This is a medieval city without comparison. In fact, it’s often called the Manhattan of the middle ages. It’s located just between Florence and Siena so it would be a shame to miss it. Perhaps, you read it’s overcrowded and there is some truth in it, but this is why you need a local tour guide to show you the city. In fact, during this tour, we will walk through its main streets, hidden lanes, strolling below the remaining 14 towers that stand out on the horizon as you approach the city, to discover its hidden treasures and its masterpieces. For example, the Collegiata Church (The Cathedral) with the altar by Benedetto da Maiano; the Chapel of Santa Fina and its frescoes by Ghirlandaio (the master of Michalangelo); the statues by Francesco di Valdambrino and the frescoes of the Old and New Testament by the Sienese painters from the XIII century and much more. Then, the church of Saint Agostino with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli and anther altar by Benedetto da Maiano. Finally, a walk all the way up to the Rocca to admire the spectacular views and the contemporary art pieces scattered throughout the city.
Nevertheless, there will be time to stop at the award winning gelateria (ice cream shop) before heading on to Chianti or Colle Val D’Elsa, famous for its crystal glass production, or to Monteriggioni, a Sienese outpost during the historic battle with rival Florence, mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Here kids might enjoy walking along the perimeter wall which encloses this charming town.
S. Gimignano + Monteriggioni = 3-4 hours
S. Gimignano + Colle Val d’Elsa = 3 hours
S. Gimignano + Chianti = 6-7 hours
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