Founded in 1976 by
Roberto Ballini, a professional cyclist in the '70s, this agricultural business is located
at Cavo on the island of Elba. Located on the main road of Parata at the foot of Monte
Grosso, the Apiculture is enveloped in the green of the Tuscan Archipelago's National
The land made fertile by the Mediterranean climate was
coltivated until the 1950's before being abbandoned until the arrival of the Ballini
family. Eventually, with much love and patience, the land was transformed through the
revival of antique cultivation techniques which are considered out dated today but none
the less resulted in the growth of fig, pear and apple orchids.
Today the company which is now managed by sons Francesco and
Alessandro extends to a total of 30,000 square meters almost entirely comprised of
certified AIAB biological cultures destined for plantations of typical local fruit. The
company also produces a fine quality honey with families of bees dispersed over 22
different locations; from Volterraio to Capoliveri, from Cavo to Marciana.
The bees collect various types of pollen from a multitude of plant
varieties growing in uncontaminated zones. The honey that these bees go on to produce is
therefore of extraordinary taste and flavor; from the typical mediterranean bush flowers
to rosemary of which 14 types are known. other flavors include Thistle, Chestnuts,
Eucalyptus and Heather to the more unusual Arbutus, Lavender and the much discussed
The Ballini company also specializes in the reproduction of the
Queen bee, species of which are sold through out Europe and around the world.
The agriculture business Ballini is open for tours
of an educational nature. For further information contact can be made at: email@example.com