The family-run Palazzo Vecchio, born in 1976, is the daughter of the work and the ingenuity of Captain Mario Grossi and later of his son, Simone, who has invested all his resources. Involving the whole family, Simone first restored (2002) the old barn and later (2010) also the farmhouse, getting what is now known as Palazzo Vecchio Farmhouse.
Located in a central area of the green valley of Mugello, in Tuscany, on a lowland bordered to the east by the river Ensa, the farmhouse enjoys a great tranquility, although relatively close to the Borgo San Lorenzo capital.
Inside the farm, which stretches for 51 hectares, it is possible to make guided tours of cows breeding selected for the production of fresh milk from the "Mugello Selection" line for the Mukki milk plant in Florence; You can also see calves and pigs, and other backyard animals such as hens, geese, turkeys, doves and rabbits.
All farm products, including seasonal vegetables, are directly buyable by visitors, who may also stop eating at our restaurant.
HOSPITALITY AND OUR RESTAURANT
In two structures, "il Fienile" and "la Casa colonica", we have 21 beds available in 3 apartments and 3 rooms, and we can also accommodate people with different abilities; The apartments are tastefully furnished and feature, they come with modern appliances and crockery. Heating is standard in every room, while the "il fienile" building is also equipped with air conditioning.
Also available is wi-fi for surfing online.
The "la Casa colonica", until recently occupied entirely by the owners of the farm and recently renovated, can accommodate up to 13 guests in a 3-bed apartment (bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen), the so-called "Granaio" and 3 bedrooms (bedroom and bathroom) called "Chiara" and "Valerio" with three beds, and "Claudia" with four beds. All rooms are furnished in style.
The "il Fienile" building is divided into two apartments: one from seven upstairs called "fienile sopra" (four rooms, two bathrooms and kitchen) and the other for two, on the ground floor, called "fienile sotto" also suitable for people with disabilities. If necessary, the two apartments can be joined. The building is furnished in style, is equipped with air conditioning, private pool, barbecue and private car park.
There is a restaurant where you can eat and taste typical Mugello and corporate dishes at the company's disposal, but also to the public.
During the winter time, the places available are limited to the ample of the restaurant itself, but during the beautiful season, thanks to the use of outdoor space, places can increase.
A private car park is at guests' disposal.
The products used for the menu are largely produced in the farm: lambs, rabbits, chickens and vitellons are raised by us, salads and various vegetables come directly from our vegetable garden; Sausages are made with local pigs, while cheeses and ricotta are produced by us with milk just moistened.
Potato tortellas, typical of our area, are made by hand as well as noodles and ravioli.
The typical menu of our restaurant
Tuscan Appetizers: Mixed Slices, Mixed Crostini, Tomato Crostons.
First dishes: Tortelli Mugellani with ragù, Ravioli, Mushroom noodles, Risotto with seasonal vegetables.
Meals: Chopped, Mixed Roasted (Chicken, Rabbit, Lamb) Rosticciana, Sausage, Arista, Roast Beef.
Side dishes: roasted potatoes, fried potatoes, salad.
Desserts: Crushed to Florentine, Homemade Tarts, Dessert.
The price per person varies according to the choice of the menu from a minimum of € 18 to a maximum of € 30. Booking is required at No. 333/9978977 (Simone).
OUR DIDACTIC FARM
The company is passionate about the activity of "Didactic Farm", welcoming school children of all ages, summer camps or simply groups of families who want to spend a day between nature and animals and approach this wonderful world.
The didactic farm aims to bring visitors to the "milk path", from a time when a calf is born until it begins to produce milk. The visit lasts for about an hour and a half: we dive into the world of milk, to see its production, the routine of the cows that produce it, what they eat to do, and above all the life of a cow, from when it was born milk production begins.
Visitors are brought to the stable where more than 170 Italian Frisian bovine animals are staying: you can see them and touch them with their hands, hear their bickering, and especially understand how they make milk: entering the milking room you will be able to attend a milking of a cow, with detailed explanation of the necessary steps. Then the children can see and stroke the other farm animals.
It is possible after our morning visit to stay in our restaurant to eat typical Mugello dishes, made with the products of the company, while at school we provide a large indoor space, equipped with tables and benches to carry out the meal that can be bag or produced by us.
The other workshop carried out by our company allows to show and explain to children how to produce cheese.
Children will also be encouraged to shape the curd to make it a form of cheese!
Let's point out that this last route is only for demonstration purpose, so there will be no taste or chance to take away the final product but, if you are hungry, there is the possibility, by booking it by telephone, to arrange a buffet or dinner-dinner with our corporate products.
Our educational path is also suitable for people with disabilities: the company is provided with baths according to law and has no architectural barriers. Our Didactic farm is open to all, from 1 March to 1 November, with the following time: morning from 10.00 to 12.30 and afternoon from 15.00 to 17.00.
OUR SHOP OF TYPICAL PRODUCTS
In 2015, the owners of the company decided to give anyone the ability to buy products and create a business space. A wood structure is being constructed and involved in the project other producers of neighboring farms adhering to Campagna Amica, in order to guarantee consumers genuine products and zero km. In the store you will find dairy products, various jams, garden vegetables, fruits, oil, wine, honey, beer, pasta, truffle products, biscuits, salami and much more...
The products of our company are all without preservatives and additives.
In 2013, owners decided to make a mini-dairy with the idea of offering corporate products, especially to the agritourism customers. This project was carried out together with the University of Florence and the Consortium of the Brown I.G.P., funded by the Community funds of the PSR, in order to enhance the company's products and the short supply chain.
At the base of the project the idea of creating a new product, not present in the market, and that is why we tried to make a yogurt with our high quality milk to taste the brown of Mugello I.G.P..
In order to realize this project it was necessary to create a multi-purpose prototype of 120 liters to make yogurt and a 30 liter canister to make puree. After the project was finished, however, the company continued to produce yogurt "al marrone" and over the years it has grown more and more product types, always maintaining the same ethics ie offering good and at the same time genuine products.
Our products are without preservatives, additives or anything else... obtained with just our milk and passion!
Gift packs, Christmas baskets and small jams for wedding favors, baptisms, weddings, graduations, communions, affirmations etc. are realized.