karen Venables United Kingdom
We enjoyed our first two week holidays at IlBorghetto in 2007 so much that we returned for three weeks in 2008.We felt so confident about the house ,the setting and most of all our hosts that we felt able to invite two other families to come out and join us. Nicola and Riccardo greet you as you arrive with smiles and handshakes as if you are old friends .Sandra and Simone look after your every need and then there is Sandra's mum who produces the most fabulous food for you on the terrace. The house is wonderful.Every apartment is different.Each has its own very distinct style and atmosphere and all beautifully decorated. The grounds are also wonderful.Simply laid out gardens full of the healthiest olive trees around.Nicola tends the trees every day .They are clearly cherished and provide a superb backdrop for the house. The villa may be but a few minutes drive from San Gimignano, which houses some wonderful art and museums, yet IlBorghetto nestles into the Tuscan hillside seemingly removed from the hurley burley of modern Italain life;down an agricultural track with views over the tuscan hillside The pool is a great size and wonderfully maintained .A great spot for just lounging or some serious exercise. We were truly sorry to leave IlBorgehtto .It is a very special place with very special people.
2009-02-15 | 9/10
Kurt und Baerbel Liebhard Waiblingen, Germany
Ein Geheimtipp für Toskana-Fans! Wie könnte man einen Tag schöner beginnen als mit einem Frühstück im Freien und dabei die Ruhe und herrliche Umgebung genießen? Il Borghetto ist ein idealer Standort für Ausflüge in der näheren und weiteren Umgebung. Selbst San Gimignano kann zu Fuß problemlos erreicht werden und wenn die Tagestouristen wieder weg sind kann man dort die Atmosphäre dieser mittelalterlichen Stadt in aller Ruhe erleben. Sehr angenehm und hilfreich ist es, dass die Rezeption täglich von einem Familienmitglied besetzt ist. Hier hat man für alle Fragen ein offenes Ohr und man wird mit vielen hilfreichen Tipps versorgt. Im ausgezeichneten Restaurant von Il Borghetto wird man mit traditioneller toskanischer Küche in allen Facetten verwöhnt. Danke für die schöne Zeit, die wir bei Ihnen verbringen durften, wir kommen gerne wieder. Kurt und Baerbel Liebhard, Waiblingen
Denise and David Houston, Texas
How to describe Il Borghetto is an extremely difficult task...saying "it is a sliver of heaven" seems trite. The Tuscan hospitality leaves you yearning to not return home. Ricardo and Nicola eagerly greet you to show you to your lovely apartment and Sandra and Simona make sure that you are comfortable in your surroundings. On three evenings of the week, you are treated to the most delicious of Tuscan dining, all prepared by Sandra's mother and served on the terrace overlooking the rolling countryside. Writing this review makes me wish my next planned visit to Il Borghetto was tomorrow! Ciao...
2009-02-08 | 9/10
Michelle Y. Toronto, Canada
I have visited Italy twice in the last two years and both times stayed at Il Borghetto. I first visited with my significant other and was so charmed by the place, I brought my parents the following year. Both times were equally spectacular. The Bimbi family owns a very lovely property with views so beautiful I cannot begin describe them. The service here is excellent - Simona, Ricardo, Sandra and Nicola are wonderful people. Helpful, thoughtful and just plain nice. They are a BIG part of the charm of this place. I had some delicious meals at Il Borghetto and would recommend having one of their home-cooked meals at least once. The location of the property was also ideal as it was a great jumping off point for day trips and still close to Florence. I'm so glad to have discovered this gem - I hope to return soon!
2009-02-04 | 10/10
Mare Williams San Diego, California
If you have ever thought about waking up in a tuscan farmhouse, I know just the place for you. A visit to Il Borghetto will fill your heart, your soul and provide you with memories that will last your life time. The views from the windows of the villas are breathtaking and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee you will sip from your very own veranda will make you feel like you've died and gone to heaven. The peaceful surroundings, the beauty of the countryside, the amazing clouds and sunrises that fill your villa with lush light will only add to your adventure. Then, there are your hosts, The Bimbi Family...They will make you feel more than welcome, comfortable and provide you with endless information and ideas for outings and history lessons of the area. Centrally located between Florence and Siena, two beautiful towns in their own right, your visit to Il Borghetto and the nearby hill town of San Gimignano will leave you wanting more. I have been three times in the last four years and am planning my next trip later this summer. Il Borghetto has become my home away from home and my greatest memory is to wake up early, camera in hand to capture the quiet, the solitude and the first light of day, knowing that something extraordinary awaits me. If you are looking to experience great meals, delicious wines, romantic moments, laughter, new friends and beautiful countryside, Il Borghetto is just the place to make your dreams come true. Enjoy!
2009-01-27 | 10/10
Trish & Ernest Munich , Germania
Il Borghetto, unser Lieblingsplatz in der Tokana! Liebevoll von Familie Bimbi eingerichtet und geführt, es ist immer wie nach Hause kommen. Ideal gelegen für Ausflüge in die herrliche Umgebung, um abends wieder in der herrlichen Stille, bei elegantem Ambiente den Rotwein zu genießen. Nur zu empfehlen! Trish and Ernest from Munich Germany
Evelyn Walker Calgary CANADA
In 2004 I arrived at the gates of Il Borghetto laden with fresh pasta, pesto, Tuscan rosemary bread, proscuitto, mozzarella and of course red wine all bought in the market. I was full of hope and longing for a healing Italian experience. When I think of that time I remember the warmth of the welcome from Simona, Sandra, Nicola, Riccardo, the smells (oh the smells) of lavendar, rosemary and olive trees , the grapes hanging on the vines, the mist rising over the Tuscan countryside below and the stunning architecture, rich colours and the inviting, tasteful accomodations of Il Borghetto. And I cannot overlook the bells of San Gimignano calling out. The day trips to Firenze, Sienna, Chianti and the nights trips into San Gimignano for my daily gelato. I returned in 2008 with family and friends eager to introduce them to my Italian family so they too could experience the warmth, smells, sounds, and sights that is Il Borghetto and Tuscany. Laughter, food, wine, more gelato and most of all calm and peace. I have found my oasis filled with lavendar. Looking forward to 2010 to return.
2008-12-12 | 10/10
Luc et Martine France
"Un endroit unique et raffiné, immergé au coeur d'une magnifique campagne toscane, parmi des hôtes charmants et sympathiques, discrets, disponibles, "Professionnels". La table constitue un summum de l'art culinaire italien; un lieu chaleureux où cette "famille" reçoit avec un art consommé du bon goût!"