Giardini di Borgo 69 Pool

Spring 2019 Visit to Giardini di Borgo 69

09 May 2019
Ross Donaldson

After talking about this beautiful project for a couple of months, the moment had arrived where I had touched down in Florence and I was on my way to see it for myself.

After a cappuccino, it was time to visit the development Giardini di Borgo 69 and to meet its founder and designer, Philip Robinson. Framed by the Appenine Mountains, overlooking the valley, with views sweeping across the olive groves, the privileged location is a few minutes' walk away from the local village of Pozzo della Chiana.

Construction underway at Giardini di Borgo 69It was a busy day on site, with many of the project development targets coming to fruition. All the major foundations and the framework of the entire project's buildings had been completed, as well as the swimming pool and sundeck. Spring had definitely arrived, and the centre courtyard was being levelled and prepared for the visit of the lanscape garden designer who was soon arriving to begin envisoning her plan for the open spaces along with the private gardens. I particulary liked the 6 mature olive trees that will add shade to the courtyard, the wysteria covered gazebo, the Tuscan wall using the 300 year old bricks rescued from the original building, and the A class standard of construction and materials which I could see would be making this development of unique and luxury standard.

To say that I was impressed is understating what a well designed, unique project Giardini di Borgo will become. Far from being just an addition to the local village, it is easy to see how it will become the heart and hub of the village, enjoyed by both its guests and locals alike. How lucky these owners are to be part of this mesmerising 'club'.

Having fallen under the spell of this beautiful project, it was time for me to explore the local area, its gastronomy and wines. I was taken to some of the best local restaurants I have ever viisted in my life, menus showing off the delicacies of local seasonal fare. Tuscans truly love their food and wine, and are very proud of their cuisine and heritage. Every meal and restaurant I visited had amazing views, beautiful interiors and setting, fantastic food and wine, and a welcome and joy of living that made the experience unforgettable.

Spaghetti Carbonara
I visited the grandeur that is Siena, soaking up the sun and the heritage of Italy, watching the world go by in the famous Piazza della Campo. Cortona was another highlight, famous for the writer Frances Mayes who used the walled city as a centre piece to her novel "Under the Tuscan Sun". The views from the city are breathtaking, overlooking the entire region, towards the Trasimeno Lake, and in the city itself every turn presented another photographic opportunity to capture the the historical buildings and landscape.

I had time for to visit the regional capital Arezzo, with its charming old town, for another quick cappucino (when in Rome.. or Arezzo) and a "gelato" which all the local people were enjoying in the warm sun.

My whistlestop tour of Giardini di Borgo 69 and the surrounding area left a lasting impression. I could spend years getting to know this beautiful place, but in the meantime I will be telling all those who enquire about this boutique project they shouldn't hesitate; with only a few units left for sale, once this moment is gone, it's gone.

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