The surroundings of San Gimignano: daily trips

If you have planned a vacation for a few days in San Gimignano will be good to have some ideas also on nearby towns in order to arrange some excursions outside the historic center.
The city’s location is definitely strategic and around San Gimignano you will enjoy very beautiful landscapes and locations.


certaldo alto 300x199 The surroundings of San Gimignano: daily trips
The land of Boccaccio: Certaldo
Although it is within the province of Florence, the town of Certaldo is located less than ten miles from San Gimignano. The town is most famous for being the birthplace of one of the greatest tuscan poets, Giovanni Boccaccio. The village is divided into two parts: the historic  top  part is accessed via a funicular which covers 55 vertical meters from the modern square downtown. A  must see in Certaldo is the house of Boccaccio  containing  a library that is a reknown  point of reference for historical  researchers Continue reading

San Gimignano and the Via Francigena

Via Francigena route San Gimignano and the Via Francigena
The famous Via Francigena, that crosses many historical towns in Tuscany, is an ancient historical pilgrimage route leading from Canterbury in the United Kingdom to the eternal city of Rome, the capital of Christianity.

Starting from the 11th century thousands and thousands of faithful pilgrims travelled in groups along the route, mostly on foot, on their way to Rome. All along this incredible itinerary, raised many trading activities like hostels, osterias, and refreshment stations, where the tired pilgrims could eat and regain their strengths before continuing their trip. Continue reading