San Gimignano

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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, 53037
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $73 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (324 reviews)
"Excellent staff. Very helpful and courteous. Great facilities. Terrific location"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 15, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
The price is $114 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Gimignano. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (336 reviews)
"Loved the countryside view and the tuscan magic. Conveniently located next to the town center. 10 min walk"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Poderi Arcangelo
Poderi Arcangelo
Localita Capezzano, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
The price is $93 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this family-friendly farm stay in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (196 reviews)
"We stayed only for one day/night but we loved every minute. Beautiful property located on a hill with a gorgeous view of the Tuscan hills. Clean and large rooms with great amenities. The staff were incredibly accommodating and caring. They went above and beyond to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Camping Boschetto Di Piemma
Camping Boschetto Di Piemma
3 out of 5
Localita' Santa Lucia 38C, San Gimignano, 53037
Stay at this 3-star campground in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the overall value in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (42 reviews)
"Great experience, close to a beautiful city and castle on a hill."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

san gimignano apartment in historical center, courtyard and fast free wifi
san gimignano apartment in historical center, courtyard and fast free wifi
San Gimignano, Siena
Stay at this apartment in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Sant'Agostino Church and Archaeological Museum - ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Mixed Experience
"The location was perfect, the attention/helpfulness from staff re: parking, places to eat, laundry services, etc. excellent, and the ambiance very cool (13th century and all that). We had a charming courtyard, a full kitchen (although we were expected to not eat in the apartment), and a reasonably ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Poggiluglio
Poggiluglio
Piazzale Martiri Montemaggio 8, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Historical Torture Museum and Ornithological ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Sehr schön und ruhig
"Sehr schönes Appartement und ruhig gelegen. Wir kommen gern wieder."

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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