The Hotel Leon Bianco is unique and special as it is located inside an ancient palace in the heart of San Gimignano, built in medieval times.
The hotel is located in Piazza della Cisterna, one of the oldest squares of the city and ancient seat of shops and taverns, which owes its present name to the octagonal well in travertine which occupies the central part. The square was built in 1273 and later enlarged in 1346 by the bailif Guccio of Malavolti, whose emblem, a scale, is engraved on the stone of the well. Previously the square was called Piazza delle Taverne because here travelers stopped to change horses, and later was called the Elm Square, for a large tree that was there. Palaces and towers, alternating solids and voids in a rare harmony, surround the uneven and triangular floor. The Palace "Cortesi-Lolli" in which hotel Leon Bianco is located, was born on oldest buildings and you can see traces of old stone towers inside.
In addition to the Lolli-Cortesi Palace, on the right, looking on via del Castello, overlooking: the Palazzo Tortoli, with its four elegant mullioned windows fourteenth century, the crop tower of Pucci ; Ridolfi palace and the towers and the houses of Becci and Cugnanesi; Pellari's palace and, with its two towers, the Ardinghelli's palace. Next to the hotel there is the Lupi palace with the Devil,'s tower, so called because it is said that the owner, returning from a long trip and found it inexplicably higher, attributed the work to the devil.
The building where you are staying today preserves the heart and atmosphere of its origins. For this reason, it is still so charming and attractive.
"A magical hotel in the middle of this ancient city with an excellent view of the valleys of Tuscany" (BloubulJHD, TripAdvisor)
Wonderful, we would not have chosen a better hotel!
"Loved, loved, loved the hotel and would highly recommend it. Our trip could not have been better. Thanks to their hospitality our trip was wonderful." (Jdandjd Chicago-Illinois, TripAdvisor)