The medieval hill town of San Gimignano, in the province of Siena, is a fantastic location for exploring cultural, artistic and historic treasures. UNESCO has recognised “The Historic Center of San Gimignano” as a World Heritage Site for its remarkable preservation of artworks and authentic buildings, which date back to the 12th and 14th centuries. Here, you can stroll the old town’s tiny streets among Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Comunale, admire the historic towers that spike the famous skyline and visit many beautiful churches with outstanding frescoes. Not even in Siena or Florence will you find such a concentration of architectural wonders, considered to be heaven for photographers.
When you are tired of culture, go shopping! San Gimignano is well-known for its artisans and handicrafts, with numerous galleries to browse. The area is also famous across Italy for its fine local produce. The Vernaccia white wine, produced from the ancient Vernaccia grape, makes an acclaimed wine and the surrounding land is the source of fine saffron, superior olive oil and honey. Don’t forget to taste the salame toscano, the cured ham and the distinctive ewe’s-milk pecorino.