Molina owes its name to the past presence of many mills (in Italian, mulini) working thanks to the force of water, which is abundant in this area. Thanks to this important resource, for centuries the little town has based its economy on mills, of which there were 17 until 1930. The factories had different functions. The main activity was grinding cereals, but mills were also used for forging iron, squeezing nuts to get oil, and pressing wool. There was a sawmill as well. The “Molin de Lorenzo” (“Lorenzo’s Mill”) has recently been restored and opened to the public. Guided tours are available. Originally, the building had two wheels (today only one has been restored). It was thus possible to grind cereals and press wool at the same time. Outside of the mill you can still see a rudimentary block of stone, once used for shelling maize. Inside, you can see a big millstone and a small lathe for working ceramics.
It 's the first of the mills in the town of Molina and the only original one still working in Valpolicella, grinding the cereals on stone just as in the 17th century, nestled in a natural setting of extraordinary beauty and surrounded by pleasant sounds, characteristic fragrances and flavours of times past in a friendly and peaceful environment.