To fully experience Italy, it takes all five senses. Staying in a borgo is exactly that. You’re sure to enjoy breathtaking views of the hills and delicate aromas of lavender wafting through the air. You won’t be disappointed by the rustic food or the tranquility and romance surrounding it.
A borgo can be described as a small Italian village or a group of old farmhouses built around a castle. They are usually older than medieval times and deeply rooted in local culture and history. There are currently 260 Borghi (Italian) scattered across the country. Some of these have been beautifully brought to life and transformed into charming hotels where guests can live the authentic Italian way of life.
The restored medieval hamlets provide the utterly immersive Italian countryside experience, which ranges from luxury village hotels to whole borgos available for rent.
Stay at Borgo Canonica and live like a local in Puglia. This unique hotel was built to revitalize an old hamlet in the 1800s. It offers 42 charming Trulli with Smart TVs and hydromassage showers. Each structure is unique and has been meticulously restored to keep its architectural elements intact. Modern-day comforts have been incorporated into each structure for a rural experience unlike any other.
Secular olives surround a serene and elegant outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy long, lazy days in the Apulian sun. While activities like paragliding, boating, and hiking keep them busy, guests will be able to take advantage of the many other activities available during their stay.
Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Castelfalfi is an Italian borgo that surrounds itself with picturesque vineyards and centuries-old olive trees. It’s surrounded by rolling green hills, where art, history and nature are intertwined, and life slows down to the pace of the old days.
The Medici once owned the 800-year-old village. It is a beautiful resort with exquisite Italian cuisine and a state-of-the-art spa. It also features stylish accommodations with stunning views of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside. The borgo also houses the largest regional golf course, a castle and a cooking school. A few restored apartments and country homes are also available for rent or sale.
Borgo Bernardini is a charming Tuscan hideaway nestled among the hills surrounding Lucca’s walled city. The domain was once a hunting lodge retreat for Count Cosimo Bernini. Later, it was expanded to become a hamlet for estate workers. Luxurious accommodations and experiences are available in a charming Under Tuscan Sun setting.
The 12 bedrooms are individually designed and feature original frescoes and terracotta floors. They also have wood beam ceilings and grand period decor. The grounds, with their tranquil fountains and gardens, ornamental ponds, and serene landscaped gardens, provide the ideal backdrop for weddings, alfresco dining, and relaxing strolls.
Borgo Pignano is a historic country estate in rural Tuscany. It exudes Italian charm and class from every corner. The eco-friendly retreat is located on the site of an Etruscan-era village close to San Gimignano’s medieval hilltop settlement. It revolves around a 750-acre organic farming farm and a grand 18th-century villa. However, it hides many treasures such as barns, stables, gardens, beautifully restored cottages, and stylish swimming pools.
The exquisite restaurant offers creative Italian cuisine made with organic ingredients. The spa is known for its treatments using local honey, herbs, and flowers.
Borgo della Meliana
Borgo Della Meliana, located in the geographical heart of Tuscany along the Via Francigena ancient route, is one of the few properties within the protected area.
A major conservation and restoration effort was undertaken to preserve the buildings’ historic structures. They now house elegantly appointed rooms, suites, and rental apartments. All units are designed harmoniously with local culture, featuring traditional materials and carefully chosen antiques. The self-catering cottages and villas have their outdoor gardens and swimming pool.