Lmcerny, Milwaukee Wisconsin - July 24, 2017
A medieval hamlet purchased and restored by Elena Nappa, it's eternally gracious host and former fashion designer, the buildings and grounds that make up Borgo Argenina are truly a masterpiece of craftsmanship and style.
Even before we arrived to the B&B, the region itself presented it's beauty with rolling hills, grape and olive farms, traditional stone buildings, and glimpses of ancient hilltop castles. We found ourselves hoping and praying our destination would match it's spirit and not turn out to be just another foreign commercially run operation.
Argenina did not disappoint. We were in awe of the views as we arrived and carried our luggage to the front door. After pulling the rope next to a sign proclaiming, "Pull to call Elena", we were promptly greeted by two friendly canine companions and Elena herself.
We were immediately invited up to her kitchen for a chat and glass of Chianti Classico where Elena gave us a rundown of the place, asked about our stay in Italy, and gave us a hand drawn map of the region highlighting enough recommended stops to easily fill a week or more of exploring.
Neil G, Manson Iowa - July 2017
We had a great time spending 6 days at the inn and explored the area using Elena's advise visiting wineries, medieval castles, churches and monasteries. All within a hour or so of the inn. Of course you need to attend Elena's cooking class! You will prepare your Tuscan evening meal with other guests! Including making the pasta and veggies and dessert. Complete with Chianti wine. Great fun. Elena is a gracious and attentive host. This is a must stay when exploring Tuscany.
Neil and Donette
Lindahume, St Andrews Regno Unito - July 2017
My husband and I spent ten days here with my parents. It was heaven on earth. Elena is a wonderful hostess and is very keen on giving you a genuine Tuscan experience. She provides you with both restaurants and visit suggestions when you first arrive, on a map which she designed herself. The buildings have been painstakingly restored and the landscape is some of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. The flowers are glorious.
This is a place where you can genuinely relax and unwind. There are places to sit and contemplate the unparalleled beauty around you while you drink the local Chianti and cheese. The staff was lovely and extremely helpful, and the animals make the place even more warm and friendly. While everything was amazing, the best part was the cooking class that Elena provides (along with a cookbook which she gives you when you arrive). The cooking class showcases how to make proper Tuscan food, along with how it should be eaten. The cooking class is usually made up of about 8-10 people, and is done with the other guests. It is a time of food, fellowship, and laughter. What a treat. Thank you Elena for making our trip so special. We loved ever minute of our time with you!!
mbakhshian, Toronto Canada - June 2017
We loved our stay at Borgo Argenina, amazing experience. Comfortable, peaceful, cozy, warm hostess, great buffet breakfast. Elena and her angles were so sweet. Rooms were beautifully decorated with wood furniture, very charming.
The dinner from our cooking lesson was delicious. We were teamed up with other couples for our cooking lesson and we got to know new people and we all enjoyed the food very much. Thank you Elena for your cooking book and your great self-made map of the region with cute drawings of castles and important places to see that were shown on the map.
melarr, Baltimore Maryland
We stayed at Borgo Argenina in June. Elena is such a gracious host! We loved our experience with her. The view from our room was amazing! One of our favorite memories from our Italy trip was cooking with Elena! We felt like we were leaving family when we said goodbye to her. (You must also go eat at George's restaurant, food was absolutely delicious!) Don't miss the experience of this lovely place when you visit Tuscany!!
Paul M, Aylesbury Regno Unito June 2017
Elena has created something unique and truly wonderful at Borgo Argenina. The warm welcome and informal introduction over a glass of Chianti to other guests sets the tone - and it just got better and better as our week flashed by. With hindsight we should have stayed there for 10 days as there's so much to see and do - as well as having enough chilling out time there. A perfect base to explore hidden Tuscan treasures.
When you are introduced to the hand drawn map of Chianti - given to all guests by Elena - it's the focus of great discussion. (we're going to have ours framed)
The cooking class is a great icebreaker too and such fun - well worth it - 100% recommendation to do it. Closely supervised by Elena - to make sure we did things the proper Tuscan way of course. We all joined in - whether novices or capable cooks. That night we were equals. The food we made and cooked together was without doubt one of the most special evenings. A delicious authentic meal. If you have any particular issues like I did (for health reasons or whatever) Elena is very thoughtful and understanding.
Accommodation was perfect - carefully refurbished buildings and tasteful handcrafted furnishings by Elena and traditional local craftsmen. Original stone - lovely pots here and there and flowering boarders - a whiff of fresh herbs on the air. Everything is well kept and the views are stunning. It feels clean and fresh everywhere - and is very well serviced - nice classic shower and loo, large ceramic sinks - (we had a cooker and fridge too for the occasional chill out lunch - or simple evening meal with a fine Chianti.
Elena is rightly proud of the slice of paradise she has created over the years - and especially the local Tuscan traditions and ways. We don't want to give away all the secrets - but suffice to say - tell her what you're really after...whether a quiet walk in the countryside with a beautiful view of vineyards and churches - or grand castle/ buildings, wineries or where the smaller ceramic/ artisan places are. She knows who's who locally - where to encourage you to experience authentic Tuscan culture and warmth, the places to go to create those magical moments - many off the main tourist track. We were never disappointed.
Breakfast was always a delicious joyful start to the day - friendly, attentive service...homemade yogurt, large freshly baked cake(s), cold meats, cheeses and fresh fruit...and more. There’s a delightfully pretty vegetable garden - with plenty of different types of tomatoes (that we were encouraged to pick!). and a floribunda of interesting flowers and shrubs. Nearby - the adjacent fig tree kept inviting us to try it's ripening fruit.
We met some lovely folk from different parts of the world - across the age spectrum - maybe we were just lucky - or maybe it appeals to like minded folk? We had such a great time comparing notes and laughing with fellow guests and indeed we ended up going on some small trips together - to a ‘must do’ restaurant kindly arranged by Elena for the first night, another time wine tasting - and went to an outdoor classical music concert sharing a picnic with a lovely family - one balmy summers evening.
We enjoyed doing our own thing throughout our week there of course too.
We thoroughly recommend Borgo Argenina - a Tuscan experience that you create yourself, to recharge, rebalance and get in touch with what’s important in life.
We would like to thank Elena and her angels (and the fellow guests we met) for making it such a special time in Italy. It was Perfect!
Paul and Karen
dbeneke, Coralville Iowa - May 2017
We stayed here in late May. Words alone cannot capture the beauty of Borgo Argenina and wonderful host, Elena. My husband and I were able to share this experience (cooking class, meeting fellow travelers, amazing breakfast, beautiful villa) with my daughter who had recently finished studying abroad.
I cannot imagine a better location in Tuscany. It was absolutely magical! With Elena's guidance, we discovered many wonderful locations nearby that had not originally been part of our plan. I am so glad I followed her advice and scrapped my own plans. Slow down and experience the real Tuscany here. This was the highlight of our 2 week trip to Italy. Our only regret was booking only 2 nights. We cannot wait to return someday for a longer stay. Grazie, Elena, for sharing your lovely corner of the world with us. Troy, Daneille, and Kylie