Hotels and housing will be built on 700ha Italian hillside

Conran and Partners has been appointed to transform a hilltop village in Tuscany into a £83 million luxury residential resort.

The project involves the upgrade of an existing hotel as well as the creation of a new community with around 100 houses, a possible second hotel and a locanda - an Italian inn-style hotel - plus community and leisure facilities.

The 700ha Il Ciocco estate is an hour from Pisa Airport, and since 1949 has been managed by the Marcucci family, whose pharmaceutical firm’s headquarters is also located on the west-facing slopes.

The homes will be a mixture of renovated traditional Tuscan buildings together with new-build houses sympathetic to the surroundings.

The project is being led by Conran architect and director Nigel Lea and interior design director Jane Lawrence.

Lea said: “The vision is to transform Il Ciocco into one of the leading hotel resorts in Tuscany, while retaining and enhancing its place in the heart of the existing community.”

He said the team had spent a long time studying the countryside, and the masterplan would use the landscape to develop a sense of a journey through the estate from arrival at the foot of the estate to the summit.