I’ve been to Italy many times, but this was my first time visiting Tuscany. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t have had a better first experience. I stayed at Salvatore Ferragamo’s resort called IL BORRO.
Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves is the 700 acre estate in the heart of Tuscany known as Il Borro. The property is breathtaking, and it is one of those places in the world that is truly magical. Il Borro was established more than a thousand years ago and has a lot of rich history. A lot of the ancient history remains a mystery, but it is known that the property was a lookout point on the Roman road “Cassia”which they built a fort due to its strategic location. Prestigious families owned the property dated back to the 12th century, until Ferruccio Ferragamo bought the resort in 1993 and restored the estate to what it is today.
I stayed in one of their luxury suites in the quaint and charming medieval village. The village is untouched from hundreds of years ago, and it literally feels like you are walking through Pinocchio’s village. My suite was cozy with a fireplace and excuded elegance and Tuscan charm. Outside my window were views of the beautiful Tuscan countryside of sunflower fields, vineyards and olive groves.
Il Borro produces their own wine collection and I had the opportunity to experience wine tasting while I was there. Their wine is excellent, as well as the food at Il Borro. Everything is made from local ingredients from their gardens, fields and farmhouse, giving the food fresh quality you can taste. Every meal was amazing, and I was in heaven eating and drinking the entire time. There are a few restaurants on property (check out my previous post from one of the property’s restaurants Osteria Del Borro, where I learn how to make Il Borro’s signature red wine risotto)
The resort offers many amenities and activities and I highly recommend wine tasting, horseback riding and treating yourself at the spa. I got the best massage I ever had in my life. I highly recommend, the masseuses really know what they’re doing.
I visited Il Borro in November which was beautiful, but can’t wait to experience it again sometime in the spring or summer for a different feel. It was incredible and made my first experience in Tuscany truly magical.