San Gimignano Travel Guide

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San Gimignano Highlights

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     Full of Character and history 

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     turistissimo! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beautiful town with even better gelato! 

San Gimignano Things to Do

  • Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta - Il...

    In the 15C the Collegiata was extended and among the additions was a special chapel to its local Santa Fina (who died in 1253).The chapel has two paintings of her deathbed and her funeral painted by Ghirlandaio. Inn the central part of the church there are also several works by Benozzo Gozzoli.

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  • Piazza della Cisterna

    At the edge of the Piazza della Cisterna, when you enter from its northeast point along the right (north) wall of the piazza are the two Torre of the Aringhelli family leading members of the Guelphs here. The left one is the shorter one. After a few more buildings the square turns southwest and after several further bulldings on this side one...

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  • Palazzo del Popolo

    The Palazzo del Popolo (or Nuovo Podesta) is on the south side of the Piazza Duomo almost touching the church. Its right edge is almost touching the Torre Grossa. The left edge leads to a double arched loggia. The new Podesta is most usually called the Communale and was built in 1288. Beyond the main building is an internal courtyard built in 1323...

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  • Torre Grossa

    There is a view fem the top of the Torre Grossa that is 360 degrees that oin cludes a;]ll of the hills as wek a all of the small town below. Be sure to see the Piazza della Cisterna below with an empty situation.

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  • Rocca di Montestaffoli

    Standing in ruins, the Rocca di Montestaffoli is a castle located at the western edge of San Gimignano. It was built in 1353 by the Florentines, who by then had taken control of San Gimignano. The castle was used to defend the town for the next two centuries, but when Siena took over from Florence, the castle was ordered destroyed. Today, only the...

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  • Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

    Go inside the church and look at the many paintings by Gozzoli about the life of Saint Augustine which were created about 1461. These pictures were made after hours when a study was being made by special persons on the main modern window while we were allowed inside.

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San Gimignano Restaurants

  • Nice Restaurant with al Fresco Dining

    This restaurant is located as part of the La Cisterna Hotel. The outside dining in Piazza was inviting. So, we had a glass of wine and shared a sliced meat plate. Fresh and delicious!

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  • Never go there !

    This is the worst Italian restaurant I went in. Overpriced, we ordered Panini's, the bread was stale, dry, and for 4 dl of coke in a glass, they charged 5€ !!! I put a picture of what I ordered with the picture that was on the menu. And the waiters were not friendly, I thought I was in Switzerland again ;-)We paid for 1 pizza, 2 paninis and one...

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  • The Ice Cream Champion

    This small but very popular Gelateria Di Piazza is very well known amongst locals and tourists for the best ice cream in Tuscany. The owner Sergio has won many competitions including the Gelato Del Mondo 2006-07 and 2008-09. On our visit there we saw pictures of famous people who have visited his gelateria. If you go there be sure to try out the...

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San Gimignano Nightlife

  • Not much going on here...

    Being a small medival town, there ain't much happening at night. So, what I suggest is to get together with your mates and either do the restaurant thing, or better yet, have a house party!! My friends and I seemed to have found the correct way to do this...

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  • Walk around the tiny streets at night

    It´s one of the most romantic things you can do in Tuscany. Stay overnight in San Gimignano and wander around the town.... All the daily tourists are home again and the middle age is nearer than you think. There is not much light in the small streets and you will feel a few centuries back in time sometimes. Lovely! In november you should have a...

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San Gimignano Transportation

  • Renting a car

    If your itirenary includes Florence, then you might as well include visiting San Gimignano since it is only about 54 kilometers away from Florence. Think about just renting a car in Florence and drive early to San Gimignano and go back the same day since you can explore this medieval town in a day. As for us, we rented a bus since we brought 29...

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  • Parking in Special areas

    Find a space to park the vehicle, hopefully in a freee spot along the road. Otherwise you will need to park in public parking sections-there are 2 or 3-that charge. These have gate arms to stop you and pay before you leave. Our problem is the change slot did not work, and no one is around to respond. Eventually we got a person on the intercom who...

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  • Getting to San Gimignano & parking

    Italy has a reputation for crazy drivers, particularly in places like Rome and Naples. As we were not visiting any big cities we decided to brave driving in Italy, and I am pleased to say it all went without a hitch. Though, I must admit that driving in the teaming rain on the truck-infested autostrada wasn't my idea of fun....however being able to...

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San Gimignano Shopping

  • Leather, leather, leather

    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...

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  • Photo Shop

    %nYou can buy picture frames and photos here. I didn't have time to explore the store because I didn't have enough time.

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  • Potteries

    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.

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San Gimignano Local Customs

  • The sqares of San Gimignano

    There are dozen of small charming squares in San Grimignano, some of them with cafe-bars or restaurants, some without where people just get together asking or exchanging informations regarding the sights and directions. Since small place, you'll probably see the same face again when strolling around.For residents of small towns neighborhood squares...

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  • Rooftops

    Rooftops of San Grimignano and its close surroundings viewed from the top of the Medici fortress. Wherever you look around there is at least one small tower rising up in the middle of the roofs.Brick tiles are now used very rarely, except perhaps on the houses that are in the peripheral areas of cities or in the countryside. Besides being very well...

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  • The Wine - VERNACCIA di SAN GIMIGNANO

    "The vines of the wellknov VERNACCIA di SAN GIMIGNANO, have been mentioned for centuries throughout various official and scientific documents, literature etc. Its well merited fame derives from its quality and appraisable characteristics.It seems as if the vines of the VERNACCIA di SAN GIMIGNANO were first introduced into the region of San...

