October 18, 2018 /
Italian Borgo in Tuscany
Beautiful hilltop Borgo scattered in the Tuscan landscape.
Small collections of perched buildings overlooking the vineyards or the work fields of the area. In Italian, these incredible places are called “Borgos” (singular in Italian is Borgo), and in English, they are sometimes called hamlets. A local competent wedding planner in Tuscany knows well where to find these beautiful places and advises couples to balance logistics issues, aesthetics, and budget capacity.
Originally these Borgos in Tuscany were a cluster of stone barns and agricultural sheds, connected by winding paths with a courtyard in the heart of the buildings, some with gardens often with a small Church.
A borgo in Tuscany was mainly occupied by communities of farmers who dedicated themselves to work in the fields for the harvesting of grapes and olives. These Tuscan Borgos were generally in the heart of the countryside, on top of hills surrounded by fields, vineyards, and olive groves so that the workers did not have much distance to travel to reach the areas of work or grazing.
The industrialization seen in Italy after the war and the decline of traditional agricultural methods led to the departure of workers from rural areas of Italy to the cities, leaving the villages empty and unused, many of which fell into decline. With the expansion of tourism throughout destination weddings in Tuscany in the last thirty years, thanks to private Italians and foreigners’ investments, these hamlets have been “rethought” as secret places dedicated mainly to hospitality and outdoor ceremonies.
For the restoration of these places in compliance with the current regulations, the original materials must be reused, and rigorous checks are carried out on the “new” materials used to keep the design as similar as possible to the architectural style of the historical period of the birth of the villages. An expert wedding planner in Tuscany will propose this kind of venue to those who love the ideal recipe (not at all obvious) for a rustic and elegant ceremony in a stunning landscape drawn down by these local communities who have been living happily for centuries in these charming places.