Enchanting Legacy | Il Borro

BY Nada Bokhowa / Jan 17 2017 / 23:27 PM

The Ferragamo family’s Il Borro estate maintains its heritage with a historic sojourn into the heart of Tuscany

Enchanting Legacy | Il Borro
The Villa Il Borro residence lies in the center of the majestic property

Sprawled across seven hundred acres, Il Borro is situated amidst vineyards and olive groves, nestled in the Upper Valdarno region of Tuscany. The estate’s history traces back to a prestigious proprietorship of Europe’s nobility – from the Medici to the Savoy dynasties. The property was restored to its former glory upon Ferruccio Ferragamo’s fateful visit to Il Borro in 1993. The predecessor of Italy’s distinguished Ferragamo family transformed the medieval settlement into a charming property perched atop a hill in the Tuscan countryside.

Upon entering the pine tree-lined pathway, the majestic Villa Il Borro anchors the property. A former hunting lodge, the 19th-century residence features 10 bedrooms, a private swimming pool, with a scenic balcony overlooking the villa’s landscaped gardens. The scents of garden roses and citrus blossom abounds – a testament to Salvatore Ferragamo’s latest fragrance, Tuscan Soul from the Quintessential Collection which evokes the enraptured aroma and scenery of Il Borro’s landscape.

The heated indoor pool at Villa Il Borro 

The Il Borro property includes 25 suites linked to the estate through a bridge restored by local craftsmen. Characterised by the charming Tuscan setting, the suites are draped in terracotta tiles and oak flooring, brocade and floral upholstery, offering a contemporary take on Il Borro’s medieval heritage. While the suites’ exteriors maintain their historic façades, the interior décor incorporates contemporary features which offer air-conditioning, espresso machines and bathrooms accessorised with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.

Guests can retreat to a selection of restored farmhouses situated throughout the vast Il Borro estate, set amidst orchards, olive groves and vineyards. From the rustic stone-walled façade of the Mulino Uno residence nestled by a creek to the ancient manor of Casa Al Piano surrounded by vineyards, the Il Borro estate presents an array of properties for visitors to experience a true Tuscan experience.

The Medieval village offers a selection of workshops where local artisans sell crafts from jewellery to ceramics. Art aficionados can discover Ferruccio Ferragamo’s private art collection at Galleria del Borro. The gallery showcases a selection of Ferragamo’s eminent repertoire of art which spans from the 15th to the 19th century. Influential artists showcased include Italian painters Andrea Mantegna and Annibale Carracci to modern masters Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. 

The interiors of the property infuse a traditional Tuscan décor with contemporary touches 

Set in the heart of the estate lies the Il Borro Spa. Signature treatments include Di Vino, an anti-oxidant therapy infusing grape seeds and vegetable candle wax to invigorate the senses. The Lumafi rm treatment offers a facial lyophilisation therapy to illuminate the skin. Beauty rituals are provided by Kanebo Cosmetics and Pevonia, while the Mesoestetic range of products offers clinical and diagnostic treatments. 

To complete the Tuscan experience, guests can savour authentic flavours at the property’s renowned Osteria del Borro restaurant, managed by the Executive Chef Andrea Campani. Overlooking the Medieval village, Osteria del Borro offers a traditional culinary experience anchored by an artisanal oven situated in the centre of the restaurant. The open kitchen serves a menu of classic Tuscan recipes from garden risotto to grilled umbrine fillet. Il Borro sustains Ferruccio Ferragamo’s testament to revive the historic estate – transporting the property into the 21st century while maintaining its remarkable legacy.

One bedroom suite at Il Borro from AED880 per night; ilborro.it