Every day we work to build a place where is possible to meet people, see a flower blossom, understand that the mother eart is alive, that quality of food change our mood and that all the elements that surround us composes the quality of our being.
When Karin Lijftogt and Antonio Giorgini moved in Tuscany and bought the 18th-century villa Fattoria San Martino, just 800 meters form the town and 1 hours drive from Florence, they had in mind a life of natural beauty and rural bliss. The couple had been working in the fashion industry in Milan throughout the ‘80s (Karin in design, Antonio in finance), and while they loved the place, it was starting to take its toll. I had my own collection – life was good and it could go on forever”, recalls Karin. “ A life around fashion and trends, a hectic life indeed, yet we loved Milan and its atmosphere. But there where disadvantages.” Among them was the fact that she was spending more time “driving around on the autostrada than at home”. Then Antonio’s mother died an event that became a turning point in their life. “ We both wanted to bring rest and quality into our lives and go back to basic, to a simple country life,” explains Dutch-borne Karin. So began a new era for the couple and their two sons Flores and Miran.
Surrounded by a magic landscape and fertile lands we are deeply greatful for the abundance that mother earth offers us and our most keenly committment is to treat her with respect and to take an active part in preserving and protecting the environment. So it is just natural that our farm is cultivated biodynamically and that our restaurant’s menue is strongly linked to the seasons.
Nature is a powerful magician and a wise healer. All vital energy comes from her and her fruits. Our wish is to make our guests get in closer contact with nature by making them taste, touch and smell the products we cultivate in our organic farm: cereals, vegetables, fruits, aromatic herbs ad spices.
Antonio is a skilled and passionate “ambassador” of green thinking and organic farming. A little talk in the garden, the stables or on the fields of Fattoria San Martino will give you deeper and inspiring insights on a healthy relationship between men and nature.