Why Visit San Gimignano:
San Gimignano's historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site for its architecture. During the middle ages, the town was an important center for trade and for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena.
San Gimignano Location:
San Gimignano Transportation:
If you arrive by car, you'll take the Firenze-Siena road, exit at Poggibonsi Nord and follow signs to San Gimignano. There are parking lots outside the walls. San Gimignano is best explored on foot.
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San Gimignano Food and Wine:
For a small town, San Gimignano has a number of good restaurants serving typical Tuscan food. There are at least a dozen restaurants in the center and other good restaurants in the countryside. You can also stock up on picnic items and a bottle of wine for a picnic near the Rocca.
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San Gimignano Attractions:
- La Collegiata - San Gimignano's 11th century duomo, la Collegiata, has an interior lavishly decorated with 14th century frescoes, floor to ceiling, illustrating the Life of Christ and the Old Testament. In the Chapel of Santa Fina is a 15th century fresco showing San Gimignano's towers as they were then.
- Palazzo del Popolo Civic Museum - The Civic Museum is inside the Palazzo del Popolo. The museum contains some outstanding art work and frescoes from the 13th-15th centuries, including the famous Sala di Dante with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.
- Torture Museum - The Museo della Tortura is inside the Torre della Diavola. It has a large display of torture instruments, some of which are still in use today in various parts of the world.
- Archaeology Museum - The Museo Archeologico, in a former convent, has a small collection of Etruscan artifacts. The Etruscans were the first civilization to occupy what's now San Gimignano.
- Museum of Sacred Art - The museum has a small collection of religious art including 14th century illuminated choir books.
- Sant'Agostino - The small 13th century church of Sant'Agostino is worth visiting for its charming frescoes, its elaborate marble altar, and the 15th century carved tomb of San Bartolo.
- La Rocca - The remains of the 14th century fortress above the town are worth visiting for the views of San Gimignano's towers and the countryside. Walk up the hill from Piazza delle Erbe. There's also a wine museum and an outdoor cinema in summer.
- Medieval Fountains - The 9th century Fonti Medievali on Via delle Fonti is where medieval townspeople got water and did their laundry.