The Patio and the olive-trees.
The building of 'Frantoio del monte' boats an age-old history that shows part of the events of the local economy.
Under the Burlamacchi family it was one of the six mills in the country, operated by the waterforce of the nearby mill-race; then it was used as a granary and cellar with enormous butts wich contained over 2000 litres wine and were built on the spot, because there were no openings large enough to let them pass. Then it was used to have rice glittered. The country was marshy and rice was one of the best resources. In the garden of the actual building we can see the pits in marble used to peel rice. The families that governed the country after the Burlamacchi's were: Spada-Cenami, Poletti and finally Spinola. The agricultural concern Spinola had its oil-mill under the villa that we can see along the road to Lucca, but it was too noisy. So the countness decided to remove it in 1939.
So 'frantoio del monte' became the new oil-press for the whole country up to 1960. After a period of inactivity it was bought by the Gemma's family from Viareggio that put it back in action untill 1990.
The building was then restored and transformed into an elegant Residence with 6 flats and a small cottage, which was originally a stable and a barn, by maintaining however the original rustic charachteristics, in particular the ceilings supported by the typical wood-beams.

Residence ' Frantoio del Monte'- Loc. Quiesa, Massarosa. tel 0584/943855-975218- fax 0584/963819- Cell 3200748839