We are proud to be part of the documentary produced by the German channel 3sat:
Florence – Habsburgs and beauty on the Arno river
The magnificent architectural monuments of the Tuscan capital such as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Villa Petraia or the largest private city garden in Europe, the garden of the Torrigiani family, are the focus of this film production.
The Castello di Querceto is shown from minute 12:07.
The Habsburgs transformed Tuscany with its capital Florence into one of the most modern states in the world in the 18th century. Today, their descendants carry on their legacy.
The Tuscan line of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine was founded by Francis Stephen of Lorraine and his wife Maria Theresa of Austria.
Their entry into Florence is still commemorated today by a mighty triumphal arch. Francis Stephen had the Grand Duchy administered by governors who came with him from Lorraine to Tuscany.
The ancestors of Alexander Francois settled in Tuscany from Lorraine in 1740 out of loyalty to the imperial house. Since the end of the 19th century, the family has dedicated itself to viticulture in the Chianti region around the Castello di Querceto.
Alessandro Francois takes 3sat director Gernot Stadler through his vineyards and tells about the time when his ancestors were loyal servants of the grand dukes.
A documentary by Gernot Stadler and Björn Kölz.