General and Historical Information
La Fornella is located in Eastern Tuscany, just 18
kilometers to the southeast of the city of Florence.
Eastern Tuscany has been described as a land of saints,
hermits and monasteries and La Fornella was originally built
as a living quarters for the farming monks of the Vallombrosa
monastery. The Vallombrosa order was founded by
San Giovanni Gualberto Visdomini in 1038 who aimed to convince
other aristocrats to also give up their riches and adopt
a simpler life of greater virtue. Contrary to these origins
the order grew both rich and powerful during the 16th and
17th centuries when the famous central abbey was built.
La Fornella would have been built during the early middle
ages, with the addition of its two central towers to mirror
those of the fortress-like abbey during the Renaissance.
La Fornella is surrounded by 25 acres of land,
cultivated by olive groves and a small, San Giovese
vinyard, which were once tended by the monks of
the region. The monks' living quarters have been restored
into 3 apartments which may be rented on a weekly basis.
The region of Eastern Tuscany is appealing to those in search
of art, architecture and culture, but also those who would
like to relax in natural surroundings. The nearby abbey
buildings at Vallombrosa are surrounded by such beautiful
woodland that John Milton described them in his epic poem
Paradise Lost (1667). The forest is the largest beechwood
forest in Europe and there are numerous marked paths
and picnic areas, in particular amongst
the glorious, ages old forests within the vicinity of the
monastery at Vallombrosa.
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