San Gimignano has the perfect Italian charm. Nestled in the wine region of Tuscany, this quaint little town sits on top of a hill and offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscape. San Gimignano is the perfect town to escape to for a quiet week in the wine country.
San Gimignano is known as ‘the Town of the Fine Towers.’ The town’s medieval architecture is uniquely preserved, and the hilltop presence of the town gives you fantastic views of surrounding Tuscany.
San Gimignano is definitely an area that I wish I had spent more time. Being Tuscany, it was a little expensive, but I was able to find an adorable villa nestled in the wine hills above San Gimignano. This gave us the perfect view and with four girls the cost was very acceptable. I suggest exploring booking.com to find amazing little villas to vacation in through out this region. Make sure to book three to four months in advance to get a great price and availability.
Our stay in San Gimignano was short, too short. I would suggest giving yourself at least three full days in this beautiful town and take the time to drive the local countryside. I could spend an entire ten days in Tuscany.
Okay if you only have a few days to enjoy San Gimignano, I suggest these few ‘must see’ spots to make your trip memorable.
1 // Sit at Piazza del Duomo and have a gelato
Gelato pretty much makes every experience golden; however, this piazza was the obvious meeting place of the town. It’s a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day.
2 // Visit Torre Grossa for fantastic views
Torre Grossa is in Museo Civico. For about eight euros, you can walk the museum; however, the tower is the ideal destination. This beautiful tower offers fantastic views of surrounding Tuscany.
3 // Wine Associazione Strada Del Vino Vernaccia Di San Gimignano
It’s a long name, but I assure you it will be a fantastic time. This is the wine museum of the local wines around San Gimignano. Here you can taste the famous white wine of the region, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The wine is produced from an ancient variety of Vernaccia grapes which grows in the hillsides of the area. It’s a fantastic wine and actually the only white wine I’ve ever liked.
4 // Walk
San Gimignano is the perfect walking city. It doesn’t offer an abundance of museums to visit, but it does offer charming alleyways, churches and views of Tuscany. I would suggest to just walk this beautiful little town and see what it can offer you.
San Gimignano is just one of many charming little towns in the countryside of Tuscany. With a car, you can visit many of these beautiful towns and spend an entire week tasting different types of wines. If I am to go back to Italy, this would be my week trip.
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