Loc. Santa Maria, 45 -, San Gimignano 53037 San Gimignano (Siena)
The farmhouse is situated in the immediate vicinity of the famous medieval town of San Gimignano and just few minutes’s drive from Certaldo, birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, renowned author of “Decamerone”. The estate lies on hills cultivated with vines and olives, in the oldest Tuscan rural tradition near San Gimignano. The Podere Magione farmhouse has 2 apartments and 1 room with a bathroom, 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 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). The farmhouse also has a wine cellar and two more farmhouses, a wood-fuelled oven, vineyards, an olive grove, vegetable garden and chicken run. The Magione farming estate produces wine and extra virgin olive oil. The farmhouse 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 farmhouse can offer you various possibilities for your stay in Tuscany, also maintaining an intimate, family atmosphere, considering its modest size.
Cipresso apartment: a bedroom with twin beds, bathroom with shower, kitchen/dining room and a spacious panoramic terrace. Olivo apartment: a bedroom with double bed, bathroom with shower, kitchen/dining room and a paved area in the garden. Acacia room: a bedroom with double bed, bathroom with shower and a pretty outdoor area to relax in. Accommodation for 2 people: You can choose between the Cipresso apartment and the Olivo apartment if you require a kitchen, or Acacia if you prefer a room with bathroom only. Accommodation for 4 people: is recommended a combination of the Olivo apartment and Acacia; the two accommodation units can be joined by a communicating door. Accommodation for 6 people: it is possible to rent the whole structure, leaving each accommodation unit separate or creating one big one by opening the two communicating doors. All the accommodation units have: separate entrance, reserved outdoor space, satellite tv, bed and bathroom linen, mosquito nets, panoramic view, fully equipped kitchen (Cipresso and Olivo apartments only) with dishwasher, fridge and freezer.
Shared areas: large fenced garden, carpark, laundry room, wood-fuelled oven.
Advantages: everything is on one floor (ground floor), facilitating access, windows with exclusive view, view of splendid sunsets, high, airy position, owner living nearby, interphone in all accommodation units to communicate with the owner, pets admitted by prior agreement, wine cellar for tasting wines, vegetable garden with season produce available to guests, sale of the products of the Podere Magione estate.
The farmhouse is immersed in the San Gimignano countryside, amidst hills covered with olive trees and vineyards, between the Val d’Elsa and Chianti. From its ideal position it is possible to quickly reach the most beautiful, historical and artistic towns of Tuscany, destinations you simply have to visit during your holiday. Certaldo Alto (distance: 6 km): it still has a large part of its original medieval walls and three gateways intact, Porta Alberti, Porta al Sole and Porta al Rivellino; San Gimignano (distance: 8 km): famous for Vernaccia wine and her two towers, San Gimignano rises from the hills above the Val d’Elsa. The village centre is an authentic jewel of the area’s artistic heritage, where the charm of an past era is perfectly preserved; Florence (distance: 55 km): it is the custodian of an outstanding artistic heritage, which is the result of the city’s centuries-old civilization. Large works are housed in the city’s numerous museums; Siena (distance: 40 km): it is a city of immense cultural and artistic importance, and is home to numerous prestigious works of art. It is the city of the Palio, the city’s most famous and exciting sporting event; Volterra, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo. Moreover: Monteriggioni castle, Le Crete Senesi, San Vivaldo - Montaione, Val d’Orcia. Guests can also take part in tours to discover Tuscany’s environmental and landscape heritage; in addition to the closest towns of San Gimignano and Certaldo, the countryside of the Val d’Elsa, with its vineyards and olive groves, and the Val d’Era, rich with clay hills, cliffs and saltpans are also well worth visiting, not to mention the beautiful churches, monasteries and medieval towers and walls, which are not to be missed.
Horse riding and cycling trips; Tasting sessions: the estate produces wine and oil and can organise tasting sessions and tours of winery, walks through vineyards (the grape harvest takes place in September/October) and offer the possibility to pick fresh vegetables in the vegetable garden. Homemade bread and pizza: next to the apartments there’s an old but fully working wood-fuelled oven which the owners will be delighted to use for special evenings in your company. Possibility to rent bicycles, cars and vans for mini tours. Trekking along the Via Francigena: Podere Magione was one of the post houses which offered hospitality to pilgrims travelling along the Via Francigena.
Thanks Gianna for her hospitality and for the good advice she gave us. The apartment where he welcomed us is spacious, clean and beautiful, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It was all to our liking, including the good wine that was given to us as a gift! Thanks again and see you soon. Gian Marco and Anouk
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We'll definitely be back. For all those looking for a quiet place surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, but want to achieve the highlights of Tuscany fast, it's the tip. The apartment is very tastefully decorated in typical with everything your heart desires. If the guest is then welcomed so warmly by Gianna yet, it may be just a perfect stay. The price-performance ratio is excellent.
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I spent a week in Podere Magione in July 2014. What a wonderful site ! It's a totally refurbished farm with garden, terraces and an amazing view on the hills surrounding San Gimignano. I stayed in room Acacia but visited all apartments. The interior design is as advertised: perfect. Nothing is missing and it has been a real pleasure staying in such comfort. The site is well located for those who which to travel around Toscany with a rented car : very central and quiet.
The best about Podere Magione is the owner Gianna. She's very friendly and a great host ! She provided us with home made wine as a welcome gift, she picked us up from the train station and she helped us getting a local rental car ! Our holidays were so peaceful thanks to her.
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