Surrounded by vineyards and the beauty of the countryside in medieval Siena and Montalcino—embraced by ancient history and contemporary luxury in timeless, cosmopolitan Rome—you will be pampered in both countryside and city. If you’re looking for opulence, pleasure and extravagance, you’ve found it.
Two pleasure-seeking couples will enjoy private tours, tastings and gourmet dining at both Borgo Scopeto and nearby Caparzo. In Rome, where you may choose to begin or end your indulgent getaway, your retreat will be the eternal city’s most exclusive new property, which is said to be the 17th-century chambers of Pope Innocent X, situated right on Piazza Navona.
Bringing you the best of both worlds, from 14th-century elegance to 21st-century luxury and comfort, Borgo Scopeto in Chianti is an elegant Tuscan estate with beautiful views of the famous city of Siena. You can see the Mangia Tower and Siena’s cathedral in the distance behind the gentle, rolling hills. This estate, which for five centuries was the residence of the famous Sozzini dynasty, is now one of the most exclusive hotels in the area where you will enjoy a unique experience.
As you will taste in the wines and see in the vines, the exposure of the vineyards and nature of the microclimates of this area give fullness, ageability and character to the Borgo Scopeto and Caparzo wines, which are expressions of some of the best of Sangiovese.
Amid first-class wining and dining for five glorious nights at Borgo Scopeto, you will all relax with a complimentary massage and have plenty of time to enjoy other spa treatments in lavish surroundings. You can bask under the Tuscan sun, lounge in the swimming pool around the estate and go shopping and strolling around the village. The relais also has a gym and two fast-surface tennis courts, as well as bikes and Vespas when you’re ready to explore the gorgeous countryside. At your private cooking class with the chef of Borgo Scopeto’s La Tinaia, you’ll discover the best way to use local and regional flavors in traditional recipes.
An exuberant finale to your exploration of Siena is a special, private dinner with a musical performance by musicians and opera singers from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Internationally recognized as one of Italy’s most prestigious musical institutions, the Accademia has trained many of the world’s great musical talents. The program for your special evening will feature the work of legendary Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.
Just a short trip away, you will thoroughly enjoy your Caparzo experience and magical Montalcino nights. After all, few things are better than a private winery tour, tasting and lunch with friends. The beginning of the history of Caparzo dates back to the end of the sixties, when a group of friends, fond of Tuscany and of wine, purchased an old ruin with vineyards at Montalcino. The farm estate was renovated and modernized, and new vineyards were planted. Thirty years passed from the first rows of vines and from the first cellar experiences. In 1998, the farm estate came to a turning point when Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased Caparzo. She immediately carried out her objectives: combine tradition with innovation to create a high-quality wine expression of an excellent terroir.
Rediscover Roma! Your retreat was reborn in 2018 as the most extravagant place to sleep in all of Rome. The Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge, is located inside the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and buzzes with an intriguing story of the forbidden love between a pope and his sister-in-law. Pope Innocent X would recognize his Francesco Allegrini frescoes and red Verona marble doorways, both of which have been restored by local artisans. Not so familiar would be the handblown Murano chandeliers, cashmere textiles, and contemporary furniture in velvet, leather and silk.
From the moment you set foot in the apartment via an ornate spiral staircase, you will be transported to another time. 17th-century classic Baroque style is seamlessly blended with 21st-century modernism, for a truly exquisite union. Standing on your balcony overlooking Piazza Navona, is the Fountain of the Four Rivers, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, designed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza as did the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.
Your bid today will transport you from modern Italy to the Middle Ages and back again!
Airfare to Italy is not included. VIP arrival and departure services at the airport; roundtrip, private airport transfers and private transportation between Siena, Montalcino and Rome are included. Trip may start either in Siena, Montalcino or Rome, but must be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates. The stay at the Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge in Rome includes a signature welcome, selection of spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, continental breakfast and afternoon tea daily, a private transfer to and from Rome Airport or the train station and Holy Deer staff at the guest’s disposal. The following services will be available at the winning bidder’s expense upon request: a professional chef, on-site massages, laundry and dry-cleaning services, organization of excursions, sports and cultural activities, additional staff at guest’s disposal 24/7 and babysitting services.
Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini of Borgo Scopeto and Caparzo, Dominique Debay and with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer