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Please Help Me Remember and Locate a Hotel in Tuscany Where the "Hotel" Occupies an Entire Medieval Village.

Old Jan 20th, 2006, 04:19 PM
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Please Help Me Remember and Locate a Hotel in Tuscany Where the "Hotel" Occupies an Entire Medieval Village.

I don't think I'm halucinating here....I remember reading about some famous hotelier,vintner or resturanteur who purchased an entire medieval town in Tuscany and was slowly turning each building into tourist accomodations.

Can anyone help me locate this property? I've finally settled on my dates for Tuscany/Umbria this May, and would love to stay there part of the time.

Thanks for your help.
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Old Jan 20th, 2006, 04:34 PM
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I heard of something like that in Calabria, though I don't remember where (might be near Tropea). Are you sure it was in Tuscany?
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Old Jan 20th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Now that I think about it, I can't be certain that it was in Tuscany/Umbria. I think it was,though, because those are the main areas I have been researching for several years.

Thanks for your interest in my question.
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Old Jan 20th, 2006, 05:07 PM
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I know of a hamlet (Fonterutoli) owned by a wine growing family named Mazzzei in Tuscany.
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Ripa d'Orcia or
Gargonza???

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Old Jan 20th, 2006, 05:31 PM
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I found it...in a roundabout way,with your help. I checked out all three suggestions,which are each excellent. Then, in reviewing Gargonza, I saw a reference to Il Borro...and that is it! Il Borro( ilborro.com) is owned by the Ferragamo family and is near Arezzo. I'm so excited to have found it. Thanks for all your help....you folks are the best.
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Yes it is definitely Il Borro and what's more Amanda Ferragamo has written a very interesting book about it called "Seven Years in Tuscany"
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Old Jan 20th, 2006, 07:16 PM
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DownUnder....thanks for telling me about the book. Just checked on Amazon and it came out in paperback about 3 weeks ago. I'm ordering it right away. I really can't wait to visit this town.
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