Tuscany, Italy

Borgo Santo Pietro

Rates from (inc tax)$431.36

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR435.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Classic-luxe Tuscan villa


Enchanting formal gardens

Perfect for idle aristocrats and escaped urban bohemians, hotel Borgo Santo Pietro is a restored 13th-century country manor that conjures up fairy-tale Tuscany with period interiors and a cypress tree-filled gardens. Grounded by its delicious dining and warm family welcomes, this merry manor will introduce you to all that is charming and spot-on about the Italian way of life.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A bottle of spumante classic method from a vineyard in Trentino; and guests' choice of an assortment of hand-made chocolates made by the in-house pastry chef Diego Poli, or a selection of canapés by celebrated chef Andrea Mattei, in your room on arrival



Need to know


15, including eight suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $431.36 (€395), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR435.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a bottle of prosecco, cooked breakfast, fruit and flowers. You can also rent the villa in its entirety, fully staffed, for €44,500 a two-night stay (including tax, but excluding food and drinks).

At the hotel

Spa; free WiFi throughout; 13 acres of grounds; hot tub; cookery school; tennis, badminton and basketball courts; bocce pitch; small playground; bikes to borrow. In rooms: plasma TV, DVD player, iPad and dock; most rooms have fireplaces.

Our favourite rooms

Dedicated Danish owner Jeanette has kept the essence of the original building intact without scrimping on modern luxuries. Flat-screen TVs are discreetly hidden behind paintings and touch-sensitive controls keep the lighting just so. Rooms feature hand-picked antiques, open fireplaces, bespoke hand-carved beds and exquisite views. In the Valle Serena Suite you can look out across the valley from a fireside roll-top bath; the suite also has twin marble sinks and a huge, Rococo-style bed. Honeymooners will love the lavish Santo Pietro Suite – French doors open out onto a vast private balcony from the living room, and there's a Roman steam bath and shower as well as a roll-top soaking tub in the ensuite bathroom. We also love the feminine bathroom of the Via del Pellegrino junior suite, with its white and silver claw-foot bath and glass chandelier.


The organic lines of the free-form freshwater infinity pool help it blend in with the graceful contours of the landscaped grounds. Wicker and wood sunloungers, canvas parasols and a pool bar demand sun-soaked lazing.


Truly feel like a Contessa on a country retreat in the rustic splendour of the on-site spa. Built using natural stone, and accentuated with exposed wooden beams, chandeliers and Buddha statues, the delicate floral perfume of the surrounding gardens drifts through. Plonk yourself down on a taupe sofa, by the ornate fireplace, in the huge reception room, while you wait to be whisked to one of four treatment rooms (two indoors, two in the garden). Treatments are concocted from organic herbs, oils and plants (and Santa Maria Novella products are thrown into the mix), and massages and facials are tailored to each guest (the signature Bee-Sting Facial and BeeSlim Ritual are both dreamy). Ayurvedic treatments, mani-pedis and tip-top primping and preening are on the menu too.

Packing tips

Broad-brimmed sunhats and sleek swimwear for lounging by the pool. Digital cameras for capturing your expeditions. Leave your iPad and walking boots at home: both are available to borrow.


Bounty from the on site bio-dynamic farm is used in the hotel's restaurant.


Small pets can check in with you, for €30 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.


Warmly welcomed; extra beds (€90) and cots (€30) can be supplied to suites. Nannies and babysitters (€30 an hour) can be arranged with advance notice, and little ones even have a secluded playground to romp around in.


Warmly welcomed; extra beds (€90) and cots (€30) can be supplied to suites. Nannies and babysitters (€30 an hour) can be arranged with advance notice, and little ones even have a secluded playground to romp around in.

Best for

Babies and children of all ages are given a warm Italian welcome.

Recommended rooms

The Garden Suites are popular with families – each sleeps a family of four, has private gardens and two can be interconnected. Extra beds (€90) and cots (€30) can also be added to suites.


There's a playground tucked away in the grounds, and a trampoline; and you can all hop on Borgo's mountain bikes to explore the river and forested land surrounding the hotel.

Swimming pool

The free-form freshwater infinity pool is better for tranquil floating than dive-bombing, but you little ones are welcome to paddle, dip and swim under your supervision.


Children are welcome in the restaurant, and families with small children are thoughtfully placed where they won't feel uncomfortable about messy table manners – high chairs are provided. There's a kids menu, and chefs are happy to whip up your tiny gastronomers' favourites (providing they have the ingredients), including baby food made with fresh vegetables and fruit from Borgo's gardens. Fresh organic cow's milk is provided for baby's bottles, too.


Babysitters or nannies can be provided for €30 an hour.

No need to pack

Baby baths, changing mats and toys can be provided, and there's a steriliser you can use.


