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San Gimignano

Travel Guide
San Gimignano featuring street scenes and shopping as well as a large group of people

Take a step back in time as you explore the grandiose plazas and frescoed churches of this medieval town set above Val d’Elsa in the heart of Tuscany.

Rising out of Tuscany’s lush green countryside is the dreamlike San Gimignano. Once a stopover for pilgrims on route to Rome along the Via Francigena, today this is arguably Italy’s most beautiful medieval town. Discover fine examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture as you wander along winding alleys. Browse exhibitions of antique art and drink in the atmosphere at stately squares.

San Gimignano’s core is its enchanting and UNESCO-protected walled old town. Meandering around the brick-paved streets presents the chance to delve into the town’s 700-year-old history.

Piazza Duomo, one of three interconnecting central squares, is a great place to start your tour. Marvel at the 14th-century paintings of biblical scenes that beautify the Collegiate Church of San Gimignano. Browse further collections of art at the San Gimignano Communal Palace. Enjoy sweeping views from the palace’s Torre Grossa, one of the 14 remaining of 72 towers that once punctuated the skyline.

Pass through a monumental archway to Piazza della Cisterna, the town’s historical gathering place for social activities. Gaze in admiration at 13th-century palaces and towers such as Torre dei Becco and Torre dei Cugnanesi. Take some time out at peaceful Piazza delle Erbe.

Find more architectural wonders a short walk from the old town’s center. Among these are Chiesa di Sant’Agostino and Chiesa di San Pietro in Forliano, set around Piazza Sant’Agostino.

San Gimignano has its curiosities, too. See displays of bird taxidermy at the Ornithological Museum. Get up close with original and reconstructed torture devices at the Museum of Torture. Sample locally-produced wine and learn about the town’s winemaking traditions at the Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Museum.

Throughout year, fairs, farmers’ markets and festivals bring color to the town’s squares. Visit in January or February, when the flamboyant parades of the Carnival of San Gimignano take over the streets.

Situated in the Tuscan province of Siena, San Gimignano is about a 1-hour drive from the cities of Florence and Siena.

Where to stay in San Gimignano

Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
3 out of 5
Loc. San Donato, San Gimignano, SI
The price is $150 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is 4.6 mi (7.3 km) from Piazza Duomo and 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Torre Grossa.
4.5/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)
Perfecto
"Visited during pandemic and the stay was as close to perfect as possible, and for great value too."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
Poderi Arcangelo
Poderi Arcangelo
Localita Capezzano, San Gimignano, SI
The price is $155 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly San Gimignano farm stay is located in a rural location, 2.5 mi (4 km) from Palazzo Pretorio, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Piazza della Cisterna ...
4.2/5Excellent! (167 reviews)
A Tuscan Hiccup
"Pros: a beautiful location which is located close to many old fortress towns including San Gimignano. The setting was picture book perfect. The bathrooms were modern and of nice tiling. You are gifted a bottle of wine at check out. Cons: we were given an attic room without a window and a sloping ..."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Poderi Arcangelo
Villasanpaolo
Villasanpaolo
4 out of 5
Strada Provinciale Per Certaldo, San Gimignano, SI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $209 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Galleria Continua, Piazza della Cisterna, and Torre Grossa. Piazza Duomo and San Gimignano ...
4.4/5Excellent! (187 reviews)
"Service was excellent, view is breathtaking! Restaurant was great, breakfast spread fresh, a must when in the region."

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

Villasanpaolo
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