Review: Borgo Pignano in Tuscany, Italy


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A Tuscan paradise awaits at the stunning Borgo Pignano; a magnificent 18th century villa, with beautifully landscaped gardens, surrounded by a cherished 750-acre organic estate. Romantic, divine and majestic; exactly what the best of Italy should be.


The villa is set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, a short drive from the historic hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and within easy reach of the medieval cities of Florence and Siena and the vineyards of Chianti. Direct flights from London to Pisa (British Airways fly the route, among others) only take a little over 2 hours and then villa is just an hours, very scenic, drive from Pisa. The villa is perfect to use as a base to tour this area of Italy; the wonderful city of Florence is an hour and a quarter away, Siena just 40 minutes and you’re only an hour from the coast.

Style & Character

This is a wonderfully elegant historical country estate, from the instant that you catch your first glance, you’ll be enchanted, the romance seeps into your veins. The privately-owned villa is beautifully restored, it is enchanting inside; traditional, but luxurious. Original architectural details are evident throughout; vaulted ceilings, sash windows, frescoes and antique furnishings sit perfectly amongst an impressive art collection. With the mesmerising views across the Tuscan hills and out to the Mediterranean, it’s hard to imagine a more tranquil setting.

Service & Facilities

Outside, the stunning infinity pool with its staggering views is the place to soak up the sun and the terrace surrounding it begs you to slow up, enjoy a glass of something chilled (there’s an outdoor bar right next to the pool) and totally relax. A fabulous spa and wellness area opens on 1st April 2017, with a dry sauna, steam bath and private wellness suites and there is also a small gym with essential fitness equipment. For other more active pursuits; yoga, horseback riding, trekking and mountain biking is available on the estate itself as well as painting classes and cooking classes. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the estate.


There are just sixteen elegant rooms and suites in this intimate setting. All offer stunning views of olive groves, vineyards, fields and woods. Some of the rooms feature original frescoes and all enjoy en-suite marble and travertine bathrooms. The rooms and suites are all uniquely decorated and each has its own charm. You can select rooms and suites with a view, which I’d definitely recommend, though, even those without a view look out over the forests and gardens. There are two spectacular Signature Suites, which are well worth it if you feel that you deserve a treat! Heavenly views, a sitting room and freestanding roll-top baths all make these suites extra-special. La Canonica, a small architecturally significant building, slightly separate from the main building, has three large bedrooms and would be ideal for a family or small group of friends to rent together.

Food & Drink

Villa Pignano is a delicious fine dining, gourmet restaurant on the estate itself which prides itself on using ingredients from the estate and local organic farms. For a more relaxed setting, Trattoria Al Fresco is based in the beautiful gardens and here you can enjoy traditional Tuscan cuisine.

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