The Restoration

A sustainable restoration process

From 1910 to 2004, the Fossi family – descendants of the Paluffi – used the villa as their summer vacation home.

In 2005, Liana Stiavelli, the daughter of Mr. Fossi, decided to restore the villa and begin a new chapter at Paluffo along with her husband, Luca Del Bo.

The task of refurbishing the property wasn’t easy: the villa had no electrical heating or sanitary systems, while the surrounding cottages had been abandoned or used as warehouses.

Liana and Luca vowed to renovate their home according to their personal life philosophy, combining a mix of green building and traditional techniques with innovative technologies.
The cottages were restored with minimum interference, following the principles of eco-sustainability:

  • The masonry foundation, made of stone, river pebbles and bricks, was reinforced using organic lime mortar;
  • As per Florentine tradition, locally made Terracotta tiles were used to replace worn floors;
  • The roofs were rebuilt using their original shingles;
  • All architectural features of the buildings were recovered, and the cypress window frames were restored;
  • The most significant restoration was undertaken in the main villa where the 17th and 18th century frescoes had faded over time. After a meticulous cleaning by professionals, the paintings have been restored to their former glory and adorn the bedrooms of Paluffo’s bed & breakfast.

The rooms are stylish, cozy and comfortable, with a mix of original furnishings that belonged to the villa and contemporary design elements.

Restoration work was also carried out in the estate’s olive grove and vineyard. Today, Paluffo makes it own organic extra virgin olive oil, honey and wine.

Electricity is produced by a local photovoltaic power station, which covers 60% of our annual consumption, and the rest is covered by renewable sources.

The result? An authentic restoration with zero negative impact!

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Kind Words From Our Guests
Magic Corner of Tuscany: We only had a short two days in Tuscany, but they were magical at Il Paluffo. This is a beautiful location - the rooms are comfortable and elegant, the food was amazing, and our hosts were beyond accommodating. October is a beautiful month to travel in Italy - carve out some time and spend it at Il Paluffo!

Livia, Eindhoven – NL

We had a wonderful time staying at Il Paluffo. We stayed for 3 nights in the forno apartment. The staff were excellent; there was great communication prior and during our arrival. The accommodation is beautiful and well maintained. We also enjoyed the cooking class and the shiatsu massage that was arranged for us. Just sad we couldn't stay longer.

Lawrence D., USA

This was the most beautiful place we’ve ever been to. I felt like we were in a Tuscan castle with the most beautiful views I have ever seen. We rented a villa for our family of four which was three floors of rustic beauty. Below is a photo of the view from our window. We purposely kept the window open at night so we could hear the rooster’s wake up call in the morning! If you go, be sure to sign up for the cooking class! We made pasta as well as many other traditional dishes. Delicious and also a fun activity! We hated to leave!

Charlize T., Nice – FR

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