The cultural delights of Siena are a short drive away: besides Renaissance jewels such as the humbug-striped Duomo, Donatello-adorned baptistry and mediaveal Campo, there's the Children's Art Museum and, just beyond the Botanical Gardens, a whale skeleton at the Accademia dei Fisiocritici. Near the Accademia, the tiny park of Prato di Sant'Agostino has shaded benches, swings and fantastic city views.


The restaurant menu features fresh produce grown in Borgo Santo Pietro's own organic fruit orchards and vegetable garden; most other ingredients are locally sourced. The hotel recycles as much as possible.

Food and Drink


Top Table

For lunch, we recommend a table overlooking the Lemon Tree garden for the best views of the Serena valley, and for dinner, a candlelit table in the romantic Rose Garden.

Dress Code

Loose linens (nipped-in waists + Italian cuisine = lengthy spell on the fainting couch).

Hotel restaurant

Breakfast is served in the open-plan kitchen, with a cosy crackling fire in winter. In Michelin-star-holding Meo Modo restaurant, chef Andrea Mattei whips up an Italianate storm of Mediterranean seafood and handmade pasta at lunch and dinner. Experience the estate-harvested delights of the four-course Earth to Plate menu, savour the local delicacies on the five-course Tuscan Traditions manu, or for a very special meal, have Andrea create a bespoke tasting menu for you. The à la carte is peppered with prandial wonders too: oxtail-stuffed agnoletti pasta with salsa verde and pecorino, suckling pig with home-grown beetroot and apple. and lobster spaghetti.

Hotel bar

Take drinks at the poolside bar, or anywhere in the hotel grounds: you'll be given a cordless phone so you can summon something to sip wherever you are. Try a signature Borgo cocktail of champagne and white rum over fruit-flavoured granita.

Last orders

Lunch is served 1pm–3pm; dinner, 7.30pm–10pm. Snacks are available throughout the day on request, and drinks are served until the last guest retires.

Room service

Breakfast can be brought to your bedside from 8am–11am; a lighter snacking menu of antipasti, salads and sandwiches is available from noon until midnight. Items can be ordered from the restaurant menu (they'll cost 25 per cent more, though).


Borgo Santo Pietro
Loc. Palazzetto 110


The closest airport is Florence Peretola, an hour and 40 minutes away. It'is served by BA and Meridiana from London Gatwick. Perugia and Pisa airports are both two hours away.


The closest train station is Siena (35 minutes away), which can be used to reach both Florence and Pisa with just one change. For information on trains in Italy, see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.it).


The hotel can pre-arrange car hire on request; it's a good idea to have your own wheels, as the nearest town, Monticiano, is almost 9km away by road. The hotel can organise transport or a guided tour with a local expert; they can even arrange to drop you off at the beach in the morning and pick you up in the evening. The closest motorway is the E78.

Worth getting out of bed for

Borgo Santo Pietro's cookery school attracts professional chefs, so if you really want to impress at your next dinner party book a course. Learn how to make, pizza, pasta, breads, desserts and Tuscan classics (gnudi dumplings, peposo beef stew) with chef Olga, using ingredients from the surrounding olive and nut groves, orchards, herb and biodynamic vegetable gardens and the hotel's greenhouses. Then find the ideal wine pairing at a wine-tasting session. Horse-riding in the green grounds and Vespa hire can also be arranged at the hotel. Watch out for open-air opera performances in the roofless remains of the Cistercian abbey of San Galgano – tickets are scarce though, so book in advance. There are many legends associated with the abbey and its hermitage, including fanciful knights' tales – there's even a sword embedded in stone (reputed to predate the story of Excalibur) preserved in the neo-Etruscan hermitage, where there is also a wonderful fresco cycle by Sienese master Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

The coastal plain, spa towns, and beautiful beaches of Maremma – Tuscany on sea, if you will – constitute a secret corner of the country that's largely bypassed by the crowds that flock to Florence and Siena. It's within an hour's drive of Palazzetto. Maremma is also becoming a popular golfing destination, with a very attractive course at Punta Ala. You're also perfectly located for exploring the vineyards of Chianti.


Local restaurants

The village of Palazzetto is only a five-minute walk away, where you'll find a local pizzeria with a wood-burning oven at the Albergo Ristorante il Palazzetto (+39 0577 751160). Otherwise, your best bet dinner-wise is probably the town of Monticiano, or Siena, a half-hour drive away, where there are some fantastic restaurants. For more suggestions, ask staff at Borgo Santo Pietro for their recommendations.

Local bars

On the walking route between San Galgano and Monticiano is Salendo Wine Bar, a local place serving cold Tuscan specialities and wine – perfect for a lingering lunch on a sunny day.



