The Entrance
on Francigena way


The entrance of the Locanda is furnished with showcases which contains some examples of the best Tuscan craftsmanship.
All around the house there is a beautiful terrace and a garden to sit outside and soak the atmosphere, with an amazing view San Gimignano. The small road leading to the medieval town, just 10 minutes away on foot, has an important history: it was an ancient route known as Via Francigena or Via Romea, a destination for many pilgrims that from England crossed France and reached Rome to visit the tomb of St. Peter. The route was first described in the tenth century by Sigeric on his way back to England after being appointed Bishop of Canterbury by the Pope John XV.
The building that now houses Locanda Viani dates back to the twelfth century. Originally it was an outpost to protect the town with an annexed "pilgrim house" which offered assistance and hospitality to the many pilgrims who passed from there, along Via Francigena.