My Best Tips for Visiting San Gimignano

When you're visiting San Gimignano, you really are visiting one of the absolute pearls of Tuscany. A walled medieval center in the middle of some rolling hills full of vines, you really must visit this beautiful town. Once upon a time San Gimignano had no less than 72 towers, but now there are still 14 that shape the town's skyline. I made a trip to and visited the town during one of my trips to Italy, so now I'm sharing my tips for San Gimignano: the most beautiful sights, a great restaurant and our beautiful agriturismo in the area!
Visiting San Gimignano: How to Get Here
San Gimignano is located in Tuscany, in the province of Siena. The town lies roughly between the cities of Siena and Florence. Drive about an hour to Siena in the South and an hour and fifteen minutes to Florence in the North. The city of Pisa, in the west, can also be easily reached in less than an hour and a half. It is best to fly to Florence or Pisa. The easiest way to get there is by car, since San Gimignano has no train station. You can take a direct bus from Siena. But if you also want to see some of the beautiful surroundings, I advise you to rent a car . I always rent my cars through Sunnycars. If you can't rent a car, your other options it do a day trip from Florence. This tour also has a wine tasting and stops in Siena.
History of San Gimignano
The first buildings on the site of present-day San Gimignano date back to 3rd century BC. The name San Gimignano dates from 450 AD, when Bishop Geminian saved the local castle from the followers of Attila the Hun. In his honor a small church bore his name, around which a small walled village, named San Gimignano, emerged in the 6th and 7th centuries. The village was on Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route from France to Rome and the Vatican. This brought a lot of people and activity. The trade in products from the fertile Tuscan landscape also generated a lot of income. In the Middle Ages, San Gimignano saw a lot of conflict between rich and powerful families, who all wanted to build the highest towers in the city as a demonstration of their status. This ensured that at the end of the Middle Ages there were no fewer than 72 high towers in San Gimignano. The struggle only stopped when the municipality decided that no tower should be higher than that of the Palazzo Comunale. In the disaster year 1348, the prosperity of the town came to an end, when half the population died of the plague. San Gimignano, an independent city for a long time, joined Florence from that moment on. And from then on time stood still in the city.