San Gimignano. Holiday in a beautiful medieval city which we - in all ways - connect to the real and authentic Italy
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San Gimignano is medieval. Its amazing location on the top of a hill in the middle of Tuscany, makes it a beautiful experience when you drive towards the town.
The small town square makes it a pleasant experience when you stroll around down town, and when you look to they sky, you see towers in every direction.
San Gimignano is located in Tuscany
Holiday in San Gimignano
Travelling to San Gimignano
We are in the middle of Tuscany in wonderful San Gimignano which is quite close to all the other beauties of Tuscany.
By car from Florence it takes less than an hour to reach San Gimignano while it takes approximately 1 and a half hour from Pisa. If you depart from Rome it takes a little more than 3 hours’ drive.
Both Florence, Pisa and Rome host international airports and these are the airports closest to San Gimignano.
There is no train connection to the town, but you can jump on a bus. If you depart from Florence, it will take you approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach San Gimignano and this includes one change along the way.
If you are going by bus from Pisa, there is a journey time of 1 hour and 40 minutes which includes changes in Empoli and Poggibonsi.
If you are in Rome you must get on train to Florence, where you change to a bus and travel the last kilometers to the town.
The World Famous SIgn
San Gimignano is situated on a hilltop which makes it possible to see it from afar as you roll through the wonderful Tuscan countryside. The town is in the middle of the hilly Val d’Elsa 324 meters above sea level.
The Manhattan of Tuscany – This is San Gimignano’s natural nickname due to its high “skyscrapers”. Once there were 72 towers in the town. Today there are 13 towers left.
Admire the oldest tower, Torre Grossa, or the tallest, Torre Rognosa, which rises 54 into the Tuscan sky. There are plenty of towers but note that only Torre Grossa is open to the public today.
The town exudes the Middle Ages, in the town’s small, charming streets, with even more charming shops, art galleries and whatever else can attract the thousands of tourists who come to visit every day.
Skønne strande og fantastisk natur
When you arrive, you will find a large parking lot in front of Porta San Giovanni.
This gate is the entrance to the town. It has stood there since the mid-13th century and is equipped with a watchtower.
At Piazza del Duomo you will find Palazzo Chigi-Useppi and the old Palazzo del Podesta, which with the Rognosa tower, was used as a prison until the end of the 14th century.
Inside you can see frescoes of Sodoma, whose real name was Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, but who changed name for protection as he had to hide his homosexuality.
The painting is from 1513 depicts the Madonna with her child and the saints, Geminiano and Nicola.
In addition, you can see the small but very cozy theater, Teatro dei Leggieri, which was founded in 1537 and renovated in 1794.
From Piazza della Cisterna you enter Piazza del Duomo. On the left side of Palazzo Comunale you can take the stairs to the Dome also called Basilica Santa Maria Assunta.
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A magnificent center
Take the pulse of the town in its heart, which you will find in Piazza della Cisterna, have a delicious Italian lunch there, before the tour continues around the town to Piazza del Duomo, where you will also see the town’s old town hall, Palazzo del Popolo, and continue down to the town’s large shopping mecca on Via San Giovanni.
As mentioned, there is an incredible number of tourists in this small town. However, many only come for a one-day visit, so take this advice; stay overnight in one the town’s cozy hotels and you will be able to experience and enjoy the town in the evening or in the early hours of the morning in peace and quiet before the town is taken over by visitors from the outside.
The historic center of San Gimignano has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1990.