History of the Tonti woollen mill

Rasiglia in the memoirs of Vanda Tonti

“At that time the river, which was part of the village, like the air, like the sky, became a protagonist. […] The river came from Chieve, clear like a veil over the pale stones, among the green banks of limestone and daffodils… […] In Rasiglia it was joined by the village spring which in Capovena appeared everywhere, even in the street, even on the doorsteps of the houses and in order to go out the inhabitants walked on stones thrown into the water to form a sort of pedestrian crossing.”


From the book by Vanda Tonti, Tanto è mercante chi guadagna, tanto è mercante chi rimette – Vita col padre Umberto Tonti, Tipografia Artigiana Tuderte, Todi, 1996.

The origins of the Tonti woollen mill

The story of San Potente and the Lanificio Tonti woollen mill is intertwined with that of the weaving tradition of Rasiglia di Foligno in the Menotre Valley where our family lived until the end of the Second World War. The first records of the wool working and dying activities of our ancestors date from 1569.


The first Tonti’s woolen mill was built in the small village of Rasiglia in the mid-19th century. In the ‘30s, under Umberto Tonti’s will, a new modern woolen mill was built in the same village. Unfortunately, the new construction was destroyed during the Second World War, but Umberto’s tenacity won on despair and the mill was re-built in Foligno in 1945. At that time Foligno was a growing city and offered more commercial opportunities to Umberto’s activity.

Hand weaving legacy

In the 60s, after the death of her father Umberto, our grandmother Vanda Tonti, driven by her love of Rasiglia and hand weaving, gathered the looms and textile tools used in the Menotre Valley and created a small craft workshop in Rasiglia di Foligno employing three women.


These hand weaving looms are still in operation today and are used for our modest local production and demonstrations for our guests thanks to the skills of Luciana who continues with passion a weaving tradition that is ancient, yet not lost.

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The San Potente new olive oil festival was reviewed in the Good Morning Umbria blog and cited as one of the most characteristic popular traditions in Umbria.



The French websites L'Italie à Paris and Acteurs du Tourisme Durable talked about the tasting session for the new San Potente olive oil organised in Paris in to pay tribute to Umbrian delicacies abroad!



A publication of the Province of Perugia has paid a nice tribute to our grandmother Mrs Vanda Tonti as one of the leading women of Umbrian entrepreneurs. The most important events of the history of the Tonti woolen mill have been also described here


The magazine TheAmerican / InItalia covered Luciana’s hand weaving and the story of the Tonti woollen mill in Rasiglia in a wonderful article dedicated to Umbria’s traditional crafts.


MARCH 2013

Villa Rosy was chosen by the travel planner Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera of Bella Vita Italia for an organised gourmet visit to Umbria. The programme included private dinners, the San Potente new olive oil festival, cooking courses and much more...

APRIL 2013

Villa Rosy was mentioned in the May 2013 edition of the Italian magazine Dove as part of the Saint Francis of Assisi itinerary.

Dove - May 2013

MAY 2013

The editor of the Israeli blog Viva Italia!, Dalit Katzenellenbogen, dedicated an article to Villa Rosy in which it is described as an ideal destination for a gourmet stay in Umbria in the Autumn months. The events not to be missed include the taverns of the Quintana and "I Primi d’Italia" in Foligno, the Settimana Enologica wine event in Montefalco, Eurochocolate in Perugia and the festival of the new extra-virgin olive oil at the San Potente olive grove!


MAY 2013

San Potente Agriturismo has been chosen by Tao, another guide about sustainable tourism, as a good example of ecotourism in Umbria that focuses its activity on the conservation of traditions and local cultural heritage.



The French website on sustainable tourism Acteurs du Tourisme Durable has published an interview with Ilaria where she explains our commitment to environmental protection and sustainability through many environmentally-friendly initiatives and activities.

MARCH 2014

The French blogger Sylvie Clergerie from Le Coin des Voyageurs dedicated an entire post describing her stay at Residence Menotre Menotre.

Thank you Sylvie!



Villa Rosy has been featured by Ambiente Europa, the digital web magazine specialized in the environmental conservation, as perfect location to spend a break in Umbria during the olive harvest.



The Italian magazine In Viaggio released a special issue about Umbria and San Potente has been featured among the best places to be for a cooking class.

In Viaggio - Ottobre 2014


Villa Rosy has been chosen to be the perfect base for an amazing green tour in Umbria with the special partnership of “Umbria Green Card”. You can read all the details of the trip visiting the following link:



Travel memories in Assisi... with great video on the blog!
Thank you Capucine, Thibault, Marion e Baptiste for your visit. #EnjoyUmbria



Villa Rosy has been featured on the travel blog tourdumonde.fr. Thank you Marion & Baptiste! Hope to see you again in Umbria!



Giusi & Alessio from Gente in Viaggio have chosen Villa Rosy has their home base for a blog tour around Umbria between Assisi and the Trasimeno Lake. The home made breakfasts prepared by Corinna have been really appreciated!


MARCH 2015

Our lovely Ilaria is the author of a travel guide on Northern and Central Italy focused on sustainable tourism. Obviously Umbria and San Potente are also in! The book is in French! BRAVISSIMA!


MAY 2015

Corinna has been the spokeswoman of the Umbria DOP extra virgin olive oil producers during the Frantoi Aperti (Open Oil Mills) presentation at Mercato Metropolitano in Milan. Have a look at the video!



The annual appointment with the "Bentornato Olio Nuovo" event (Welcome back freshly pressed olive oil!) has been a real success. Lots of friends and evo oil lovers have visited our farm in Assisi during that day. Read the story of this special feast through the eyes of the journalist Sara Sbaffi from Gente in Viaggio.

The blog Playground Around The Corner has mentioned Villa Rosy as the ideal holiday destination in Umbria when travelling with children. The "Frantoi Aperti" event is surely a great occasion for adults and children to taste a piece of Umbria!


The French radio France Info talked about Umbria in the section "C'est mon week-end" broadcasted on the 21st January and S. Potente has been listed among the best places to go!

Thank you very much Ingrid Pohu!



Il Blog Around Family ha inserito il Residence Menotre nell'itinerario dedicato ai 'posti speciali' dal titolo In Umbria seguendo il suono dell'acqua.

Rasiglia non poteva proprio mancare!



Il blog Umbria 4 Mummy, creato dalle mamme per le mamme in giro per l'Umbria, ha segnalato Rasiglia e le dimostrazioni di tessitura tenute dalla nostra Luciana come meta perfetta per scoprire le tradizioni del territorio.



Fare Digital Media pubblica l'intervista fatta alla nostra Corinna.

Da leggere tutta d'un fiato!



Il Residence Menotre è stato inserito in uno dei quattro itinerari esperenziali del progetto Riparti dai Sibillini per raccontare al meglio il territorio di Umbria e Marche dopo il sisma.


Ecco qualche racconto:

- simonasacri.com/italia/cosa-vedere-in-umbria
- raccontidellostomaco.it/valnerina/
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eZO4Jz8d9I