The il Borgo di Vescine, initially a fortress of the Langobardic era that then, over the centuries, became a peasant village, was recently restored by Lucia Paladin who, with love and passion, wanted to restore the splendor, simplicity and quality of rural life to the Borgo of yesteryear. Ms. Paladin wanted to give a personal touch to the restoration of the village with the aim of creating an environment in which one could breathe the magical atmosphere of "home away from home" in the heart of Chianti.
The il Borgo di Vescine is perched on the top of a verdant hill, 600 meters above the sea level, and overlooks the historic town of Radda in Chianti. The view gets lost in the an expanse of olive trees and vineyards that are of the most evocative landscapes of Chianti. The vineyards and centuries-old olive trees surrounding the village are cultivated on ancient terraces bordered by dry stone walls, now registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Over the centuries the village has lost its original military connotation to become a small peasant village inhabited by 14 families until the early 1950s. Today it presents itself as an exclusive relais of 28 deluxe rooms and suites, each one different from the other, furnished with an elegant but welcoming style in which the original authenticity of the Borgo has been deliberately preserved so that the genuine beauty of the place is kept intact.
Simple country style atmospheres set between history and “poetry”. You won't be just clients but guests partaking in this wonderful refined country spirit
The relais Il Borgo di Vescine wants to revive the ancient village as it once was, therefore guests are not simply passers-by but during their stay they become the inhabitants of the village itself and can experience the life and habits of those who have them preceded by a few centuries.
As in the past, the central meeting place of the Borgo is still the Piazzetta where guests are invited at sunset to have an aperitif. The terraces in the shade of our centuries-old olive trees have become the ideal place to spend moments of relaxation, and the house of the village chief "ser Bellincione" has now been adapted with common living-rooms for guests, a wine shop where you can taste the wine and oil produced in our estates and on the second floor there is the internal room of our restaurant characterized by a fireplace dating back to the 1500 of incomparable beauty.
In the evening the village comes alive and becomes a magical place, it seems to go back in time with the light of candles and the background created by the sound of crickets.
On weekly basis the Square or the olive grove become the stage of revocations of village festivals with jesters and storytellers that the ancient inhabitants of the village used to celebrate special occasions. The master of the festivals is the ancient medieval oven, in which for the occasion the dishes are cooked as in the past together with the guests.
Il Borgo di Vescine is situated on a hill between Radda and Castellina, the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The position and the perfect soil has made this 200 acres plot, the most sought-after land by generations of farmers. Over a thousand years ago they started cultivating it by creating the typical land terraces with stone dry-walls, which is now a Unesco "Human legacy" protected component and recognised as a historical heritage item. With the objective of bringing life back to the hamlet, Signora Paladin, has sunk heart and soul into this project with the specific goal of making the Borgo thrive like it was for centuries when the locals made it flourish. By doing so over the years, she has revived the terraces with all the plantation necessary, which was the livelihood of the Borgo inhabitants. Today, our centuries old olive trees and the vines with special Sangiovese grapes, is the perfect spot to spend a moment of peace and relaxation. You have the chance of tasting our very products directly from the farmland. Our old farmer will take you around and reveal all the secrets that this soil provides. You will be ready to reap "the fruits of the land", at time of harvest.
A holiday break in the heart of the Chianti region is a memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Your break at Borgo di Vescine won't be a simple vacation but a whole experience of smells and sensations. A chance to live and feel as if time stood still. Immersed in the beauty of uncontaminated nature, our medieval hamlet will be your exceptional holiday celebration.As well as appreciating one of the best villages in the Chianti area and relish in the best swimming pool terrace within miles, the guests will have the freedom to do what few people have time to do these days. Pick the produce of the land directly from source. Our chefs will chaperon the guests and take them through a culinary journey by harvesting and cooking directly “from land to table”.Guests will find the ideal glimpse from which to admire the beauty of the rolling hills while relaxing and having a true Tuscan country sit-down among the olive trees. Our staff will prepare a wonderful pic-nic for you to enjoy while watching the warm glowing sunset.
The il Borgo di Vescine is an ancient village nestled in the spectacular setting of the Chianti hills. Chianti, also synonymous in the world with its prestigious wine, is an area located in the heart of Tuscany, steeped in history and tradition, characterized by enchanting and sinuous landscapes. Vescine is located between Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti, right in the center of what was once called the Chianti Military League, characterized by the symbol of the black rooster, which still identifies this magnificent area of Italy all over the world, unique for charm and with good reason defined the highest expression of "country chic".
The Nature that surrounds the village has preserved that uncompromising beauty that distinguishes unspoiled landscapes of vineyards and ancient olive trees.