La Via Francigena

The Via Francigena

San Gimignano is located directly on the famous Via Francigena, which traverses many historic centers of Tuscany, the ancient pilgrimage route that started from Canterbury in the United Kingdom to the "eternal city" of Rome, the capital of Christendom.

Since the 11th century, thousands and thousands of faithful pilgrims have traveled in groups along the path, mostly on foot, journeying towards Rome. Along this incredible route, many commercial activities such as hotels, inns, and refreshment points emerged, where weary pilgrims could eat and regain their strength before continuing their journey on the Via Francigena.

For all nature and history enthusiasts, the Via Francigena offers truly interesting itineraries, which can be done on foot or by mountain bike, allowing you to discover some of the most beautiful medieval villages in Tuscany, immersed in the magic of these special places. The medieval town of San Gimignano, one of the most charming and picturesque destinations in Tuscany, is located right along the ancient Via Francigena.

Its incredible towers, fortifications, medieval walls, palaces, and alleys have perfectly survived the passage of time without significant alterations.

Porta San Matteo in San Gimignano was the gateway through which pilgrims entered the town during the Middle Ages. This medieval village, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts Etruscan origins, but its subsequent extraordinary development was made possible thanks to the Via Francigena. The entire area has indeed been characterized by the construction of new villages, castles, abbeys, churches, and monasteries, which can still be admired today.

Via San Giovanni and Via San Matteo, the two main streets of the city, are precisely the roads on which the Via Francigena passed, and where people from all over Europe have walked for centuries. One can imagine being one of those pilgrims, ascending from Via San Matteo to reach Piazza del Duomo, then continuing to the beautiful Piazza della Cisterna, once the commercial center of the town. The Cathedral is beautiful and truly deserves a visit; it dates back to the 13th century and has walls decorated with splendid frescoes.

Right next to the Cathedral, you can notice the extraordinary Palazzo del Popolo, the city hall, which houses the beautiful Civic Museum, where paintings of great interest are preserved. The town hall tower, the Torre Grossa, is the tallest tower in San Gimignano and is the only one you can climb. From its 44 meters height, the tower dominates the entire city and the spectacular surrounding Tuscan countryside with a breathtaking panorama!

The streets of San Gimignano are enlivened by many beautiful shops selling renowned local products, such as Vernaccia and Saffron, but you can also admire beautiful ceramic shops, art galleries, and craft shops.

Autumn and winter are ideal for spending a holiday in San Gimignano, when most tourists have left, and you can truly enjoy its unique medieval atmosphere for an authentic step back in time!



Choosing to stay in San Gimignano means plunging into a timeless atmosphere, among cobbled streets, beautiful medieval buildings and breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. Our staff is at your disposal to make your stay unique and tailor-made for you. We will take care of every detail: from booking the room best suited to your needs, to organizing tours and excursions to discover the wonders of Tuscany.

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