Welcome to the website of the Podere Magione Holiday Farm!

The estate lies on hills cultivated with vines and olives, in the oldest Tuscan rural tradition.
The holiday farm also has a wine cellar and two more farmhouses, a wood-fuelled oven, vineyards, an olive grove, vegetable garden and chicken run. La Magione farming estate produces wine and extra virgin olive oil.

The structure which accommodates guests, in rooms and apartments, is situated on one of the most ancient routes of the pilgrims, just a few kilometres from San Gimignano, opposite an old mansion (Magione in Italian).
Due to a series of transformations, nothing remains of the original walls, but it is easy to see, upon first glance, the strategic importance that this building must have had: positioned way up high, easy to defend, offering an excellent view of the castles and watchtowers scattered across the area, built to protect villages like San Gimignano and Certaldo and the access routes.

La Magione is a structure which, from as far back as Roman times ("MANSIO" comes from the Latin verb "MANEO", meaning to remain, to stay), was used as a post house along important roads, where travellers could gain assistance, accommodation, stabling for their horses or mules, etc.

In the 11th and 12th century, the "MANSIO" or the "SUBMANSIO", became "MAGIONE" and was usually run by monastic-military orders, especially by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem or the Templar Knights, both well-known in the Holy Land during the Crusades.
The Medieval Magione basically provided assistance and care, on the grounds of love and charity alone.
In Valdelsa, in successive periods of time, there were three more well-known and documented routes; the oldest itinerary was that to the left of the River Elsa between the valley floor and half way up the hills, which touched Varna, brushing Certaldo and Badia Elmi, climbed VILLA CASTELLI, Ulignano and sloped back down towards Torri, Poggibonsi and beyond, the so-called "sigericiano" path (mentioned in a travel log belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury Sigeric, returning from Rome between 990 and 994).


Azienda Agricola Podere Magione di Lanciotti Renata- via Santa Maria, 45 - 53037 - San Gimignano, Siena - Italy
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Apartments in San Gimignano to let

Apartments in San Gimignano to let

Holiday Farm San Gimignano Siena Podere Magione - apartments on a holiday farm in Tuscany, near Siena, Certaldo and Florence