Borgo Pignano

Tuscan countryside

Borgo Pignano is a 750-acre estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, perched in the middle of the topographical triangle linking Siena, Florence and Pisa. The Borgo has grown out of a hamlet dating from Etruscan times and is tended by a group of friends committed to healthy living, organic agriculture and sustainable energy who offer the gracious hospitality of a well-run country house.

The center of Borgo Pignano is a sensitively restored villa with thirteenth century walls and ramparts and an eighteenth century manor house, originally built by an Italian landowner. The estate includes extensive kitchen gardens, fields, meadows, pools, small lakes, orchards, woodlands, waterfalls and a horse arena all reachable by footpath and full of pleasures for both adults and children.

The villa contains 14 guest suites and rooms furnished with antiques, art, and fine Italian linens. Some rooms are adorned with frescos. Surrounded by English gardens, with pristine landscapes unchanged from Renaissance times, the villa has one of the most commanding views available in Tuscany. On clear days, the Mediterranean - and a dark speck in the distance, the French island of Corsica - are visible.

Near the villa are a collection of 18th century stone farmhouses that have been converted into charming apartments and ateliers. These include an artist's studio, a two bedroom cottage overlooking a lake and a larger house suitable for groups from 9 to over 20 guests. Rates and availability upon request.

Whether visitors are staying for a few days or several weeks, they provide the warm familial atmosphere of a well-run, private country house. The entire villa can be rented for a party, family reunion, wedding or meeting.


As part of their work with biodynamic agriculture and permaculture they were among the first in Italy to experiment with swales, ditches that follow natural, hillside gradients. These help the soil absorb and store rainwater, eliminate the need for irrigation and reduce erosion. The results, even after a few years, are dramatic. The heating and hot water systems at Villa Pignano are fueled by solar panels and  wood-chip burning furnaces and boilers, fed by sustainably harvested wood from the estate’s forests. The Borgo was restored according to the principles of “green” architecture, using natural stone and slate, organic paints, and non-toxic insulation. Filtered and recycled rainwater and grey water, irrigate the gardens while natural and man-made ponds and lakes store water for use in the fields.


Borgo Pignano is located in the countryside, a car is necessary for those guests wanting to visit the surrounding Tuscan hillside towns, major cities and other attractions.

By car

  • Florence is 1h 15 minutes
  • Siena is 40 minutes
  • Pisa is 1hour
  • Coast is 1 hour

By Plane

The nearest aiports to Pignano are:
  • Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA/LIRP) 75 km.
  • Peretola Airport (FLR/LIRQ) 70 km.

Other airports within striking distance include Sant Egidio Airport in Perugia, Grosseto Airport in Grosseto, Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna, Leonardo da Vinci Intercontinental Airport in Rome.


Loc. Pignano 6
56048 Volterra Pisa

Hotel activities

There is much to do at Borgo Pignano. Some visitors find themselves seduced by the serenity of the estate and don’t wander far....

They swim in an infinity pool carved from the limestone of an old quarry, sunbathe, read in the library or music room, practice yoga and meditate, play bocce, stroll among the orchards, gardens and woodland paths and sometimes help in the kitchen garden. Others, who pine for more activity, pursue yoga, paint or ride horses and mountain bikes. They often host groups of avid road cyclists who enjoy the rigor of 30 km – 120 km rides along Tuscany’s challenging and quiet back roads. Runners and triathletes also find that Borgo Pignano suits their adventurous needs.


The setting of Borgo Pignano is therapeutic for yoga students. The yoga sessions offer classes in relaxation techniques and meditation and take place in the indoor yoga room, the large open hall at the La Fonte farmhouse, or on the lawns. It is often possible to join a retreat.


Pignano attracts artists but often tempts visitors, with no previous exposure to drawing or painting, to pick up a crayon or brush. They frequently host group and individual classes. Visitors tend to take their sketch pads or easels outside while some prefer to arrange a few objects and attempt a still life. The Villa is equipped with artist’s supplies.

Cooking Classes

Food from the old Tuscan tradition: the FOCACCIA, BREAD, PIZZA.   Borgo Pignano welcomes you to their cooking classes to unveil the secrets of their typical, simple yet healthy dough, its rising and cooking time; fresh vegetables from their biodynamic vegetable garden will give taste and colors to these special items of the old traditional kitchen.

Horse Riding

Borgo Pignano is home to a group of gentle and well-trained horses. Lessons are available for novices inside the safety of an arena. They also organize guided excursions that provide a way to absorb the pleasures of Tuscany from the saddle. Experienced riders are free to journey alone, atop a more spirited mount, and follow the well-marked trails through the woods and fields.

Learning to Create

One of the greatest pleasures is transmitting the knowledge they have gained through the years of experience with the rhythms of nature, and the art of Tuscan living. From May to September, they offer a choice of courses and workshops where you can learn, among other new skills, candle-making with the wax from their bees, baking homemade bread in the kitchen, and making natural soap with the aromatic herbs from their gardens.


