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Borgo Argenina - taste of Heaven!!
Ciao!! My first trip to Italy began with 5 days in Tuscany, at the sublime Borgo Argenina. Our hostess, Elena, and her daughter Firenze were most helpful assisting our travel before and during stay. Their English is excellent making easy work of restaurant suggestions, and destinations to visit nearby. The countryside is peaceful, remote, ancient, quiet, and the buildings are restored impeccably with period antiques all around. Careful attention to detail is evident, and beautiful. Our double room with bath and dressing area was large, immaculate, and beautiful views from each window. Complimentary beverages in the in-room refrigerator are restocked daily. The gardens are open to travellers, so we ate our first fresh fig from her trees. The herb and vegetable garden also used for each breakfast. The European style breakfast was substantial - we skipped lunch! (as pictured on her website, breads, cheeses, gourmet meats, fruit, yogurt, cereals, and daily warm cake) The fellow travellers were delightful to chat with, or not, as one prefers. Public spaces were awesome, tho we may have been the only ones to utilize the salons. Complimentary biscotti and ammaretto complete the evening on the stone terrace, watching the sun set over the vineyards. The location gives one a chance to fully relax away from noise and distractions of town, yet is a quick 15KM to Siena. The rooms are separated by original stone walls, and the houses detached completely, so one is rarely aware of the other guests after breakfast. I absolutely recommend this bed and breakfast as your first introduction to the country and culture of the region. (NOTE: this property is not the same as "argenina" -- do NOT be confused!! BORGO ARGENINA, Elena Nappa hostess is the only way to go!) By the way, our side trips included: Antiques fair in Arezzo, buying peccorino from the shephard tower climbing in SanGimignano, touring wonderful Siena, cruising the countryside tasting wine in Chianti, having wonderful meals at Solissimo (pricey, great view), Badia a Coltoubono - magical setting, and perfect preparation, Il Ponte - fantastic family style neighborhood place, Grotto del Rana - amazing local specialties, and complete with singing pizza chef - Three Muscateers. One can spend E30-E90 for dinner, with wine and dessert - and the quality of experience was wonderful in the neighborhood places not just the gourmet rated ones. We loved it.
We were at Borgo Argenina for 3 days and it should have been for double that. The welcome was great, Elena runs a great place, the breakfasts were great, the countryside was super great. The surroundings were out of this world and Elena,s graden something to behold. One could not even the usual road noise that seems to happen everywhere, only the occasional tractor in the nearby field. Every night we had dinner at a different place all within 10minutes driving time and there was lots left to try. The only minus was that we spent 2 days in Florence, 1 would have been enough and the rest should have been exploring the country around Borgo Argenina.
The most wonderful place
How can I explain Borgo Argenina. The views are the most beautiful, and Elena the owner is the most gracious hostess. Her thought to every detail is amazing. Our guest room had all the amenities to make our stay everthing we had imagined. I had checked out her web site and when we arrived although the web site was magnificent it did not do justice to Borgo Argenina. We stayed five wonderful days and enjoyed every one of them. There is so much to do and see within a short drive. Her breakfast are homemade and delicious. We will go back next year for sure.
Idealic 1,000 year old Hamlet
My husband and I just returned from a trip exploring Tuscany. For several nights, our home base in the Chianti region was an absolutely exquisite bed & breakfast, the Borgo Argenina. A 1,000 year old restored hamlet, the Borgo Argenina is exactly what you'd imagine in your dreams - stone walls, tiles floors, medieval doors, majestic views of castles and the Chianti vineyards - but with all the modern comforts of good mattresses, in-room kitchens (in some rooms) and hot water in the private bathrooms.
The owner and proprietor, Elena, is a great hostess. The beginning of your visit will start with an invitation into her picturesque Tuscan kitchen for a glass of vino locale and an overview of the local castles, vineyards, and monasteries to visit. She'll recommend the best local (not touristy!) resturants and even call to make reservations on your behalf. If you arrive during the day, she'll also give you a tour of her lovely herb and vegetable garden. She lives right there in the hamlet, and we truly felt like loved houseguests.
The location was pretty central to Siena, San Gimignano, and Greve in Chianti - all very easy day trips.
We can't reccommend this place too strongly!
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A wonderful place
Borgo Argenina was a truly wonderful place. Elena, the owner, was a delightful hostess and an excellent source for travel and restaurant advice. All her recommendations were spot on.
My wife and I stayed with her for three nights in the middle of August. The hotel is quiet with wonderful views of the Tuscan countryside. We particularly recommend taking time in the late afternoon to sit in the sun on the patio with a good book. Very relaxing and refreshing.
Many great vacations
I don’t normally participate in reviews of this sort because I don’t like to advertise my favourite places, but I need to respond to the comments under “New Ownership?” dated Aug 29, 2005.
We have been fortunate enough to vacation at Borgo Argenina every year since 2002 and have used all the different types of accommodation there.
We can report that Elena Nappa (who has done such a wonderful job of creating Borgo Argenina from a ruinous hilltop hamlet) is alive, well and still giving her guests an unusual level of personal attention.
