San Gimignano is a walled village in Tuscany that is famous for its medieval architecture and towers houses, which are stunningly evident in its skyline.
We visited in October, 2017, as part of our five week European holiday. We took the train from Nice to Florence, then rented a car. It took several hours to get to the village, but the drive through the countryside was relaxing and enjoyable. Even though it was late October, the weather was warm and we were greeted by bright, blue skies.
We stayed at Agriturismo II Casolare di Bucciano, a working vineyard located in the quiet countryside not far from the village. This historic farmhouse has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the village.
Our quiet, comfortable room had wood beamed ceilings and a view of the vineyard and olive trees. They have a large garden and also make their own olive oil.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room, and dinner is also available for an additional fee. We enjoyed a delicious, Tuscan meal there one evening that included wine and olive oil made on site; and tomatoes and basil from their garden. The food was delicious and filling. We also enjoyed an interesting conversation with other travelers from Holland and China. I highly recommend staying at an agriturismo when visiting Tuscany, it was an enriching experience for us.
The village of San Gimignano is an interesting place to explore. Torre Grosse built in the early 1300s is the tallest tower in the village, and the only tower open to the public. There are 218 stairs to the top, but the views make the climb well worth the effort!
There are many other historical things to see in the village including Spezieria di Santa Fina which is a reconstruction of an ancient pharmacy. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a beautiful place to wander and has lovely frescos. There are many art museums, monuments, plazas, and of course, there are many shops and restaurants as well. The village is easy to walk, and offers many photo opportunities.
Tuscany and its beautiful villages are a popular tourist destination, so I suggest visiting in the off season, when the throngs of tourists have disappeared. As I mentioned earlier, we went in October, and the weather was beautiful, and the crowds had gone.
Have you been to San Gimignano? If so, please leave a comment and let me know about your time there.