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How to Spend 1 Day in San Gimignano

How to Spend 1 Day in San Gimignano

Soaring high above the medieval center of San Gimignano, the town’s 14 towers form one of the most remarkable skylines in Tuscany. This UNESCO World Heritage Site hill town is beloved for its intact historic center, excellent food and wine, and endless views over the pastoral countryside. Here’s how to experience its singular appeal in just one day.

Morning: Historic Center

The compact historic center of San Gimignano is considered one of the most enchanting in Tuscany, with medieval streetscapes virtually frozen in time since the town’s 14th-century heyday and more than a dozen of its original 72 towers still standing. Join a small-group or private walking tour to appreciate gems such as the Large Tower (Torre Grossa) and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Stroll through Cathedral Square (Piazza Duomo) and Cistern Square (Piazza della Cisterna), take in the medieval city walls, and explore the ruins of the 16th-century fortress while learning about the rise and fall of this town along the ancient Via Francigena. 

Afternoon: The Wine Country

One of the biggest draws of San Gimignano is its captivating setting deep in the Tuscan hills, surrounded by some of the region’s most prestigious wine country. Set off in the afternoon to explore the countryside and sample wine at nearby wineries. For a lighthearted twist, you can tour the vineyard-covered hills by Italy’s iconic Fiat 500 car or Vespa scooter. Dedicated gourmands can also opt for a cooking class or truffle hunt followed by a cooking lesson to learn how to prepare Tuscan classics and enjoy the results during a celebratory dinner. Alternatively, head farther afield in the afternoon to visit the historic town of Siena, home to the famed Palio, or Volterra, with its fascinating Etruscan history. 

Night: The Flavors of Tuscany

Cap off your day in San Gimignano by sampling local specialties during a romantic candlelight dinner in the historic center or in a scenic winery outside of town. Enjoy artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the region, traditional Tuscan dishes such asribollita (Tuscan bread soup) and truffle pasta, and local wines paired with each course. Whether you choose to dine in town or in the countryside, be sure to catch the sunset over the rolling landscape at dusk, when the golden light creates a postcard-perfect view. 

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3-hour Tuscan Cooking Class with Wine & Oil Tasting

3-hour Tuscan Cooking Class with Wine & Oil Tasting

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Tuscany is Italy’s gastronomic heartland and a cooking class is the perfect way to discover the region’s rich culinary traditions. On this 3-hour small-group cooking class, pick up tips and techniques from a local chef; create traditional recipes such as antipasti, bruschetta, and pasta dishes; then tuck into a delicious homemade lunch or dinner, accompanied by Tuscan wines.
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Romantic Candlelight Dinner and Wine in Tuscany

Romantic Candlelight Dinner and Wine in Tuscany

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Enjoy a celebratory evening in Tuscany with a romantic dinner and wine tasting. After a relaxing walk around the historic San Gimignano property, settle into a delicious multi-course meal. Sample an appetizer of Tuscan cheeses, salami, and bruschetta before moving on to truffle lasagna, roasted meat, and vegetables, and a dessert of vanilla ice cream with Balsamic vinegar. Take a winery tour and taste current and vintage reserve wines.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wine & Evo Oils Tasting with Vegetarian Meal-Private Experience

Wine & Evo Oils Tasting with Vegetarian Meal-Private Experience

Explore Tuscany beyond the center of San Gimignano with this vineyard visit. Travel to a family-run organic farm where grapes and olives are grown. Sample the vineyard’s wines and extra virgin olive oil alongside a vegetarian meal including bruschetta, pasta with vegetables, and a selection of pecorino cheeses. A traditional dessert and dessert wine are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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San Gimignano Private Walking Tour

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San Gimignano Private Walking Tour

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Explore the historic hill town of San Gimignano with this 2-hour walking tour. Learn about the many Medieval towers that give the town such a distinctive skyline.
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  • 2 hours
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$175.52
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Truffle Adventure Cooking Class

Truffle Adventure Cooking Class

Want to have an Elite Experience? Truffle is one of the rarest and delicious products of the world. Italy is one of the main exporters of truffles. Tuscany is one of the most popular Italian regions where to find truffles. Is for all this reason that we decided to give importance to this typical product, entrusting it with a place of honor.
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  • 3 hours
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