If you are staying in Florence enough time to visit some neighborhood cities, don’t think it twice and enjoy a day trip to San Gimignano, a small city with so a lot of history!
Located only 56 km away from Florence, the city served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome across the Via Francigena. Its historical walls and tower houses have made San Gimignano famous all over the world.
The historic center of San Gimignano is a cultural site of exceptional value and therefore it has been included in the famous UNESCO World Heritage List. The town has treasured its architectural homogeneity and its original urban layouts.
The buildings within the town’s double wall provide a shining example of medieval architecture with influences of Florentine, Sienese, and Pisan styles from the 12th to the 14th century.
The thirteen towers that surround the city are its major tourist attraction. The towers represented the power during the Medieval Ages and, as a curiosity it is known that the wealthy families that lived during that time used to compete between them to see which family will build the tallest tower as a symbol of wealth and power.
Enjoy a great gelato in Piazza della Cisterna, a delicious lunch or dinner at the many restaurants specialized in Tuscan cuisine and climb up to the remains of the Montestaffoli fortress. A few tastes of the local white wine , Vernaccia di San Gimignano, will round up your visit.
Il Salviatino recommends you to travel in time and enjoy a cultural day in the heart of Tuscany!