Solomeo is a medieval hamlet whose foundation probably dates back to the land reclamation of the twelfth century that saved the valley from abandonment, thus marking the beginning of the agricultural recovery. The people working on the reclamation built their first houses on top of the mild hill, because the air was purer.

The Church of Saint Bartholomew, dating back to the twelfth century, bears witness to the stability of the settling; the castle, built just some time afterwards, demonstrates the villagers’ need to defend themselves from the frequent forays and plundering of those times.

The crest of Solomeo
Lemon tree

During the Renaissance Villa Solomei – this is how the village was named and recorded in the ancient papers - experiences a buoyant population growth. The secluded and romantic Cemetery and the eighteenth century Villa Antinori speak of the lasting prosperity of the village.

Solomeo lies deep in Brunello’s heart as it represents the core of his family, business and spiritual life.

Socrates
Solomeo, the hamlet

The idea of gathering here all of the symbolic aspects of his life came to him in 1985: it was an unconventional choice that runs counter the trend in those years.

In Italy, back then, people preferred to be free from their ties to the land of origin and felt no regret for the loss of those values and traditions that are being rediscovered and sought after today, thus proving the rightness of Brunello’s original choice.

Confucius
1994 L'Uomo Vogue
1995 Fashion
1998 Famiglia Cristiana

More recently the company business, which was initially established at the castle, was relocated to the valley below; the ancient medieval buildings now host the classrooms of the School of Arts and Crafts, set up in 2013.

The School of Solomeo

The Hamlet is now even more closely linked to the Forum of the Arts, and one might even say that the whole of Solomeo is an area devoted to culture, to art, to traditions, to history, to a happy life.

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