Originally founded 800 years ago, the mediaeval Tuscan hamlet of Castelfalfi has been sensitively restored to create new properties with an old world charm in the heart of the idyllic Italian countryside. The resort combines an authentic village atmosphere with the convenience of proximity to the cultural, geographical and artistic gems of Italy’s finest region, making it a prime location for real estate investors in search of a second home.
Castelfalfi is about an hour’s drive from three historic cities: Florence, Siena, and Pisa. The first, often referred to as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is world-famous for its art and architecture, including tourist favourites like Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizzi Gallery. The city frequently tops rankings of the most beautiful cities in the world, making properties in the surrounding area extremely attractive to many buyers.
Next up is Siena, one of seven World Heritage sites in Tuscany. Famed for its mediaeval cityscape and dramatic history, those lucky enough to live nearby will be in prime position for the Palio, a twice-yearly barebacked horse-riding race around the Piazza del Campo. Last but by no means least is Pisa, which has much more to offer than just its best-known landmark. The cathedrals, palaces and bridges make this a charming city for a day spent strolling in the sun – and it also boasts some of the finest pizzerias in Italy.
Food and drink is a celebrated art form in Italy, and especially so in Tuscany. Native ingredients include olives, aubergines, cured meats, and of course, plenty of grapes for making rich Chianti wine. Castelfalfi itself has more than 13 acres of vineyards within the site. Those gently rolling hills also make Tuscany a top destination for golf, with some of the best courses in the country scattered throughout the region. The Castelfalfli resort has its own 27-hole course, with plenty of challenging shots to really test your abilities. Just a few kilometres from Florence you’ll find Una Poggio dei Medici Golf Resort, while Impruneta boasts the oldest course in Tuscany at the Golf Club Ugolino.
If you’re planning on spending a day solely in the local area, try hiring a bike and cycling through the criss-cross trails of the unpaved strade bianche, or ‘white roads’. The neighbouring town of Montaione provides cycle hire, expert guides, and self-guided route maps of the region. One of the most appealing aspects of Tuscany is how completely varied the landscape is, with lush green fields, sandy beaches and majestic mountains all found in the same state. It’s worth visiting as many different places as you can in order to really appreciate this, starting with the Lunigiana Mountains, a historic region north of Pisa named after an ancient Etruscan city. Hikers will love the intense winding trails, while travellers less keen on exertion can enjoy local delicacies like pasta with wild hare sauce.
The converted farmhouses and new villas of Castelfalfi neatly sum up Tuscany’s charm, blending tradition with modern comforts to create a combination that it’s easy to fall completely in love with. If you’re considering purchasing property in Tuscany, contact Engel and Völkers to start searching with the support of their expert advice. You can learn more about the Castelfalfi redevelopment by visiting their website.