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San Gimignano Warnings and Dangers

  • Museo Della Tortura

    If there are two museums of torture in a small town that should be telling. It should indicate that the natural and historical sites are a little on the weak side.We came upon this museum as we were about to exit one of the old main gates of the city. Since it was late we didn't go in. However from two folks that just left they indicated it was a...

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  • Buying Silver jewelries

    I love silver jewelries and if I see something that is unusual, I definitely will buy them. I bought jewelries to places I visited. Unfortunately, there are so many crooks who make jewelries and tell the buyers that they are real but in fact they are just iron coated with a little bit of silver in them! The worst part is that there is no way you...

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  • Murano jewelries

    The stores in San Gimignano have beautiful Murano jewelries. These are glass jewelries with beautiful designs. They are handblown glasses from the magnificent town of Murano!If you are attracted to these Murano jewelries, make sure to bargain them. Don't get trap in locked in prices! There are so many stores throughout Italy that sells Murano...

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San Gimignano Tourist Traps

  • Bathrooms in San Gimignano

    Before heading uphill to the historic San Gimignano village, make sure to use the bathroom and empty your bladder first! Except at the museum, I didn't see any bathrooms at all. The bathrooms at the parking lot are very clean. You have to pay %.50 Euros before using it. Just drop it in the collection box. There are no hot water here so during the...

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  • The parking lot at the very top

    If you can stand to walk uphill for 5 minutes do not park in the parking lot right by the walls. It is very expensive, I believe that it was over 10 euros for a couple of hours. If you drive a little further there are two more parking lots, one on the opposite side of town (around 5 euros for 24 hours) and another one a bit out of town with a free...

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  • drugstore who sell wine and "cantuccini"

    a lot of little stores sell one or two or three bottles of local wine . The most famous it's "Vernaccia of San Gimignano" . I think this great wine it's a very great experience only in local. I think the transportation of this product damage it's taste buy this wine in a wine store in your own city!! drink it, but don't drive!!!

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San Gimignano What to Pack

  • Ladies, don't wear high heeled shoes!

    Wear only comfortable shoes when going to San Gimignano. It will be hard on your feet since the walk ways and streets here were all made in bricks!

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  • Wear jackets in February!

    I was in San Gimignano in February and it was a little bit cold and get colder once you are in between the brick buildings. Make sure to bring a jacket. Once, you walk a little bit uphill, you might not need it, so have a lighter long sleeve underneath your jacket so you can remove your jacket when you get warmer but still comfortable with the...

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  • Change money........

    You can change your money in this shop....you will get one €uro for one money hahaha! But I don´t know what all these numbers mean.......... ???

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San Gimignano Off The Beaten Path

  • On the way up there

    There are some real nice places to see on the way up the winding road. Most are active farms, or B&B places to be able to stay. The one below is advertized along the road as overnight stay.

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  • Time

    You really need some time to really explore the nooks and crannies of this beautiful town. We were limited to just an hour and a half, and we suffered a grave injustice.I imagine that it would be quite an experience to be able to stay inside the city walls.If you come by car, spend the day. You can even take in the beautiful views from atop!

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  • Volterra

    Volterra is perched high on a sheer, rocky plateau, proudly overlooking the lovely Tuscan landscape below. It is an ancient centre, famous for its Etruscan and Roman past, and filled with museums offering a glimpse of days gone by. The town is also famous for its alabaster, which is mined nearby.It is located 30km west of San Gimignano and makes an...

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San Gimignano Favorites

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    The first settlement here was an Etruscan village, since 3rd century BC. Around 1st century, during Catiline conspiracy, two patrician brothers, Murzio and Silvio, fled Rome and built two castles in Valdesa. The name of Silvia castle was changed to San Gimignano in 450 AD, after the saint of Modena, Bishop Germinianus, intervened to spare the...

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  • The arches

    The old core of the town is full of archways, corridors, passageways which make it very charming and pictoresque. The first impression that crossed my mind was, people in medieval times used to live a kind of social life we miss today. The community and the common life together meant something to them and had important significant. Even very rich...

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  • City of Towers

    Take a look at:http://www.sangimignano.com/sghomei.htmIt shows an aerial view of San Gimignano that better illustrates the many towers to be found in this small town.

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Porta San Giovanni
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Museo Civico
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Piazza del Duomo
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The Upper Podesta Floors House the Pinacoteca
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Chiesa di Pietro in Forliano is Also To the North
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Walk To the Chiesa di Sant' Agostino
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Go Inside the Chiesa di Sant' Agostino
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Look At the Porta San Giovanni
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See the Pinacoteca Civica in the Pal. Communale
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View From the Top pf the Torre Grossa
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Climb the Torre Grossa
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See the Two Palazzi del Podesta
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See the Outer and Inner Parts of the P. del Popolo
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On the South Of the Church Is Another Annunciation
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The Church Also Contains fine 15C Paintings
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See the Inner Lateral Aisle Walls of the Bibie
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See Inside the Collegiate Church S. Maria Assunta
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Visit the Collegiata S. Maria Assunta (Or Duomo)
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In the Piazza Study the Ardingheili Towers First
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An Entrance into the Piazza della Cisterna
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Via San Giovanni
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Convento di San Francesco
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Costarella
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Porta San Matteo
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Rent a bright red Vespa
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Museo Archeologo
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Visiting the Basilica and the Museum
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The Podesta Tower
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The Duomo or the Collegiate Church
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The Execution in Medieval Times
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Center of town
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Pizza free zone
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Best breakfast in town
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