After two years, the renovation of the medieval castle, the ancient heart of Castelfalfi, has come to an end. Now the rebirth of the entire village of Castelfalfi is officially complete. The Borgo, whose castle was built in the VIII century by the Longobard Faolfi (Castelfalfi got its name from him), is a very ancient settlement; it was abandoned during the ‘60s and then brought back to life thanks to a smart, sustainable project by TUI AG, Europe’s largest travel company, which since 2007 has invested 180 million euros here.
The reopening of the Castle is the last part of a process that began years ago with the renovation of the Golf Course (2010-2011), the opening of our Trattoria Il Rosmarino (2011) and a 31-room hotel in a former tobacco factory (2013), the renovation of the buildings and the 41 apartments in the Borgo, 90% of which already sold, the opening of 11 new shops and of our swimming pool complex Le Piscine (4 swimming pools with an amazing view over the valley).
This impressive project has brought back to life Castelfalfi, turning an abandoned village into a modern resort, with an extraordinary charm and a thousand-year-old history, surrounded by an incomparable landscape. A fabulous destination in the heart of Tuscany. In Castelfalfi, our main goal is working in harmony with nature and the beauty of this place.
LA ROCCA DI CASTELFALFI
Next Saturday, June 7th, La Rocca di Castelfalfi, a new gourmet restaurant, will open inside the Castle. The restaurant will be leaded by a young chef from Bergamo, Michele Rinaldi, who earned his first Michelin star in 2011, when he was just 27 years old. Thanks to the teachings of the great chef Gualtiero Marchesi and to important experiences in international restaurants (in Montecarlo, Copenhagen and San Sebastián) and in Italian ones (he worked as Executive Chef in the restaurant All’Acquacotta in the hotel Terme di Saturnia and as a consultant to the restaurant Da Vittorio), Rinaldi will delight his guests with a classic cuisine that is based on the solid cornerstones of tradition and territory, without forgetting inspiration, technique and attention to detail.
Special guest of the event, the Testimonial of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi: Maria Grazia Cucinotta.
The halls of the restaurant La Rocca di Castelfalfi are located on the ground floor of the Castle, in charming, carefully renovated rooms, which have kept – through the use of traditional local materials such as wood, stone, plaster and brick – the historical integrity of the building and its authentic Tuscan identity. On the ground floor there will also be a cozy and informal Bistrot, the perfect location to enjoy a simpler cuisine or to discover the tapas menu paired with our best wines.
Every furniture detail has been chosen to preserve an authentic traditional Tuscan style in a very modern gourmet restaurant. Not to forget, the breath-taking 360-degree panorama of the magnificent hills of Florence and Pisa, which the Castle of Castelfalfi overlooks: the most part of this land, about 1100 hectares, are still in its domain and form the wide estate of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, with its typical production of wine and olive oil, and its famous 27-hole golf course (18 holes in the Mountain Course, 9 holes in the Lake Course). A natural spectacle overlooked by the panoramic terrace of the Castle, a great place for intimate dinners at sunset or under the moonlight. On the first floor of the Castle multipurpose rooms are also available, to host private dinners, parties, meetings and events with breathtaking views. Other rooms have been designed for the Rosso Toscano Cooking School, which will offer courses of all kinds, from traditional menus to more creative forms (such as, for instance, pastry or finger food lessons).
In the future, even the cellars of the Castle will be renovated and will host a wine bar. This is a very evocative part of the building, famous thanks to Roberto Benigni, who here shot some scenes of his unforgettable movie Pinocchio in 2002. Also another important name like Andrea Bocelli had his musical debut as a pianist in the rooms of the Castle when, at the end of the ‘80s, it hosted a piano bar.
The renovation of the Castle of Castelfalfi were supervised by the architects Nardini and Melucci, Filippo Burresi, Fabio Valelà and Adinolfo Lucchesi Palli.
Consultant for Toscana Resort Castelfalfi: the architect Guido Lorenzo Spadolini.