The charming medieval village San Gimignano
in Tuscany, Italy
in Tuscany, Italy
Like the more famous Montepulciano, San Gimignano is a hill town set in the heart of Tuscany.
Just 52 kilometres (32 miles) south of Florence.
This small and charming town can be easily visited in a day trip from Florence or Siena.
But if you love small Tuscany towns, it’s worth staying a couple of nights and savoring the atmosphere.
Known as the Town of Fine Towers San Gimignano is graced with beautiful architecture, particularly its well preserved tower houses.
The historic centre of the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its more unique and well preserved architecture.
The town has been able to preserve fourteen towers out of the 72 that once stood.
You can climb to the top of the tallest tower, Torre Grossa, to enjoy the amazing views over the town and surrounding countryside.
Piazza del Cisterna, named for the old stone well that used to provide water to the town, is in the centre of San Gimignano.
If you are here on a Thursday be sure to visit the market.
San Gimignano is hottest and busiest in the summer.
Especially July and August when average high temperatures are in the low 30’s C.
There will be a drop in tourists in June and September.
So if you prefer it a little quieter, these months are a good time to visit.
Temperatures are still relatively hot.
We don’t recommend going here in the autumn, because it is the wettest time of year in Tuscany.
A highlight is the yearly Medieval Harvest Festival “Ferie delle Messi”. It is held the third weekend in June.
San Gimignano is close enough from Florence for s daytrip, and even closer to Siena (47 kilometers / 30 miles).
It is easy to get here by car, but you can not drive right into the historic heart of the city.
Use one of the parking lots on the edge of town, or ask your hotel if they have a special arrangement for vehicular access and parking.
You can also get here by bus from Florence or Siena, but you’ll have to change at Poggibonsi.
There is no train station in San Gimignano, the nearest one is in Poggibonsi.
So take the train to Poggibonsi, from there take the local bus to San Gimignano.
There are many good hotels, villas, guest houses and Bed and Breakfast possibilities within the heart of San Gimignano. .
There are even over 200 lodging options in the immediate area around San Gimignano.
Depending on what you look for in accommodation you should be able to find something to suit your tastes.
Book well in advance for June, July, and August.
Many accommodations are fully booked already a year in advance.
Relais Cappuccina is a great four star hotel and offers wonderful views of the town.
If you prefer to check out some of the local heritage: Hotel La Collegiata is a 16th century former Franciscan convent.
It is situated a few kilometres outside the town, charming and has a beautiful pool area.
If you want a special experience in middle of town you should stay in the Al Pozzo dei Desideri.
You have to walk from the parking lot 10-15 minutes away, but in return you get a romantic night in a 12th-century building at the main square of San Gimignano.
Its rooms overlook either the city’s historical centre or the Tuscan countryside