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San Gimignano

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About San Gimignano

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.

For central location

  • Carefully restored 15th Century townhouse, L'Antico Pozzo is one of the best places to stay in San Gimignano itself. It's been romantically decorated with four poster beds, ethereal drapes and wonderful frescoes.  In addition the views are fabulous.

For rustic chic

  • If you want to let more of your senses to experience Tuscany one of the best places to stay in San Gimignano is Agriturismo Poggiacolle. This gorgeous farmhouse B&B is also a working vineyard and saffron farm.  Rooms are 'rustic romantic' and there's an infinity pool and tennis courts, so it's far from basic.  

For luxury

  • If you're hoping for a relaxing Tuscan break and want to dodge the crowds, one of the best places to stay in San Gimignano is just outside of town - Borgo Pignano. This private estate is a haven of luxury. The bedrooms are palatial, you breakfast in a ballroom and there's a private cinema. They also run art and cooking classes, truffling expeditions and there are regular yoga sessions.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in San Gimignano for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in San Gimignano, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at all our Tuscany recommendations.

Best Hotels in San Gimignano

  • L'Antico Pozzo 18 rooms from $98

    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.

    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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  • Agriturismo Poggiacolle 4 rooms from $97

    San Gimignano

    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.

    Groups  -  Some apartments sleep up to 10 people.
    Great walks  -  Plenty of walking on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Just 2km from San Gimignano
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  • Borgo Pignano 17 rooms from $160

    San Gimignano

    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.

    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Mormoraia 22 rooms from $181

    San Gimignano

    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.

    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.
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  • La Collegiata 20 rooms from $206

    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

    Restaurant  -  The restaurant L'Eco Divino is in the old church, and serves regional specailites
    Wine tasting  -  Sample Tuscan wines in the old wine cellar or the bar overlooking the cloisters
    Garden  -  Stunning Italianate gardens and rose garden.
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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