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“A Return Visit To A Magical Place” 5 of 5 stars
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Borgo Argenina
Loc. Argenina, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy   |  
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“A Return Visit To A Magical Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Mu husband & I just returned from a 2 week trip to Italy. Top on our bucket list was a return after several years to the beautiful Borgo Argenina. Not only were we not disappointed - we only fell more in love with this lovely "home away from home". After an extremely difficult and long trip to Rome with several plane cancellations, lost luggage and more we arrived at Borgo Argenina on a cold rainy night totally exhausted and hungry. Elena greeted us at the door with a familiar hug and announced she had prepared dinner for us to share with her so we didn't have to go back out. What a blessing. After a delightful dinner served in the her warm, cozy kitchen -as she calls it -"the heart of my home"- and several glasses of wine - we finally relaxed. This is one of the reasons we originally fell in love with this place - ELENA!!! The beauty of the surrounding area, the peacefulness and close proximity to so many small towns and Florence make this a wonderful starting point to many day adventures. Be sure not to miss her cooking class. It's actually a fun get together with others staying at the B&B and a great opportunity to share experiences and meet new friends. The wine flows and so does the laughter. And what a memorable meal!! I now have a new #1 on my "bucket list" - to return AGAIN to the beauty of Borgo Argenina and all it has to offer - especially our dear Elena. Thank you for such a treasure of delightful memories!

Room Tip: We have stayed in the main house on both of our visits in an upstairs room with beautiful views.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Elenabedandbreakfast, Owner at Borgo Argenina, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
You make me crie!
Thank you. I wish you do not wait too much and will come back to Borgo Argenina as soon as possible.
it was so nice to spend time toghether and have fun cooking with all the other guests.
A presto my dear friends.
Elena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We recently spent 3 nights at this beautiful B&B. Our hostess, Elena, was so accommodating and helpful. Our room was quite large with a sitting area and large bathroom. Our first night was rainy so all the guests gathered for a cooking lesson and dinner. It was a lot of fun meeting people from different parts of the world. Subsequently, each night we would gather and talk about our adventures that day. We had a car, and made day trips to Siena, Volterra , San Gimignano and the surrounding wine country. It was so beautiful, even at the end of March. I would love to return when the gorgeous grounds would be in their full splendor. I recommend this B&B without hesitation as it was everything I hoped it would be and more.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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 April 12, 2013

Heaven on Earth. My boyfriend and I were referred by friends to stay at the Borgo Argenina while staying in Tuscany. We had planned a ten day trip to Italy working our way from Venice to Rome moving hotels/bed & breakfast locations every two nights to make the most out of our trip. When we finally arrive at Borgo Argenina we knew we had to change our plans and stay for 2 additional nights. Luckily Elena was able to accommodate and we filled our days discovering the ancient towns, doing wine tours and tastings, walking through the vineyards and enjoying the most incredible cuisine you could imagine. Elena essentially designed our day trips for us with endless recommendations on what we needed to see and do which was nice not to have to plan for a change -- not to mention each recommendation was exactly what we were looking for. On the last night we took Elena's cooking class which couldn't have been more fun mingling and drinking wine with the other vacationers. Our only regret was not spending more time at the Borgo -- next time we are booking a week in Tuscany alone! I couldn't hold this Bed & Breakfast or Elena in higher regard and I'd recommend a stay here to anyone!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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 April 6, 2013

It's really hard to describe an experience so genuine and authentic. This IS the real Tuscany from the late 900's completely restored Barons Mansion to Elena the owner whose greatest desire seems to be in keeping everything possible as it was back in the days this was built. It's in the heart of Tuscany and the perfect place to springboard to nearly all of Tuscany. You could NOT go wrong staying here. She has rooms in the main building PLUS she has villas that would accommodate large families. The view is INCREDIBLE, this is Perfection Tuscany Style!

