Experience the rice farming
One of the aspects that our family has always honoured is hospitality, specifically sincere and generous peasant hospitality.
So it was natural for us to wonder why we shouldn’t make our quality available to any visitors by opening our home to them.
We are now organised so that we can make guided tours showing the rice growing techniques and the typical paddy field habitat directly in the field.
Here, the visitor has the interesting experience of the ‘paddy field civilisation’, which beat out the rhythm of life, trained generations, shaped the landscape and marked the story of a large part of the absolutely unique Po Valley for centuries.
One of the rare things to see in operation is the historic water mill with the rice ‘pista’ and millstone. This is a very rare example of an ancient system of husking the rice, still operated by hydraulic force, used from 1600 to the middle of the last century, and once again operational since 2015. In the near future, we will also be opening symbolic places in the peasant rice world – the dormitory and refectory of the rice-weeders (mondine – always women) in the historic building of the old oven, and the typical house for employees’ families.
We’re preparing meetings on the farm where we’ll offer the chance to find out about the important nutritional input and gastronomic potential of rice through cooking workshops, with live preparation and tasting of risottos taken from the peasant gastronomic heritage.
The outdoor spaces of the farm, the farmyard and restored stable, with the front porch, are an original, evocative location for events and ceremonies.
We also offer excursions – on foot, by bike or car, to local historic monuments, along the Cavour Canal and the ‘Green Rice Roads’.