Piero‘s father and Lauro’s grandfather, in 1960 had the instinct to buy this beautiful property. Where today you find the pool there was once a lake, where today there are apartments there were stables for horses and sheds for tractors.
All around there were olive trees and some vines.
The main agricultural production was therefore oil, wine and wheat that was harvested by the local workers. In the center of the property, which now houses the “ducks lake” there was a quarry of onyx, a hard coloured stone which in those days was very popular in Tuscany. Once extracted it was carried to the shed which is located above the car park and worked on by local specialists from Iano. With onyx they made so many beautiful things like ashtrays, vases, sinks and even tables. Today, if you walk the paths of the property you will still find some pieces of onyx and traces of its extraction.
The area where Belmonte is located is really called California, in fact, that name indicates a soil rich in minerals.
If you decide to visit the sites of the Parco Benestare (a kind of ‘area of natrual beauty’, three of which are inside our property) you can also find a tunnel that enters the mountain near the entrance gate, where miners once worked and where today it has formed a source of natural spa.
In the 90’s the village of Montaione was a pioneer in the field of ‘green tourism’. So many ‘agriturismi’ were born; these are farms that also give hospitality in country houses and restored ruins.
In the late 90’s, a little behind the others, was also the time that Piero, Ermanno and Simona started working on the project of Belmonte Vacanze.
The rest is history ….