San Gimignano, Italy
SAN GIMIGNANO
The right route for the San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a small town set among hills, olive groves and vineyards in the heart of Tuscany. The center of this authentic town is surrounded by 14 towers and houses from the XIII and XIV centuries. If you are traveling in Italy or vacationing in Tuscany, be sure to put this place on your must visit list.
Organizing a trip to San Gimignano is not difficult. For independent travelers, we have prepared some practical tips.
When you enter the city, you will see a paid parking lot where you can leave your car. From here you can take a glass elevator (convenient if you have a stroller) to the city center, which is located behind the fortress wall.
It is more convenient to get to the city by car, but in case there is no such opportunity:
  1. From Siena: from the bus station at Piazza Antonio Gramsci, bus number 130. You can buy tickets at the vending machine near the stop. It is better to take tickets in two directions.
  2. From Florence: from the bus station in via Santa Caterina da Siena, take bus number 131 to Poggibonsi, change to bus number 133 or 130 to S.Gimignano.
  3. From Pisa: go to Pisa Centrale station to Empoli station. There you need to change to the train to Poggibonsi - S.Gimignano. Then take bus #130.
  4. Rare bus from the railway station to Certaldo. All bus timetables can be found at www.tiemmespa.it
As soon as you walk up to the city center, you immediately feel the atmosphere of the Middle Ages: cobblestone streets, small stores, bottegas, and craft shops where local craftsmen make unique items by hand.

San Gimignano's ceramics workshops draw the eye; colorful pots, vases, and sets. The local ceramics are very bright and interesting.
Tuscany has a strong Palio culture.
the race on unsaddled...
horses. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages.

For this reason, in San Gimignano there are many stores with armor and weapons that replicate those of the Middle Ages.
Children will appreciate the opportunity to arm themselves with wooden swords, maces and crossbows and to play knights.
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In the city you can visit sewing workshops and see how Italian grandmothers and grandfathers work at the looms.
Look out for leather goods, which will be a nice souvenir or a gift for your loved ones: bags, wallets, book bindings, the local tannery has a wide selection.
During a family tour in Tuscany the participants of the trip will certainly taste the most delicious gelato (Italian gelato), which has been produced in San Gimignano for more than a generation. Children and adults will visit the holy of holies - the ice cream factory. Such an experience is only possible with Italia Per Famiglie. True Italian ice cream - there is no better in the world!
Of course, you can't ignore the main attractions:

  • Piazza della Cisterna with a large fountain.
  • Piazza del Duomo, where the church of Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo di San Gimignano), built in the XII century and famous for the frescos that decorate the interior walls, is located.
  • Museo d'Arte Sacra (Museum de Arte Sacra). It is a museum of religious art, which exhibits paintings and sculptures of the XIV-XV centuries. In the same building there is a small Etruscan museum.
  • The Church of Sant'Agostino (Chiesa di Sant'Agostino), which is located on the northwestern edge of the city. In the chapel you can see a cycle of 17 frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli that describe the life of St. Augustine.
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Piazza della Cisterna is the central square of the city with a picturesque well.

In the Middle Ages there was a market place and local festivals, tournaments and celebrations were held here.
Single ticket
Purchase a single ticket that gives access to all the major museums of San Gimignano: Museo Civico, Torre Grossa and Cappella di Santa Fina on the website of the tourist office.
San Gimignano is a charming and picturesque city with an amazing history. It would be a crime not to visit it during a Tuscan trip.
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