San Gimignano Walking Tour

The medieval plazas of San Gimignano
Visit San Gimignano, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy. The historic village sits atop one of Tuscany’s iconic hills that dot the countryside in the Elsa Valley, an area rich in cypresses, vineyards, and olive groves. The region produces the popular Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine with floral and fruity notes. However, San Gimignano is most famous for the 13th-century walls that encircle its medieval center. With architecturally rich plazas, churches, and stone towers dominating the skyline, the town rightfully earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A guide will take you along the main street, Via San Giovanni, where pilgrims and merchants once passed through as part of the Via Francigena route. First, visit the main square, Piazza del Duomo, a religious and political center that houses the Town Hall and the Torre Grossa. Then walk to the green “hearth” of the medieval town, the Poggio of Montestaffoli, where you’ll find the Fortress. 

After seeing the sites, enjoy tasting some of the town’s beloved products, such as saffron, Vernaccia wine, and gelato. San Gimignano has many famous gelaterias, with several earning the reputation as one of the best gelatos in the world!

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