Il Borgo del Balsamico

  • Location: Countryside
    Albinea for shops and a few restaurants: 3km (5 mins by car)
    Parma and Parma ham producers: 40km (45 mins by car)
    Parmigiano Reggiano producers: 20km (25 mins by car)
    Modena: 37km (45 mins by car)
  • Bologna Airport (BLQ): 80km (1h by car)
    Florence Airport (FLR): 160km (2h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Il Borgo del Balsamico

How would you describe Il Borgo del Balsamico in a nutshell?

At Il Borgo del Balsamico we rent out three beautiful rooms and one apartment, right in our wonderful historic home with a peaceful atmosphere. The house was built in the 1700s and my father, who always loved the countryside, has always dreamed to own a country home. The company Il Borgo de Balsamico was started because of my father’s passion for aging balsamic vinegar, and it is now well known for its Balsamic. My sister and I built a very successful company based around our father’s passion and eventually decided to also open a beautiful small bed and breakfast in our house as this big and very beautiful property is perfect to be shared with guests.

Please tell us about the style of the interior of the B&B.

The interior style of Il Borgo del Balsamico comes directly from our passion for antique and modern vintage furniture. Different styles were mixed in order to create a very personal but very appealing style. We brought together some furniture from the 16th century and mixed it in with some modern vintage furniture from the 50’s. There are also paintings and sculptures from the 19th century, as we appreciate the design and beauty of those pieces. Additionally, all of the paintings are originals.

How would you describe the atmosphere of B&B?

The Borgo is kind of magical and everything is secluded. The house is not in the hills or the mountains or on the beach, but surrounded by charming gardens. You feel safe, in the luxury of a very peaceful and quiet place. The energy of this place is very special, as it’s like having a private home away from home. Our guests’ privacy is ensured, even if all rooms are fully booked as there will be no more than 11 guests in our large home. Every day they can enjoy the calm and exquisite atmosphere.

Who is the perfect guest for the house?

Families are really welcome and children too, but they have to know that this is a silent and peaceful place, and so it has to be. For example, there are no TVs in the rooms and we encourage a quiet and calm atmosphere. We do offer accommodations for people with dogs, as long as they are well-behaved.

Il Borgo
Pool area
Breakfast area
Il Glicine
Il Glicine
La Piccolina
La Piccolina
Cortina Room
Boule de Neige
Boule de Neige
Gertrude Jekyll
Gertrude Jekyll
Dark Lady Suite
Dark Lady Suite
Dark Lady Suite
Reinde des Violettes
Reinde des Violettes
Breakfast outside

Il Borgo del Balsamico rooms & rates

Il Borgo is a stone building that holds three warm and spacious rooms and an apartment on the second floor. While our office is in the basement, there is a private entrance to the rooms and the apartment. Each of the guest rooms is furnished with a stylish mix of vintage and designer pieces.

  • Cortina Room for 2 people / 20 m²
    130 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Cortina is a large room with wooden floor, old beams and thick stone walls facing the beautiful garden and the main villa. The furniture is a mix of design pieces and hand-painted antiques from the owners’ previous house in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The room has a comfortable double bed and an en-suite shower room.

  • La Piccolina for 2 people / 15 m²
    120 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    La Piccolina is the cosiest room with a twin bed, a large mirror and beautiful drawings of the Italian 900, old ‘como’ and white linen sheets, wooden floor and ogive window. The room has an external private bathroom.

  • Ortigia for 2 people / 20 m²
    130 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Ortigia is a double room with a Mediterranean soul, a Sicilian brass bed, a Moroccan carpet and a sculpture from one of the Italian 900 masters. There is wooden floor and beautiful glass pasta lamps from the 20’s. Everything is original and in the dressing room we have stylish 60’s black and white photographs. The room has a large en-suite bathroom.

  • Il Glicine for 2-4 people / 120 m²
    300 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The large and bright Il Glicine apartment is located on the first floor of the house. It offers beautiful views of the garden, the woods and the Giardino all’italiana with the swimming pool. The main bedroom is next to the large living room, facing a large rounded window. The floors are made of old ancient tiles and wooden floor in the bedroom. There is also a small kitchenette and a bathroom with bath tub and Venetian stucchi on the floor.

  • Gertrude Jekyll for 2 people / 18 m²
    150 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Gertrude Jekyll room bears the name of one of the most popular English roses, but above all that of the famous English writer and designer of gardens who lived between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    Gertrude Jekyll is a double room that overlooks the garden and in particular the century-old Sequoia. Above the bed you can admire a painting with a Madonna; the cedar shelf that frames the bed exudes a wonderful fragrance.

