THE HISTORY OF THE MILL
Water that moves, gliding towards the sea, that flows, smoothing the stones. Water that moves mills.
The history of the Mulino di Firenze began between Florence and the Chianti region where the theme is water, sometimes calm and placid, at other times impetuous and fragrant. The development of the mills in the Florentine countryside between the seventh and eighth centuries took place thanks to the Basilians, followers of St. Basil and experts in water regulation and woodworking. It is thought the Nave a Rovezzano Mill was the work of these industrious monks from Armenia and Anatolia. The mill soon represented an economic power that was linked to noble residential and church properties. Il Mulino della Nave dates back to 1350 and belonged to the Albizzi family. In 1489, Urbino I, fiftieth abbot of the Abbey, Badia di Firenze, bought the Rovezzano Mill on the right bank from Paolo Albizzi for eight hundred and thirty-six gold scudi.