Castello di Montozzi: farmhouse in Pergine Valdarno
The Castle of Montozzi enjoys an incredible panoramic position overlooking the Val d'Arno di Sopra, the Val d'Ambra, the Monti del Chianti and the Prato Magno.
The fortified medieval structure, still legible today, over the centuries has been transformed into a pretty village.
The hill from whose peak controlled communication routes and territories disputed between Guelphs and Ghibellines, is surrounded by a crown of olive trees, and within the ancient circle of walls have appeared public utility buildings, orchards and gardens that in spring are a "flagship".
In the 1600, the now dangerous stones that in ancient times had formed the stronghold of Teuzzo dei Sassi, Lord of the Bulgarians, were recomposed to give life to the Villa-Palace of the prelates Francesco and Ottavio Bartolini Baldelli.
They wanted a dwelling of noble proportions but without excessive pomp, which traced the model of simple and sober harmony of many Florentine palaces and villas; guided in their choices by the spirit of noble dignity that was well suited to their habit and to their work as Secretaries of Cosimo III.
At the beginning of '700, the most frivolous and mundane Francesco Maria Bartolini Baldelli with his bride Maria Maddalena Giraldi, in addition to the new church of Montozzi, he added a double porch overlooking the garden to soften the solid structure built by uncles. A creation and a structural feature of great charm, which has made the original conception more dynamic and graceful.
In those years he was Lieutenant of the Academy of the Arts of Drawing, fulcrum management of the artists in Florence, and here he was inspired to give a touch of elegance to his Villa of Montozzi: he entrusted the fresco decoration to Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani and Giovanni Martino Portuguese the stuccoes.
The park, as we see it today, was essentially designed and created in the mid-nineteenth century by the Marquis Bartolommeo Bartolini Baldelli. As Major Majordomo of the Imperial and Real Court of Lorraine he was able to draw on the wisdom of Pitti's staff, and for Montozzi he was assisted by Angiolo Pucci, gardener of the Royal Botanical Garden of Boboli. In the details and in reduced format, various ideas and affinities with the urban creations of Giuseppe Poggi are also evident.
The history of the Castle of Montozzi
It is from 1036 the news of a fortification referred to as "Mons Teuzi", from the name of its lord Teuzzo of Ildebrando dei Sassi Signore dei Bulgari; it certifies the presence of Montozzi for the first time.
During the Middle Ages the Castle of Montozzi, a crossroads of an intense road that linked Florence, Siena and Arezzo and with one strategically dominant position on the Val d'Arno di Sopra and the Val d'Ambra, was disputed between the two main feudal lords of the area: Ubertini and Guidi. He was the protagonist of fierce battles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, and according to alternate and dramatic events, he was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt.
Starting from the 1400 all the Val d'Arno di Sopra was subjected to Florence and Montozzi lost the original warlike connotation, turning little by little into a village in the middle of an agricultural, populous and active territory.
Among the families who decided to invest in buildings and lands of the ancient Castle from the beginning of the 1500 were the Bartolini Baldelli, who over the years became their sole owners.
The Baldelli belonged to the feudal nobility of Cortona, Bartolommeo by Piero Baldelli at the beginning of the 1400 had moved to the fief of Montelungo near Terranuova in the Val d'Arno di Sopra, and from it originated the branch of the family who called himself Bartolini Baldelli .
These from the middle of the '500 became Florentine citizens and began an intense activity at the court, carrying out multiple roles for all the Medici grand dukes and Lorraine grand dukes.
This will bring to this family of province riches and honors.
As was common for Florentine aristocrats, the commitments in the capital never turned the Bartolini Baldelli away from the meticulous and passionate care of the farms that will remain a constant throughout the centuries up to our days, and Montozzi will always be at the center of their interests.
The castle today shows its almost millenarian history, during which it is shaped following many necessary renovations. Autarkic until the 50 years of the 1900, it offered to its inhabitants in addition to its decent craft: the house, the school, the church, the shops, the laboratories, there were silk and hemp, they cooked the bricks for new buildings and beams and fittings were formed in the large sawmill. To the community of the big farm, the land gave everything: raw materials, livestock and crops, .... and good wine ...
The last 500 years of this industrious history have been managed by Bartolini Baldelli with constant commitment and passion, coming to transport Montozzi in the rapid flow of today's global world.
The Borgo and the Castle today
Today the village, although restored, retains its original appearance. The villa with the park and the church have been subject to the supervision by the superintendency by the owners Giovanni Battista and Piero Bartolini Baldelli.
Il park is expertly cared for in absolute respect of its structure and original plantings by Marzia Piccolomini Bartolini Baldelli; task made more difficult in recent years by the oddities of climate change and new calamities that threaten traditional flora.
The agricultural estate
La great agricultural estate entirely managed by Carlo and Antonio Bartolini Baldelli includes more 600 hectares of land between arable land, vineyards, olive groves and woods coppice. From the 2010 a modality has been adopted exclusively organic cultivation and exceptional products are obtained: fine wines (Chianti and IGT), excellent oil, "ancient" grains with a low gluten content, and organic medicine.
The hunting reserve
The big family hunting reserve, over the years it has evolved into "Wildlife hunting company" and is followed by Carlo Bartolini Baldelli, it is responsible for the containment of ungulates and repopulation of various animal species such as hares and pheasants.
The services of the Castello di Montozzi: agritourism, farm and wine
The company is one prestigious winery in the heart of Tuscany, an evocative place where nature and human hand combine with harmony in a perfect balance.
From the union between a land exposed to a mild climate and vines placed on sunny slopes, they are obtained high quality grapes, unique for body and taste.
The farm and the oil
Tradition is at the base of the production of extra virgin olive oil.
Olives get the best benefits from a unique territory for climate and morphological characteristics. The result is a oil of superior category with an intense aroma, low acidity and a bright green color. Peculiarities that can only enhance the essential ingredient of a correct one Mediterranean diet, guarantee of lightness, health and flavor.
Ancient biological grains
I Organic grains and spelled they are one of the company productions of excellence.
In particular the "Ancient grains"; they represent an exceptional rediscovery and are the founding base of products with a low gluten content.
The lands of Montozzi also produce legumes and organic medical herbs which constitute a healthy meal for the livestock of many farms in Tuscany.
Charming farmhouse in Val d'Arno
The farm is the ideal place to discover and taste the real genuine products of Tuscany.