Tuscany Towns: San Gimignano


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San Gimignano is one of the most famous and charming hilltop towns in Tuscany, Italy.

And for good reason.

Known for its towers (and its award-winning gelato), San Gimignano is the perfect representation of a well-preserved medieval hilltop town.

It has something to offer for pretty much everyone.

For history-lovers, it has a fascinating past. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage location and has the greatest collection of medieval towers.  Walking up to the lookout at the very top of the town gives the best views of the towers and of the stunning Tuscan countryside surrounds.

For foodies and wine-ies there are delicious recipes and great wines to match. The gelato alone is worth the visit, then there are great cured meats and traditional Tuscan dishes that pair perfectly with the famous Vernaccia white wine made here. There is even a wine museum!

(And did we mention the gelato?)

For artists and photographers, there are stunning vistas to capture. There are also many a purveyors of fine arts if you prefer to buy ready-made.

San Gimignano is also a great place to shop for hand-painted ceramics that are famous from this area.

If you are interested in the beaten part of “off the beaten path”, there is the torture museum filled with a bevy of instruments of pain.

We also love the shoe and bag stores offering  great selection of fine leather products.

Well, actually, we love it all!


You can visit San Gimignano with us on our small-group Best of Tuscany tour visiting  San Gimignano plus Siena and Monteriggioni, as well as stopping for lunch and wine tasting at a traditional Tuscan estate.

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