The story of "La Loggia" is strongly linked to Florence, to its powerful families and to that rebirth of culture that takes the name of Renaissance.
This place of unique beauty was born in 1427 thanks to the will of the noble and powerful Florentine family, the Buondelmonti, who built a vast number of castles in the lands of Chianti, which were then later transformed into villas, farmhouses, churches and monasteries. Over the centuries, the history of the "Fattoria La Loggia" has intersected with some of the events of several powerful Florentine families, including the Catani in the 18th century and then the Piombanti-Mini. On top of that, the estate has been producing for years the wine that once adorned the Medici family’s tables, obtaining it from the same grapes that still produce an excellent Chianti Classico wine.
In 1979 the farm was bought by the family of Giulio Baruffaldi, a Milanese art merchant. Thanks to his vision, the farm was transformed into an agricultural enterprise and an elegant agritourism center, welcoming guests from all over the world.
Today the "La Loggia" farm covers about 34 hectares on the hills of the Pesa river, around 300 meters above sea level, tucked amongst olive tree orchards and vineyards full of grapevines in the Chianti Classico area.
Surrounded by a large park, the manor house showcases the typical aspect of the Renaissance villa in the Medici style, with both regular and neoclassical structures. The nearby buildings were once the warehouses, the vintner’s residence, the cellar, the olive pressing mill, the olive oil cellars, and the farmhouses, all of which have today been transformed into apartments with a classically old-world flavor, all with medieval and Renaissance architectural elements.
The houses of the village, next to the manor house, are buildings of great structural simplicity. Despite being the result of workers without all that much architectural awareness, in these rustic buildings the anonymous builders managed to give life to well thought volumetric compositions, with a free distribution of mass and material that juxtapose and intertwine, thus creating, in this togetherness, an utter harmoniousness.
Around the village, a procession of olive trees and modern vineyards embellish the agricultural landscape with their compact mazes and with their row-like geometric order. This suggestive landscape is the fruit of the assiduous work of entire generations of peasant families who, with a simple kit of small tools, managed to carry out a multiplicity of cultivation operations that appears almost incredible. Just by taking a careful look at the traditional agrarian landscape makes one understand the incredibly high degree of professional capacity and the creative spirit possessed by those true artists of the countryside who were Tuscan laborers. Giulio Baruffaldi, really reconnecting to this "artistic" landscape, was inspired to provide a new facet to it by creating his park of contemporary art.