Call us on: +1 302 482 5054
Hello, Sign in
Call us on: +1 302 482 5054
Email Address
Password

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

Cooking Class in a Tuscan Historical Location

Cooking lesson with an Italian chef in the historical and unique location of the ex-monastery and old wine farm with a great history.

from 66,31 US Dollar

Florence Walking Tour

Get to know Florence’s history and sights on a 2.5-hour morning walking tour of the city! With an expert local guide, discover the neighborhood of San Lorenzo and learn about the powerful Medici family who ruled the city during the Renaissance era. See the famous Medici Chapels and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, and visit the exterior of Florence Duomo. Finish by exploring the medieval quarter of the city, seeing Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and more!

from 30,94 US Dollar

Small-Group Cooking Masterclass and Florence Historic Bottegas Food Tour

A hands-on experience that will immerse you in the scents, tastes and secrets of Italian Cuisine, letting you also discover historic Florentine Bottegas for gourmet products. Small-group for an intimate experience.

from 109,41 US Dollar

Skip the Line: Small-Group Florence Renaissance Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Combine a walking tour of Renaissance-era Florence with a skip-the-line tour of the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’ Accademia)! With a local guide, stroll around Florence’s historical center to see top sights like Florence Duomo as well as Renaissance architecture. Learn about influential Florentines like the Medici family and the poet Dante Alighieri, and then skip the lines to enter the Accademia Gallery. See Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ sculpture and learn all about the famous sculptor who hailed from Florence.

Numbers are limited to 14 on these two small-group tours, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

from 60,78 US Dollar
Find me a Villa
Search
Save as bookmark
To Tuscany on Facebook