The villa of the small farm “La Fonte” dates back to the 1850s, year in which the owners of the time, the Marquis Incontri, built up a farm house for sharecropping and to exploit an important water source (hence the name of the place “La Fonte”; “The source”), which has supplied water for more than one century to the houses and the famous cellars of Fattoria di Pillo, recently renamed Villa Pillo. The estate originally belonged to Fattoria di Pillo but then the Archbishop’s curia had the right of emphyteusis on the land and took it. In the 60s, family Barsottini bought the estate and became emphyteute until the Bishop of Volterra decided to release the property from emphyteusis rights and Family Barsottini became true and full proprietors of the place. Since then, refurbishment works of the existing buildings and of the streets have taken place to also preserve the typical features of the farm house and of Tuscan farm houses in general. The structure of the building has been fully renovated by the ancestor of the family, Silvano Barsottini, a worker who then became a building contractor.
Inside the villa you can not only breathe the air of “History”, but also enjoy the surrounding landscafe full of precious historical fragments. Indeed, the historical track of the Via Francigena, the route millions of pilgrims walk and have walked on every year to reach Rome, can be found near our Agriturismo.
Since November 2016, Gambassi Terme was also named European Capital compared to all those common thermal place that lie along the path of the Via Francigena. Gambassi Terme, together with other towns on the historic path, will work together to offer pilgrims, and not only, services and package specifically for every need.