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Hotels in San Gimignano
Immortalised in the renowned BAFTA-winning film 'Tea with Mussolini', San Gimignano is one of the most striking and best-preserved medieval settlements in Italy, if not the world. Technically a city, it is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list, along with several other world-renowned cultural and historic sites in Tuscany.
One dominated by dozens of medieval towers
Designed by wealthy patrician families, San Gimignano originally had 72 towers, although there are only 14 left remaining today. The city is sometimes nicknamed the 'Manhattan of Italy', and features two main squares: The Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza del Cisterna, both of which were laid out in the late Middle Ages.
San Gimignano is revered for its special 14th- and 15th-century art collections by Gozzoli, Bartolo and other distinguished artists, which can be found in the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta (Collegiate Church). The city is a convenient base for exploring Tuscany, benefiting from direct bus links to Siena and a fast train service to Siena and Florence via short busy journey to Poggibonsi.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena is probably best known for its enormous Piazza del Campo public space, which is one of the finest medieval squares in the world and is renowned for its annual Palio di Siena horse race. You should also visit the magnificent Duomo di Siena (Siena Cathedral), which was completed more than 750 years ago and contains elaborate exterior decoration and spectacular Gothic paintings.
The Val d'Orcia and Pienza World Heritage Sites
The definitive Renaissance landscape, the Val d'Orcia is a man-made natural paradise of sweeping rolling hills and ancient hilltop villages. See the world's first planned Renaissance city, Pienza, which is a classic example of early urban planning and is overlooked by an enchanting cathedral.
See the formidable Duomo and wander through the Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the world's oldest and most visited museums, and was designed by Alfonso Parigi, Giorgio Vasari and Bernardo Buontalenti, in the 16th century. Indeed, it is difficult ascertain the total number of sculptures, paintings and other artefacts on display here, simply because there are so many. Just before sunset, visit the Piazzale Michelangelo for a mesmerising panoramic view of the Florentine skyline.
Where to stay in San Gimignano – suggestions
By staying at San Gimignano hotels, you open up your holiday to a number of different attractive holiday experiences. Book a room at the charming boutique Hotel La Cisterna, which was one of the filming locations for 'Tea with Mussolini' and offers stunning views of the Tuscany landscape from some of its rooms. Other San Gimignano hotels you might want to consider include the deluxe Villasanpaolo hotel and Hotel Casolare le Terre Rosse with their romantic views, or the charismatic Hotel Sovestro or Relais Cappuccina.
For some delightful Italian dishes with excellent wines, choose the Ristorante San Martino 26, Cum Quibus, or Bel Soggiorno, although there are dozens of other reputed restaurants to choose from. For some of the most delicious gelato in Italy, head to the Gelateria Dondoli at the Piazza della Cisterna.
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