What to do

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At Borghetto Calcinaia you’ll be surrounded by history, beauty and authentic food and wine. You can relax by the pool, stay local or venture further afield.

Locally, you can enjoy shopping in one of the many weekly markets. Choose fruit and vegetables, charcuterie and cheeses, then buy yourself a coffee and a paper, sit in the square, and watch the world go by.

Family-owned restaurants are the norm, and you’ll often see three generations working the kitchen and tables, offering seasonal specialities and local produce. We can make recommendations for anything from a tiny pizzeria to a romantic trattoria, and can also arrange a visit from a local chef who will cook for you and teach you how to make fresh pasta.

Sansepolcro is a charming walled town just twenty minutes from us. It was home to the famous Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca, and you can still visit his fresco, The Resurrection, described by Aldous Huxley as ‘the most beautiful painting in the world’. Even closer to us is Caprese Michelangelo, birthplace of Michelangelo.

Opera was invented in Italy, and music is such an integral part of Italian life that there are open-air performances throughout the summer and many towns have a small theatre for recitals in colder times.
If you’d like to go further afield, the cities of Arezzo, Assisi, Florence, Lucca, Siena and Perugia are all a day-trip, and there’s always the designer outlets, with almost every label you can think of just an hour from home!
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