The estate - 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 Tuscany's heart, surrounded by unspoiled 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 place's philosophy and unique nature.
Il Borro offers various accommodation types, 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. At the same time, Merlot vineyards surround modern Villa Casetta. 35 charming suites in the medieval village's authentic atmosphere invite guests to relax and enjoy incredible peace in the simple luxury of rooms with a Tuscan countryside view.
Accommodations - Il Borro, which is part of the Relais & Châteaux association, offers different accommodation types among the typical Tuscan villas, the characteristic suites within the medieval village, and the Aie del Borro. La Dimora Storica, elegant and rich in history, and Villa Casetta, with a contemporary style and immersed in the Merlot vineyards. In the medieval village, 38 suites and rooms of great charm welcome guests in a unique atmosphere. They offer moments of pleasant relaxation in the simple luxury of the rooms overlooking the Tuscan countryside. The Aie del Borrothey are ideal for families and groups of friends who love sports and being outdoors. 18 new suites and rooms with attention to every detail, just a stone's throw from all the main points of interest of Il Borro, including Golf, Horse riding, and the Tennis court. Here guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool to relax, letting themselves be tempted by the Vincafé proposals.
The Aie Del Borro Suites - The Aie Del Borro are rural buildings typical of the era of the Grand-Duchy of Tuscany, as can be deduced from the main building's features. The Leopoldina, of considerable historical and cultural interest, features all the signature architectural elements of the period – the solid, rectangular shape, the loggia to or arched porch on the ground floor, the ballatoio or enclosed balcony on the first floor, and a colombaia or dovecote on the roof. Leopoldina and the three nearby farmhouses, Il Forte, La Posta, and La Fonte, have all been meticulously renovated to preserve their original architectural features and safeguard local history. Today they offer hospitality in 18 new suites and rooms ideal for families or groups of friends. A long avenue of holm oaks leads guests to the Aie dell Borro, set in verdant countryside and surrounded by mulberry trees, oaks, lavender bushes, wild roses, and geometrical aromatic herb gardens. The pool, the paddock with horses, and the Vincafé offer guests the opportunity to relax and unwind. Vincafé is the ideal place to enjoy the surrounding nature while savoring a light lunch, an aperitif, or a cocktail by the pool. The Aie del Borro is located in a strategic position on the estate, meaning guests are close to the heart of the resort and its amenities, just a few minutes’ walk away, or can be reached using the internal shuttle service.
The Restaurants of Il Borro are also open to external guests, wishing to meet all guests' needs. Il Borro Relais & Châteaux offers different catering offers to meet all customer preferences. The Osteria del Borro and the Tuscan Bistro. Furthermore, the restaurant concept of the Tuscan Bistro aims to recreate the atmosphere of the refined welcome of Il Borro on the banks of the Arno of Florence, with the Tuscan Bistro Florence, to finally land in Dubai with the Tuscan Bistro Dubai, in the luxurious Hotel Al Naseem Madinat Jumeirah. All the premises are under the direction of the Executive Chef Andrea Campani. "The Tuscan Bistro Restaurant" - concept aims to recreate the atmosphere of the refined welcome of Il Borro and, in particular, to offer an authentic experience of Tuscan cuisine, its flavors, and its traditions.
Wellness - An oasis of well-being in the heart of the estate to keep fit by doing fitness and yoga, pampering yourself in the exclusive Suite Spa, and regenerating yourself with professionals' treatments in the sector. The Spa fits perfectly into Il Borro's well-being philosophy, where uncontaminated nature and relaxation activities combine to give the guests an experience of harmonious fulfillment.
The Borro Experience - Relaxation, Recreation, Wellness, and Taste - Staying at Il Borro Relais & Châteaux means choosing an unconventional holiday designed to experience Tuscany's authenticity a series of activities and new routes that offer an experience of unique sensations and emotions. From cooking classes to painting courses, from golf to wine tours to countless nature excursions: surprise and fun will accompany every activity.
The history - With the name Borro, which in the Tuscan language probably referred to an open chasm in the ground, originally indicated a fortress built on its edge, built to defend a strategic territory crossed by important sections the Roman roads Clodia and Cassia. Precisely for this reason, the control of Il Borro is, for a long time, the subject of fierce contention between factions and noble local families and other kingdoms. The first written record of the Castle dates back to 1254, when a Milanese nobleman who became the Guelph podestà of Arezzo, the Marquis Borro Borri, bought it from the Mascagni family.
In the 16th century, the first transformations and expansions of the fortress began to give life to today's spectacular context, with the advent of the condottiere and politician Alessandro dal Borro, the true "father" of the current Borro. He began with the rich noble history of the estate, with alternations and expansions that saw some of the most noble European families as protagonists: the Medici Tornaquinci of Florence, the Torriani of Milan, the Hohenlohe Waldemburg, and finally, from 1904, the Savoy. In the mid-50s, Il Borro passed to the Duke Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, and in 1993, the same Duke sold all his property to Ferruccio Ferragamo. " An act of faith that lasts over time" Ferruccio Ferragamo likes to say that in 1985 he fell madly in love with the Il Borro estate. For years the Ferragamo family had rented the Tuscan estate until it decided to buy the property. From that moment on, Ferruccio Ferragamo, with the help of his son Salvatore (now CEO of Il Borro), undertook an important restoration, restoration, and installation of this ancient destination that still carried the wounds of the Second World War. What animated the entire recovery activity was the desire to give life back to this place, bringing forward traditions and history and the desire to bring all those improvements that, in respect of nature, make this place a perfect continuum between past, present, and future.