San Gimignano, Tuscany

Wine Travel Review

On a very hot day in July we left the air-conditioned comfort of our car and, along with several coach loads of tourists, struggled up a big hill to the town of San Gimignano perched on the top. The town is famous for its towers, of which there used to be many, but now only 14 of the original 76 remain. Built as symbols of their owner’s wealth, they were the 13th century’s equivalent of a man buying a faster sports car than his neighbour. But that was not why we were there. We were there to taste the wine. But only after a granita to cool us down.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano growing in the fields below the town.

The town is not very big but the fact that it appears in every guidebook about Tuscany means that there are lots of visitors, and unfortunately all the shops are…

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano experience

Tay Travels

San Gimignano
…or, as I like to say, San Chimichanga…
is a hidden gym in Italy out in the Tuscan countryside.


Imagine driving an hour through nothing but Italian vineyards
until you look up and see a medieval skyline on top of a hill out in the distance.
That’s San Gimignano.


It’s literally in the middle of nowhere,
and it looks as if nobody has touched the city since it was built in the 13th century.
The only sign of change is the shops inside of the ancient buildings.
Old homes, trades, and shops have been transformed into hotels, gelatarias, and trattorias.


I could write about this town for pages and pages,
but I’ll spare you some time and narrow it down to my three favorite highlights-


1. Lunch with a view
My meal was easily in my top five meals of my month of Italian food,
and my view was…

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