OUR HISTORY

Where time stands still

The Podere Conti estate, situated centrally in the Dobbiana valley, was previously worked by mezzadri until abandoned in the early 1990’s.
 
The Conti’s restored the 17th century hamlet called Lusine and converted the original stone farm buildings into a luxury agriturismo complete with restaurant and swimming pool between 2003 and 2009. 
The courtyard at Lusine was historically used as a meeting place for local village dances.
The farm is connected to the other local hamlets of Dobbiana via old mule tracks through the forest, most of which today are still open and make for great walks/treks directly from the property.
In 2015, Podere Conti’s municipality of Filattiera which borders the Emilian-Tuscan Apennines National Park was designated a Biosphere Reserve for the MaB UNESCO Program designed to manage and protect natural areas and their contiguous territories rich in many diverse ecosystems and biodiversity.  The Podere Conti estate extends into the National Park which can be reached by foot or vehicle directly from the Property, via the Prati di Logarghena, the prairies at circa 8-900masl, famous for the protected white daffodils and a beautiful area to trek, picnic and have amazing views over the three mountain ranges of the Emilian-Tuscan and Ligurian Apennines and the Apuan Alps with their sharp white marble summits.

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