In Tuscany we stayed at agriturismo Il Borghetto near San Gimignano in the Siena region.
Agriturismo literally mean agricultural tourism, a farm stay or a country resort.
Il Borghetto is set high on a beautiful Tuscan hillside, surrounded by vineyards and the main building in the complex is this stunning villa.
The villa is divided into apartments. The restoration of the villa and surrounding grounds took a number of years. Click here to see photos the restoration process.
For us, Tuscany meant unpacking our suitcases and settling in for a week of relaxation and exploration. Our accommodation wasn’t in the main villa but instead a 3 bedroom cottage with our own little outdoor terraces and private garden. The cottage was called Capanna di Sopra which means the hut above. Here’s the view from our garden path of the lovely main villa.
There were hundreds of agriturismo to choose from in many different regions of Tuscany. Should we stay in Chianti, near Lucca, the Siena region or closer to Florence? In retrospect any or all of these options would have been great but we were happy with our choice of accommodation, as it was centrally located to most of the sights and towns we wanted to visit.
Il Borghetto is a 10-minute drive from the medieval hill town of San Gimignano. Here in the distance are the stunning towers of San Gimignano. This photo was taken from the road near Il Borghetto.
Also nearby is the Siena – Florence motorway so from our base at Il Borghetto we were able to comfortably drive to Pisa, Florence, Siena & other Tuscan hill towns for lovely lunches and sightseeing. Plus there is the town of Poggibonsi with a big “Pam” supermercado (supermarket) where we enjoyed browsing and buying the local produce
Here is our Tuscan table. Proscuitto, tomato, cheese, breads…. Delicious!
And all the more delicious being enjoyed on our lovely garden terrace or sitting with a glass of the local white wine speciality Vernaccia on the outdoor seating.
The view is of Cypress trees, olive trees, vineyards, and other beautiful buildings in the distance.
But the highlight of our stay at Il Borghetto was the dinners. Three nights a week on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday guests can enjoy a 4 course meal for Euro 28 per person. The menu changes each night and is made up of whatever is fresh and in season. The home style cooking was buonissimo. We loved the antipasti, pasta, meat and – of course – dessert. A selection of dishes we enjoyed included salami, prosciutto & fresh salads, freshly made spinach ravoli with a walnut cream sauce, peppercorn beef steak & chocolate panna cotta.
Official Tuscany tourism website – Turismo Toscana
Tuscany is 2 – 3 hours drive north of Rome.
Train – Trenitalia
A rental car is the best way to explore Tuscany but driving in Italy is not for the faint hearted! All the major car rental companies have offices across Italy.