San Gimignano

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San Gimignano showing shopping and street scenes 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.

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.

La Cisterna
La Cisterna
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Cisterna 23, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
The price is £81 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (464 reviews)
"beautiful city, staff was friendly, we had a beautiful room with a balcony, enjoyed the evening admiring the sunset."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2022

La Cisterna
La Mormoraia
La Mormoraia
Agriturismo San Gimignano, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
The price is £205 per night from 19 Jul to 20 Jul
Stay at this spa farm stay in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (103 reviews)
"The property was charming, the views were amazing, the staff was friendly, and the food was excellent. It was a Wonderland. We could not have asked for better."

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2022

La Mormoraia
Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
3 out of 5
Loc. San Donato, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
The price is £124 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
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 in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (299 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. Close to San Gimignano, the location is ideal. The room was clean and the pool is the perfect place to chill after a long day! I highly recommend this place."

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2022

Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
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Camping Boschetto Di Piemma
Camping Boschetto Di Piemma
3 out of 5
Localita' Santa Lucia 38C, San Gimignano, 53037
The price is £52 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3-star campsite in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the overall value in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (31 reviews)
"Clean & Quiet with good room facilities. Nice to be surrounded by nature in camping frounda."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2019

Camping Boschetto Di Piemma
Podere Degli Olivi
Podere Degli Olivi
Località Monteoliveto Il Poggio 39-39A, San Gimignano, SI, 53037
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in San Gimignano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Historical Torture Museum and Museum ...
Podere Degli Olivi
Appartamento Monti
Appartamento Monti
Localita Monti di San Gimignano, San Gimignano, Siena, 53037
Stay at this apartment in San Gimignano. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor pool and a garden. Popular attractions Art in Color and Historical Torture Museum are ...
Appartamento Monti
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