My Tuscan Holiday- An Excursion to San Gimignano


I missed visiting the Tuscan town of San Gimignano (Pronounced: San Jimi Nya No) on my very first visit to Italy. Since then it was on my mind to see the place where Tea with Mussolini was shot.

A picturesque town situated on the river Elsa, San Gimignano is probably one of the most touristy places in Tuscany. Since there are several day tours available from Florence, it is a favorite of many. But that does not mean you should not visit. San Gimignano is a spectacular walled town and 14 towers dominate its skyline. It is surrounded with vineyards and olive groves that enhances the beauty!

San Gimignano now. Picture Courtesy- LifeInItaly


The town has artisan shops, handicraft shops, bars, osterie….You can’t help but get a little put off by the number of tourists and that includes yourself but you got to live with it!




Especially it’s main piazza that includes cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. There are also several churches such as Church of San Lorenzo, Church of San Bartolo and Church of San Giromlamo in the town for a nice peek of history and culture.


The piazza also has the most famous shop in the town- Dondoli. One of the most famous gelato makers in Italy, Dondoli is known for its delicious gelato and innumerable flavours. He makes gelato with regional specialties and trust me when I say this, get in line! There is queue to get this famed gelato but it so is worth it! I tried two flavors of mango and olive and later lavender and hazelnut. All so delicious!



If you can get a little away from the main piazza you can see the town’s skyline and tiny homes and vicoli (alleys). And who knows you may end up eating at an osteria where you will find locals.


Useful Information:

-San Gimignano is an easy day trip from Florence or Siena by bus.

Trattoria Chiribiri and Bar La Cisterna are good options to eat in the town.

-Several agriturismo in the surrounding areas make great stay options.

The Vernaccia Museum of Wine has guided tours that tell about the cultivation of wine in the region and includes wine tasting.

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60 thoughts on “My Tuscan Holiday- An Excursion to San Gimignano

  1. Beautiful Ishita! There just simply isn’t enough time, unless maybe you live there, to see all the amazing places Italy has is there? How wonderful that you have visited so many ☺
    Happy future travels and thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Rae 🙂 you are right, there isn’t ever enough time to see all the gems of Italia. sigh! I hope we both can revisit again. grazie for your wishes 🙂

  2. I was just there in October. Isn’t it an amazing town. I ought pottery and enjoyed amazing gelato. There is also a great wine store there that ships to the US. So glad you enjoy it too. Cheers.

    1. It really is Michelle. Although a bit on the tourist side but why wouldn’t we visit a toursity place when we all are tourists 🙂 Thank you for the appreciation, glad you had more vino !

  3. We just went there in October! Made SG our base and rented out a little farmhouse less than a 10 minute walk from one of the city gates. As you may imagine it’s a much different place when all the day trippers leave for the day. Great place to stay for getting to lots of other areas of Tuscany. And nice hiking on the Via Francigena which runs right through the town. Loved it there!

  4. We were there in August and I think you must be talking about the ice cream parlour that was invited to be a main supplier to the Milan Expo. The town was very proud of this. We lunched at a beef farm with the most amazing views up to the town …. one of the best views in Tuscany for sure.

  5. Fatto bene! We have been there many times. Worthy to note: the nearby village of Castagno has the best T-bone steak in all of Italy. Grazie di cuore per tuoi

  6. another highlight, frescoes in church of bad boys off to hell!
    too many gelatos.
    never forget arrive san gimmy by cycle and italian man insist on racing in up hill from south.
    pietro waited by fonte leoni with a beer.
    best there when sun goes down and day trippers depart with it.

  7. Ciao! I have been really busy, as you probably know, and am only today finally catching up with your posts that I have missed (but saved…..)
    We are going back to Tuscany in August (will you be there?)
    I am going to have to go trough your posts to plan this trip – have already been to Florence, Sienna (my fav place if you remember my post on this), Montepulciano, San Gimignamo, Cetera. What do you recommend (we are staying in Cetono again)
    Off to read some more posts – love the ice cream picccie xx

    1. I know, saw you here after ages! Well you have visited similar places as I have. I’d suggest you to visit Pietrasanta (I haven’t) but its a local thing. Everyone in Italy goes there. Or maybe Pienza or Volterra?

  8. Ah YES I remember your post on Volterra – did you do one on Abruzzo (maybe not spelt that right)
    I have caught up with yours and a couple of other favs, but have another 2 or 3 to get through – maybe leave them for tomorrow.

    1. You are the sweetest! I am so touched that you actually read through all the posts you missed <3 Thanks Linda. Hope you have a fabulous trip in August. Sadly I won't be there. Planning my Italy trip in spring ..xoxo

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