Tenuta Borgia

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Scauri for shops and restaurants: 5km (10 mins by car)
    Rent a boat in Scauri: 5km (10 mins by car)
    Soak in natural hot springs at Cala Nikà: 3km (10 mins by car)
  • Pantelleria Airport (PNL): 19km (30 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Tenuta Borgia

What is the story behind Tenuta Borgia, what was your inspiration to create it?

The property was restored in the 1980s by Rosa Borgia Baroness Collice and her husband, Massimo, who originally purchased the main house as their family home. Over the years, they bought the neighbouring dammusi as they didn’t want someone else to purchase the land and build something that would ruin the landscape. The dammusi are constructed from black volcanic rocks with a domed roof in an architectural style that is unique to Pantelleria. 

Around 10 years ago, Rosa’s husband passed away and she wanted to keep the property alive by renting it out to paying guests. I met her in Venice where we are neighbours and have been managing the property for the last seven years. Most visitors to the island are still Italian but we are one of the few properties that attract people from abroad, mostly British, Americans and Northern Europeans.


Because this part of the island is almost entirely occupied by the estate, there is a purity to the landscape. It has also been designated as part of Pantelleria Island National Park, so it is guaranteed to stay like this for many years to come.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Tenuta Borgia?

The atmosphere of Tenuta Borgia is not like a hotel, as each of the dammusi is different and decorated with lots of antique furniture. It doesn’t feel like it was built as a conventional resort, with more of a country house atmosphere. 

What do you particularly like about Pantelleria?

Pantelleria is peculiar because it is volcanic and there are no sandy beaches. It is similar to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands but with Mediterranean vegetation. Because it doesn’t have sandy beaches, the tourism industry is still underdeveloped and the island is well preserved. While there are many places where you can access the sea, it is rocky and most of the visitors to the island tend to be young and without families, as you need a lot of energy to explore!
 But Pantelleria offers more than just the seaside — there is a lake, a mountain, hot springs and lots of great trekking. Because there are not a lot of private establishments on the island, you have free access to explore. We have a high number of returning guests but Pantelleria is not everyone’s cup of tea.

The northern side of the island (facing Sicily) is much greener and was where most people settled in the 1960s as they wanted to build holiday villas with gardens. The side we are on is drier, wilder and much less developed, which is what a lot of people are looking for nowadays. You feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere, but in 5 minutes, you can be at a restaurant or anywhere you need to go. We are also close to some of the most attractive places for accessing the sea on the island. 


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Damuso Jolly
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Damuso Gelso
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Damuso Pineta
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Tenuta Borgia rooms & rates

The property is set across 11 hectares, so no matter which dammusi you choose, you won’t really see other guests. Each has its own entrance and parking space, as well as an outdoor dining area. The only communal area is the Arabian Garden, a walled space with citrus trees where guests can relax, and it’s possible to walk around the property and through the olive grove. 


The main house, Dammuso Grande, has four double bedrooms that can accommodate up to eight people and a large swimming pool that is for their private use. Limoni and Palmeto both have two double bedrooms and small plunge pools while the other four dammusi — Pineta, Vigna, Gelso and Jolly — just have one double bedroom and no pool. 

Sometimes we have larger groups for weddings or yoga retreats that book the entire property. In this case, they often use the main house as a gathering place. It can easily be reached in a few minutes from all of the dammusi, with the farthest one being a 7-minute walk away. 


  • Dammuso Grande for 8 people / 205 m²
    1400 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 4 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Surrounded by trees and flowers of Pantelleria island, Dammuso Grande dominates the estate with its mighty walls and its soft domes. The pool area invites to unwind under the pergola; comfortable seats overlook the garden of hybiscus and the large pool, tiled with majolica, stretches between the sky and the sea. Dammuso Grande hosts 8 guests and has two separated buildings.

    Building 1
    Large living room - large dining room with long table for 12 persons - alcove for reading with rich library - sofa, satellite TV - fully equipped kitchen - outdoor living with rattan armchairs and a table and chairs for 12 persons.

    Building 2
    Four double bedrooms with ceiling fans. Of which: two bedrooms have a cozy living room, bathroom and a terrace with pergola. And one charming double bedroom with a bathroom and one small bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom.

    Outside
    Outdoor living with rattan armchairs, sofa and a large table with chairs for 12 persons - private majolica tiled swimming pool 12×6 metres - large solarium and large pergola area with table and chaise longue - 12 hectares of lush garden and orchard for guests’ pleasure, parking area.

  • Dammuso Limoni for 4-5 people / 55 m²
    490 / night

    Unavailable

    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Dammuso Limoni is composed of two units connected by a lemon garden, each with a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and terrace. The view embraces the Mediterranean macchia and the sea of Pantelleria island. Dammuso Limoni hosts 4 guests.

    Building 1
    Large shaded terrace, table and chairs for 6 persons - fully equipped kitchen - a double bedroom with ceiling fan - a sitting area - bathroom with shower - cozy private patio outdoor.

