The farm Bio-Agriturismo Il Fondaccio is situated in a hilly position 2 km outside of Vinci and 40 km from Florence. Within an antique building, once used for the carts, adjoining to the owner's house, are today 6 holiday apartments, whose names still remember their original purpose: Il Coppaio, once used to place the olive oil in big olive jars ("coppi") over months; La Limoniaia, place where the olive trees were kept to protect them from cold; La Carraia, form the place where the carts were kept. On the first floor, the former hayloft, where the fodder was stored to get dry by the winds of this area, are placed La Tramontana, the wind blowing from north and Il Libeccio, called after the wind blowing from south-west.
The farm is run by the brothers Sergio and Roberto Falzari, who personally restored the apartments with the help of some family members: Sandro "the boss", because he managed the works, Clementina "the artist", because she took care of the furnishing and the research of materials. Whereas Roberto, keen on restoration of antique furniture, has taken care to find and to restore antique pieces of Tuscan furniture dating back to the late 18th and 19th century. Every apartment is different to the other. They have in common the sense of warmth and privacy as well as a private terrace, from where it is possible to access the garden and the swimming pool.
The Fondaccio Farm is covering 15 ha of farmland, of which great part is extending over the hills and only 3 ha of cereals are in the valley. From the 50's on, the farm has been producing wine and extra virgin olive oil. In the 90s, the farm was taken over by the Falzari brothers. Particularly the older one, Sergio, a passionate of oenology and sommelier, follows the product in all its product phases: from the care of the vines and the harvest to the wine-making and finally the bottling. Il Fondaccio produces a red Chianti D.O.C.G. wine, called "Madrigale", obtained by the traditional Tuscan vines Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino, grown on the tuffaceous and clayey ground in front of the house.
The white wine, the "Bianco dell'Empolese" is obtained from the Trebbiano grape, which is cultivated in the lower part of the vineyard. The extra virgin olive oil is produced by the olive types Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo, Pendolino, Rossellino and Cerretano.
The surrounding countryside, mainly cultivated by vines and olives, is characterized by small working farms and rolling hills until reaching the Montalbano. Therefore it is a very well-kept and green landscape made of never ending rolling hills. This beautiful and fertile landscape gave origin to the foundation of the numerous small villages inviting to discover the regional cuisine and culture at the restaurants, open-air markets, village fairs (fig festival, oil festival, truffle festival, wine festival...).
Only 4 km away starts the Valley of the Arno River, which from antiquity on has been nourishing the economic structure of this region. The Arno allowed the rise of the paper industry, glassworks (at Empoli, 10 km) and the leather industry for the manufacture of shoes, clothes and bags, as well as the pottery art at Montelupo Fiorentino (12 km).
From the Fondaccio farm it is possible to reach between 30 and 45 minutes the main places of art in Tuscany: Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia, Montecatini, the Versilia Coast and Livorno. In approximately one hour by car it is possible to reach Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.