Anonymous review

Review featured in our 'Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Italy' guidebook:

Candles burned from every end, we’d been mixing hard work and benders. Our break in an elegant villa with spa in the middle of the Val di Merse was perhaps undeserved, but certainly needed. Moments after arrival, Mrs Smith and I are ushered onto a scenic terrace blushing with lemon trees and offered our first Negronis. It’s like an injection of pure, instant relaxation.

Borgo Santo Pietro is an ancient building dating back to the 12th century, carefully restored by the energetic Jeanette Thottrup and her husband Claus, an elegant, understated Danish gentleman. The renovation of the building must have been a hell of a job, but it has been worth the effort: the villa and its estate is perfectly restored and fully functional – with well-stocked frigobars.

The Borgo has just eight suites – large, inviting bedrooms that overlook manicured grounds mazed with long hedges and gravelled paths. Once we were installed in ours, a plate of fresh fruit arrived along with delectable squares of white coconut ice and an excellent bottle of Franciacorta. Suitably refreshed, and it being sundown, we wandered out, falling upon an Eden of secrets – a herb garden here, a fountain there; pergolas under which divans were scattered; peacocks appearing and disappearing. Further along, there were prepared courts for outdoor diversions such as pétanque and lawn tennis. We strolled under a portico, beside a rockery and swimming pool. A pervasive feeling of peace and warmth accompanied the fading day.

Our first night, we dined at the hotel, and had an excellent meal. Friendly and attentive service is helped along by the high ratio of attendants per guest. The cellar is looked after by the young sommelier Mirko Favalli, equipped with knowledge and a desire to please, as well as chutzpah in choosing some obscure and pleasantly challenging wines. We had much to discuss. It is hard to recall the number of courses (well, they were numerous), but I will never forget the 1995 Faccoli sparkling wine; Mrs Smith, meanwhile, took great interest in the prized Manni olive oil and triple choice of salts on the table: a black variety from Hawaii, pink from a river in Australia, and white from Trapani.

After a meal like that, we needed a bit of a lie-down. Thankfully, good-sized, classy rooms are further enhanced by an impeccable choice of mattress – a line specially flown in from Denmark. The following day, after a reviving slumber and an energising breakfast in the garden, we hit the area’s less-beaten tracks, steering clear of Siena and San Gimignano, where lightning-bursts of flash photography could be seen from afar.

We embarked on a round trip from the mediaeval village of Chiusdino – the first part on a panoramic road on the top of hills, passing ancient settlements and alpine forests. Next, Radicondoli, another mediaeval village; a few miles further is Mensano. This picturesque town’s 12th-century church has 14 column capitals and a Romanesque sculpture cycle by Pisan master sculptor Bonamico, and Mrs Smith is intrigued by a labyrinthine pattern set into the diminutive piazza outside its main entrance. A small family trattoria in the ancient centre here – Osteria del Borgo – serves honest, inexpensive Tuscan food at tables outside. Perfetto.

Casole d’Elsa, the livelier of the small towns we saw, holds communal barbecues on Sundays in the summer. It is also home of the excellent Osteria del Caffè Casolani, which has a pleasant rustic space inside and tables outdoors. There is no written menu, and the verbal offering is limited, but impeccable. Home-made pasta with wild pig ragu and a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie together with pulses made a perfect alfresco lunch. After two glasses of vernaccia, when we asked for a refill they casually gave us the rest of the bottle. ‘It is nearly finished – have it.’ A quick reminder that we were a thousand miles away from our home city of London.

From here, the old blue Lancia (driven by our guide Alfonso) crossed the valley and segued into gentle hills and isolated old farms, and we headed to Scorgiano. This settlement of just a few huts is the only point of sale for the Montagnola farm, which has 1,500 acres of land and forest, mostly dedicated to the organic raising of Cinta Senese. These pigs are cured in a similar way to Iberico ham. Great for us – not so mouthwatering a fate for them.

Back at base, a pianist playing West Coast jazz on a 19th-century rosewood Steinway eased us into our evening while we, in considerate undertones, discussed the inscrutable selection of art. What seemed the bust of a stern schoolmistress we deduce in fact to be someone’s elderly aunt. Another portrait of an old dame had these Smiths agreeing that there was something teasingly exciting about it: perhaps a reminder that brains plus money is always sexy.

