I Coppi

Via Dante 12, San Gimignano, 53037, Italy
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Day trip from San Gimignano to Rome

by Janeom


we are renting accomodation in San Gimignano for a week in September and while we are there we would like to make a day trip to Rome. I guess the best option is to take a train from Florence to Rome?
I found an italian site with the train times so that
should n't be a problem. Does anyone know if there are buses or trains into Florence from San Gimignano and how frequent they are ? Or are there tours from San Gimignano directly to Rome ?


Re: Day trip from San Gimignano to Rome

by clarion

Even if you find very fast transportation, you will spend 7-8 hours for the round trip and that leaves very little time for Rome itself. You could really only see one site, eg St. Peter's Basilica/Vatican Museums/Sistine chapel. So, decide what you specifically want to see in Rome. Personally, I think you should spend at least one night/two days in Rome so you can see some of this wonderful city. As a matter of fact, while San Gimignano is delightful for a couple of days, it does not compare to Florence and Rome for interest. Unless you have personal reasons for staying there, why not plan some overnights in Rome and Florence rather than a whole week in San Gimignano? Having visited all 3 cities just this May/June, I would stay in Florence and day trip to San G. and then move on to Rome.

Re: Re: Day trip from San Gimignano to Rome

by Alkitta

I agree with what Clarion just said and in fact we just got back from a trip along the lines suggested - we spent half a week in Florence with a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano and the rest of the week in Rome.
There are buses from San G. to Florence about every hour, but it's not a direct bus, you have to change bus half way in a place which sounded like Pongo Poggio (sorry but I can't remember the name) and the whole trip takes I think about 2 hours plus then the trip from Florence also 2 hours if you take the fast train, sorry, it just doesn't leave any time for Rome itself.

Anyway, have a nice trip, I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Tuscany is wonderful.

Re: Re: Day trip from San Gimignano to Rome

by Alkitta

Poggibonsi is the name of the place, how embarassing. Anyway, I just found some information here on VT: there is a bus to Rome from Poggibonsi, which is about 10km from San G. But still, the bus ride takes 3 and half hours. You can see the timetables here:

Re: Re: Day trip from San Gimignano to Rome

by Janeom

thanks for your replies, unfortunately we have rented the accomodation for a week and its too late to cancel now.. anyway on this holiday we want to relax and take it easy and are n't planning a big sightseeing holiday.

I'll take your suggestions on board and maybe we will stay overnight in Rome.

RE: RE: Day trip from San Gimignano to Rome

by purrfect16

I may need to start a new thread on this.. but has anyone traveled from San Gimignano to Rome and have a preference between bus and train? We can bus to Poggibonsi, then to Florence, and take the train from there (seems like it could be a 3 hour trip if done right), or bus from Poggibonsi to Rome. I'm leaning towards taking the bus to Florence and the rail down to Rome since it seems it runs more frequently and may be more reliable?

Travel Tips for San Gimignano


by Aurorae

"San Gimignano was founded on the relicts of an ancient etruscan settlement around a seventh century parish and a castle gave to the Volterra’s episcope in 929; during the XII century became a city-republic.
Its first walls were born in 998, when San Gimignano became a business centre along the Francigena Way.

The families, enriched with the commerce, ordered 72 towers to be built (but, as the law forbade, everyone could not exceed in height the Commune tower, called Rognosa).
Further to the continuous infighting between Guelfi and Ghibellini factions (in 1300 also Dante Alighieri stopped there few days as Guelfi’s league ambassador) and to the conflict with Volterra, in 1343 was subordinated to the duke of Athens and in 1353 was subdued to Florence, following later the rule of Grand Duchy of Tuscany till 1860.

The Urban structure and the numerosity of civil and religious buildings, almost intact, preserve the medievale fascination; nowdays remain only 15 of the 72 towers, unbroken or cropped, but they are enough to give an unmistakable mark to the town."


On the picture you can see the coat of arms of San Gimignano.


by sim1

San Gimignano is located in the beautiful region of Tuscany. This part of Italy combines wonderful hilly landscapes with picturesque historic villages, often located on some idyllic hilltop.Of course some Tuscany also has some delicious food and wine to offer. No wonder that this region is so popular. And that is actually its main disadvantages. The region is not 'unspoiled' anymore and during high season it can be very busy. But having said that, it is and will be a lovely spot to visit.

Here are some places I've visited over the years in Tuscany and might give you some suggestions for yourself when visiting this part of Italy:

Borgo a Mozzano
Monte Argentario
San Gimignano

You can read more about all these places on my Tuscany page

iron maiden

by Aurorae

When I first thought of "Iron Maiden", the band, I never thought of similarity with the torture machine namesake. When I discovered iron maidens truly existed, in purpose of execution, well... I never was a metal fan anyway! :))))

The concept here is to be pressed inside and pieerced with metal sticks once the maiden closes her cold and bloody embrace...

The Duomo and Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

by Jmill42

Just off the Piazza della Cisterna, is the best square of the city, in my humble opinion. Especially in the morning, the sun creeps over the towers and lights up the facade, as you see in this picture. Also, in this square is the Tourist Information and, some mornings, the markets.

il Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta)

by MM212

Known simply as il Duomo, la Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta is the main church in San Gimignano. It was once a cathedral, but was reduced to a collegiate when San Gimignano lost its bishop. Although the construction of the existing structure began in 1056 AD, the church was not consecrated until 1148 AD. Over the centuries, several additions and expansions occurred, including the 15th century work on its interior. The plain brick façade conceals a beautiful polychromatic interior with rich artwork. The basilica was originally dedicated to San Gimignano, but was later rededicated to Santa Maria Assunta.


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