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OVERVIEW

Set among rolling countryside dotted with cypress trees, this appealing hilltop resort combines classic Tuscan good looks with a host of high-end facilities. Active travellers will love the picturesque golf course, swimming pools and wide range of sports on offer, while the sublime spa and multiple restaurants provide welcome R&R.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Surrounded by the sort of postcard-worthy scenery that's made this part of Italy justly famous, the resort is a 45-minute drive from Pisa airport, while the Tuscan capital of Florence can be reached in just over an hour. Essentially its own self-contained village, you'll need your own wheels to explore beyond the confines of Castelfalfi.

By plane: direct flights to Pisa from London, Manchester and Bristol take around 2 hours 30 minutes. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from the airport. Free on-site parking. Book flights to Pisa.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Though the resort is spread over a large area, the terrace is reliably atmospheric during aperitivo hour. Shared spaces recently underwent complete renovation, so guests now arrive to a contemporary lobby filled with fresh flowers and historic illustrated manuscripts belonging to the property's new owner.

THE FACILITIES

Staff at Castelfalfi are consummate professionals: charming, courteous and considerate. The resort has extensive facilities: a heated outdoor pool, golf course, a new adventure park featuring tree-top climbing and ziplines, plus archery, fishing and cooking courses on offer.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Golf course
  • Bike hire
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Most rooms are in the main building, combining pale paintwork with preppy striped fabrics. There are also 30 rooms in a converted tobacco warehouse over the road, featuring restored wooden beams. Or, blow the budget on a villa.

Room types: Classic, Superior, Premium, Deluxe, Prestige, Junior Suite, Suite, Terrace Suite, Signature Suite, Apartment, Villa

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

There are plenty of on-site options: casual trattoria Il Rosmarino, the golf course's Clubhouse, seasonal La Rocca (located within a medieval castle) and fine-dining spot La Via del Sale. Don't miss a sundowner on the bar's chic terrace.

Il Rosmarino: open seasonally for lunch and dinner.

Country Clubhouse: golf course restaurant, open daily for all-day dining.

Giglio Blu: poolside restaurant, open seasonally for lunch and drinks.

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