Come to San Gimignano and enjoy its history, countryside and churches.

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.

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Where to stay in San Gimignano

San Gimignano City Centre
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San Gimignano City Centre

Museums, Historical Buildings, Countryside

San Gimignano City Centre is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Piazza Duomo.

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Top hotels in San Gimignano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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La Cisterna
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Cisterna 23, San Gimignano, SI
£89/night
12 Sep-13 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum and Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Galleria ...

4.4/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

"Loved the hotel room and the amazing view . San Gimignano is an amazing place"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

La Cisterna
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Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
4 out of 5
Loc La Cappuccina 46/a, San Gimignano, SI
£64/night
10 Sep-11 Sep
4/5Very Good! (264 reviews)

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (264 reviews)

"Excellent location. Good size bedroom, large comfortable bed with lovely linen changed regularly. Excellent pool."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
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Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 15, San Gimignano, SI
£111/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (281 reviews)

This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Historical Torture Museum and Collegiate Church of ...

4.2/5Excellent! (281 reviews)

"The pool was very nice place to relax also the car park was a bonus near San Gimignano"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

Relais Santa Chiara Hotel

Popular things to do in San Gimignano

Piazza della Cisterna
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Piazza della Cisterna

Admire the palaces and towers that frame this beautiful square, which was once a medieval marketplace. Today, it’s a venue for cultural events.

Piazza Duomo
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Piazza Duomo

Browse the collections of ancient art, which grace the walls of the medieval landmarks that surround this resplendent public square.

Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum
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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

This intriguing museum highlights the callousness of humans via displays of authentic and gruesome torture devices from around the world.

Top activities in San Gimignano

Full-Day Tour of San Gimignano, Siena & Chianti
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Full-Day Tour of San Gimignano, Siena & Chianti

£55

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.

Chianti & San Gimignano Half-Day Tour from Siena
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Chianti & San Gimignano Half-Day Tour from Siena

£39

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.

Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting Experience in San Gimignano
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Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting Experience in San Gimignano

£87

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.

Winemaker Winetasting with Lunch in San Gimignano
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Winemaker Winetasting with Lunch in San Gimignano

£32

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.

Full day in Tuscany with Typical Lunch from Montecatini
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Full day in Tuscany with Typical Lunch from Montecatini

£119

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.

Vineyard Walk & Lunch in Tuscany
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Vineyard Walk & Lunch in Tuscany

£69

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.