Relax and let yourself slow down to match the rhythm of the Tuscan countryside.Here in Tuscany the lulling landscape of gentle rolling hills lends itself to a leisurely pace and simple pleasures: a rustic bruschetta with organic olive oil, a sharp morsel of fresh cheese sampled directly at the farm. Or simply whiling away the day poolside with a good book.
Borgo Lucignanello produces organic extra-virgin olive oil which was recently named as one of the best oils in Tuscany. We organize olive oil tasting courses in the Borgo led by Doriana, our olive oil sommelier, and between October and November guests can participate in the olive harvest, with a visit to the mill and a dinner featuring new olive oil.
Learn the secrets to authentic Tuscan cuisine: at the Borgo we organize cooking classes with professional chefs. The lessons take place in your accommodation or in the large kitchen in the main house, and end with a celebratory lunch. You decide both the dishes you would like to prepare and the wines you'd like to pair them with.
San Giovanni d'Asso is the Tuscan capital for white truffles and there is a reserve right in the Borgo for hunting these treasures known as "white gold". Truffle season runs from October to December, and guests can participate in a real truffle hunt led by an expert and his trained truffle dog. Afterwards, you can savor your finds by serving them for dinner or participate in a cooking class dedicated to learning how to prepare this precious tuber.
Festivals focused on music, history, and folk traditions are the main cultural events in Siena and the surrounding countryside. For centuries, the Palio delle Contrade held each year on July 2nd and August 16th in Siena has attracted tourists from across the globe. The L'Estate Musicale Chigiana and the Festival delle Crete Senesi are two excellent festivals for travelling music lovers.
Just a few kilometers from the Borgo, guests can visit Montalcino, birthplace of Brunello and Montepulciano famous for its Vino Nobile. We can organize wine tours for our guests, with walks through the vineyards and stops in the wineries to sample the local vintages led by a sommalier. We can also organize tours with a driver, so guests can drink to their heart's content without worrying about the ride home!
From the Borgo, guests can visit farms dotting the surrounding countryside and sample their fresh products. We organize farm visits at nearby estates where they produce pecorino sheep cheese, one of the best in the world, to be sampled with chestnut honey and a good local wine.
All of Tuscany is rich in thermal baths which are fed from hot springs on Mount Amiata. The closest thermal baths are at Bagno Vignoni, about a twenty minute drive from the Borgo.
Ride on horseback through olive groves, across golden fields, and over rolling hills in the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the Val d'Orcia from the stables at San Quirico d'Orcia, about a 15 minute drive from the Borgo.
A stay at the Borgo can be the perfect opportunity to begin learning some basic Italian, the language of art and culture. We can organize lessons for individuals or small groups at the Borgo.
Gently lift off and glide over Tuscany, viewing the landscape from above. A hot air balloon ride over Tuscany gives you a completely different perspective and a lasting memory of your visit to Tuscany.
Set on the hillside of the Borgo, the infinity pool overlooks the Tuscan countryside, with the imposing outline of Mount Amiata in the distance. Poolside, there are comfortable sun loungers to settle in for hours of uninterrupted relaxation and, at night, stargazing...