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What is a Tuscan Hamlet?

  • What is a Tuscan Hamlet?

    Picture in your mind the pretty hilltop villages dotted throughout the landscape of Tuscany and Umbria. Tiny collections of buildings perched overlooking the vineyards or working fields of the area. These are the 'Borgo's" (hamlets) of Italy.

    Originally Borgos were a collection of stone barns and farming sheds, connected by winding footpaths with a courtyard in the heart of the buildings, some garden areas and often a small chapel. The occupants of the borgos were share-croppers and their families, who rented the accommodation from the landlords when they were employed to work in the fields gathering crops or harvesting the grapes & olives. The borgos were generally in the heart of the countryside, on top of hills surrounded by fields, vineyards and olive groves so that the workers did not have far to travel to work.

    The industrialisation seen in Italy after the war and the decline in traditional agricultural farming methods led to an exodus of workers from the rural areas of Italy towards the towns and cities, leaving the borgos empty and unused and many fell into decline.

    With the expansion of tourism across the Chianti region over the last 30 years or so, private investment has meant that these tiny borgos have been re-invented into individually privately owned apartments and villas run under 'condominium' status with shared facilities such as swimming pools. Strict local preservation laws forbid any changes to the 'footprint' of the borgos and any exterior walls and window areas must remain exactly where they were. Original materials have to be re-used with tight controls on 'new' period-style materials being allowed in certain circumstances. Interiors, however, are allowed to be altered to ensure that high-quality fixtures and fittings can be installed. What you get today, therefore, is an authentic reconstruction of the borgo with the living accommodations divided to give private self-contained apartments, cottages or villas within the original layout of a centuries old hamlet.

    The hamlets offered by To Tuscany all have a history behind them and often photos of the original buildings can be found within the apartments showing you exactly how things were improved. Each property within the hamlet is self-contained and private with almost every apartment also having some private outside space, either a small garden area or terrace. There are communual areas such as the grounds, shared swimming pools and laundry areas (where available) and some even have tennis courts.  Their positions amongst the fields and vineyards always offer fantastic views over the surrounding countryside for you to enjoy.

Experience an official tuscany tour with

CHIANTI CLASSICO ORGANIC WINE TOUR

• Transportation in a luxury 9-seater van

• Departure from and return to Florence city center

• Services of our driver and tour guide in Italian, English or Spanish

• Food, wine and olive oil

• Length of the tour: approximately 7 to 8 hours

from 248,72 US Dollar

Florence Fashion and Food Experience in an Exclusive Atelier Opened Just for You

Live an exclusive experience, in the refined atmosphere of an Atelier, where to find unique clothing and accessories, designed with the unmistakable Italian style!

from 101,98 US Dollar

Skip-the-Line Uffizi Gallery Including Special Exhibits

Skip-the-line ticket, guarantee to skip the long lines and inclusive of temporary exhibitions fees.

in order to live at the best the experience, please read carefully all the conditions stated in the "Important Info" section.

from 27,97 US Dollar

Private tour Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano wine experience in Tuscany

In this p tour, you will travel from your hotel/accomodationton the historic town of Montepulciano, sampling its atmosphere and wine before moving on to the Tuscan hill town of Montalcino. Afterwards, you will be driven back to Florence via the panoramic Cassia Road that travels through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. From there you will be driven to Montepulciano where you will have time to enjoy wines in Contucci Here you will be able to take part in a wine tasting before traveling onwards to Montalcino, departing at around 12noon.Montepulciano to Montalcino. The first stop on this section of the trip will be a  wine farm, or similar, where you’ll enjoy the farm’s own wines. Montalcino. Then it is  to the medieval hill town of Montalcino.. You will be able to walk through its charming city centre and see its medieval fortress – guided by your tour leader.Return to your hotel/accomodation You will arrive back in Florence city centre at approximately 5pm.

from 135,55 US Dollar
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