History

The farm rose up on a rural area whose origins date back to the eleventh century, when the Benedictine monks living at the Borzone Abbey undertook the patient work of terracing the hills of the valley in order for the land to be cultivated: it is still possible to see, along the paths, the remains of those dry stone walls built up centuries ago.

The villa was built during the eighteenth century – the incision on an entrance door megalith shows the year of the first renovation in 1779. La Casa del Bosco, as the villa has always been called, during the last century was home to Giacomo Devoto: an illustrious intellectual of the Italian history known for being the author of the Italian Dictionary and one of the leading international experts on Indo-European languages.

Giacomo Devoto was born in Genoa in 1897 to Luigi Devoto, another illustrious man from Borzonasca. He was a clinician and pathologist, he founded the so-called industrial medicine and was Senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He was far from considering the job of the doctor as something abstract: he worked to give life to one of the largest sanatorium for TB patients (Casa Devoto) that is located right in the Borzonasca’s district, in one of the most pure and unspoiled places of the Sturla valley: the beech woods of Mount Zatta. Both of them wanted to rest in their family grave at the cypresses’ shade of the cemetery of Borzonasca.

Later on the house was bought by my grandparents: the musician Benedetto Ginocchio and his wife, Mari Devoto, that has always been in love with the Villa. Today the house has been completely renovated from my mother Grazia, my father Arnaldo and I, Sandro: together, in 2008, we gave birth to the farmhouse.