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Best things to do in San Gimignano

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Administrative Area Level 3
“Litterally a jewl. For food lovers like me, this area produces wonderful saffron.”
171 locals recommend
Museum
“Museum: Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca Torre Grossa Visit the old rooms and halls from which the city has been governed for centuries and then climb to the top of the tower of the Podesta, the tallest tower and look down upon the city.”
9 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“One of the best gelato I ever had. They have been ice cream world champion for two years. Highly recommended.”
13 locals recommend
Bar
“Pub carino poco fuori le mura, perfetto per un drink o un aperitivo. Nice pub located just outside the walls, perfect for a drink.”
7 locals recommend
Social Club
“San Gimignano is a small town in the province of Siena rich in charm and history. The village of San Gimignano is located almost halfway between Florence and Siena, from which it is approximately 60 and 45 km respectively, and is easily accessible both by car and by bus. The city was built on a hill about 300 meters high and enjoys a privileged view of the characteristic landscape of the surrounding Val d 'Elsa. The hill, as evidenced by several finds found in the municipal area, was inhabited since the Etruscan and Hellenistic periods, probably due to its dominant position that allowed the valley to be kept under easy control. San Gimignano was so called around the 10th century AD in honor of San Geminiano, bishop of Modena who lived in the fourteenth century, who is said to have saved her from the assault of the barbarians by appearing on the city walls. In the Middle Ages San Gimignano experienced its most flourishing period, thanks also to the fact that it was crossed by the Via Francigena, one of the main communication routes of that era. The city was an important point of reference for the numerous traders, travelers and above all for the many faithful who went on pilgrimage to Rome and who needed hospitality and often assistance. At the end of 1100 San Gimignano became a free municipality. The city was involved in the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, which is almost inevitable given its central position compared to the two great rivals, Florence and Siena (the first Guelph, the second Ghibelline). Despite the struggles, 1200 was the century of greatest economic development for San Gimignano, mainly thanks to the trade in local products (mostly agricultural, such as saffron and wines). The city was greatly enriched and numerous public works were also completed. In this period the city was embellished with seventy towers, which were built by the many wealthy families to show off their wealth and power. The fourteen beautiful towers still characterize the city center and make the profile of San Gimignano unique and recognizable. San Gimignano was ruled by the Ghibellines until 1255, the year in which it passed into the hands of the Guelphs, who destroyed the original walls. By winning the famous Battle of Montaperti in 1260 the Ghibellines returned to the possession of the city, rebuilding and expanding its walls. In the year 1300 San Gimignano welcomed Dante Alighieri, who came as an ambassador of the Guelph League. In the middle of the century San Gimignano was unfortunately struck by the plague and famine and could not help but submit to the power of Florence. The city then began a slow political and economic decline, but continued to grow from the artistic and cultural point of view in the following centuries. Among the most important works we remember the Renaissance frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the Chapel of Santa Fina, located inside the Cathedral. Despite the passing of the centuries, San Gimignano has managed to preserve its medieval appearance and its charm and still today it is indisputably one of the great little treasures of Tuscany. The "city of beautiful towers", as it is rightly called, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990.”
162 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Ristorante tipico toscano, situato all'interno di una tipica cantina scavanta nella pietra. Typical tuscan tavern located in an old wine cellar just few steps from the apt”
5 locals recommend
Social Club
“Museum San Gimignano 1300 is not just a museum it is an EXPERIENCE! Storyboards, multi-media exhibits, street scenes, and a ceramic recreation of the city as it existed in 1300. ”
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I tipici piatti toscani in un ambiente stupendo, direttamente sotto le torri di San Gimignano. Da non perdere.”
4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Visit the winery sovestro in poggio with the amazing view. for wine tour and wine tasting or cooking class needed reservation. www.facebook.com/SovestroWinery ”
1 local recommends
Car Repair
“Auto Noleggio (Auto, scooter, mountain bikes). Car Rental (cars, vespas, mountain bikes)”
7 locals recommend
Café
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“Interesting bar/lounge where you can taste, eat, enjoy and always drink something good, typical Tuscan and homemade. ”
3 locals recommend
Art Museum
“San Gimignano can be touristy at times, but this gallery is worth a visit. One of the premier contemporary art galleries in Italy, it happens to be based in the region's most stunning Medieval town.”
2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located in San Gimignano, Campatelli is an 18th-century building that features one of the town’s famous medieval towers. The residence of a high-ranking family in the 19th and 20th centuries, Casa Campatelli reconstructs - through its fornitures, decor, paintings and private mementos - the ambience and history of a traditional Tuscan family and society of a bygone age, set against the background of 1000 years of history, recounted with sophisticated digital technology that encapsulates the origin of the legend of San Gimignano, givin visitors a deeper insight unto the town.”
4 locals recommend
Bus Station
“San Gimignano Medieval Festival : La Ferie delle Messi. June the 3rd weekend ”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing restaurant, great food and service. The staff is so attentive. nice discount 10 % at our guests needed reservation. ”
3 locals recommend
Church
“Inside the Duomo we find many very beautiful frescoes. Entering the central nave we find two famous wooden statues by Jacopo della Quercia standing on both sides of the fresco illustrating the "Martyrdom of St. Sebastiano" by Benozzo Gozzoli. In the right aisle, next to the transept, we find the famous Chapel of St. Fina, the protector of San Gimignano”
4 locals recommend