History of Borgo Sant’Ambrogio

The history of Sant’Ambrogio goes back as far as the 17th century, with the laying of the main building’s foundations. The southern and northern wings and the farm holding, as well as the restaurant and the meeting hall, date back to the beginning of the 20th century.

In the 1700s, Borgo Sant’Ambrogio used to be a nunnery dedicated to Saint Ambrose of Milan (hence the name). A coeval portrait of the saint is still housed on the premises, while a layer of frescoes has been recently discovered under the nineteenth-century frescoes in the manor house.

In 1971, Ranieri and Maria Teresa Apollonj Ghetti acquired the estate from the Contucci family of Montepulciano. Ranieri and Maria Teresa were awe-struck by the sheer beauty of the estate and the surrounding countryside, a territory marked by centuries of history. They chose the Sant’Ambrogio estate as the perfect place to revel in the extraordinary peace and quiet of rural Tuscany, together with their six children.

Today, two generations down the road, the family still honors Ranieri and Maria Teresa’s vision by looking after Borgo Sant’Ambrogio with the same loving care that was theirs. Every piece of renovation and restoration work was carried out with taste and with the utmost respect for the centuries-old history that is embedded in each and every brick and stone.


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