Borgo Argenina is a magical place to stay. The rooms are individually designed in Elena’s idiosyncratic style and that is but part of its charm.
The setting is glorious. I love the warm quiet of evening in the southern Tuscan hills: air scented with lavender and rosemary; the sun gone, leaving a clear evening sky; golden sun-baked stones, straight lines of vines punctuated by cypress, a zephyr rustling the leaves of the sheltering apricot tree, the only noise the buzzing of a fly and a dog barking in the far distance.
In the area there are many fine places to dine and so many interesting places to visit - Elena will offer expert guidance on them all.
The only buts are: (1) you need a car, (2) thankfully there’s no intrusive swimming pool and (3) it really isn’t very suitable for children’s holidays.
and we are still in the planning stages! We are planning a week in October of 2006 and have communicated with Elena and ALREADY feel welcome! The few reviews I have read on TA are not at all what I have experienced thus far. She has been so responsive to our wide array of questions and inquires that I feel like she is a friend giving much needed advice. There is such a huge number of accomaodations in the area and, believe you me, I have looked at them al - hands down, Borgo Argenina met all my criteria, and more (I'm a hotel snob)! When we return, I am certain, I will be back again writing a glowing review.
DATE: September 10-16, 2005
REVIEWER: Naperville, Il
We just returned from a six night's stay at this lovely location. The senery is beautiful, and the facility is wonderfully decorated. Elena, the owner, has a designer's touch and the decorations could not be more charming. Upon arrival, Elena greeted us with a glass of homemade limoncello and spent 45 minutes giving us the the history of the facility and recommended restaurants. We weren't able to visit all of the restaurants, but those that we did were excellent. We were travelling with another couple and we stayed in the Villa Olliviera, which is equiped with a full kitchen, living room, 2 bedroom and 2 full baths. The Villa is spacious, comfortable and like all of the facility, is wonderfully decorated. It is quiet, with magnificent views from rooms and the private patio. The location is just north of Siena and close to all of the Tuscan Hill towns. My only complaint is that we spent so much time visiting the surrounding sites, we didn't have time to just relax and fully enjoy this location. I recommend Borgo Argenina without reservation.
Luna Di Miele -- Excellent!!
Luna di miele is honeymoon in Italian, and we spent the last six of ours with Elena and it was the perfect dessert. We spent five days in Positano (at the Marincanto - also excellent), three in Rome. We rented a car and drove through Tuscany to arrive at a locale purely Italy and Tuscany.
As others have described, your host - should you make the good decision to go - is remarkable woman who restored the property from near-ruins - shares her love of the region like a treasured gift. She is quintessentially Italian - native of Naples like my own grandmother - particular about details of her home (she drove to Florence one day to replace the small linen on a tray in our room because the original was too small) and passionate about living in Tuscany.
One of the most valuable things that she will impart is her knowledge of some really wonderful places to see, and then to eat ... and drink ... (and if you love wine, maybe drink some more). Sollisimo (8 tables overlooking vineyards and the Borgo - one waiter, Cherry) or Seamus' place ... even the run-of-the-mill looking places were spectacular and provoked additional wine and ... more than a bit of food. We've travelled throughout Italy and found this food to be just the best. And the wine (and olive oil) ... bene. One of the most helpful and rewarding pieces of staying at Borgo Argenina is Elena's knowledge of the area. We would never have found our favorite restaurants without Elena's help. We've included a picture of our favorite -- Il Sollisimo -- a five minute, all dirt road "commute" from the B and B. It was very difficult to choose this as our favorite among all the other fine gourmet restaurants with chefs that Elena calls her friends.
We are two Washington, DC lawyers, typically attached to blackberries and televisions for our jobs. The oasis that Elena has created amid grapes and olives makes you forget not only your blackberry but the fact that email or telephones exist. That was a gift in itself. And, not to mention the weather. In DC, very hot, sticky in August. Gorgeous at the Borgo Argenina. Each day more beautiful than the prior.
About B and B' ... We don't like B & B's where you are forced socializing with either the host or other guests. Elena kept the right balance - friendly and always available, but never intrusive. Guests at breakfast have their own tables and stunning views of field after field of grapes and other properties at a distance. You can share a drink or conversation, but you don't feel like you have to do either.
Finally, the room was lovely. We read the previous review and particularly wanted to note that it was not what we experienced or observed looking at other rooms. And it was not what we experienced with Elena. We stayed in the main house, near the beautifully restored kitchen. It was completely decorated in the style of the region and had a beautifully charming bathroom to accent the room.
We recommend Elena's without hesitation. It's impossible not to love it.
" New Ownership"
This is in response to the review several weeks ago about changing ownership at Borgo Argenia, they must have been at the wrong place! Elena and the hotel are just Wonderfull....nothing bad to say except you do not want to leave when you get there,Elena is like a long lost relative to you and the rooms and houses are nothing but charming,sitting outside with a glass of vino and looking out at the country side makes you feel great, we stayed in one of the small houses and Elena and her staff could not have been more helpfull with all the recommendations of where to go and eat and shop, she even took us out shopping one day and we took her to lunch, we highly recommend Elena and Borgo Argenia and rate it a 100