Living a Tuscan Dream

by Lily Hoagland


Nestled in the Tuscan hillsides outside Florence, Italy, Castelfafi, a new lifestyle resort, has been designed around all that the famous Tuscan landscape and village life have to offer: the wine, the countryside, the art, the architecture, and, of course, the food.

The indulgent lifestyle Castelfalfi provides can be seen on every plate. Chef Michele Rinaldi (who received his first Michelin star at the tender age of 27) bases his menus at the La Rocca di Castelfalfi on the bounty of the surrounding farms, fields, and forests. From fresh pasta seasoned with herbs hand-picked from the hillsides, to venison on a bed of local truffles, residents and visitors can be sure that their meals are field-to-table fresh. 

The Castelfalfi experience is framed by the estate’s stunning landscape. Resident agronomist Marco Soldani offers special educational tours of the 30 acres of vineyards, which produce the Castelfalfi wine, and 10,000 olive trees, which produce the Tenuta di Castelfalfi extra virgin olive oil. Thanks to the Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino, and Pendolino trees, which give the olives a strong aroma and intense color, the oil is not only produced on the premises, but, luckily, sold there as well. And if anyone is missing the vino they enjoyed atLa Rocca di Castelfalfi, the estate’s wine can be found at select shops in the local borgo and online.

Castelfalfi also offers the opportunity to explore Italian culture, such as jaunts into Florence, Pisa, or Sienna, a cooking school class, or to study art or Italian in the borgo. Enjoy challenging rounds of golf on either the 18-hole Mountain Course (recently remodeled by the award-winning architects Moroder and Preißmann) or the nine-hole Lake Course, along with any of the other numerous outdoor activities: mountain biking, swimming, horseback riding, and hunting.

Tradition is key to the work of some 200 Italian craftspeople charged with restoring the residences. They use painstaking techniques such as sabbiatura (sandblasting) on the façade. Meanwhile the interior design details reflect an updated farmhouse aesthetic with natural stone, terra-cotta, or light-oak flooring; exposed stone walls; wood-beamed or groin-vaulted brick ceilings; radiant heating and cooling; Miele appliances in the kitchen; and travertine marble, glass, and rain shower fixtures in the bathrooms. If a residence is purchased during the initial construction stages, these amenities and finishes are customizable and buyers can even bring in their own designers.

Italy’s Tuscan countryside elegance can make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time, and travel destination developer and operator, TUI AG, has captured the magic formula with Castelfalfi by combining the old with the best contemporary creature comforts. Be sure to visitare.

For more information about Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, please con-tact Jacquelyn Cuccaro at 917.981.1454 or, and Richard Tayar at 646.737.9657 or