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The history of the farm “Mulino Vecchio del Cilone”

The history of the farm “Mulino Vecchio del Cilone”

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Like the protagonists of an old Canadian film “Sliding Doors”, “Porta Girevoli”, so Joan and Roman look with subtle open the door of their life to a totally different reality. In front of the crossroads between past and future, between history and “fairy tale” decided to completely transform their lives. Only a decade ago lived on a farm in Vanzaghello, common on the outskirts of Milan, where he produced milk and cereal. Today, after many vicissitudes, are the owners of the “Mulino Vecchio del Cilone” located in the enchanted Valle di Chio in Castiglion Fiorentino organic vegetables and produce oil and wine. “The series of positive coincidences that have characterized our life – say in unison – have convinced us that we had to live in this wonderful country.” The decision to move comes, essentially, after the expansion of the airport of Malpensa. “The environment – continue – was changing due to the smog and the days were now marked by rhythms unnerving.” Thus, in February 2000, decided to spend a week in Castiglion Fiorentino. A 30tina visits and meetings made on site but that does not lead to anything interesting. Until Sunday morning when, with suitcases in hand, they arrive in the beautiful Valle di Chio. “Despite the rain and the wild flora – explain – we ‘kidnapped’ from the location.” Neglect is the master. The brambles and brushwood “eat” almost the entire house uninhabited for 15 years. So much so that the building is rebuilt from scratch. A long and laborious but once completed by its fruit. “Before operating bulldozers and excavators – explain – we did a search in the local library. And we saw that the building is an old mill, hence the name of the farm had already been designed by the famous Leonardo da Vinci. ” It takes 3 years, all documented with photos and tons of paper, is to reclaim that to raise the level of the area as well as build the farm. 3 apartments, furnished with furniture purchased in the markets, one for diversamenti disabilities. And as the “icing” on the cake so the old family crests take place over the fireplace. “After so many sacrifices – says Joanna – we were able to complete our project work involving stravolgeva completely and even our lives.” We are in April 2003 and it is time to move from theory to practice. “We were lucky – he says – our neighbors have responded favorably. Even some of these have helped us even in our farming. ” Thanks to a friend of profession walking the first vegetables grown in the fields of Valle di Chio are sold to the market. And thanks to the neighbors son Richard is now friends with new classmates while Alessio recovers the health and enjoys the wonderful temperate climate and colors of the area. Life, then, re-take its course stopped a few years ago to 450 miles away. The wine cellar is filled with wine and food store fill of organic vegetables produced on the farm. Giovanna following courses of Tuscan cuisine. “But the most delicious recipes – he says – I have ‘captured’ by the grandmothers of the country.” We are in 2004 and the first guests arrive. But it will be the following year, in 2005, the year of change. Through word of mouth and through multimedia technology, the farm “Mulino Vecchio del Cilone” welcomes many guests. 90% are italians from all over the boot. “Essentially seek – says Romano – peace and quiet. They want to rediscover the flavors of the past, genuine ones. As has happened to the director of a famous guest of the tour operator with his family. He claimed that he was tired of aseptic and luxurious hotels. He wanted warmth and color.” And farm “Mulino Vecchio del Cilone” matched the color of campaign castiglione with its delicious fruits. “All guests – says Romano – can collect produce from our garden.” And found the warmth of the people of the country. “The hospitality – more – from us is unique and sacred. We all eat together at the table of the products of our territory. ” So, like the pieces that make up a puzzle the way of life of Joan and Roman outlines step by step encouraging a journey along 450 km, from northern Italy to Castiglion Fiorentino. But that’s not all. “I’m excited about this life – says Roman – and I always want to do something new.” In fact, while every year the garden is enriched with a new plant enlarges the farm along the way, first with the pool and the PV, then the spacious veranda which serves both breakfast and dinner and the last extension of the 3 rooms with bathroom. In all, today, the facility has 12 beds and 9 beds. It is said, therefore, that the fate of a man if at all, but at least in part has already outlined from birth. And hearing the story of Joan Roman and you can believe.

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