World-famous Tuscany — cypresses, green hills, art, culture, wine, truffles, pasta and … Pinocchio. Pinocchio!? Definitely! the little guy made of wood that always fascinated me even as a kid. Now he’s casting his spell over me again. But this time not just in my imagination, but right here, in his Tuscan home.
Typical Tuscan landscape
Castelfalfi is centrally located in Tuscany between Florence and Siena. And Pisa is also not that far away.
It was just a few years ago that Castelfalfi was still a ghost village. Or, as the Italians call their abandoned villages, a “paese fantasma“.
Then, however, in 2007 TUI (Tourism Union International, the Anglo-German travel and tourism company) bought and restored the derelict village for 250 million euros and turned it into a dreamy...