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Last updated: 23 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

An intact, beautifully-restored medieval borgo (hamlet) owned and run by the Ferragamo family, Il Borro lies at the centre of a working organic farm estate.

Much of what goes onto the plate in the estate’s three restaurants comes from the farm; chickens, Chianina beef, vegetables, fruit and the estate wines and olive oil. Sustainability is at the heart of the project.

The country-chic rooms and suites occupy the village houses, giving guests a taste of what life in a Tuscan hamlet may have been like, albeit with 5-star luxuries including two infinity pools and an excellent spa.

The village lies in its own 750-hectare estate in the Val d’Arno, east of the A1 autostrada in a totally rural setting. Florence and Siena are both 40 miles away and Arezzo is only 12 miles.

Surrounding area

The setting, in 750 hectares of park and farmland, is totally peaceful, a true rural escape from the world. Most of the bedrooms and suites are housed within the medieval stone village buildings, so you walk along cobbled streets to get to the restaurants, spa and so on.

The village buildings are not just given over to hospitality; mass is held in the church every Sunday and local artisans produce shoes, ceramics, hats and jewellery in their studios in the village.

While you're there

There are some enticing ‘experiences’ you can sign up for – vineyard and wine cellar tours, horse riding in the Tuscan countryside, and even workshops with local artisans (weaving, jewellery making and pottery painting and more). The latter are brilliant for kids.

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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Spa
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free
Yoga

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
*
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types

Apartments
Bedrooms
Cabins
Suites
Tents
Villas
Yurts

Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities
WiFi

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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