The holiday farm comprises Podere Magione, the farmhouse made up of rooms and apartments which accommodates guests, as well as a wine cellar, two other farmhouses and a wood-fired oven.

The structures are surrounded by vineyards, an olive grove, a vegetable garden and a chicken coop.

La Magione farming estate produces wine and extra virgin olive oil.

Guests can taste and buy the products of the estate, visit the wine cellar and participate in the grape harvest.

The holiday farm Podere Magione has recently been renovated, while retaining all the characteristic aspects of the structure.

The apartments and rooms have been furnished in rustic Tuscan style. A part has maintained the brick vault ceiling (the old cellars) while all the other rooms have the ceilings of old Tuscan farmhouses, made of terracotta and wooden beams.

The Podere Magione Holiday Farm is capable of offering various possibilities for your stay in Tuscany, also maintaining an intimate, family atmosphere, considering its modest size; Podere Magione has 2 apartments (Cipresso Apartment and Olivo Apartment) and one room with a bathroom (Acacia room), a shared laundry room and lots of outdoor space.

All the accommodation units have their own entrance, reserved outdoor space, satellite TV, mosquito nets and a panoramic view.

THE HISTORY

Podere Magione 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).