In the local dialect, Scurtarola means shortcut (scorciatoia). Even today the "path of the shortcut" ("viottolo della Scurtarola"), as it joins other footpaths along candia's vineyard, still connects Massa's suburbs with Carrara.On the top of the first slope we find the great-grandfather Federico's house, the site of which was an essential resting place for those that were exhausted from the route and from the burden, carried more often on the shoulder rather than on a mule back.The vine-trellis overhang near the house's threshing-floor allowed one to become refreshed, and along with a good glass of wine, offered with confidence first from Federico, then from Ottaviano, gave the push to continue one's way.Nowadays the path is only accessible for one third of the route, but the "Scurtarola", reference point for those that venture in Candia, remains the building that, roosted on the vineyard terrace-hill of Gabbiano and Palancato, had represented the business centre for more that 100 years.This name remembers the bravery of those who, long ago, had foreseen in this outlying area an income-generating service and, with toil and steadfastness, had built the house.For this reason the farm has maintained the "Scurtarola" trademark, a tribute to those that have built themselves a future with strength, steadfastness and far-sightedness.

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