San Gimignano and its towers
the village of Colle di Val d'Elsa
the wonderful colours of the Crete Senesi
Florence, river Arno
San Gimignano, the town the beautiful towers, is situated among the hills of alta Val d’Elsa, in the northern part of the Province of Siena, on the border with the Provinces of Florence and Pisa, in the heart of Tuscany.
The town is well-known since the beginning of 9th century thanks to its position on the via Francigena, that took the pilgrims from Northern Europe to Rome, and it attained its maximum splendour in the Middle Ages.
Dominated from its towers, originally they were 76 and they were the symbol of richness of the most important families...
Today it still preserves 14 towers that thanks to an intelligent work of maintenance give to the ancient village the striking features of the Middle Ages time.
The walk will astonish you going along the rustic streets that arrive to Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna, to museums, buildings and churches, all monuments of extraordinary artistic and historical value.
You can watch works of Lippo Memmi (Palazzo comunale), Benozzo Gozzoli (Museo Civico – church of Sant'Agostino), Filippino Lippi , Taddeo di Bartalo (Museo civico), Domenico Ghirlandaio (Collegiata), Pier Francesco Fiorentino ( Sant'Agostino).
But San Gimignano is not only art, it is Tuscany...
It is well-known also for its country, cultivated with olive groves and vineyards from which comes the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, already known at the time of Dante Alighieri, or the Chianti colli senesi.
It is famous also the Saffron produced in the area of San Gimignano, that characterizes many recipes of the typical gastronomy of this place.
The dirt roads are ideal for trekking or to make excursions on mountain bike, so you can discover wonderful views of the town and of the surrounding nature (vineyards, olive groves, woods) or you can find small country villages typical in Tuscany or a simple medieval church.
San Gimignano, situated in the heart if Tuscany, is an excellent point of departure to visit the whole Tuscany (region).
You need 30 minutes drive to reach Siena (25km) , Monteriggioni (20km), Casole d'Elsa (20km), Colle di Val D'Elsa (12km), Certaldo (5km) and the areas of Chianti and Chianti classico (25km).
With less than 1 hour drive you can visit: Florence (40km) or Volterra (30km) or the Crete Senesi (40km), the seaside is at less than 70 km.
You can choose to visit Lucca, Pisa or Val d’Orcia, Montalcino, Montepulciano or Pienza, or maybe you can spend a day to the Thermal baths, in less than 1 hour drive on wonderful ways that let you see the different sides of Tuscany.