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“A lovely & unique stay in a beautiful region” 5 of 5 stars
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Borgo Argenina
Loc. Monti, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy   |  
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“A lovely & unique stay in a beautiful region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I won't go into detail about staying here; the positive reviews on Trip Advisor accurately describe the welcome, the beautifully restored buildings and fabulous Tuscany views. Borgo Argenina is a rarity-- its magic requires a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from the visionary innkeeper and her lovely staff. If you savor unique travel experiences, go to Borgo Argenina and be enchanted. Thank you, Elena, for all you do to help your guests experience the "real" Tuscany.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at Borgo Argenina, as part of our 2 week trip to Italy, and it was hands down the highlight of our vacation! I had always dreamed of visiting Tuscany and our stay at Elena's B&B exceeded my expectations in every way. We were first warmly greeted by her two dogs, and once we got settled into our room, Elena hosted a private welcome meeting with us where she highlighted all of the best things to see and do in the area. Her map and recommendations never lead us astray! We had some of our best meals in Italy thanks to Elena's restaurant suggestions, but the best meal of all was the one we all cooked together in her kitchen. If you stay here, I highly recommend taking part in a cooking class, where you get to join other guests to cook and eat a wonderful meal in Elena's lovely kitchen!

The B&B itself is located in the most picturesque area of Tuscany, so you are presented with breathtaking views of vineyards from every room within this property. I was so incredibly impressed with the attention to detail in the restoration of this property, both inside and out. We had become very accustomed to small hotel rooms in Italy, but our room here was very spacious and had a large bathroom with a clawfoot tub.

Elena's warm spirit and passion about the Chianti region made her the perfect host. If you plan to visit Tuscany, this is THE place to stay. I can say with confidence that we will be back one day!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

During our two week trip to Italy, our favorite place to stay was at Borgo Argenina B&B. The grounds are beautiful, just as I imagined Tuscany to be! Our villa was comfortable and Elena thought of every detail when she restored her beautiful hamlet. The patio off the main house overlooked the beautiful chianti vineyards. Breakfast was amazing with fresh vegetables from Elena's garden and freshly baked coffee cake every morning. One night we cooked with Elena in her big kitchen along with some of the other guests. It was an amazing experience. Elena gave us each a cookbook with the recipes we made that night. The lasagna was the best I have ever had.

When we "checked in" at Borgo Argenina, Elena was waiting for us along with her two dogs, Pasqualina and Guiseppina. She took us to her kitchen table and gave us a glass of wine and a map of the area that she created and helped us plan our stay in Tuscany. We arrived late in the evening and were hungry. She directed us to a wonderful restaurant just down the road from her B&B and called the restaurant to let them know we were coming.

I cannot say enough about the wonderful hamlet that Elena has restored. She is passionate about the unspoiled beauty of Tuscany. We cannot wait to go back for another visit. Elena is the perfect hostess.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is one of the most amazing places we have ever stayed in Italy! Elena's creativity, down to the tiniest details, make this place incredible. You must take your time and look around admiring all the details of this gorgeous hamlet. I wish we could have just stayed at the house enjoying the peacefulness. It is in a perfect location for touring Tuscany though, so that is what we did! Elena's dinner recommendations were spot on. We loved the tiny towns nearby for a quiet, quaint dinner after driving all day around Tuscany...very relaxing. We stayed the last 3 days of July and it was very hot. However, the rooms stayed cool in the evenings. We loved sleeping with the shutters open and the nice breeze coming in. It really was heavenly. Breakfast was fresh, delicious and had many choices. Loved grabbing a fresh apricot off the tree on our way out for the day! Absolutely loved the sweet dogs! Despite the hot weather while we were there, I am happy that this property does not have a swimming pool. It really would change the dynamics of the place. Right now it is a peaceful, quiet respite which is exactly what we needed! A few days ago, my husband and I were viewing the videos we took while staying at Borgo Argenina. Our hearts long to return!! We look so forward to our second visit and this time we are going to allow at least one full day with no agenda so that we can spend time just relaxing on the patio and taking it all in. Thank you, Elena!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We just spent 6 days at Borgo Argenina taking day trips through the Tuscany region - Florence, Sienna, Montepulciano, Monti and more. It was a great home base for our travels. And Elena...what can be said about dear, dear, Elena. She is a wonderful, low-key host. The dogs and cats also made us feel like we were at home away from home. The cooking night was our favorite meal of the trip - I think all of us felt that way - it was a priceless "event" not to be missed.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a 10 night Italy vacation. Our first time to vist this country. So we felt oblidged to visit Rome and Venice along with the Tuscany area. Out of all the places we stayed and saw, Borgo Argenina was by far our favorite! When we come back to Italy, we will make Borgo Argenina our primary destination!
From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by her two wonderful dogs. After getting our things uop to the room, Elena greeted us with wine (Chianti Classico!) and provided us all the information we could want, on places to visit in the area, along with local eateries. All of her suggestions were great!
I also HIGHLY recommend doing a cooking class with her! It was a lot of fun, and the food was magnifcent! (we did two dinners with her) By far the best meals we had while in Italy! And we also recieved a cook book with many reciepes from the Tuscany area. We can't wait to try them all!
The B&B is a beautifully rustic experience. Not TV, which was great to get away, wifi is available if you must find out what is happening in the world. The staff was exceptional, and very friendly. If you want to truly experience the Tuscany area, Borgo Argenina is a must!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I had always dreamed of visiting tuscany. My husband planned our entire trip to Italy but this was the best part. We arrived and were welcomed by 2 adorable dogs. Elena welcomed us with a glass of Chianti and a very helpful map which she proceeded to explain. The view out the doors of the inn was breath taking! I felt like I stepped into a painting. We chose to cook with Elena which was fun. My husband is lactose intolerant and she made sure the meal had foods he could eat. She even made sure he had a special dessert that contained no dairy. How considerate.!! The breakfast was excellent in a pretty room with a great view. Each morning Elena would greet us and give suggestions on where to go. The inn is in a great location for traveling not only to Siena but to other surrounding towns. We visited this inn during the first week of October and I would highly recommend it!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: Loc. Monti, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Gaiole in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the private villas at Borgo Argenina in Tuscany, Italy When Milanese fashion designer Elena Nappa discovered the rundown Borgo Argenina in Tuscany's Chianti region, she undertook an ambitious project. Not only did she restore the buildings that house the bed-and-breakfast, she purchased and revived the entire hamlet the B&B resides in. Hospitality is warm, accommodations are few (one double, two suites and three private villas) and décor is delicious thanks to the combination of local artisans and Nappa's talents. Terracotta floors and exposed beam ceilings provide the framework for modest, old-fashioned interiors adorned with painted wrought-iron beds, linen curtains embroidered in traditional Florentine style and quilts and cushions handmade by Nappa. Adding to the exclusive personalized experience are Nappa's recommendations for wine tours, area attractions and activities, such as cooking classes with the owner herself. ... more   less 
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