Who we are

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Vestro is short for Silvestro Becucci.

Born in 1923 at Monticiano, he helped his father, a woodcutter, until war broke out.
He married Maria Josè, a share farmer's daughter, in 1949. After the war, Vestro was looking for work to support his young family. In 1958, he and his wife and daughter, Fiorella moved to Abbadia San Salvatore to run a bar and restaurant "La Neve". A few years later Sandra was born.

In 1962 he returned to Monticiano, renting the local inn in the main square which he renamed "Da Vestro".

In 1965 he bought “Orbano”, an abandoned farmhouse at the entrance to Monticiano and restored it. In 1979 "Da Vestro" moved from the town square to “Orbano”.

In 1997 his daughters, Fiorella and Sandra, formed a firm "Orbano sas" and took over the family business.

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History

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Vestro is short for Silvestro Becucci.

Born in 1923 at Monticiano, he helped his father, a woodcutter, until war broke out.

He married Maria Josè, a share farmer's daughter, in 1949. After the war, Vestro was looking for work to support his young family. In 1957, he and his wife and daughter, Fiorella moved to Abbadia San Salvatore to run a bar and restaurant "La Neve". A few years later Sandra was born.

In 1962 he returned to Monticiano, renting the local inn in the square which he renamed "Da Vestro".

In 1965 he bought Orbano, an abandoned farmhouse at the entrance to Monticiano and restored it under the guidance of the architect Roberto Gherardi. In 1979 "Da Vestro" moved from the town square to Orbano where he continued until 1992.

In 1997 his daughters, Fiorella and Sandra, formed a firm "Orbano sas" and took over the family business. On 1st January 2000, Fiorella's son, Jacopo Castagnini, also became a partner.

Podere Orbano

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Orbano is the name of the farmhouse at the northern end of Monticiano on SS 73, which was the main road between Siena and Grosseto before the SS 223 was built. According to Silvio Pieri, author of a book on place names in southern Tuscany and the Tuscan archipelago, the name Orbano comes from the Latin adjective urbanûm. Vestro used to say that the house took its name from Pope Urbanus (it is not sure which) who stayed there during a pilgrimage.

This invention apart, it is not known when the farm was built, but it was already listed in the land registry of Leopold in 1821 and was owned by "Barsini Pietro e dr. Giovanbattista di Andrea, Giulio di Giuseppe, Giovanna, Maddalena e Amalia del dr. Arcangiolo". The façade of the house is unusual and not typical of Tuscan rural architecture. The unusual feature is the external staircase perpendicular to the façade.

A picture of the house appears in a book on Tuscan country houses by the geographer Renato Biasutti.

The house is where the main road meets the secondary road used in the past by boar hunters returning to the village.

Vestro bought Orbano in 1965 with the idea of using the large stable space downstairs for a restaurant and upstairs, where the farmer's family lived, as inn and living quarters. The renovation was carried out by the architect, Roberto Gherardi of Siena, and was finished in 1979.

Ovaria - Emblem

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The Ovaria designed by Marco Magni, and produced by Taccini, has been the inn's emblem since 1997, when Fiorella and Sandra registered the firm Orbano and took over the management.

This domestic object evokes the peasant tradition of Siena in form and material and represents a fusion of past and present, tradition and innovation, in hospitality and food.

In the words of Marco Magni

" I designed the ovaria ten years ago and it was my first work in ceramics. It is a table centrepiece made to hold a dozen eggs for a special lunch, perhaps an Easter dish with blessed eggs on top, perhaps a beautiful salad for a big table of friends. "

The Ovaria won first prize at the Capraia Artistic and Traditional Ceramics Competition 1991, in the table centrepiece section.

Marco Magni biography

The designer Marco Magni also does graphic art and photography, and has held exhibitions in Italy and abroad. His work has been recognized in various competitions. Prizes include first prize at the Capraia Artistic and Traditional eramics Competition 1991 and a mention at the competition "Un vaso in terracotta", Milan 1992. He designs domestic objects for Cassetti, Taccini and Richard Ginori.

Between 1990 and 1995 he collaborated with Adolfo Natalini in a project for public buildings and outdoor areas, and in design projects for Driade, Periplo, Meccani, and other artistic lines for Up & Up and Ferrone.

Since 1990 he and Piero Guicciardini have worked as professional architects and designers for theatres and exhibitions. These include Siena Museums, the exhibition \Youth of Michelangelo" at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, and "In Terrasanta" at Palazzo Reale, Milan.