The estate is lcoated at Barberino Val d’Elsa, in the heart of central Tuscany, on the border between the provinces of Florence and Siena, immersed in a splendid territory, rich in historic finds such
as the ancient lost city of Semifonte which, during the epoch of the medieval city states, was besieged by the Florentines and totally destroyed in order to cancel the memory of its existence. Its inhabitants were entirely slaughtered. A small chapel which reproduces Brunelleschi’s dome for the cathedral of Florence commemorates the massacre on a scale of 1 to 8.
I Balzini is a classic example of a Tuscan working farm which has grown from the former country farmhouse around which vineyards and olive groves were cultivated. The central block of vineyards is located directly in front of the house, which serves as the owners’ residence as well, while a second vineyard parcel is just a short distance away. A wood and a small lake complete the property, giving it a harmonious and cosy air, one gathered in upon itself, and from which one looks out over some of Tuscany’s most celebrated villages. The long sunsets over the vineyards are perhaps some of the loveliest images to be admired at I Balzini and are the result of the extremely felicitious exposure of the property , which enjoys a special luminosity.
The name “Balzini” comes from the Tuscan word for small terraces, the exact site on which the vineyards were planted.