Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
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Since its opening in 2008, Borgo Santo Pietro has become the most sought-after boutique hotel in Tuscany and we would go as far as saying it is one of the best luxury boutique hotels in the world. This beautifully restored beyond luxurious hotel is set in the Tuscan village of Palazzetto, just over one hour from Florence. The pretty cypress-lined path leads guests up to this luxury country house hotel which has sympathetically designed interiors with a mixture of old and new offering a relaxed and intimate environment.
Whether learning the art of Tuscan cooking at the hotel’s cookery school, treating yourself to an all-natural treatment at the wellness spa, or simply relaxing with a glass of local wine and a good book by the heated infinity pool, a stay at Borgo Santo Pietro is an unforgettable taste of true Tuscan splendour.
We want our guests to experience lazy luxury in our small hotel - service on such a personalised level combined with exceptional facilities in stylish and comfortable surroundings, together with innovative fine dining so that guests can have what they want, when they want it and where they want it on the estate.
- Jeanette Throttrup, Co-Owner
Guests won't be disappointed as this stunning chic retreat delivers exactly what is promised; an indulgent and luxurious escape.
Borgo Santo Pietro epitomises the central philosophy of Italian cooking: sourcing the very best ingredients. The hotel’s estate is given over to an extensive, organic orto (culinary garden), cultivated with a mixture of ancient techniques such as lunar planting and cutting-edge biodynamic principles. The result is delicious, ripe produce that you will taste every day of your stay. Almost everything on the breakfast table, from the eggs to the fruit preserves, is produced on the hotel grounds, and the cheese and yoghurt is freshly-prepared daily from the hotel’s own sheep. Be sure to taste some of the hotel’s own honey, which has a distinctive lavender taste due to the bushes that grow in profusion near the apiaries.
The ‘farm to plate’ philosophy reaches a pinnacle at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Meo Monde, which serves contemporary fine-dining and twists on traditional Tuscan fare in an elegant setting. All of the vegetables are grown on the estate, the fish is fresh from that morning’s catch, and the meat is produced locally, including prosciutto from the hotel’s own pigs.
For more laid-back dining, the Trattoria Sull’Albero offers relaxed regional specialties and freshly-made pizza, and is the perfect place for a pre-dinner aperitivo. On Mondays, the Trattoria is home to a farmer’s market, a showcase of the best of locally-produced food that often becomes a lively party, helped along by the flowing local wine and live musicians.
Bedrooms are lavishly appointed, decorated in the warm, rich colours of the Tuscan landscape. Original furniture, sumptuous fabrics and exposed beams creates a sense of elegance and history, and many rooms come with old stone-carved fireplaces, or free-standing tubs perfect for luxurious soaks. Rooms and suites are spread across the property, with some housed in the 13th-century villa and others are ensconced in the gardens.
If you visit one boutique hotel in Tuscany make sure it's Borgo Santo Pietro. We totally fell in love with this country hideaway and were very reluctant to leave. With sprawling gardens and a wellness spa, Borgo Santo Pietro is a spectacular chic retreat nestled in the rolling Tuscan hills. A pretty cypress-lined path leads guests to the 13th-century villa, lovingly restored with chic interiors that skillfully incorporate the original architectural features of the building such as wide, welcoming fireplaces and hand-painted frescoes. The villa is set amongst 200-acres of a gorgeous estate, almost entirely dedicated to the organic garden and farm that provides fresh produce daily to the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
The heated infinity pool is perfect for a morning swim while watching the valley below softly glowing in the rising sun. There are plenty of sunbeds for lounging upon during the summer months, and the historic villa is filled with inviting nooks and crackling fireplaces when the weather turns frostier. Guests can roam the sprawling grounds: take a peek at tonight’s dinner with a walk through the lush kitchen-gardens, or meet the friendly alpaca herds that dot the hillside and provide fine wool. If you’re feeling energetic, there are plenty of activities to get involved with, from horse riding, archery, hiking, cycling and many more.
Indulge yourself with a visit to the hotel’s wellness spa, built on an ancient site of healing. The spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages, and is particularly notable for the wellness treatments using natural ingredients sourced from the estate’s herbal garden.
Borgo Santo Pietro hosts a resident artist every month to live and work on the estate, and guests can arrange for private art lessons if they’re feeling creative. In the sultry summer evenings, the hotel hosts a garden cinema, presenting Italian-themed films, including many of the classic favourites.
Culinary-inclined guests will enjoy taking a class at the hotel’s Cookery School. There is a wide range of courses available, from a cheesemaking course with the estate’s shepherd Ivan Piras to classes on traditional Tuscan cooking, while those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the ‘Chocolate Passion’ class.
How to get there
Palazzetto village, on the SP441, is a 1-minute drive from the hotel (650m)
Siena city centre is a 43-minute drive from the hotel (35km)
To best explore Tuscany, we recommend hiring a car
Florence Airport is a 1 hour, 30-minute drive from the hotel (100km)
Pisa International Airport is a 2 hour drive from the hotel (135km)