  • Reine des Violettes for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    150 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Reine des Violettes is a pink climbing rose with a hint of violet. The room that takes its name is a beautiful double room decorated with photos taken by Robert Erdmann in Santa Margherita in 1991.

    Two large herbariums dominate the bed, while the large windows frame the centuries-old Sophora. The room can also be used as a triple.

  • Boule de Neige for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    150 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Boule de Neige is a Bourbon rose of a pure white, which in the bud becomes "dirty" with red. A poem, like the room that takes its name: the original wooden floors, from the early 1900s, the very large ogival windows overlooking the garden, the two nineteenth-century putti on the bed, the very high ceilings and the chandelier of crystal drops make this room very elegant.

    To complete it all on the walls the original drawings of the first Maska collections and in the bookstore art and travel books, which make it perfect for attentive and curious travelers.

  • Dark Lady Suite for 4-5 people / 61 m²
    240 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Dark Lady is a beautiful and very fragrant double rose, of an intense crimson red. The room that bears his name consists of two double bedrooms, connected by a long corridor.

    At the center a large stuccoed bathroom with Jacuzzi. The immaculate walls of the two rooms are decorated with original paintings, drawings and photos from the Maska 90s campaigns.

    The large windows overlooking the park are the setting for a nineteenth-century view.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious breakfast.
Optional extras
Dogs are welcome. There is an extra charge of EUR10 per night.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. A baby cot is available at EUR 10 per night.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Toys for kids
  • Pets welcome
  • Hair dryer

Breakfast is included with a stay at Il Borgo del Balsamico, which we serve inside during the winter and outside overlooking the garden during the summer. Guests can enjoy our swimming pool, the beautiful Italian-style gardens, as well as all 10,000 square metres of our property. WiFi is available all throughout the house and we can of course help with recommendations for things to see and do in the area. One treat that we offer our guests is a tour to see how our balsamic vinegar is made, which includes tastings as well.

Things to do in Emilia-Romagna & Botteghe

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

One highlight is a visit of our ancient acetaia and after your visit you can do a tasting of our traditional Reggio Emilia balsamic vinegar DOP and our Modena balsamic vinegar IGP. The visit and the tasting are included in the room rate.

And I would also recommend going to the Parmigiano Reggiano’s production to see how their cheese is made. Other interesting places to see would be Palma, Modena, and Bologna, which are all day trips from Il Borgo del Balsamico. Additionally, Reggio Emilia is a small city with lots of activities, including a theatre. The Emilia-Romagna region is perfect for outdoor activities, such as beautiful hikes in the hills and biking, including off-road biking through the woods. In the summer, there are festivals in the small towns nearby. One in particular is the festival of the string quartet that is very important here.

For dinner, there are many restaurants in the area, from creative dining to more traditional. Our favourite restaurants are about a 15-minute drive away. However, if guests prefer a shorter 5-minute drive, there are some good options in a nearby town. Additionally, for that scenic touch, there are nice restaurants in front of the mountains, which are about 25 mins away.

Il Borgo del Balsamico reviews

5 of 5 stars
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Just excellent! The stay definitely was a 5, if not a 6, as it was just excellent. Il Borgo del Balsamico is a more than beautiful location, decorated with attention to detail. Also the hospitality of Cristina and her team was very welcoming and warm. I will definitely go back there!
Nadine H. (Germany)
stayed at Il Borgo del Balsamico in August 2018

The location of Il Borgo del Balsamico

Il Borgo del Balsamico is in the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. We are located on a very small street with villas scattered in the surrounding area, very wide and private. The property is very centrally located, close to Reggio Emilia and only two kilometres from the very small town of Albinea. The fast train station is 30 mins away by car. From there guests can easily take a train for 40 mins to Milan or Florence, and a mere 15-minute train ride to Bologna, Modena, or Parma.

I particularly enjoy this region because the people are friendly, it’s beautiful and easy to find good food anywhere in the region. This area is named ‘The Food Valley’ for the wonderful range of gastronomic choice made of tradition and old precious recipes, famous all around the world. It is even possible to visit local producers to taste the local foods like ham, cheese, and wines. Essentially, the rentals are located in an area that never gets too crowded.

When is the best time to visit Emilia-Romagna?

Basically it is beautiful here year-round, so there is really no high or low season in this part of northern Italy. It’s lovely in the spring to see the fantastic rose gardens, with a strong olfactory experience from the moment of entering the gate. The roses’ perfume is incredible, truly a breath of fresh air from the smog of the cities. September and October are also great months for a vacation trip to Italy, as in autumn the plants change colours and make this place even more gorgeous. Of course, in winter it feels like stepping outside of your rental home and right into a fairy tale.