Our story was born from the idea of retrieving and reviving a family treasure abandoned for about 80 years: a 16th century farmhouse, located in Furore, a small village on the Amalfi Coast, which enjoys the privilege of hosting golden vineyards, in its upper part (400 metres above sea level), but also of being reflected in the waves of the world-famous fjord of the same name.
The property has been abandoned after the arrival of the rolling road that connected the small villages of the Amalfi Coast. In 1996, my father and I decided to rebuild the old farmhouse which had lost its roof and attics. A cyclopean undertaking, long and hard! There were moments of dejection, also because the facility was far from the main road and could only be reached on foot.
In 2000, after 4 years of work, we opened “our house” to the first guests…it felt like living in a fairy tale! We were able to restore the entire 4-level farmhouse, and give new life to its 5,000 square meters of vineyards, vegetable gardens and gardens overlooking the sea.
We took care of the restoration down to the smallest detail, careful to recover all the architectonic elements of the original structure: frescoes, portal arches, three internal spring water wells, a wood-burning oven, a “museum” cellar with an imposing lever press for crushing grapes (made from a century-old oak trunk), a large kitchen with a hood (which is now used as a barbecue), a small chapel dedicate to S. Alfonso Maria De’ Liguori (which is still used to celebrate receptions).
In this chapel, in 2007, I married Nicola, with whom I was already running the business and we have started a beautiful family. Everyone has a role, from the biggest to the smallest. Nicola and I work in the restaurant, Giovanna and Luigi, our two children, are at the tables, entertaining our guests with infinite chats and musical performances.
Furore enjoys an ideal microclimate for viticulture and vegetable growing. In 1998 it was awarded the DOC Costa d’Amalfi brand and thus, our vineyards were further valorised: thanks to the precious advice of Andrea and Marisa Cuomo, two nationally renowned wine producers, we were able to produce an excellent red wine very much appreciated by our guests.
The microclimate of Furore allows us to grow our vegetable garden all year round, producing most of the ingredients used in our cuisine. However, we also work with local farmers, breeders and artisans, and their high-quality typical products; wholemeal bread, taralli, Provolone del Monaco, fior di latte, cold cuts, poultry and rabbits.
We are the keepers of a piece of history, here you can see the skillful work of tenacious and persevering men, capable of building terraces and majestic farmhouses even in remote locations that are not easy to reach.
Here, the lanes, mule tracks, dry stone walls, the echo of a painstaking interlocking and chiselling work, make it possible to travel through time, to regain possession our one’s roots and rediscover oneself.
And we, today, continue to renew ourselves year after year and to take care of this place with our work which continues and honours the ancient work of others.