Tuscany has long been associated with lyrical landscapes, rustic produce and a seductive, long history. The allure of living off the land, eating simple yet quality food and reaping the rewards of the vine-laden landscape has been romanticized by many. Nestled amongst the gentle, undulating hills of Tuscany, an 800-year-old medieval village has recently been transformed into a grand and luxurious resort, now known as the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, allowing guests to realize their dream of living under the Tuscan sun, if only for a little while.
The sprawling estate, once owned by the Medici family, encompasses more than 6, 670 acres of vineyards, olive groves, protected woodland and lakes. Given its setting, guests can enjoy all the delights of the unspoiled Tuscan countryside, including truffle hunting, excursions with the gamekeeper, wine tasting and even a round of golf at the exclusive 27-hole Golf Club Castelfalfi, widely regarded as one of the most challenging in Italy. Farm-to-table Tuscan cuisine is celebrated in restaurants across the estate and most notably, at the new restaurant in the castle, La Rocca di Castelfalfi, headed by Michelin-starred chef, Michele Rinaldi. Sustainability is at the forefront of the resort’s ethos, with the construction of the five-star resort having been designed with great attention to energy efficiency. Primarily low-impact materials such as wood and stone are a focus of the design concept, and almost two thirds of the resort’s energy will be supplied by renewable sources. The installation of a powerful filtration system to recycle wastewater and treat rainwater fulfils 96% of the resort’s water needs, and the limited auto access in some areas also helps reduce the resort’s environmental impact.