The mountain bikes of Borgo Pignano are available for rent – either for rides along paved roads or Italy’s so-called Strade Bianche – white gravelled roads. They can arrange for the rental of road bikes from a high quality, local cycling specialist. They can map routes that reflect your interests and fitness levels and are available to lead group tours.


Borgo Pignano lies within a major game preserve, and is at the crossroads of two nature reserves, Berignone and Castelvecchio. The estate’s virgin woodland and fields, with its protected flora and fauna, is ideal for long walks during which all manner of birdlife, including partridge, pheasants, ducks, geese, cranes, storks and the occasional small kestrel and osprey can be spotted. Nearer the Villa swifts and swallows are plentiful and owls and doves can often be heard. Out in the woods and fields wild boar, roe deer, hare, badgers, foxes and porcupines make their homes. They can help map trails, and are available, on request, to accompany you.


  • Swimming
  • Sourdough bread and pastry lessons
  • Medicinal herbs transformation lessons
  • Wine and Oil tasting
  • Pilates
  • Guided tours of their biodynamic vegetable garden
  • Transfer (on request)
  • Babysitting (on request)


  • Siena, Florence, Pisa
  • Medieval hilltop towns and villages
  • Gastronomic and Oenological tourism
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Thermal Spa and Wellness 
  • Shopping
  • Beach

Childrens activities at the hotel

Their approach to children is inspired by Rudolf Steiner and Maria Montessori, who believed that a child’s freedom of expression should guide his or her learning. At Borgo Pignano their empathic, multilingual “Fairies” design games, adventures, excursions, and arts and crafts that keep children busy and happily entertained.

Large Villa Rooms with charme and character

Villa room

Generous double rooms with queen-size beds.

Rates : on request

Signature Suite

Villa suite

Master suites with spacious bathrooms.

Rates : on request

Villa Rooms with breathtaking view

Villa room

Comfortable rooms with queen-size beds.

Rates : on request

Villa Rooms with charm and character

Villa room

Midsize double rooms with queen-size beds.

Rates : on request

Villa Suite with breathtaking view

Villa suite

Breathtaking views of Tuscan countryside.

Rates : on request

Villa Suite with charm and character

Villa suite

Suites that overlook the woods and gardens.

Rates : on request

Rates Information

  • Rates mentioned are per room per night based on 2 person sharing, unless otherwise stated.
  • Rates mentioned are in (EURO) EUR.
  • Rates mentioned include VAT 10% and service charges.
  • Rates mentioned include Breakfast.
  • Half board or Full board possible.

Property Information

  • The property is open from 12th of March to 13th of November and from 26th of December to 6th January.
  • Besides these opening times the property is open for special events on request.
  • Rooms are allocated upon availability.
  • The entire villa can be rented for a party, family reunion, wedding or meeting. Rates are on request.

Extra bed policy

  • An extra bed from 12 years and older is EUR 60 per night.

Pet Policy

  • Pets of small size are allowed.

Booking Policy

  • A deposit is required to guarantee a booking.  

During High Season (June, July & August) the following booking policy is applied.

  • To guarantee a booking payment of 25% of the total accommodation charges is required, within 7 days of the booking confirmation.
  • A further payment of 50% is required 30 days prior to the arrival date.

During Low Season (January to May and September to December) the following booking policy is applied:

  • To guarantee a booking, a valid credit card number, cardholder name and expiration date is required.  

Cancellation Policy

During High Season (June, July & August) the following cancellation policy is applied.     

  • Failure to pay the balance of the booking fee within the established period will result in loss of the booking and of the initial 25% deposit.
  • If a booking is cancelled between 60 – 31 days prior to the arrival date, a cancellation fee of 25% of the total booking amount will be charged.
  • If a booking is cancelled between 30 – 15 days prior to the arrival date, a cancellation fee of 60% of the total booking amount will be charged.
  • If a booking is cancelled between 14 – 0 days prior to the arrival date, a cancellation fee of 75% of the total booking amount will be charged.
  • No show penalty charges are 75% of the total booking amount.         
  • Early departure penalty charges are 100% of the total booking amount.  

During Low Season (January to May and September to December) the following cancellation policy is applied.

The cancellation of a booking 3 days prior to the arrival date implies payment of a penalty as follows:
  • For bookings of 1 to 3 nights, 1 night’s accommodation rate will be charged.
  • For bookings of more than 3 nights, 50% of the total booking amount will be charged.
  • No show penalty charges are 75% of the total booking amount.
  • Early departure penalty charges are 100% of the total booking amount.  

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Volterra Pisa, Italy

Loc. Pignano 6
56048 Volterra Pisa


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  • Family
  • Yoga
  • Culture & homely
  • Personal atmosphere
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  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting rooms
  • Room service
  • Daily maid services
  • Meeting facilities
  • Breakfast room
  • Honeymoon
  • Baggage storage
  • Weddings
  • Family celebrations
  • Child minding
  • Multilingual staff
  • Excursions
  • Organic farm
  • Baby sitting
  • Guided walking tours
  • Cooking
  • Tours
  • Golf
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Trekking
  • Activity classes
  • Hiking
  • Cultural activities
  • Children's play ground


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