Activities at Borgo Santo Pietro
If your preference is for more physical activity, you can practice your serve on the estate’s tennis courts, play badminton or basketball, or take the Borgo bikes out for a spin around the grounds. Try wild swimming in the River Merse at the bottom of the estate or hike out into the Valle Serena and melt into the lush landscapes. You can also visit the on-site dairy farm where goat’s milk is made into delicious cheese.
Other activities include ballooning, flower arranging, painting lessons, and fabulous cooking classes with dear Mamma Olga who lives with her family in Palazzetto. She doesn’t speak a word of English, but with the help of our interpreter and lots of smiling and gesticulation I turn out a pretty cool tagliatelle pasta. I love the feeling of family at Borgo. The Italians here have such warmth and open-heartedness. During my visit the Serbian American artist Vlatko Vojnvic is in residence at the artist’s house by the lake and gives regular classes. I meet up with him at the studio. “Everybody can be an artist, whatever they are painting,” Vlatko tells me. It’s just a question of letting go and being in innocence.”
Attractions near Borgo Santo Pietro
Siena is only 45 minutes’ drive from Borgo Santo Pietro, while Florence can be reached in under an hour. Visit the group’s other Michelin-starred restaurant here – the fabulous La Bottega del Buon Caffè helmed by Head Chef Erez Ohayon. Take Borgo’s sexy red Ferrari for a spin, or hop on the Vespas and visit nearby Chiusdino. This hilltop village is the birthplace of Saint San Galgano, a Templar knight who renounced all worldly goods and plunged his sword into a stone, thus heralding the myth of Britain’s King Arthur.
The stone – buried to its medieval hilt – can be seen inside the nearby Hermitage of Montesiepi. This fully restored Templar church rises majestically above the enigmatic ruins of the Abbey of San Galgano which is also open to the public. There’s a café adjacent to the Hermitage with panoramic views over the valley, and a small shop with souvenirs and foods from the region. Pilgrims and knights rested here en route to Jerusalem and both sites have extraordinary and very tangible energy.
Jeanette and Claus haven’t restricted their creative talents to bricks and mortar, they’ve also created Borgo Santo Pietro’s very own yacht, the Satori. The couple’s passion for sailing – and their own design talents – inspired them to design and construct a stunning 41.5m schooner with the kind of luxurious interiors and state-of-the-art technology you’ll find at Borgo Santo Pietro. Satori’s experienced Turkish captain will take you to the best Mediterranean locations, including the South of France, Italy, Greece and Croatia.
Lavishly designed with 5 double cabins (one is a master suite and the other converts to a spa), a galley and all the toys you could want, Satori is in high demand. Enjoy cuisine prepared by chefs trained at Borgo’s Michelin-starred Meo Modo, and at the Group’s Michelin-starred La Bottega del Buon Caffè in Florence. There’s also an air-conditioned wine cellar with 250-bottle storage – more than enough to keep the most avid oenophile happy.