Our day out in San Gimignano
A day in San Gimignano is a great day out from Florence, being only 72km away from the centre. San Gimignano’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2013 the cost was Euros 6.80 per person each way by local bus. It is easy to catch the bus from the Florence Bus Station but you will need to change at Poggibonsi, the wait there is between 10-20 minutes.
A climb to the top of the Big Tower will cost you Euros 5.00 per person. The view is incredible over the luscious green countryside of the Tuscan hills and villages with their terracotta roofs. The Tower was built between 1300 and 1311 the views reach all the way to the mountains of Pistoria and the Apuan Alps. There were originally 72 medieval towers and now only 14 remain.
Situated in one of the most beautiful plazas in San Gimignano, Piazza della Cisterna is the Wishing Well.
In the same plaza there is always a queue outside the Gelato shop. It is worth the wait.
A glass or two of the famous local wine Vernaccia is enjoyed standing up at the bar. The wine has been said to inspire popes and poets. San Gimignano was also known for its agricultural products especially saffron that was used in cooking and in dyeing cloth.
There are many restaurants and bars around the squares and down alleyways. A coffee in any of the cafes will cost you Euros 1.30 if you are standing up. It is a popular tourist destination so at times you may expect several bus loads of tourists all at once.