Up to the end of the 19th century, this area was all marshland. It was only in the early 19th century that grandfather Giovanni started reclamation work, interrupted by the First World War and then resumed between the two Wars, including the construction of farmhouses and annexed stables.
At the end of the Second World War, Luigi, an agronomist and pharmacist, son of Giovanni and father of the current owner Francesco, carried forward the tradition and began a process of modernisation and mechanisation which led the farm becoming fertile and productive.
Once he had finished his pharmacy studies, Francesco followed his passion for modern antiques and went to London to cultivate his interest. When he returned to Italy on his father’s death, he took over the family business and left aside his activity in the field of modern antiques for a while. He thus discovered he also had a passion for agriculture and, indeed, decided to introduce environmentally friendly crops, eliminating those that required large quantities of chemical products, such as vines and sugar beet.
He planted hedges and copses to recreate a varied and rich natural environment and he decided to renovate one of the abandoned farmhouses, dedicating it to rural tourism. “Ca’Bernarda”, which had fascinated him ever since he was a young child, became “Agriturismo Al Canton”, and the renovation, which he personally took care of, reflects his love of nature and that never-dormant passion for modern antiques which the holiday farm’s guests will experience during their stay.