The center of the Borgo is a sensitively restored villa with thirteenth century walls and ramparts and an eighteenth century manor house, originally built by an Italian landowner. Near the villa are a collection of eighteenth century stone farmhouses that have been converted into charming apartments and ateliers.
There are 14 elegant rooms and suites dressed in fine linens, some with original frescoes and modern refinements perfecting the cosy, country-house atmosphere. All rooms and suites feature white marble or travertine bathrooms and spectacular views. An elevator serves every floor.
In addition to the Villa, at Borgo Pignano it is also possible to lodge in one of the hamlet’s elegant maisonnettes or, a short walk away, in the cozy cottage Casa del Lago, handsome La Fonte farmhouse or the free-spirited Artists’ House Caille. All accommodations enjoy the same level of service of the Villa’s rooms and suites. These are ideal for families or for those guests who particularly enjoy spacious, independent accommodation immersed in a natural setting.
The estate includes extensive kitchen gardens, fields, meadows, pools, small lakes, orchards, woodlands, waterfalls and a horse arena all reachable by footpath and full of pleasures for both adults and children. Surrounded by gardens, the villa has one of the most commanding views available in Tuscany. On clear days, the Mediterreanean – and a dark speck in the distance, the French island of Corsica – are visible.
Siena, perhaps the loveliest of all Tuscan towns, is about forty-five minutes from Borgo Pignano, in August is the setting for the Palio – a famous horse race that has been run, since medieval times, around the cobbled, Piazza del Campo.
Pisa and Florence are both about an hour away by car, and guided and chauffeured day trips to both places can be arranged.
Nearby Casole d’Elsa and Colle Val d’Elsa are lesser known places with quiet charms and the nature parks of Berignone and Castelvecchio are within easy reach.
The region produces delicious local foods, cheeses, wines, handicrafts, organic beauty products – all of which are sold in the weekly markets of these Tuscan hill towns.
Borgo Pignano’s chefs prepare three healthy, authentic Tuscan meals every day, using the freshest local and organic ingredients, which vary by season.
Bread, croissants, pizza, and biscotti are baked in our wood-burning oven. Vegetables, oil, grains, honey, and fruit come directly from the property, or from neighbouring organic and biodynamic farms.
Borgo Pignano is well situated for those interested in Italian art, architecture, archaeology and culture. Every medieval hilltown in our vicinity has churches and monuments of note and many have small museums and frescoed cloisters. There are thermal springs, popular since Roman times, Etruscan ruins and tombs, and Renaissance palaces.
There is much to do at Borgo Pignano. Some visitors find themselves seduced by the serenity of the estate and don’t wander far. They swim in an infinity pool carved from the limestone of an old quarry, sunbathe, read in the library or music room, practise yoga and meditate, play bocce, stroll among the orchards, gardens and woodland paths and sometimes help in the kitchen garden.
Others, who pine for more activity, pursue yoga, paint or ride horses and mountain bikes. Borgo Pignano often host groups of avid road cyclists who enjoy the rigor of 30 km – 120 km rides along Tuscany’s challenging and quiet back roads. Runners and triathletes also find that Borgo Pignano suits their adventurous needs.
The interiors and grounds of Borgo Pignano lend themselves to gracious entertaining – parties, events, and concerts. We are happy to help plan every aspect of an event. The entire property may be rented for exclusive use. The villa, with all its amenities, and some of the outbuildings and apartments, are part of an exclusive rental.
The soulful, parish church that has served Pignano since the thirteenth century – the Romanesque San Bartolomeo – still rings its wedding bells, and we also construct elegant chuppahs for Jewish ceremonies. Couples sometimes choose to exchange their vows among the wildflowers of a woodland grove.
We help plan every detail of a wedding weekend and take pleasure in designing memorable, personal experiences that include a wedding banquet, flowers, music, photography, entertainment and refreshments. There is plenty of space for large seated outdoor banquets and dancing by moonlight.