in oak barrels.
They do some of their tastings in the caves and that's where we had ours - we tried several vintages along with their own grappa.
At 700 years old, this is their oldest cave.
As you can tell, this place is pretty amazing. And everyone here was so friendly – Maurizio gave us great advice for our excursions, Stephano was so friendly when we saw him at breakfast each morning. One thing I loved about being here was that there was no internet in the houses. Having access only in the mornings when we had breakfast at the spa was so nice – 5 days without facebook is a wonderful thing! Here’s Scotty and Mom checking their emails one morning.
A huge thanks to Mom and Pop for such a great getaway! Our five days here were so refreshing. We had lots of laughs, fun day-trips to surrounding towns, and ate way too much delicious food!