Tuscany: Where We Stay

WHERE WE STAY:

ANTICO BORGO TIGNANO
We will be guests at a classic Tuscan farmhouse converted into a stylish yoga retreat, Gabriella’s Borgo whichis located in Tignano, a recently renovated medieval village, close to Casole d’Elsa and Volterra, in the Tuscan countryside. The wonderful host, Gabriella, will charm and welcome you at arrival as if seeing an old friend again.

The actual Borgo used to be a rural residence IMG_1621dating back to the 16th century. Its original name, Borgo di Tignano, has Roman origins. It is the probable birth-place, in the 4th century, of Saint Attinia, a venerated saint from the Volterra area. Amongst its illustrious guests in the 1800’s, during the time the Borgo was a summer retreat from the ‘Scolopi‘ fathers, was Pope Pius the ninth. This Borgo is overall a place to enjoy with your heart, surrounded by a soft landscape and a peculiar light which brings back forgotten emotions of interior freedom. It’s also a place, where one can experience a genuine Tuscany, with its tradition and land culture.

In the local tradition, one says that the Berignone Forest, facing the Borgo, is the one that inspired Dante Alighieri to write about the “Selva Oscura” where his Divine Comedy story starts.  The gardens of the Borgo, with paths lined with aromatic herbs, juniper hedges, myrtle and evergreens, reproduce a Mediterranean environment. The characteristic ‘Osteria’, which used to be the old olive press, is the ideal place for a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the amazing countryside, or a light lunch on the panoramic terrace.

The swimming pool is available during the warm months (May through September) and it is 16 x 8 meters large. There is a reading room that also has a wireless internet point. There is a golf course within 30 minutes drive from the Borgo.

ADDRESS
Antico Borgo di Tignano
Loc. Tignano
Strada Provinciale, 52 di Casole d’Elsa (Siena) – 56048 Volterra (Pisa)
Tel. +39 0588-35116 – Cell. +39 338-3193635 – E-mail: info@anticoborgotignano.com

MEALS
IMG_7139Gabriella is not only a great architect, but she is also an amazing chef. She takes joy in delighting your palate with her favorite, local dishes–which is the best way to discover the authentic, Tuscan cuisine.Housed in the former mill, the restaurant can accommodate up to 60 people.

Ethnic furniture is combined with traditional furnishings, creating a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. This historic and prized volticciole ceiling dates back to the early 1800’s. The bar in the restaurant offers the opportunity to sample local wines, cocktails and of course our beloved cappuccino.

The restaurant looks onto a large terrace where you can have breakfast or dine by candlelight. “While we feed your body, the beautiful countryside and distant village, nourishes your spirit!” Lose yourself in natural beauty, brilliant sunsets usher in a night skies full of stars.

We have a holistic view of hospitality, and especially food. That is why, our cuisine is closely linked to the local territory and its products. Good health, comes from using the fresh natural resources that surround us and using them with intelligence and love. We offer authentic local Mediterranean dishes: ancient delicacies bursting with flavors, from the simplest to the more elaborate Tuscan recipes.

We would like you to experience the magic that made the famous 17th century politician Bettino Ricasoli say, “… a cuisine created by the poor that delights kings.” Walk with us through the paths of tradition, the seasonal variations, creating dishes with wild herbs and spices, rosemary, sage, basil, “catmint” … the so-called erbucce. You will also smell and taste local flowers in various dishes such as petals of acacia, rose petal tart, risotto with zucchini flowers. For cheese lovers, you will be spoiled at the vast selection, from the nearby dairy artisan, who supply our restaurant with their best local products: fresh pecorino cheese made with raw milk and vegetable rennet, fresh ricotta, raveggiolo…and more!

Even the traditional meats of the land, we offer many tasty varieties from Chianina, the Cinta Senese (an ancient breed of pig), a species of boar that inhabit the surrounding woods. All dressed with the best regional olive oil and accompanied by carefully chosen local and regional wines.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation is in one bedroom apartments with private baths. All the apartments are independent, personalized and fully furnished, with ample garden and terrace areas for leisure. The perfume of flowers and plants permeate your villa. A spacious swimming pool and welcoming patio with sun deck and lounge chairs.