10 LOCATIONS TO VISIT STARTING FROM SAN GIMIGNANO, TUSCANY
Several people choose San Gimignano as basis for their holidays and it is, actually, a perfect choice: the city has been declared part of the Unesco Heritage with its high towers, the monumental palaces, the small streets and the small and characteristics shops. From San Gimignano, you can also be able to reach several other location to visit artistic, natural and historical beauties Made in Tuscany.
History shows us that the hills above which the location of Certaldo has been constructed couldn’t be natural but, rather, of Etruscan and Roman origin, with makes even more rich of wonderful surprises. Small, picturesque and so cured, Certaldo is an amazing town which presents itself as an extraordinary natural stage since from which you can admire the typical architecture of red bricks which had its origin with Federico Barbarossa in 1164.
San Miniato, Pisa
You must dedicate a day visiting the town located at north of San Gimignano: starting from Gambassi Terme, location that is famous for its thermal waters but also for the role it had played in the so-called Via del Sale. After, go ahead towards Montaione which historical center includes a fortress and an old castle dates 1200. The trip ends with San Miniato, a small hilled town, characterized by a fascinated architecture and a history equally interesting.
The characteristic Medieval aspect of Volterra will allow you to discover an atmosphere of past times. The landscape that surrounds the town is a fascinated mix of undulating hills, located between San Gimignano and the long beaches of Tuscany. We suggest you to visit the museums of the city as well as the historical palaces as Fortezza Medicea, the Renaissance buildings and the Dome.
Montescudaio has maintained a historical center characterized by buildings made with stones, narrow roads and breathtaking landscapes. You can do a walk among the narrow roads until the principal square. Guardistallo is a small town with principal street is made of small restaurants and shops and which restructured theater is the main attraction.
Valle del Diavolo, Florence
The origin of the name “Valle del Diavolo” seem enough clear as soon as it is reached the top of the hills and you can watch the white vapor columns which try to reach the sky. Visiting the valley and the museum you are able to discover everything you want to know about the first experiments for the production of geothermal energy.
The town is located at south of San Gimignano, in a landscape that distinguishes itself for the high hills cover with woods. The center is constituted by a fortress and you can do a walk among the narrow streets will conduct you towards Porta Olla, Chiesa del Crocifisso, Palazzo Berlinghieri, Monastero di Santa Caterina and Convento di San Francesco dei Frati Osservanti.
Castellina in Chianti, Siena
Castellina in Chianti is located at brief distance from San Gimignano on a road which is particularly scenic and could be considered a perfect representative of the wine producing area of Chianti and of Gallo Nero. In Castellina, you can find an historical center with several shops, restaurants and bars, a bug square, a museum and landscapes over the valley.
This is really a very small location: the principal square hosts a Medieval festival that we suggest you to attend, while the walk along the perimeter of the ancient walls is fairly an adventure. Surrounded by olive groves that seem to keep the landscape immobile despite the passing of the time, Monteriggioni has always been an important step of the Via Francigena.
Colle di Val D’Elsa
Colle di Val D’Elsa is the hill located on the valley of Elsa river, which born near Siena and scrolls towards Cecina and the Tuscany coast. It is particularly known for its crystals production. A perfect synthesis between old and new, the historical center hidden among the huge walls and the old castle full of life.
Location that has been loved even by Medici family, which dedicated to built here an important building, the Fortezza Medicea di Poggio Imperiale. This has been a rich city since the beginning so most of their historical buildings are located ouside the historical center: Archedromo, Fonte delle Fate and Convento di San Lucchese.