Foresteria Il Giardino di Fontarronco: History
The origins of our farmhouse are lost in time even though we are led to believe that the guesthouse was originally built at the beginning of the 13th Century. In fact, on restoring the old cellars of the Leopold structure, architectural finds, proving the existence of a landing port, were brought to light.
In fact, even though Valdichiana is now one of the most flourishing farming areas in our country, it was marshland until it was reclaimed during the 18th Century.
A second substantial change occurred in 1724, when, following the reclamation of Valdichiana (planned by Fossombroni), Duke Leopold of Tuscany (after whom the type of structure is named), issued a decree on farmhouse building canons establishing the existence of a cubic structure above the roof called a "Pigeon Loft" or "Dovecote".
The stables, farmyard animal stalls and barns date back to the early 19th Century. It was during this period that the first large families moved en masse to the hamlet. The family became completely self-sufficient.
The Randellinis, later better known as the Bianchinis, lived in the Guesthouse until 1940 and then moved to one of the new towns that sprung up immediately after the war.
However, still today, nostalgia drives the elderly to come to visit their old homes on bicycles; it is thanks to them that we managed to bring to light details that would otherwise have escaped the modern world and been lost in time. Thanks to the old villagers, old traditions and customs have been re-discovered ; the unusual legends and historical ambiguities of the Foresteria il Giardino di Fontarroncoto make the farmouse even more surreal and romantic for visitors today.
However, still today, nostalgia drives the elderly to come to visit their old homes on bicycles; it is thanks to them that we managed to bring to light details that would otherwise have escaped the modern world and been lost in time. Thanks to the old villagers, old traditions and customs have been brought to light; there is no shortage of unusual legends to make these places even more unreal and romantic than one can imagine on arriving at Il Giardino di Fontarronco Guest Farm.