The Borghetto district, within the Municipality of Castellana, has for centuries played a crucial role in the economic and military control of the region. In fact, it’s no coincidence that to this day the most visible landmark guiding any traveller to Fattoria Lucciano are the evocative ruins of the Castle. The Castle was built in the XIII century to monitor the movement of people and goods along the Via Flaminia, at the time a consular road.
The happy alliance of this land so rich in memory with Ovidio’s and Paola’s passion for organic farming brought about the idea to transform the family business in 1989. A walk through the cultivated fields allows the visitor to see one of the unmistakable signs of a farm operating in harmony with the environment - myriads of colourful flowers visited by countless bees for the collection of the nectar they will transform into honey in the warmth of their hives.
A family of farmers and breeders for at least four generations, it was Ovidio’s father, Nonno Mario, who in 1974 established Fattoria Lucciano concentrating mainly on the vineyard and the arable land, where livestock and hazelnut and olive groves only played a minor role.
Since then, unhurriedly, as dictated by sensible farming, the farm has gradually become what it is today – its 1989 conversion to organic farming being the turning point.
Today’s farm is predominantly a cattle breeding farm with 140 heads of the Brown Italian breed. The animals spend their days leisurely, eating the produce grown at the farm. Apart from pasture, crops and forest, the 120 hectares also include hazelnut and olive groves and a vineyard.
The farm’s main products are cheese (mostly the stretched curd type), meat, oil, hazelnuts and wine.
All our products are certified organic and may be purchased directly from the farm shop, or by order and delivered to your home.
Fattoria Lucciano is involved in a number of research projects primarily focussed on organic farming methods and innovations in agriculture and husbandry. Fattoria Lucciano also actively participates in the Bio-Distretto della Via Amerina e delle Forre Project. This project is based on the organic production-consumption model, and involves the active participation of various elements of the local communities with a view to improving and developing people’s social and cultural conditions.
The creation of the Parco del Sarapollo (Sarapollo Park) within the farm is tangible evidence of the considerable attention Paola and Ovidio pay to the environment and the archaeological heritage found within the farm – an area where environment, agriculture and human settlements live together.
The goal of Paola and Ovidio and of their children Mario and Daniele to give people of all ages an opportunity to discover the reality of farming is increasingly taking shape – new Cellar, Agriturismo, visiting itineraries and teaching Farm activities will gradually be up and running from the autumn 2013.
Our guests and visitors will be able to take part in a number of farming, environmental, nutritional and archaeological activities, which will encourage them to form a holistic view of agriculture as a part of the precious and unique world in which we live.
Harvest and food festivals, visits to production points, sensory workshops, seminars, courses, walks...
Organic farming is increasingly becoming the bastion of health for our entire bio-system – an open, non-compartmentalized system, within which everything – water, soil, sun - and everyone, from farmer to consumer, is interconnected.