This photo shows Franco, Carli, and the Rua children on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence last summer. Our family has strong ties to Tuscany and we are eager to develop new travel programs that focus on traditional and regional cuisine, organic agriculture, farming of livestock respectful of the local ecosystems, and related aspects of traditional Tuscan culinaria.
About Fattoria Lavacchio. The history of the farm dates to 1700 when it was established by the Florentine noble family Petruzzi. In 1800 it was acquired by the Strozzi noble family who occupied the estate until 1978 when it was purchased by its current owners, the Lottero family, originally from Genoa.
Fattoria Lavacchio is situated in the Chianti Rufina area, about 20 miles from Florence.
It consists of 110 hectares, of which 44 hectares are olive groves, 21 hectares are vineyards, 6 are wheat, and 9 are wooded forest where you can find truffles! There is also a large productive green garden with fruit, vegetables and chickens. Fattoria Lavacchio was the first farm in Chianti Rufina to develop organic growing programs and to produce wines without sulfites. The farm has been constantly evolving by combining traditional organic methods with the most advanced technology in order to ensure the highest quality of production. At present Fattoria Lavacchio produces 100,000 bottles of organic wine annually and it produces a substantial volume of olive oil from more than 8,000 olive plants.
This web site will contain information about our new travel itineraries, including how you can join our groups. I know that travel to Italy is a dream for many food enthusiasts. I hope to see you on one of our exciting excursions.