The building is classified as Historical under the protection of the Authority "Paesaggistica" (landscape and heritage).
Centone is one of the oldest and most beautiful "casale" in Matraia; it seems to be there since XIV century and it became first a recovery center for monks, later it was the oliveyard of the Guinigi family, who owned the whole area and used to spend the summer in their Villa, just below the Centone. The yard has been cultivated for long time with olive trees, vineyard, wheat, walnut and other fruit trees, some still present in the property.
In the house there are still some "secret" hidden rooms and we have discovered ancient vestiges...
The secret room
In the caves, this wall covers the entrance to a hidden room. Nobody knows what's behind...
Ancient baby wooden shoe
Found below the ancient floor, during the restructuring works
The old columns
These columns were part of Matraia St. Michele altar until its restoration in XII century; two went to the church "il castellaccio" and two were put here
The ancient water reservoir
Since its origins, still today this underground reservoir stores rain fresh water, mainly for agricultural uses.
Our olive oil
Obtained by pressing our olives daily, to preserve all the flavour and their anti-oxidants
We make jam from our apricots, peers, figs, kaki, according to the season