When I was planning my autumn trip around Italy, I knew I wanted to stay in Tuscany. I also wanted to explore Lucca and when looking at booking in Lucca a special gem stood out to me – Hotel Borgo Giusto.
I’ve always related to the Medieval and Renaissance time periods – from the artwork to the history and the architecture, I love everything about traveling around Europe and feeling as if I’ve stepped back in time. Borgo Giusto had me feeling Renaissance nostalgia as if I had actually lived during the 17th century! The entire property is a former Tuscan village that had been abandoned after World War II.
A Renaissance era village? Yes! But, also some of the beautiful grounds at Borgo Giusto.
Borgo Giusto was formerly the town of “Soccolognora”, set a top a hillside in Tuscany. The renovations at Borgo Guisto transformed a former village into a gorgeous property and former homes into luxury suites. Remnants of the old town still remain as the property is lined with pomegranate, chestnut and olive trees which were once harvested by the peasants of Soccolognora.
Today, the property still boasts plenty of old town Tuscan charm with no shortage of modern amenities (such as large jacuzzi bathtubs and working fireplaces). There’s a huge on-site in-ground pool which is a great place to relax and watch the sun go down over the Tuscan mountains.
Borgo Giusto also hosts a restaurant which prides itself on daily menu’s that serve “zero mile” ingredients, meaning that the dishes served at the poolside restaurant are farm to table and dishes typical to the region. Borgo Giusto also serves regional wines – some of which are from their own vineyards!
Borgo Giusto offers a great breakfast spread with yogurts, breads, breakfast tarts, cereals, fruits, juices, coffee and tea and even a menu to order freshly prepared eggs, pancakes and more.
The property itself is relaxing, however, if you’re looking for a touch more of rest and relaxation then you can plan to head to the Borgo Giusto Spa. The spa boasts a sauna, turkish bath and jacuzzi room with views overlooking the pool and surrounding mountains. With service options from facials to massages and even night treatment options for ‘SPA after sunset’ – there’s no service that the Borgo Guisto Spa can’t provide.
I indulged in a much needed facial at the spa and left feeling super refreshed. My skin had been taking a large toll from my traveling and the Borgo Guisto spa was the perfect place to relax and treat my skin.
(right) The relaxation room for pre and post treatment. (left) The facial treatment room with beautiful, serene lighting in the ceiling.
The rooms and suites at Borgo Giusto are all named after their former occuapnts. For example, I stayed in Suite Palma which was once owned by the Palma family. The Palma suite was a studio with a lofted bedroom above the living room area (which also came equipped with a kitchenette and a working fireplace). There was a terrace that led to the entryway with gorgeous views of the pool. The large bathroom had a jacuzzi and plush robes for additional relaxation.
A really special and unique piece of the property was the original house numbers that can be found around the buildings. At first, I thought the numbers were dates leading back to the year the building was built but I found out that these engraved numbers were the house numbers!
From the service to the amenities and especially the history it’s no wonder this beautiful village turned luxury hotel is getting recognition from the likes of Vanity Fair! If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany or Lucca, I’d highly recommend making your way to Borgo Giusto for an unforgettable and truly unique experience.
*Disclaimer: I was hosted at Hotel Borgo Giusto as a guest. My opinions, as always, remain my own.