Enzo Maccioni - Farmer and Gamekeeper
Enzo was born in Lajatico, 20 miles from Borgo Pignano, and has spent his entire life living and working in the Tuscan countryside. Enzo is responsible for tending all Borgo Pignano’s arable lands and forests and does so with paternal pride. His close connection to the countryside means he also manages the local hunting reserve.
Francesca Orlandini - Apiculturist and Head of Organic Gardens
Francesca is our apiculturist, a gifted person with an innate passion for nature. Driven by her strong connection with the environment, Francesca studied Animal Husbandry and Welfare.
Francesca has inherited a curiosity for beekeeping from her family - in particular, her grandfather, who taught her the delicate steps of honey extraction.
Francesca is knowledgeable about the fascinating world of bees, from their social organisation and reproductive cycle to the honey extraction process.
Meet Francesca next to her bee colonies or whilst she is taking care of our organic garden, for which she is also responsible. Here, she often accompanies guests and explains to them the natural properties and peculiarities of each seed, plant and fruit in the garden, including the wide variety of aromatic herbs used to spice and delight every dish created in our kitchen.
Barbara Cautillo - Riding Instructor
Our riding instructor Barbara was born in Rome and has been a horse enthusiast from an early age. Barbara has successfully competed in several years' of equestrian competitions and is a certified ENGEA equestrian guide. Barbara offers guests the opportunity to discover Pignano’s land by exploring the hidden lanes and tracks on one of our well-trained horses. An experienced and knowledgeable guide, Barbara organizes horseback excursions for experienced riders, beginners and children. Lessons for beginners are conducted in our full size horse arena.
Lisabetta Matteucci - Head Herbalist
Lisabetta is an experienced Herbalist who graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Urbino University. She is also a certified naturopath. Lisabetta is responsible for nurturing and transforming our aromatic plants for guests to enjoy. Having lived and worked in many environments, she has always enjoyed time spent in the countryside and the pleasure she gets from her work is evident in the Borgo’s soaps, lotions and essences.