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The seed of the pedagogic project

I moved to La Raia in 2003 and, while my husband Tom was converting the land to the biodynamic approach, I started the first initiatives for children which brought to the birth of Intorno al melo, no profit association promoting Steiner pedagogy.

In 2005, in two rooms of a farmstead in La Raia estate, we opened a small nursery school: Steiner pedagogy went well with the land, offering children the chance of enjoying the healthy, rich and silent environment of the Gavi hills. Local families showed interest for the new project and soon enrolled their own children

In September 2010 the association made up of 30 members in all, chose to launch also a school project in a room near to the kindergarten. The space was quite small so my father Giorgio accepted to assign to the association a larger farm. During the summer of 2011 teachers and parents moved to Cascina Ciapurla, an old restructured farmhouse, still part of the La Raia estate, with wide and bright rooms and a garden offering several opportunities of having fun in the nature.

Kindergarten and school teachers have all attended the three-year course for Steiner teachers in Milan. Beside managing the kindergarten and the school, which now include 20 children, every year the association organizes training courses and conferences for adults, in collaboration with the Novi Ligure library, arts laboratories for children, summer camps and free-entry season festivals.

Caterina Rossi Cairo

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Caterina Rossi Cairo

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  • Steiner School
  • portaNatura
  • Borgo Merlassino
  • Locanda La Raia
  • Fondazione La Raia
  • Tenuta Cucco
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Nature at your doorstep

portaNatura is an enterprise strongly desired and directly experienced by me and my wife Caterina. We transformed our beliefs, studies and passions in a family enterprise, which involves other families as well: those of farmers and breeders, of the suppliers working with them, and of those who choose to buy their products…

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Wake up at La Raia!

Within the biodynamic estate La Raia there are several farmsteads which date back to the XIX century: homes, barns, wide arcades and old tanks witness an authentic agricultural world which we have fully recovered with our project of biodynamic farming.

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The green mansion in the Gavi hills

Once a place where wayfarers could rest and get some food, Locanda offers a new idea of hospitality made of simplicity and relaxed pace, with discreet and dedicated service, all in a sophisticated space marked by the interaction with the beauty of the surrounding nature.

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Tenuta Cucco

Tenuta Cucco in Serralunga d’Alba, at the roots of the renowned XIV century castle that dominates the whole Langhe albesi area. The name recalls its altitude, “cucco” in local dialect, the summit of the hill in which Vigna Cucco, the most ancient vineyard, is located.

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Art Culture Territory

On June the 22nd 2013 the Fondazione La Raia – arte cultura territorio (Foundation La Raia – art culture territory) was born, wanted by Giorgio Rossi Cairo and managed by his wife Irene Crocco, art dealer. The foundation aims at promoting, on a national scale, critical reflections on the landscape, through contributions from various fields of study.