Podere Loreto e San Pio


The Mastrojanni farm was established in 1975 in the Castelnuovo dell'Abate area in the Poderi Loreto and San Pio, lookout hills on a fundamental connecting path, which have witnessed the flow of history from the Etruscans to the Romans. In the Middle Ages Podere San Pio grew in importance, becoming a fortified settlement protecting two of the most important communication routes of the time, the Via Francigena and the famous "Via dei Papi".

Relais Mastrojanni is located here, immersed in the history of ancient Italy, where those who wanted to go to Rome had to use the Via Francigena, which passed through Montalcino. The road to Rome was the road to the centre of Christianity, a place where anyone had to go sooner or later. From Charlemagne onwards, every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire has eaten in our taverns and kings, nobles, popes, cardinals and people of all kinds have walked our roads.

"Having passed the Orcia, Catherine of Siena - an Italian nun, theologian and philosopher - in 1300 went up the ancient road with her beloved ones, passing through the Loreto and San Pio farms (then called 'il castrum Laureti', which was already included in the defensive system of the Sienese Republic in 1208) to go to her dear spiritual father in Sant'Antimo, where the famous Abbey was erected, the foundation of which legend dates back to the 9th century, at the time of the Holy Roman Empire, led by Emperor Charlemagne'.

In modern times, until the late 18th century, the Loreto estate was the prosperous agricultural property of the hospital of S. Maria della Croce.