Borgo FinocchietoGalavante Confidential -Borgo Finocchieto, Tuscany: Your Own Italian Village
There’s renting a villa in Tuscany, and then there’s renting a village. Borgo Finocchieto is exactly that, where your crew of six to 44 can go medieval and take over the whole town. Borgo is a private compound of five houses set atop a Tuscan hillside in Buonconvento. It’s one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany, which is saying a lot. The Borgo is the best of all worlds: It’s the comfort of a home with the amenities of a hotel. You’ll feel the warmth of being treated like a personal guest, paired with five-star service. Marco and his wife Carolyn manage the property, and play fairy godfather and mother for your stay, making all your wishes come true. A DC heavy owns the Borgo, so accordingly the villa attracts an intriguing crowd. With American royalty like the Kennedys, the Clintons, and all of Obama’s staff, this is where the hitters in every industry come to decompress. You can pass the days relaxing by the 60-foot pool framed by Cyprus trees, chilling in the full-service spa, reading in a library curated by a university president, and watching a movie in a media room fit for a Hollywood studio bigwig. For those more athletically ambitious, there’s a gym, tennis, basketball, and bocce courts.
The main house has nine bedrooms, all of which are lavish suites, and rents for about $8800/night in season. Not to be cavalier, but if you can get eight other couples to join in, it’s a little less than $1K/night per room, a value compared to other high-end hotels. There are more economical options, depending upon occupancy of the Borgo, for the other four homes on the property, which have beautifully appointed bedrooms and common areas. Their preference is to rent out the property to one large party, but there are opportunities for smaller groups. You pay for extras like lunches, dinners, and special wine requests, but otherwise they don’t nickel and dime you during your stay.
Food is integral to the Tuscany experience. Breakfast is more than just a morning meal – it’s an event of gorgeous gourmet food, served in the light-filled Tuscan dining room or al fresco overlooking the rolling hills. The villa’s setting is so stunning that many guests opt to have at least a few lunches and dinners here. Want to learn to make Tuscan delicacies at home? Cooks of all levels can take classes from top chefs in the professional-level kitchen on the property.
What distinguishes the Borgo from other villas is the quality of the service providers they bring in. It’s harder than you think to get top-notch wine experts, tennis pros, and cooking instructors. The Borgo understands the expectations of its guests and delivers on every wish. In the mood to drive through the countryside in a Ferrari? No problem. Just make sure your credit card can be authorized for a cool $250K.
The Borgo is in a prime location: It feels private, yet not so secluded that you can’t easily get around. You can wander through the fields to wine-taste or horseback-ride through the countryside. Montalcino, Sienna, and Florence are quick day trips, and the town of Buonconvento is just a five-minute drive away. Also within striking distance is Il Leccio, which will inspire you to be on a two-pasta-and-a-bottle-of Brunello-a-day diet. But you’ll always come home to your Italian village, which has its own hosted, fully stocked bar to keep you well-lubricated into the night. Any way you slice it, the Borgo is the stuff that Italian dreams are made of.