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San Gimignano
Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in San Gimignano

Poderi Arcangelo
Poderi Arcangelo
Localita Capezzano, San Gimignano, SI
The price is £81 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
This family-friendly San Gimignano agritourism property is located in a rural location, 2.5 mi (4 km) from Palazzo Pretorio, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Piazza ...
4.2/5Excellent! (165 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 4 Oct 2019

Poderi Arcangelo
Hotel Sovestro
Hotel Sovestro
3 out of 5
Localita Sovestro 63, San Gimignano, SI
The price is £119 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Piazza della Cisterna and Sant'Agostino Church. Casa del Boccaccio ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (137 reviews)
Beautiful Hotel at the bottom of San Gimignano
"It’s a beautiful nice family run hotel with great service. Went with family and everyone enjoyed the stay. It’s also walking distance to San Gimignano and a great beautiful walk. Entrance lined with Cedar trees is just beautiful. Restaurant is Michelin’s recommendations but my expectation was much ..."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2019

Hotel Sovestro
Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
4 out of 5
Loc La Cappuccina 46/a, San Gimignano, SI
The price is £99 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sant'Agostino Church and Archaeological Museum - Spezieria Santa ...
4.1/5Very Good! (323 reviews)
"Just outside but walking distance to San Gimignano. Modern hotel with great views , swimming pool and good food"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
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Antico Borgo il Vecchio Mulino
Antico Borgo il Vecchio Mulino
Situated in Barberino Tavarnelle, this apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from The SottoVico Garden and within 6 miles (10 km) of Church of San Lorenzo and ...
Antico Borgo il Vecchio Mulino
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