From more than a century

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Our story started a few centuries ago, when generations of men and women began to build this home with stones from the outcropping rocks. La Fontaccia, an old farm owned by Elisabetta’s family for over a century, was a farmhouse that housed the many peasant families and rural outbuildings such as the barn that hosted the work-animals. The house was surrounded by a large, sunny, terraced land with high dry-stone walls built with the hard work of those who cultivated this land. In here, life used to be simple, often unjust, but respectable, and characterized by the communion between human beings and nature, with its times and its seasons. Country life in this region has remained virtually unchanged for centuries, a tradition of hard work, of made up recipes realized using what nature and work used to bring to the kitchen.

From more than a century

We have been hosting people

The farm appears for the first time in the Florentine Catasto of 1427, when its toponym was “La Fonte”. Only between 1832 and 1835 its name evolved into “Fontaccia”, and finally “La Fontaccia”. Life in the farm gradually evolved year after year and in 1923 it reached its current form. The second world war forced his way into all of the houses and all  of the farms, laying the foundations for an epochal change. The reconstruction in fact will bring along industrial progress and a new idea of well-being that will lead to the end era of sharecropping. After years of progressive and slow abandonment, La Fontaccia was finally foresaken in the 80s. In the same decade we were born, Elisabetta and Samuele, in the city of Florence.

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We were both born and raised in a city context, with urban habits and customs, and we both enrolled in University: Economics was Elizabeth’s choice and Architecture was Samuel’s. This is when we met and fell in love. Living in Florence, in families that have handed down tradition through recipes and regional dishes, means always having countryside lifestyle in the back of your mind. In some ways the rural world has always been a part of the history of this city, and even today many Florentine families own a house in the countryside, relatives who live there, or are descendants of those who worked in farms. We discovered La Fontaccia escaping from city stress, finding refuge in the only accessible part of the farm. Some party with friends and the peace of nature convinced us that this place may be something more than a problematic and falling family property. The charm of the ruin invaded by ivy and wild nature left room for displeasure and nostalgia in our minds. Hence the idea of making this place useful, productive, ordered, dignified again. The whole family was involved and, with the help of the European Community, we started the renovation trying to respect the original structure, shapes and materials, and using new technologies able to reduce the environmental impact. We reclaimed the uncultivated land and planted the new olive trees when we reopened the farm. After years of work, in 2014 we were ready to welcome the first guests. La fontaccia came back to life.