When Tuscany comes to mind, we might imagine Chianti’s lush, rippling fields, Florence’s abundance of Italian Renaissance art, and perhaps even the 2003 romance-drama Under the Tuscan Sun. But this region in central Italy, beloved for its quaint villages, rugged coastline, and world-class wines, signifies much more to Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the eponymous fashion-house legend and CEO of Il Borro Toscana, an alluring estate in the Tuscan countryside.
According to Ferragamo, Il Borro was an act of faith and a labor of love, which evolved over 25 years. His father, Ferruccio, purchased the deteriorating 1,750-acre estate in 1993 and launched an in-depth restoration of the 11th-century property. Today, Il Borro is a sanctuary, preserving centuries of Tuscan history while honoring the land on which it was built.
“My family and I are in love with this stunning piece of Italy,” says Ferragamo, 47, “so much that we actually spend our holidays at Il Borro.” Understandable, since the estate, set outside the town of Arezzo, features 70 rooms and suites, a winery, medieval village, spa, two restaurants, and expansive grounds with opportunities for hiking, golfing, truffle hunting, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.
The Ferragamos still live in the region, taking advantage of its nature, sports, art, history, and, of course, food and wine.
He shares some of his favorite spots with Reside.