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About San Gimignano

Heritage listed San Gimignano is one of Tuscany’s best known hilltop towns. But it suffers from the same limitation as many of Tuscany’s other hilltop charmers — lack of space to expand — so the best places to stay in San Gimignano are all converted townhouses or palazzos in town, and converted villas and farmhouses in the valleys surrounding the town.

This town is a hugely popular tourist destination, its beautifully preserved historic centre is top of many must-see lists and it's not hard to see why! Stunning architecture, gorgeous old palaces and churches (with the requisite frescoes and art in general) and narrow winding lanes — this place has bucket loads of atmosphere. Not to mention a gelateria offering mind-boggling flavours which boasts queues to rival those seeking entry to the best sights! As you'd expect there are restaurants, bars and cafes everywhere you look, so find yourself an outdoor pew, order your aperitivo, sit back and watch the world stroll by. 

Despite San Gimignano’s popularity and visitor numbers, there aren’t that many travellers who actually plan to spend the night here. But if you do opt to stay over in one of the best places to stay in San Gimignano you’ll benefit from having the town to yourself in the early morning, and evening. And it’s totally worth it.

The Best Places to Stay in San Gimignano

For Historic San Gimignano

  • L'Antico Pozzo is a simply restored 15th century townhouse within the walls of San Gimignano, close to the Church of Saint Agostino. Inside are 18 rooms, with original terracotta floors, beamed or frescoed ceilings, and romantic views. The grandest rooms have four-poster beds and grand drapes. Have breakfast served to you in your room, or in the pretty courtyard, and enjoy having the town to yourself for a few hours every day.

For a Special Occasion

  • The Borgo Pignano is a handsome, traditional villa on a private Tuscan estate turned luxury haven. Set on a hilltop, overlooking 750 acres of farmland, the views around are beautiful, both from the villa, and from the terraces that descend the hill, with their pool, vines and romantic corners. Inside are 17 rooms and suites, beautifully decorated in the Tuscan style, with frescoes, vast fireplaces, high ceilings and terracotta tiled floors — some are in the main house, but there are also separate cottages and maisonettes, perfect for groups of families. Then there are the added extras, like the infinity pool, private-feeling cinema, art classes, yoga classes and billiards table.

For Couples

  • The Locanda Dell’Artista is a classic converted, 18th century farmhouse, with postcard perfect views over the surrounding vineyards. There are just seven rooms, traditionally decorated with tiled floors, beamed ceilings and wrought iron bed frames. The pool has views across the valley to San Gimignano, as does the terrace, and the restaurant is top notch. Adults only.

For a Rural Retreat

  • Set on a farm, Mormoraia has rustic charm, and dreamy Tuscan views in spades, while also having luxurious features, an impressive spa, and an excellent restaurant. Think exposed wood and stone, vaulted or beamed ceilings, and beautiful stone floors, but with creamy linens and French chateau style white-painted antiques. The spa facilities include a hot tub, sauna and hammam, and the restaurant is totally Tuscan, with olive oil from the farm, and homegrown wine. The wine tastings and tours are a treat too.

For Great Value

  • The Agriturismo Poggiacolle is a Tuscan farmhouse B&B with its own vineyards and saffron farm, just outside town. It has just four guest apartments, self-catering, with rustic, romantic details: think beamed ceilings, terracotta-tiled floors, four-poster beds and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. To share between just these four apartments are a tennis court, gardens, a children’s play area, and an infinity pool.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Florence Airport, Amerigo Vespucci, is 43 miles from San Gimignano, just under an hour in the car. Pisa Airport, which is 51 miles away, might be more useful to some visitors, and is just over an hour in the car.
  • If you plan to hire a car, which we would advise if you want to get out and explore further afield, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Like most of Tuscany, San Gimignano is busiest during the summer, but also hottest, though its breezy hilltop position protects it from the 30°C+ heat. But San Gimignano is really popular, and with such a limited accommodation it gets a lot of visitors each day, so if you do visit in the summer try to get here as early in the morning as you can. If you can consider the other seasons do, spring and autumn still get plenty of sunshine and not a lot of rain, and Christmas is a special time in Italy.

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Best Hotels in San Gimignano

  • Agriturismo Poggiacolle San Gimignano 4 rooms from £82

    Groups  -  Some apartments sleep up to 10 people.
    Families
    Great walks  -  Plenty of walking on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Just 2km from San Gimignano
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    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. See More

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  • L'Antico Pozzo San Gimignano (Tuscany) 18 rooms from £92

    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of San Gimignano
    Cooking classes  -  Can be arranged in Certaldo Alto
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
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    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. See More

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  • Mormoraia San Gimignano 22 rooms from £165

    Foodies  -  The restaurant serves excellent traditional Tuscan cuisine, and tastings of the homegrown wine and olive oil can be arranged.
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic Tuscan country retreat with simple and chic rooms, outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and Turkish bath.
    Great walks  -  There are innumerable beautiful walks available through the Tuscan countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  The property is only fifty minutes drive from both Siena and Florence.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    A beautiful hotel set on a Tuscan farm near San Gimignano. Rooms are tasteful and spacious with exposed wood beams and stone flooring. Lounge by the pool with vistas of sprawling Tuscan countryside or browse the vines and groves from which the hotel produces its delicious wine and olive oil. See More

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  • Borgo Pignano San Gimignano 17 rooms from £277

    Families  -  With excellent family friendly accommodation and a wide range of activities for all ages it's perfect for family stay
    Views  -  The property enjoys breathtaking views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside
    Restaurant  -  Fine dining Tuscan style in Villa Pignano, or for something more relaxed try the Fireplace Restaurant or Trattoria Al Fresco
    Kids Club  -  During the summer months there are dedicated staff who organise a wide range of children's activities
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A private Tuscan estate and luxury haven set amid 750 acres of organic farmland. Sensitively restored throughout, bedrooms and suites feature original architectural details and traditional Tuscan style interiors plus stunning views. A magical spot for couples, weddings, and family holidays. See More

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  • Locanda Dell'Artista San Gimignano (Lucignano 43) 7 rooms from £282

    Country Escape  -  A secluded 18th-century farmhouse surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the towers of San Gimignano, declared part of the World's Architectural Heritage by UNESCO.
    Great walks  -  Take scenic strolls through the surrounding countryside.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A classic Tuscan farm offering idyllic views over the surrounding vineyards. Traditionally dressed rooms feature wrought iron bed frames, beamed ceilings and tiled floors. The restaurant is a real draw with dishes created by Michelin starred chefs. There is also a picture perfect pool. See More

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