Postcards of San Gimignano encourage many people to visit Tuscany. Its 15 medieval towers and great, thick, surrounding wall perched on a hill appeal from both within and without. And strolling through the town narrow pedestrian streets lined with tall buildings on a hot summer's day is, for many people, one of Tuscany's most memorable experiences. Our pick of the best places to stay in San Gimignano range from a luxury haven in the town itself to a charming agriturismo just outside.
The striking medieval towers were built by the wealthiest citizens of San Gimignano as they tried to outdo their neighbours. And if you can imagine it there used to be 72 of them! The tallest one standing today is the Torre Grossa, built in 1298 it's 54metres high. This is off the Piazza del Duomo. And you can climb it.
As well as the towers, San Gimignano's Duomo is worth visiting. The inside is lavishly decorated in 14th Century frescoes. The Palazzo del Popolo also houses some notable frescoes and other art works. There's also a torture museum and an Archaeology museum. And the medieval fountains, where people once collected their water, are also worth a look.
This part of Tuscany still feels pretty rural. The roads wind in places and so your slow drive through reveals fields, orchards and vineyards amongst the green hills and terracotta towns. This area was once a large saffron producer, but today its main export is white wine: Vernaccia.
Making a base at one our choices of the best places to stay in San Gimignano will ensure you're perfectly placed to fully appreciate this stunning location.
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San Gimignano (Tuscany)
15th Century restored townhouse with original terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and delicate frescoes throughout. Romantic bedrooms feature pastel colour schemes, four posters and billowing drapes. Breakfast in bed or in the courtyard - a charming spot for romantics and local exploring.
A gorgeous Tuscan farmhouse B&B with its own vineyards and saffron farm. Four separate self-catering apartments occupy the farmhouse. Rustic-romantic rooms, infinity pool, tennis courts, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Ideal for families and groups of friends.
A private Tuscan estate and luxury haven. Bedazzling views over acres of land, infinity pool, art classes, breakfast in the ballroom, private cinema, truffling, and palatial bedrooms and suites. A magical spot for couples, weddings, and family holidays.
San Gimignano (Tuscany)
Magnificent former monastery dating back to 1587 in San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany. Before becoming a hotel in 1988 it was the summer residence of the noble Guicciardini-Strozzi family. Glorious formal gardens, pool and spa, grand rooms in Tuscan colours dominate. Tuscan cuisine and wine