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.
Cafés, Historical Buildings and Countryside
Admire the palaces and towers that frame this beautiful square, which was once a medieval marketplace. Today, it’s a venue for cultural events.
Browse the collections of ancient art, which grace the walls of the medieval landmarks that surround this resplendent public square.
This intriguing museum highlights the callousness of humans via displays of authentic and gruesome torture devices from around the world.
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring the scenic countryside towns of Siena and San Gimignano. Discover the awe-inspiring landscape of the Chianti region, enjoy lunch with winetasting on a rural farm, and end the day with a visit to the enchanting commune of Monteriggioni.
Sample delicious Chianti wines at a local wine cellar after winding your way through the magnificent rolling Tuscan countryside on this fascinating half-day tour. Discover the medieval town of San Gimignano and wander through its narrow alleyways, picture-perfect squares, churches, and castles.
Try the exciting truffle hunt with beautiful Italian truffle hunting dogs. Accompanied by a professional guide with his dogs. Every day for an hour you can have a wonderful experience in hunting for truffles at Tenuta Torciano and surrounding oak forests.
Whether you’re a wine novice or an expert, you’re sure to enjoy this wine tasting in an authentic Tuscan winery. Sample a range of Tuscan wines alongside local food, depending on the option you booked.
Meet our staff in Montecatini and start this tour that will let you discover the best places in Tuscany and Chianti area. The village of San Gimignano, the Chianti area and the Medieval town of Siena are situated in the heart of our beautiful Tuscany, are all compelling stops for those who want to learn about the region’s history and traditions.
Enjoy this tasting & lunch in the vineyards while basking in the Tuscan warmth and history, surrounded by breathtaking views. A private experience and must for connoisseurs of fine Tuscan wines interested in expanding their personal knowledge of the Tuscany region.