Gestri was born in 1961 in Florence.
high school, he joined his family’s business - a high-quality shoe retailer in
the heart of Florence, near Piazza del Duomo.
This experience was very important for Leonardo, allowing him to establish a good position in the Florentine entrepreneurial scene.
A good-hearted, generous person with a multifaceted-dynamic spirit, Leonardo got more and more interested in volunteering and helping those in need.
He actively joined Unitalsi (Italian National Union of Transport for the ill to Lourdes and International Sanctuaries) as President for nine years, where he will understand the importance of helping others, which will inevitably also influence his professional path.
this time, Leonardo left the shoe business to pursue a more dynamic way to
express himself - including making use of the human experience gained at
Unitalsi and turn it into concrete actions to support disability.
is when he joined real estate agency Remax Ideale, where he will get the
opportunity to work in real estate while keeping in mind living spaces suitable
for people with disabilities or senile diseases.
that in life nothing happens by chance, Leonardo met Antonio Petracca in 2013,
a Florentine entrepreneur by adoption. Antonio had developed an original
designer radiator that, in the next few years, will change concept and become
This project will nicely connect to Leonardo’s purpose to dedicate
his own professional and human experience to those in need or to alleviate
Petracca and his son Lorenzo run also a renovation and building business whose
name identifies its core qualitative level: "RistrutturArte".
The versatility, ingenuity, skillset and honesty of the people behind RistrutturArte offer Leonardo a safe space where to bring real estate that requires a high-quality renovation, specifically real estate that needs to be adapted to people with disabilities or with invalidating senile diseases.This is the start of a friendly collaboration that unites shared ideals, where profit is not necessarily at the first place, following a concept that is very close to the economy of communion.