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Arezzo, Italy
  • Mountains
  • Forest
  • Safari tents
  • Tree houses
  • Novanta is an experience hotel nestled high up in the Casentino Hills of Tuscany, in the abandoned village of Borgo di Gello. With breathtaking views over the valley below this remarkable place gives guests the opportunity to experience a true and traditional taste of Tuscan life without sacrificing on luxury. Immersed in nature, and swept up in local culture, food, and family – Novanta is a unique experience not to be missed.
    The most important thing in an Italian home is its Kitchen, and this is exactly the same for us at Novanta! All of the food on our table is sourced from local farmers, businesses, neighbours and friends. Everyday we prepare fresh, delicious meals filling our village with the smells of hundreds of years of tradition! From our original wood fired ovens to our overflowing vegetable garden you won’t go far without your taste buds being tingled!

    The story of novanta began in the summer of 2014, when four guys (Igor, Jeroen, Leonard and Mart) from Amsterdam stumbled upon an abandoned Tuscan village near Arezzo and Florence. Eager entrepreneurs full of energy and passion for such a beautiful spot in rural Italy, their goal was to open a pop-up hotel for 90 days.

    Dining at long tables, trips to local producers and finding truffles and mushrooms in the woods made it into a real experience. It turned out to be a huge success! A success thanks to the beautiful natural surroundings, the peacefulness, and the liveliness of the authentic Tuscan country life. After a great first summer, guests were already making reservations for the next year, and very soon the pop up hotel was a pop up no longer!

    Now, Novanta is turning back into the thriving community it once was. There are vegetables growing once again in the ground, the fruit trees have sprung back into life. We have residents all year round, tending to the land and restoring the village, and we work every day with the amazingly talented people around us – our neighbours and our friends. Their skills, their knowledge and their support allow us to build and restore Borgo di Gello into the bustling village it once was – and you are an important part of it!

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