TOSCANA RESORT CASTELFALFI
TOSCANA RESORT CASTELFALFI is an utterly immersive Tuscan experience, a luxury estate set on 2,700 acres of gorgeous hillside. Originally settled 2,500 years ago, Castelfalfi has been through several periods of prosper and ruin and was eventually abandoned altogether by its residents in the 1960s. The reincarnation of this historical property reflects an astonishing commitment to preserving the original architecture and landscape in accordance with modern sustainable building principals. Its agricultural heritage remains an essential component, and guests can tour the historic vineyards and olive groves, sample the cold-pressed olive oil from local producers, the wines of Tenuta di Castelfalfi, or go truffle hunting with a local expert. The village is home to a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, accommodations, and recreational possibilities. Between its Mountain and Lake Courses, the renowned Golf Club Castelfalfi has a total of 27 holes, making it the largest course in Tuscany. Additional outdoor pursuits include horseback riding and an extensive hiking and biking trail network. The traditional Tuscan farmhouses have been carefully refurbished to include villas, townhouses, and apartments that are scattered across the estate.
Among these residences also lies the charming Hotel La Tabaccaia, while Il Castelfalfi, a five-star hotel and spa constructed according to green principles, is set to open in March 2017. Castelfafi is home to three restaurants that highlight the prized culinary traditions of the area and showcase local ingredients. Helmed by Michelin-rated Chef Michele Rinaldi, La Rocca is located on the terrace of the medieval castle and serves excellent Tuscan fare with fabulous views of the surrounding area. Il Rosmarino is a more casual trattoria and bar, where Chef Francesco Ferreti prepares a large selection of Tuscan favorites and wood-fired pizzas. Chef Ferreti also oversees La Via del Sale, which offers authentic Italian cuisine distinguished by the freshest ingredients and handmade pastas. Enjoy incomparable Italian delicacies at the restaurant or just take in the panoramic views of the Tuscan landscape by dining al fresco. Opportunities to engage with the cuisine extend beyond the restaurants; the Rosso Toscano Cooking School offers an incredible array of classes taught by both chefs.