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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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Wine Tasting & Tuscany Countryside including San Gimignano & Volterra

Wine Tasting & Tuscany Countryside including San Gimignano & Volterra

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See a different side of Tuscany on this full-day, small-group tour. Meet your tour guide at a central point to travel via air-conditioned vehicle into the Tuscan countryside. Visit the ancient town of Volterra, renowned for its Etruscan history and Roman–era ruins. Then, stop at a local winery to enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch and numerous wine samples. Finally, head to the UNESCO-listed city of San Gimignano, which is famed for its soaring towers.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.14
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San Gimignano and Volterra Tour by Private Luxury Van

San Gimignano and Volterra Tour by Private Luxury Van

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Spend a day exploring Tuscan hill towns and history on a private tour from Florence in a luxury van. Follow winding roads through vineyards and olive groves to the medieval town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO-site with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. Discover Italy’s Etruscan heritage in Volterra, where ancient tombs, Roman ruins and brick-lined piazzas rub shoulders with bustling alabaster workshops.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$602.38
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Siena and San Gimignano full day from Lucca

Siena and San Gimignano full day from Lucca

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Discover Tuscany’s historic towns, gastronomic delicacies, and fine wines on this full-day tour from Lucca. Explore the medieval towns of San Gimignano and Siena, enjoy lunch at a winery, and spend the day reveling in the beauty of the region. Round-trip shuttle transfers from Lucca are included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.40
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Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Small Group from Lucca

Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Small Group from Lucca

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Explore Tuscany on a food tour of Siena and San Gimignano from Lucca. See panoramic vineyard views, and stop to try Chianti Classico and Vernaccia wines amongst the vines. Then sample local products like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, bruschetta, and Pecorino cheese. Enjoy the world-renowned beauty and culture of Tuscany with a walking tour of medieval villages with narrow streets, historic cathedrals, and beautiful ancient theaters like Piazza del Campo in Siena.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.17
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Private Boat Excursion from Sorrento to Capri and Positano

Private Boat Excursion from Sorrento to Capri and Positano

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Spend an unforgettable day at sea exploring the legendary beauty of Capri and one of the Neapolitan Riviera’s most picturesque villages, Positano. On this private boat excursion from Sorrento, relax on deck as an expert skipper navigates the azure waters and dramatic coastline of the famed isle and points out passing attractions like the beautiful Blue Grotto and Faraglioni Rock Formations. Step ashore at Positano and the hidden gem of Nerano for leisure time to shop, dine or stroll the charming streets.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,145.45
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Full-Day Chianti Tour by Vespa Scooter

Full-Day Chianti Tour by Vespa Scooter

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Hop on a scooter to explore the rolling landscapes of Chianti on this 7.5-hour Vespa tour from San Gimignano. Settle on a Vespa and ride around vine-coated hills, cypress groves and old villages, soaking in the views of this famous wine producing region. Your tour includes a wine tasting and lunch, plus the option to ride as a passenger with an escort driver or to upgrade to drive your Vespa.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$158.59
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3-hour Tuscan Cooking Class with Wine Tasting

3-hour Tuscan Cooking Class with Wine 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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.59
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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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$127.85
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Family-Friendly Cooking Class - Food and Drinks included

Family-Friendly Cooking Class - Food and Drinks included

Young chefs-in-the-making can try their hand at cooking delicious Italian foods. Learn the secrets of making an authentic meal, from starters to handmade pasta to dessert, with the assistance of a professional chef. Children teens, and adults alike enjoy this hands-on cooking class in San Gimignano.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.11
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Private Pizza and Ice Cream Cooking Class - Food and Drinks included

Private Pizza and Ice Cream Cooking Class - Food and Drinks included

Learn to make authentic Italian pizza and gelato from scratch during a private 2-hour cooking class near San Gimignano. Your chef-instructor shows you how to prepare the pizza dough and homemade tomato sauce, then supervises as you make your own pizza. Next, make gelato from fresh fruit then enjoy the meal that you helped to create, accompanied by tastings of Tuscan wine and olive oil.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.09
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Wine & Evo Oils Tasting with Vegetarian Meal

Wine & Evo Oils Tasting with Vegetarian Meal

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.55
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San Gimignano Private Walking Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$175.14
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.72
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