Il Borgo Toscano is a unique and special corner of Tuscany, with the authentic atmosphere of a medieval farming village most of the town has been carefully redesigned and refurbished after years of abandonment when the last families in the middle of the last century, left to pursue their dreams and hopes among others following the inexporable pull towards larger and growing cities.
This is a spectacular area of Tuscany that allows visitors to experience life as it really was in a beautiful Medieval farming village. The town, which once stood abandoned when the residents were lured away by the promises of the city, has been meticulously restored and recrafted to create a stunning village that will leave you spellbound.
Borgo can be approached from either the Apennine or Siena and Florence (70 km to the north). Alternatively, you can reach this special gem by traveling along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The road reaches an altitude of around 500 m, and in the valley below, you’ll see the River Cecina. This stunning location is positioned well away from any other towns and, as such, offers you a fantastic opportunity to escape the stresses and strains of contemporary life and enjoy a fully relaxing experience. However, the full amenities of restaurants, shopping, and services are just 15-20 minutes away by car.
The village acts as a natural balcony over the jaw-dropping Tuscan countryside of open woods, flowing rivers, and sprawling fields. Volterra, a place that has remained unchanged for centuries, can be seen on the horizon and is reminiscent of civilizations of years gone by. The fortress of Sillano, which is in the opposite valley, is a XIIth-century castle that conjures images of ancient feuds between fractious kingdoms.
Borgo is the perfect location from which to explore the wonders of Tuscany. The attractions of Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano, and Siena are all within one hour’s drive. From here, you can also reach the wonderful beachside locations of Bibbona, Cecina, Castiglioncello, and Punta. However, the real reason people visit Borgo is to experience true peace and tranquility in a stunning location.
Borgo stands testimony to the medieval history of the community and contains a beautiful church, stables, oil press, barns, baker’s oven, and the main square. In between visits to the other marvels of Tuscany, visitors immerse themselves in the natural and cultural beauty of this unique location and spend time exploring what remains of the farming life of centuries gone by. Borgo has undergone its own renaissance and has been painstakingly restored using strict methods that are true to the village’s origins. Original stone and woods have been used to replicate the buildings as they once stood in their full glory, and visitors here have an unrivaled opportunity to experience authentic medieval life in Tuscany.
While the accommodation is in full keeping with its origins, modern-day comforts have by no means been ignored. With access to the swimming pool and gardens, your own full-service apartment or house comes with well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms, full amenities, central heating, and high-quality furniture throughout.
If you like to embark on an adventure, the river Pavone can be found just a few minutes’ walk from the village. There, you can ease yourself into the cooling waters and swim peacefully under the natural tree canopy. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may be fortunate to spot some of the indigenous animals of the area, which include deer, porcupines, and even boar.
This is a truly unique place that allows visitors to get a glimpse of what life was like centuries ago in a beautiful natural environment. It is the perfect location from which you can truly get to grips with the Tuscan countryside.