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Ancient mill still works in Borgo San Lorenzo

Roberto’s story – Miller by choice

Borgo San Lorenzo

The Madonna dei Tre Fiumi Mill, located in a fraction of Ronta in the Municipality of Borgo San Lorenzo is certainly one of the oldest structures of its kind in Tuscany. An ancient engraving that can still be seen on the façade suggests that the building dates back to the year 845. For centuries, the millers who worked in the area studied the skies hoping for rain that would make the mills run thanks to the waters of the Razzuolo stream. Today, Roberto Cerbai—an ex-truck driver—embraced this unique profession following in the footsteps of his father-in-law. Day in and day out, he runs the Madonna dei Tre Fiumi, with infinite patience. He produces spare parts for the mill, cutting wood that will serve to keep it functioning. This brand of work is deeply influenced by the change of the seasons and the availability of water. Chestnuts are ground at the mill come September and this traditional type of grounding process brings about excellent results when it comes to guaranteeing the quality of the final product.

Borgo San Lorenzo
A fascinating town to visit
Borgo San Lorenzo was founded around the court of the Ubaldini family, in a place where an ancient Roman village once stood. Historically, it has always been the most important town in the Mugello area thanks to its strategic position near the two roads that link the valley to Florence: the Faentina Road and the Bolognese Road. ...
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