San Gimignano is an absolutely amazing town! It might not have the name recognition of Venice, Rome or Florence but it is well worth a visit. San Gimignano delle belle Torri’ is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence.
San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the surrounding buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley.
At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
5 Things to Do/See:
- The whole town! Really, this entire town harkens back to medieval times so its all worth seeing.
- Photography, art, medieval replica items.
Places to Eat (click for link):
3 Bars to go to: It’s not really that kind of travel spot.
3 Places to Stay: I’m not of the mind that you would want to stay here. While it is a lovely town I think you could see it all in a day. Take a tour, buy some gifts, buy some wine and then move on to your next location in Tuscany.
- Hotel Bel Soggiorno
- Bed and Breakfast Al Pozzo dei Desideri
- Hotel Leon Bianco
Recommended Wine Shop: Enoteca Antica Latteria di Maurizio e Tiziana di Fornai T & C. SNC