Over the centuries, many buildings of religious origins have welcomed pilgrims on their way to Rome.
Close to the 16th-century walls of Lucca, for example, is the historic Basilica of San Frediano, known for the large mosaic that colours its facade. The hostel is in the premises adjacent to the church that's attached to the cloister of Santa Chiara, an accommodation facility that welcomes pilgrims as they enter the "City of 100 Churches".
The hostel dedicated to welcoming travellers was formed next to the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Chianni (not far from Gambassi Terme). The exposed beams and frescoes that decorate the ceilings of the rooms reveal the building's history, having always been frequented by wayfarers who crossed the Tuscan Via Francigena; the church was also the 20th stop of Archbishop Sigeric.
A short distance from the mighty walls of Monteriggioni stands the complex of Abbadia a Isola, built around the Abbey of Saints Salvatore and Cirino in 1001 at the behest of Countess Ava. The monastic premises of the abbey that frame the beautiful cloister now house an accommodation facility.