Il Borro Hotel

If it’s every middle class Englanders dream to own a villa in Tuscany, fashion magnate Ferruccio Ferragamo went one better with Il Borro Hotel. In 1993, he bought a 700 hectare dilapidated estate, complete with manor house, vineyards and medieval village, and proceeded to convert it into a unique Relais and Chateau property.

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It’s just what you hope for when you book a five-star hotel in Tuscany.   A 12th century castle adapted for modern comforts with a Michelin-starred restaurant to boot.    Castello del Nero offers all this, plus a world-class ESPA spa and a rustic taverna where dining is actually more enjoyable than in the formal room next […]

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Renting a villa in Pietrasanta

We were renting a villa in Pietrasanta, courtesy of Bridgewater Travel, a family-run Tuscan luxury rentals specialist and we were taking a cab in for a wander around Piatrasanta, the beautiful city of marble, the legendary coastal retreat of artists and sculptors and the Florentine well-to-do.

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Il Salviatino. Florence.

Standing on the terrace of Il Salviatino, a stunning 16th century  palazzo in the hills above Florence, you might be forgiven you’ve died and gone to heaven.

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