Livernano is a truly ancient place. It was first inhabited by Etruscans, whose culture reached its high-point in Tuscany over 2500 years ago, around 500BC. The hamlet was later occupied by the Romans, who gave it its name. Long after the cessation of Roman rule, Livernano served as a fortified border post during the interminable wars of the two great mediaeval city states in Tuscany, Siena and Florence.
Our small, beautifully preserved Romanesque church dates back to the 11th century. In the 17th century, when the territorial wars between Siena and Florence had finally come to an end, Livernano turned into a quiet farming village. At the end of WWII, when the ancient system of share-cropping (mezzadria) was abandoned, Tuscany suffered grinding poverty. The beautiful countryside, tended by humans for millennia, became almost entirely depopulated. The last farmers left Livernano in 1953. The hamlet regained new life in 1990, when the complete restoration of the entire estate was begun. Today, Livernano is once again a working farm, producing fine wines, excellent olive oil and honey, vegetables and fruits. On 38 acres new vineyards were planted with 9 different grape varieties.
In the ancient olive groves, new trees were planted and we now tend close to 1000 trees, all of native Italian varieties. The remaining 420 acres consist of beautiful mature woodland that surrounds the hamlet on all sides. Five houses have been completely redesigned and furnished with local antiques to accommodate guests. Although situated in splendid isolation amidst forests, vines and olive groves, Livernano is close to many local towns, historic sites, fine restaurants, and famous wineries. The shopping and cultural centres of Florence and Siena are only a short drive away.
In our guest houses you can choose among seven suites and five double-rooms. All are equipped with telephone, minibar and stereo-set. Individually and tastefully furnished; each room has a heavenly bed and en suite bathroom.
Each window offers a spectacular view in an unspoilt endless nature. The swimming pool (12,5 x 6 meters) is positioned harmoniously into an old terrace. The whole Hamlet could be rented for Family Reunion, Weddings, Birthdays and Parties. Feel free to contact us in case you need more information.
Activities nearby: horse back riding, floating balloons, bike and scooter rental.
Our first vineyards were planted at high densities 20 years ago with selected vines suited to our unique soils and microclimate, and are pruned for exceptionally low yields.
The Chianti Classico region, in which the world famous Chianti Classico wine has been produced for centuries, covers an area of approximately 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) between the cities of Florence to the north and Siena to the south.
The soil and geography of this region can be quite varied, with altitudes ranging from 820 feet (250 meters) to 2000 feet (610 meters). It is a land of ancient traditions with old villages and monasteries, castles and fortresses. Over the centuries many spaces were cleared in the vast forests of chestnuts and oaks for the cultivation of vines and olive trees, an activity that progressively assumed major economic importance and established an international reputation.
Our first vineyards were planted at high densities 15 years ago with selected vines suited to our unique soils and microclimate, and are pruned for exceptionally low yields. All these for a single purpose: To achieve the best possible quality of grapes from this wonderful land.
Our cellars are elegantly simple and impeccably kept. We use the most modern technology where necessary to achieve quality and longevity, and aim to allow our wines to express the full richness and fascination of their unique terroir.
Loc. Livernano 67/A – Radda in Chianti (SI)
Tel .+39 0577738353