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When Amer­i­can lawyer Michael L Cioffi dis­cov­ered Castiglion­cello del Tri­noro — a derelict, vir­tu­ally aban­doned me­dieval hill­top vil­lage — while hol­i­day­ing in Tus­cany’s ver­dant Val D’Or­cia in 2003, he vowed to re­store it to its for­mer glory, and he knew ex­actly who would help him achieve that goal. The house he was leas­ing had been re­stored by Ilaria Miani — one of the many tum­ble­down prop­er­ties in the area the in­te­rior de­signer had be­come known for re­viv­ing over the past 30 years — and Cioffi was cap­ti­vated by her work. “I could see that she was de­vel­op­ing a beau­ti­ful aes­thetic, which was in­te­grat­ing the char­ac­ter and style of Tus­cany that had evolved over cen­turies with a very con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern flair,” he says. “Her ap­proach res­onated with me be­cause it re­in­forces an im­por­tant philo­soph­i­cal life prin­ci­ple: that hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence is not lin­ear, it is a fluid con­tin­uum in which the past, present and fu­ture com­bine and in­form us. In other words, the past is never re­ally over or even in the past. This fact is espe­cially true with re­spect to art and ar­chi­tec­ture.” Cioffi teamed up with Miani to bring the vil­lage back to life, and the re­sult is Monteverdi Tus­cany, an en­chant­ing moun­tain­top re­treat com­pris­ing an 11-room bou­tique ho­tel, a lux­ury spa, three rental vil­las and a con­se­crated Ro­manesque chapel. — fiona mc­carthy

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