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History of “Residence Serristori”

History of “Residence Serristori”

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When the social commitment is transformed into a symbol of rebirth, but also the integration of fun and lightheartedness is called “Serristori.” We are in Castiglion Fiorentino, along the main road of Mercy, a few hundred meters from the bridge of Cesa, the natural border between the country of the Tower of the Fortress and Marciano della Chiana. Here, nestled in the Tuscan countryside is a structure famous throughout Italy. Yes, because, here, was born the first school of ultralight for disabled people in Italy. The story goes back several years ago when a priest, enthusiastic about life, regret Arturo Buresti father, and his good friend Luciano Giannini, a volcanologist with the passion for airplanes, they think of a place where children, families and young people can to live a simpler life, without architectural barriers. The first to join this project, as original as forward-looking, are Arnaldo Valdarnini, a teacher by profession and a journalist by passion, in practice the historical memory of the entire country, and Franco Bentenuti, a young boy who Cortona for a dramatic motorcycle accident is forced to live on a wheelchair. Together with them, Paul Barucchieri, the deus ex machina of the American college “Santa Chiara” who died recently. “For a year now – said Franco Bentenuti – dwells in me and all my mates a great void. For us Paul was a true friend and trusted, was a companion of ‘journey’ very important ‘. The adventure of the “pioneers of powered flight” begins in 1995. At that time, Franco Bentenuti first Italian microlight and helicopter pilot, he became chairman of the sports “Baroni Rotti” and together with its members-friends decided to build the center flight. The plot of land is made available by the Serristori. “One day a disabled boy who was part of my own association of paraplegics told me of his experience flying with Luciano Giannini, what was to become our instructor. Was enthusiastic, but at the same time very sad because he could not maneuver the ‘device – he says – And it is for this reason that the association was born. We want to promote flight activity even among those who are carriers of motor deficits. Our slogan reads:’ Barriers are broken, but there are places where There are Less From Break ‘. For us, the sky is the ideal place to live, there are no barriers for anyone! When we are at the controls of an ultralight feel the feelings that have doubled compared to a normal person. Moreover spend our life sitting on a wheelchair and then the flight makes us feel truly free, and it’s a great feeling!”

Thus begins the work to realize the structure. “We built some hangars, mowed the grass and planted the windsock – he continues with a smile – we were very happy. Our dreams were becoming reality. “The official opening takes place airfields the following year. Meanwhile, the ruins of which are located within a few tens of meters are neither used nor refurbished. As long as we are in 2000, is a public auction banished “to which – Franco continues his story – decide to participate.” 750 thousand euro in more than 20 Members become the owners of the plot of land with some ultralight aircraft hangar and the same. And today, after 10 years, that same land, there are 15 apartments, 8 of which are wheelchair accessible, a restaurant and a swimming pool. “For the name – explains Bentenuti – we chose one of the Conte Serristori. “Yes, because the land on which stands the residence was managed by the Serristori which aims to help people just like the weakest and most defenseless. So after tens and tens of years, once again, the will of the Conte Serristori , the Florentine nobleman who left his wealth to the fathers of Castiglion Fiorentino Filipinos who pledged towards the needy children, was maintained. And today the “Serristori” has become one of the most important companies in the field of leisure flying, Sportsman and not only by demonstrating, therefore, that good will can achieve important goals. As happened in 2011 when the airfield Serristori went the “Avioportolano Award” for the best airport aviation-Italian tourist. A very prestigious award in Italy There are hundreds of airports, which brings up the name of Castiglion Fiorentino and the whole valley. “Every year – continues Franco – land about 300 planes.”

Mainly come from France, Germany and Austria. “Even in groups of 20-30 aircraft” he explains. There are many, therefore, the daredevils of the sky who decide to spend a few hours or even days in the structure. The comfort of the apartments, the food and wine and the beautiful landscape are the ideal setting for a holiday, for a moment of relaxation. And then there are the many events that take place every year just inside the residence “Serristori.” One above all, the “Festival of the Air” which attracts thousands of people from neighboring countries and beyond. So, thanks to the “gang” of friends in Castiglion Fiorentino is a tourist village with a flight center for disabled people, a reference point for the Italian peninsula. But there is also the “Serristori” with its 15 apartments, of which 8 are wheelchair accessible, a restaurant and swimming pool. A place of pure fun. Immersed in nature is, in fact, possible to taste the food and wine of the area, relax in the pool and occasionally raise the nose to the sky where the “iron bird” draw a heart. Always returns the flight, space, sky, clouds and immensity. In a word, freedom.

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