On our last day, before lunch, Mrs Smith paid a visit to the spa for a one-hour massage that ended up being two; then she disappeared to the nearby river for a skinny-dip. I opted for a seat by the pool, plunging in occasionally – a preliminary ritual before the next Negroni. Too quickly, though, our driver’s car wheels were crunching their way down the gravel drive. As we glided through the Borgo’s gates, we looked up at the two enigmatic sphinxes guarding the entrance. Unlike them, we were grinning from ear to ear.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Borgo Santo Pietro’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We spent the last four nights of our honeymoon at Borgo Santo Pietro, and absolutely loved it. Everything about this hotel is perfection - the setting, decor, property, food beverage, staff, hospitality - I could go on and on. The attention to detail was so apparent, and it seemed that every member of the staff knew who we were. I particularly appreciated that everyone seemed to be aware of my gluten allergy, so that I never even had to ask or tell them when we sat down to a meal - they had some of the best gluten-free bread and focaccia I've ever eaten. We ate at both restaurants - Meo Modo and the Treehouse Bar, and preferred the more casual Treehouse Bar (which had a pretty extensive menu), but are glad we ate at Meo Modo one night. We spent one night in "Sir Vincent" in the main house, and three nights in the garden suite "Il Melograno," which was absolutely beautiful - we could've moved in! If you can splurge for a suite I would absolutely recommend doing so, because it's more private and we had a semi-private/shared garden area with a daybed and two lounge chairs, although we never saw anyone else out there at the same time. Other highlights - the infinity pool, massages, the "field of daybeds," and every new corer we discovered when walking around the property. It was truly a spectacular hotel. We walked to San Galgano one morning (it took about 30 minutes), which is a former Cistercian Monastery and worth visiting (it's about 5 minutes by car). The roof is completely gone, but it was very beautiful and quiet (not touristy), and nice to do something cultural nearby. We also hired a driver and spent a day wine-tasting in Montalcino, which we'd highly recommend.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 20 Sep 2016

We loved

Wonderful staff and location

Don’t expect

Young children facilities


Stayed on 1 Jul 2016

We loved

The staff they were nothing but helpful, considerate and really made our stay. My 20mth old really enjoyed it, the venue and staff are extremely children friendly. We didn't leave the hotel, you don't need to!

Don’t expect

To bring lots of kids. The place is so tranquil and peaceful I couldn't imagine lots of children being children there. 


Stayed on 20 Jun 2016

We loved

The majestic grounds were truly spectacular Tuscan and English gardens, a dazzling lake with sculpted figurines standing amidst lush trees, flowers and beauty heightened by strolling peacocks. The Villa was positively resplendent in design with a gracious, inviting energy. Our enchanted room opened onto the fragrant rose garden with soft music playing and Champagne and chocolates awaiting. The staff welcomed us with supreme kindness, expertise and warmth. Feasting at Borgo SP is a truly exceptional experience with garden fresh farm to table savoriness every dish tastes home-made with passion! The chocolate patisserie class with Chef Diego is pure, luscious chocolate elegance and only further enriched with the enthusiasm and humor of concierge Gian Luca. Deep tissue massage at the marvelous spa, roaming for hours through the sacred land and relaxing poolside with views over a million hues of green Tuscan hillside, there is only one word that comes to mind Sublime. We suggest biking to San Galgano from Borgo SP and walking through the beautifully historic Abbey. Cooking classes at Borgo are not to be missed!

Don’t expect

....that you will be ready to leave.


Stayed on 20 May 2016

We loved

The day spa, the restaurant Meo Modo, the Treehouse, the bathroom and fireplace in our room Via Del Pellegrino, the breakfast and unique service

Don’t expect

complimentary laundry service


Stayed on 7 Oct 2015

We loved

The scenery, the pool, the gardens, the food and the stunning decor.

Don’t expect

Faultless service. There is some work to be done on this with certain staff but other staff really are wonderful and go out of their way to please guests.


Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything! The staff were incredible and nothing was too much trouble.

Don’t expect

Not to love it!


Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything about this place - garden suite was amazing, pool was fabulous, staff very friendly. It's very decadent - very luxurious with nothing to dislike!!! An amazing place.

Don’t expect

If you want lively nightlife, this isn't the place for you.


Stayed on 7 Jul 2015

We loved

The style and the quality of everything, the relaxing gardens, the friendly staff and the fact that there was so much space to loose yourself in a quiet corner. Mrs Smith loved the Spa expierence.

Don’t expect

To collect your car hire at the airport, they bus you to a local compound, but don't tell you this when you book. Not a good experience!


Stayed on 8 Jun 2015

We loved

Our second visit to this wonderful hotel, and we really love the welcome, with staff coming into the car park to greet us with cool wet cloths to freshen up after the journey, and a lovely walk to the gardens while our luggage is taken to our room. Drinks were bought immediately while we chatted to the hotel manager. Borgo Santo Pietro is designed to love you, look after you and provide anything that you might want while you are there. It is a place of quietness and relaxation, although on Monday nights dinner is slightly different and more party'ish. It is beautiful and is hard to leave.


Stayed on 24 Apr 2015