    Building 2
    Double bedroom with ceiling fan - bathroom with shower - terrace with deck chairs

    Outside
    Jacuzzi pool 3x3 metres - Solarium with deck chairs - 11 hectares of Mediterranean garden - orchard available for guests - Arabian garden - parking area.

  • Dammuso Palmeto for 4 people / 75 m²
    520 / night

    Unavailable

    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Dammuso Palmeto, with a breathtaking endless view over the vineyard and the sea of Pantelleria island, features a building with four vaults, a large patio, a small Jacuzzi pool. Dammuso Palmeto hosts 4 guests.

    Large terrace with pergola - table and chairs for 8, sofa and armchairs by Artemide - BBQ - indoor living room with large table for 8, rattan armchair and satellite TV - fully equipped kitchen - a double bedroom in alcove with ceiling fan - french door bathroom and door onto a small patio - a double bedroom totally independent with ceiling fan and french door with a view - bathroom with shower.

    Outside
    Jacuzzi pool 2,5×4,5 metres - Solarium with deck chairs - 11 hectares of Mediterranean garden - orchard available for guests - arabian garden - parking area.

  • Dammuso Pineta for 2 people / 57 m²
    280 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Sea view

    Dammuso Pineta is very romantic: only fragrant pine trees and boundless sea. A cozy living room with fireplace, a large double bedroom and a large bathroom open onto secret patios. A second small bedroom and a tiny bathroom is ideal for teens. A large shaded area furnished with a table and comfortable armchairs invite to enjoy amazing unsets changing day by day.

    Pergola terrace with dining table and chairs for 6 - living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen - a double room with a private patio onto the pinewoods, ceiling fan, large bathroom with shower, private patio - an independent small room with bathroom and small patio.

    Outside
    Solarium with deck chairs - 12 hectares of Mediterranean garden - orchard available for guests - Arabian garden - parking area.

  • Dammuso Vigna for 2 people / 40 m²
    210 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Dammuso Vigna offers one of the finest examples of Pantelleria island architecture: pure and elegant architectural lines combined with the finest furnishings, make this dammuso a home to enjoy, after a full day at sea, the peaceful countryside and a dinner cooked in the ancient oven outdoor. A single unit with three en-suite rooms includes a bedroom, a bathroom and a large kitchen that opens onto the patio with a dining table for 6 people and deck chairs, a ducchena – the typical Pantelleria’s stone bench.

    Pergola terrace with a dining table and chairs for 6 and BBQ - double bedroom with ceiling fan and a French door onto the private patio - bathroom with shower - fully equipped kitchen.

    Outside
    Solarium with deck chairs - 12 hectares of Mediterranean garden - orchard available for guests - Arabian garden - parking area.

  • Dammuso Gelso for 2 people / 34 m²
    165 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Dammuso Gelso is a peaceful and intimate site surrounded by the scent the Mediterranean bushes. In the shade of a solitary mulberry tree from which this dammuso is named, it comprises of a double bedroom with a bathroom and a small kitchen that opens onto the pergola terrace with a stone dining table and a solarium. This small jewel of Pantelleria’s architecture, enhanced by elegant minimalist furniture, is the ideal spot for aromantic couple.

    Pergola terrace with dining table for 4 - fully equipped kitchen - a double bedroom with ceiling fan - large bathroom with shower and small patio.

    Outside
    Solarium with deck chairs - 11 hectares of Mediterranean garden - orchard available for guests - Arabian garden - parking area.

  • Dammuso Jolly for 2 people / 14 m²
    150 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    The smallest of the estate but not the least valuable. Dammuso Jolly is a cozy nest surrounded by the vast Mediterranean garden. The beautiful double bedroom with vaulted ceiling, antique majolica floor with en suite bathroom, overlooks a lovely pergola with a dining table and a outdoor kitchenette.
Jolly can be rented as a single unit or as a dependence of Dammuso Limoni. While maintaining its independence, the two dammusi are connected by a path that winds up among pine trees and rosemary shrubs.

    Pergola terrace with dining table for 4 - outdoor kitchen - double bedroom with French-door onto a patio and ceiling fan - bathroom with shower.

    Outside
    Solarium with deck chairs - 11 hectares of Mediterranean garden - orchard available for guests - Arabian garden - parking area.

  • Exclusive rental for 24 people / 480 m²
    3100 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 11 Double bedrooms
    • 12 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 4 Living rooms
    • 2 Dining rooms
    • 5 Kitchens
    • 2 Kitchenettes
    • 5 Baby cots (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Tenuta Borgia is composed of seven ancient dammusi nestled in 11 hectares of palm trees, pinewoods, vineyards and olive trees.

    It offers its guests a unique experience: be it an intimate party in the patio of the Dammuso Grande with its breathtaking sunset view or a large romantic dinner in the olive grove under the stars, to celebrate a wedding, an anniversary, to organize an exclusive business meeting or a holiday with friends, Tenuta Borgia can make these events unforgettable.

