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“Both the Casale I Bianchi and La Valle castles went through a careful renovation thanks to the precious work of caring crafts-men that cleaned and brushed all the stone façades and beamed ceilings; removed, re-paired and put back in place every single roof tile like a big puzzle; and updated these cen-tury-old buildings into modern residences,” says Neuhaus. “After the renovation, a team of designers fully furnished them with con-temporary and comfortable interiors, ideally to enhance the structure and architecture of these houses full of history and memories of times gone by.” In addition to the residences for purchase and rent, the resort is open to visitors who dine at the restaurants, participate in wine and olive oil tastings (there are 30 acres of vineyards and 10,000 olive trees on the property) and enjoy the swimming pool, gym and soon-to-open spas, as well as hiking, horseback riding and biking trails. “Castelfalfi is now back to its former splendor, and has been updated to offer visi-tors and inhabitants all you would expect from a luxury resort — from panoramic swimming pools to breathtaking golf courses to fine dining and unforgettable excursions,” says Neuhaus. “Everything preserves the authenticity of an original Tuscan borgo.” The Medieval Borgo (Village) Among the many projects, the property will also encompass a main street filled with boutique shops, ancient gardens, cafes and farmer’s markets, which will be the core of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. It stretches from the S. Florian church (that dates back to the 12th century) to the ancient Longobardic Castle. The castle (which opened in June 2014) is the heart of the village and includes the La Rocca di Castelfalfi restaurant and the Rosso Toscano Cooking School, which will offer a range of options for half-day and seven-day courses. The cooking school will explore the varied cuisines of Italy. “Having the possibility to take lessons from a young Michelin-starred chef is some-thing quite unique and will allow guests to bring back home a taste of Tuscany that will always

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