Tuscany for Two

Posted online: April 2015

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Castelfalfi terrace

The idea of dolce far niente—”the sweetness of doing nothing,” as the Italians say—is never more appealing than when on a honeymoon. And where better to do that in the heart of Tuscany?

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the villa’s dining room

Just two years old, Castelfalfi combines the grandeur of luxurious private villas and atmospheric apartments with a boutique hotel on an old country estate just 50 miles from Florence. The place has a colorful history. Here, the Medici had a hunting lodge; centuries later, filmmakers used it as a set for a version of Pinocchio.

a bedroom of Casale Falecine villa

You pick up the key to your country-style casale, as the villas are known, in the lobby of the hotel, an elegantly renovated former tobacco factory. At the center of the 2,700-acre property is the Borgo, an 800-year-old restored village with a small church, a trattoria and pizzeria, and fashionable boutiques around a venerable castle.

Inside the castle walls lies a culinary jewel. “My meal at La Rocca de Castelfalfi was exceptional,” says a recent guest who dined on Michelin-starred chef Michele Rinaldi’s gourmet Italian fare, “not to mention the gorgeous view overlooking the Tuscan valley below.”

Beyond the chance to sample fine cuisine, Castelfalfi has opportunities for swimming, horseback riding, biking, Italian cooking classes, and relaxed rounds on the two golf courses (27 holes) on the grounds. It makes it hard to say ciao! –Joan Tapper


CASTELFALFI Loc. Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione, Florence, Italy, 011-39-0571-89100, castelfalfi.co.uk. Rates: From $225 per night.

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Aerial view of the 800 year old property


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