Borgo San Felice: A Hamlet Away From Home in Chianti Classico

| Mon, 03/25/2024 - 03:30
Loggia Suite at Borgo San Felice Resort
View of La Loggia at Borgo San Felice Resort

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Why we love it 

Set in the heart of Chianti Classico country, this albergo diffuso has brought new life to a quintessential Tuscan hamlet.

What to expect

Alcova Signature Suite La Pieve at Borgo San Felice Resort
Alcova Signature Suite La Pieve at Borgo San Felice Resort

If you dream of laid-back luxury in the rolling hills of Tuscany, Borgo San Felice is the place for you. It’s spread out over a series of centuries-old stone buildings surrounded by cypress and olive trees, with casual and gourmet restaurants, two tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a gym, a spa, a vegetable garden, and 685 hectares of vineyards. Last year, the property completed a renovation project that included the creation of two new signature suites and the renovation of one of its villas.


The earliest written records of the Borgo date back to 714 CE. From 1700 to 1978, it was owned by the noble Grisaldi del Taja family, whose members include one of the founders of the Consorzio del Chianto Classico (the governing body for the iconic wines). It opened as a hotel in 1991 and has undergone various updates and refurbishings since.

Location, location, location 

Panoramic view of Borgo San Felice Resort
Panoramic view of Borgo San Felice Resort

The rural setting in Chianti Classico is within easy reach of the region’s vineyards and charming villages. It’s about a 15-minute drive to Gaiole in Chianti, a half-hour to Siena and an hour-and-a-half to Florence. Just be sure to rent a car — you’ll need one to get around here.

Where you’ll sleep

Caminetto Apartment room in Villa Casanova at Borgo San Felice Resort
Caminetto Apartment in Villa Casanova at Borgo San Felice Resort

The 59 rooms and suites and two villas are dispersed around the borgo and done up in classic Tuscan style, with oak floors, plush furnishings in colors inspired by the surrounding area, antique prints and travertine bathrooms. Suites have a private garden or terrace and the villas are great for large groups. Villa Casanova was recently renovated and now has three fully equipped apartments that can be booked separately or together for exclusive use accommodating up to 18 people.

Dining & drinks

Il Poggio Rosso restaurant at Borgo San Felice Resort
Il Poggio Rosso restaurant at Borgo San Felice Resort

Both of the restaurants — Poggio Rosso and Osteria Il Grigio — are headed up by lauded chef Enrico Bartolini, while Juan Quintero looks over the kitchens on-site. Poggio Rosso has a Michelin star and a Green Star for sustainability, with elegant tasting menus made using fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden. I also loved the convivial atmosphere at the osteria, which serves Tuscan classics like pappa al pomodoro, homemade pasta and bistecca alla fiorentina. The outdoor bar is the perfect setting to unwind with an aperitivo before dinner.

Service notes 

Staff are efficient and cordial, always trying to make guests feel at home.

Spa time

Piazza of Borgo San Felice Resort
Piazza of Borgo San Felice Resort

The spa is located in the borgo’s former olive press. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to use it, but it has a wet zone with a sauna, steam bath and kneipp pools as well as wine treatments, massages, facials and beauty treatments.

Family perks

The resort is family-friendly and has connecting rooms for parents and kids as well as a children’s menu at Osteria Del Grigio. They also provide pet beds and bowls for furry family members, which are allowed everywhere except the restaurant and the swimming pool.

You should know...

Lots of properties like to talk about sustainability, but Borgo San Felice walks the walk. The hotel runs on 100% renewable energy and is certified as a Zero Waste Hotel. The Orto Felice and Aia Felice operate as a community welfare project that trains young people with disabilities to tend the vegetable garden and take care of the chickens.


  • The hotel has a ADA friendly rooms and bathrooms. 

Features & amenities

  • Countryside setting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Spa 
  • Garden
  • Fitness room
  • Pets allowed 
  • Family friendly


Borgo San Felice Resort
Località San Felice, Castelnuovo Berardegna
Tel. +39 05773964