Room Tip: Trust me, she say's :JUST COME" to which I would say the exact same thing! We LOVE this pla...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Elenabedandbreakfast, Owner at Borgo Argenina, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear Jennifer, it was so beautifull to be toghether as best friend and dine just left over in my kitchen by the fireplace.
I'm happy to be your friend in Facebook! Best way to keep in touch.
See you soon, maybe in the fall!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I am really not a B&B fan, partly after a creepy, almost "Friday the 13th"-like experience in Connecticut many years ago, but this one is different. It is entirely different.
When you finally get there, and it really is hidden like a treasure, at the end of a gravel road where you would not expect it (or any thing else), you find a very smartly and tastefully restored country house with a few cottages besides the main building that has the double rooms, the breakfast room, the living room and the upstairs kitchen, where the cooking and gathering takes place.
After checking in, Elena will give you an introduction to the house, the kitchen, the customs, the area, herself and many more things that are interesting and charming and great to listen to.
The rooms are simple, but, like I said before, very cleverly built and with a distinct style. Everything fits together, every part, from the switches to the faucets to the furniture, is carefully chosen to make for a genuine but still plush feel.
The whole experience is well choreographed in every way, from the interior to the servant´s clothes, the breakfast table, all the way to the kitchen and the cooking classes.
I was there in October 2012, and besides myself, all other guests were from the U.S.; the place seems popular with americans, to some extent because of the ratings on Tripadvisor and similar platforms, which Elena encourages all guests to contribute to if they liked their stay.
What I love about the Borgo Argenina is that it is a B&B, but not just with that B&B feel that I do not like but almost hotel - like amenities like the chance to keep yourself some privacy; although everything is iwithin a small area, you can easily socialize but you are not forced to.
Great for a honeymoon or with someone you like to be alone with, for party go look somewhere else.
Only downside, if at all, is that if cooking does not happen, you will have to drive for dinner, but almost every one of the surrounding villages has at least one trattoria, and Siena is only a 20 minute drive away.
WiFi is available in the living room; no TV (and you won't miss it). Sunrise/sunset and the views you will not forget.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I had first read about Borgo Argenina in the comments section of an older article on Tuscany in the NYTimes. The comments there convinced us this was a special place and my husband, 21 year old son and I traveled to Chianti to stay with Elena. As it turned out we were the first guests of this season and the honor and pleasure was all ours. After flying to Florence and driving to Borgo Argenina we were tired and hungry. Instead of sending us off to a restaurant Elena exclaimed that she would make us pasta e fagioli. We sat in her wonderful kitchen by the large hearth while she whipped up a delicious traditional italian dinner with local pecorino, chianti and ollve oil. Heavenly- every bit of it. Every night after visiting the beautiful countryside and many sites we would end up in Elena's kitchen to enjoy the great conversation and chianti. Borgo Argenina is beautiful. The story of its origins as told by Elena is fascinating and though you know she has repeated it hundreds of times her passion is such that you feel as if she is sharing it for the first time. We loved our stay there and would make it our destination again if in the Tuscany area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

With so many places to stay in Tuscany, we knew we made the best choice upon our arrival at Borgo Argenina located in Gaiole in Chianti. After days of touring all over the country side, the view from her place was simply the best!! When you think Tuscany...think about staying at Borgo Argenina! The rooms are spacious, clean and beautifully decorated with an elegant yet simple Tuscan style. She leaves no details behind when accommodating her guests. The weather was chilly for March but the heavy quilted comforter on the bed kept us so cozy at night. I wanted to take the blanket home! Elena's hospitality went beyond our expectations and she made us feel right at home. She welcome's you to her private kitchen where one can experience and learn to make some fabulous Italian dinners. Sitting around the large wooden farm table in front of the wood burning open hearth, we enjoyed Elena's stories and the conversation of other travelers at the end of the day. I cannot imagine staying anywhere else! Simply delightful! We cannot wait to come back and visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Address: Loc. Argenina, 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
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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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