Included in the rates
Rates include a midweek change of towels and a full linen change every 7 days.
Optional extras
Available on request: extra cleaning, laundry service, shopping delivery, private cook.
Extra charges
Final cleaning is payable in cash upon arrival (EUR 70 for Jolly, Gelso, Vigna and Pineta, EUR 100 for Palmeto and Limoni, EUR 200 for Grande).
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome but it's not ideal for young children as the terrain is rough, and the bedrooms are not adjoining — sometimes they are spread 20m apart in separate buildings. Extra beds are available in some Dammusi at EUR 45 per week. A baby cot is also available for most dammusi.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 14:30
Check out time
before 10:30
Closed from January to March

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Hair dryer

It’s important to stress that the main swimming pool is not communal and is for the exclusive use of guests staying in the main house, Dammuso Grande. Each dammusi has its own kitchen where guests can self-cater, although we can organise for private chefs to come and prepare meals. 

At the main house, we offer daily housekeeping, while at the other dammusi, there is a mid-week change of towels and fresh sheets if they are staying for more than a week. All of the bedding we use is linen and the towels are very thick and luxurious. On request, we can also do laundry for guests as there are no washing machines in the houses. 

It’s also important guests are aware that there is no air conditioning at Tenuta Borgia, although we do have ceilings fans above each of the beds. All of the buildings are very old and some of the walls are two metres thick, so if you keep the door shut on hot days, they will retain a natural coolness. There are no mosquitoes, so at night you can leave the windows open and enjoy the sea breeze. 

And finally, if you are not ready for digital detox yet, then you can access our WI-FI using the credentials provided. Don’t expect high-speed performance and please don’t indulge in long streaming sessions.

Things to do in Pantelleria

  • Wine tastings
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Scuba diving
  • Boat trips

Most guests like to go to the sea for the day or you can rent a boat to explore the island from the water, which is very beautiful. The thermal springs and the lake are also very attractive, particularly on nights when you can bathe beneath the full moon. We also have a natural sauna up in the mountains in one of the grottos that is quite unique. 

There are lots of options for trekking across the island and much of the land is cultivated with a type of Moscato grape called Zibibbo that is used to produce a sweet wine known as Passito di Pantelleria. Many of the wineries open in the evenings and you can go from one to the other tasting Passito, as well as some of the dry wines that the younger generation are starting to make from Zibibbo grapes. 


The location of Tenuta Borgia

Tenuta Borgia is located in the southwest of Pantelleria, which is the largest of the Sicilian Islands. We are located between mainland Sicily and Tunisia and on a clear day you can see the Tunisian coast across the water. Pantelleria is quite a large island and we are in the middle of the countryside, with the closest village around 2.5 kilometres away.

The larger village of Scauri is 5 kilometres away and can be reached in around 10 minutes by car. It has a harbour with a few bars and a bit of nightlife, as well as shops and restaurants. 

The main town on the island, which is also called Pantelleria, is on the northern side, around 20 kilometres from Tenuta Borgia. It was bombed by the Allies at the end of the war, so it is not as picturesque as Scauri. But you only really need to go there if you want a large supermarket or a petrol station. 

All our dammusi have a very open sea view. However, the stretch of south-western coast in which we find ourselves (the one facing the sunset) is a high and rocky stretch of coast. Consequently, even if it is perfectly possible to walk down the 2.5km to reach the closest access to the sea of Nikà, it must be considered that the uphill return road can be tiring.

Pantelleria is easily accessible both by air and by sea. In low season, the air connection is guaranteed by two daily flights departing from the Sicilian airports of Palermo and Trapani (DAT). In mid and high season, direct flights are added from Rome and Catania and from the main cities of northern Italy (Milan, Turin, Genoa, Bergamo, Venice, Verona, Bologna). Airlines flying to Pantelleria are: Alitalia, Volotea, Blu Express and DAT.

Wanting to travel by sea, the Siremar ferry sails daily from the port of Trapani. In the summer months, you can also choose to travel by hydrofoil (Liberty Lines).

When is the best time to visit Pantelleria?

Summer arrives on Pantelleria a bit later than you would expect. By May, mainland Sicily can be very hot. But with the wind from the north, the island is still quite fresh. In fact, the seawater surrounding Pantelleria is warmer in October than it is in June because it heats up later and retains its warmth longer. 

Our tourist season goes from Easter to the first week of November. May is a beautiful month if you want to go trekking as the island is green and full of flowers but the evenings can still be quite cool. June is also beautiful but July is probably the best, according to my taste. 

By August, it is too hot to go trekking and the landscape has dried out. In the last couple of years, Pantelleria has been discovered by Italians as it was one of the most exotic places they could visit without going abroad. So August has actually become very busy and you need to book restaurants in advance. So I would say to avoid August, if possible. 

September and October are both beautiful months. Interestingly, October is often better than September because there is always a moment in September when the weather tells you that summer is over - a storm or rain episode — then things seem to stabilise by October. Autumn is also a good time to visit for wine tasting.