One thing that I enjoyed in San Gimignano: shopping for leather purses. The selection of leather purses here is unlimited! Like Florence, San Gimignano offers a variety of stores where you can have unlimited selection of different kinds of leather purses, belt bags, shoulder bags, wallets, attache case, belts, travelling bags, backpacks, book covers, coin purses, etc.
Make sure to canvass the different stores and check the prices. And, also when buying shoulder bags, check out the strap- that they were double sewn and the zipper. Make sure to test the zippers many times before you buy them...
What to buy: I bought coin purses here as gifts for my daughters.
Have you seen those colorful potteries? They are bright and sunny what with those sunflowers drawn on them. There were bake wares, coffee mugs, bowls, vases, baking pans, etc available at this store called Ceramique Carpe Diem.
The streets of San Gimignano are filled with artisanal shops selling intriguing items to bring back home. Most notable are the shops selling gourmet products such as olive oil, wines, pasta and other delicacies. Furthermore, there are shops that sell local pottery and handwoven tablecloths and other fabrics. This is all in addition to the town's many delicious-looking restaurants and pizzerias. It's definitely always a feast in San Gimignano.
When the popular street market takes place in San Gimignano, the section at Piazza delle Erbe, off Piazza del Duomo, is typically the fresh food market. Delicious looking produce comes straight from the Tuscan farms to this piazza and tempts the visitor like me who typically has no kitchen anywhere nearby! The fresh produce market has been a tradition in San Gimignano since mediaeval times. In fact, Piazza delle Erbe translates to "Herbs Square", precisely because it has traditionally been where the food market was set up. If you are lucky to be in San Gimignano during the market, take a stroll around and consider buying a carciofo or two!!
Most souvenir stores will sell the same items e.g ceramics, postcard, little Pinocchio dolls
What to buy: I really enjoy collecting these brightly colored ceramics sold in Tuscany. They're not just for decorations but you can actually use them at home
What to pay: The price varies from shop to shop but I guess the further inside the city you go, the slightly cheaper it is
San Gimignano is very famous for its wonderful ceramics works. There are many shops along Via San Giovanni and there you can find plates, vases, potteries and much more. All of them are hand painting. It is a good gift to remember this fantastic town!!!!
As you walk towards the town centre from the south, you'll probably use Via San Giovanni. This street is lined with small shops selling local goods such as wines, meats and other produce as well as art galleries, pottery shops and arts and crafts shops.
Lots of wine shops, enotecas, book stores, leather shops, glass shops, souvenier shops, you name it. If you like to shop you will like San Gimignano.
What to buy: wine and leather
What to pay: might be a bit more expensive because of the tourist factor but i did not find the prices too unreasonable.
This is a truly marvelous pottery shop with good prices. The shopkeeper was very sweet and helpful.
What to buy: Any type of Italian pottery. Plates, vases, pots, etc.
What to pay: Small items start at $10-$15, but the larger more elaborate pottery can be into the thousands.
The prices on the website seem much higher than in the store. I bought a nice plate for $23.
San gimignano is very small but this is the street the other side of town far away from where the tourist busses stop. This street is therefor more orientated on the local people.
More interesting if you ask me.
What to buy: local specialities
Ofcourse this was also a shop made for tourists. But it attracted my attention by the stylish cards. Nostalgic black and white cards... photography classy art cards.
All the classics where here...
What to buy: We took home two little water color paintings beautifully glued in a passe partout (I haven't decided jet if it will be presents for the children or if I'm going to keep them myself) , some beautifull postcards to enclose in a frame and keep as a memory.
And I finally found the four seasons by Mucha witch got absolutely nothing to do with Tuscany. Whatever.
What to pay: Four seasons 12 euro. Water color pinokkio paintings 8 euro...
The entrance street of town is stuffed with tourist shops. Everything where Tuscany is famous for you will find in this street. Some of the goods are specially made for the hundreds of tourist who walk trough this street every day. Others are specially wrapped the way tourists like...
Shops are really fixated on tourist and mark their goods in different languages..
I didn't liked this street too much.
What to buy: -wild boar and other meat specialities
-leather made things
What to pay: more then average...
On thursday its market day in town.
Quit a sociable day if you ask me. Locals and tourist mingle nicely together.
What to buy: It might just be a good idea to buy your panforte , cantucci , ricotta , salame here... at least you know it isn't only made for tourists.
We found a stall with chickens and fries and coated fried vegetables. We bought a portion and had a picknick on the stairs of the palazzo vecchio.
What to pay: Local prices
These are the two main streets in San Gimignano. Very touristic places over the day, but you will find loads of delicious and beautiful souvenirs here!
What to buy: If you are looking for wine try the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a white wine that´s only made in this area.... Or buy a huge ham or a wild pig salami or pasta and pesto.
What to pay: Well, ok it´s not the cheapest place I guess, but it´s fun to walk around and have a look. Sometimes you will find special offers...
%nYou can buy picture frames and photos here. I didn't have time to explore the store because I didn't have enough time.