Autumn Culture, Tuscan-Style

It’s harvest season, when crops are ready for picking and food is celebrated all around Tuscany. Indulge in a seasonal Tuscan truffle hunt where you can uncover your very own truffles or book a wine-tasting session with our top sommeliers. Arrange a cooking class with our Michelin-starred chef at the Borgo Cooking School to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine.


Tuscan Truffle-Hunting – secret location

Treasured by Tuscans and adored by food-lovers worldwide, the truffle is one of this region’s most prized ingredients. Borgo Santo Pietro has special access to an exclusive nature reserve renowned for its truffles.

Your truffle-hunting excursion begins with an introduction to truffles and how they are found before you are taken to our secret location by car. There, a local truffle hunter and his hounds guide you on an exclusive truffle hunt in the woodlands of the Tuscan hills, where you'll be able to see the dogs at work, finding these precious food products, while enjoying time in the countryside.

Post-hunt, and armed with your treasured truffles, you are then taken to a local osteria where your very own truffles are prepared and served up at truffle-infused lunch, after which you are driven back to Borgo Santo Pietro.


Cheese-rolling competition – Pienza

Pienza is famous for its delicious pecorino cheese and each year the town hosts a wonderfully upbeat cheese-rolling competition on the first Sunday of September, known locally as cacio al fuso – literally 'cheese to the spindle'. The aim of the participants at this popular festival is to see who can roll the cheese closest to the spindle.

This popular festival is a fun-filled day out for all the family. Pienza a must-do place to visit in Tuscany for serious food lovers, especially of cheese.


Wine Festival – Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti hosts its annual wine festival (Rassegna del Chianti Classico) to showcase the famed Chianti Classico wines produced in this region of Tuscany. Explore and sample this world-famous wine offered at the many stands set up in Piazza Matteotti. Buy your festival wine glass then you’re free to sample wine to your heart's content. This is an ideal event for those interested in the great wines of Tuscany, taking place over the second weekend of September (from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 2017).

slider_peck.jpg September resident artist

This month we welcome John Robert Peck to Borgo Santo Pietro as our September artist.

John graduated from the prestigious The Florence Academy of Art  in Florence, Italy. He teaches portrait drawing at Stanford University and painting at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA. His paintings are shown in galleries in London, Dublin, Florence, Charleston and Santa Fe.

John has a B.S. in Physics from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico. He seeks to integrate science, design, and the craft of painting in every piece of artwork.

His focus is portraiture.

“I believe that drawing and painting are fundamentally about a search for visual truth in nature – the objects of still life, the landscapes around us, or the faces and figures of models and clients. The real work lies in an effort to establish and maintain an honest inner dialogue... essentially, to "turn off" one's rational argument for "how something should look" and simply, plainly, honestly observe and record what I do see.”

For more information about our events please contact our concierge at Concierge@borgosantopietro.com  or call us at  +39 0577 75 1222