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San GimignanoItaly

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

Piazza della Cisterna showing heritage architecture, night scenes and dining out

San Gimignano City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

San Gimignano City Centre is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Piazza Duomo and San Gimignano Communal Palace.

San Gimignano City Centre

Top hotels in San Gimignano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
4 out of 5
Loc La Cappuccina 46/a, San Gimignano, SI
The price is £74 per night

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! (308 reviews)

"Loved this property. It was a last minute booking on Expedia while passing through the area. The room was nice and amenities were fine. But the free breakfast in the morning was extensive and excellent. Very impressed. Finding the entrance was a little bit of an issue, as our GPS took us to a locked ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
3 out of 5
Loc. San Donato, San Gimignano, SI
The price is £96 per night

Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is 4.6 mi (7.3 km) from Piazza Duomo and 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Torre Grossa.

4.5/5Wonderful! (274 reviews)
Remote Location among Vineyards

"Nice place, we didnt stay long but breakfast was good, has a great feel if you want remote location among vineyards"…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse
Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
Relais Santa Chiara Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 15, San Gimignano, SI
The price is £116 per night

This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Historical Torture Museum, Museum San Gimignano 1300 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (310 reviews)

"From the minute we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Monica at the front desk is worth her weight in gold. We witnessed her go above and beyond for another family before she extended the same courtesy to ours. The hotel is in a storybook setting overlooking breathtaking vistas in every direction. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Relais Santa Chiara Hotel

Popular places to visit in San Gimignano

Piazza della Cisterna
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Piazza della Cisterna

4.5/5(16 reviews)

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

San Gimignano Communal Palace
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San Gimignano Communal Palace

5/5(2 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at San Gimignano Communal Palace, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to San Gimignano. Discover the area's beautiful countryside or seek out its local tours.

Piazza Duomo
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Piazza Duomo

4.5/5(29 reviews)

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

4/5(1 review)

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

Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta
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Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta

4.5/5(14 reviews)

You can learn about the history of San Gimignano with a stop at Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Discover the area's beautiful countryside and wineries.

Piazza delle Erbe
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Piazza delle Erbe

Watch the world go by and admire San Gimignano’s medieval architecture from the comfort of a café terrace at this central square.

Top things to do in San Gimignano

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

£54
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
San Gimignano & Volterra Small Group Tour from Siena
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San Gimignano & Volterra Small Group Tour from Siena

£172
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Small Groups - Typical Chianti Villages & San Gimignano
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Small Groups - Typical Chianti Villages & San Gimignano

£108
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private Pizza & Gelato Master Class with Wine in Tuscany
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Private Pizza & Gelato Master Class with Wine in Tuscany

£91
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Vineyard Walk & Lunch in Tuscany
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Vineyard Walk & Lunch in Tuscany

£91
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Half Day Tour from Florence
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Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Half Day Tour from Florence

£552
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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