San Gimignano is a wonderful city close to Siena that you can’t miss during a holiday in Tuscany. In fact also if you decide to spend some days in Tuscan Coast in Italy, enjoyng the sea and the sun, you have to plan a trip to San Gimignano …maybe for an icecream! 🙂
We departed toward this beautiful destination in this way. From Marina di Bibbona – the small Tuscan town in the province of Livorno where was our hotel – we left for San Gimignano, a beautiful medieval town in the hinterland of Siena.
It must be said that the view alone would be worth the trip: a succession of sweet hills and ancient farmhouses, set among the gold of the wheat and the green of the vines, so beautiful to look like a postcard.
Then suddenly, on top of a hill, the unmistakable profile of San Gimignano appeared with its mighty towers and instantly we figured out what could be the surprise of the pilgrims in the Middle Ages along the Via Francigena when they stood in front of the splendor of the fortified town.
Once left the car in one of the many parking lots just outside the city center, we went to explore on foot the beautiful historical center, remaining open mouthed in front of the narrow alleys, the crowded squares and the breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. So the sunset caught us unprepared, after being lost among museums, small shops of local specialties, seated on the steps of the Cathedral under the high towers.
At the end, we really got our ice cream not far from the Duomo, from an award-winning ice cream master that we didn’t know but that is famous all over the world for his product.
Things to do in San Gimignano: Tips for visiting San Gimignano with children
Where to park the car in San Gimignano
The city center is not allowed for cars and the parking lots are very crowded. However, it takes less than ten minutes walk to reach the gate of the village. In any case there are shuttles available to tourists.
Where to eat in San Gimignano
There is a lot of choice if you are hungry in San Giminiano among wine bars and restaurants, but we recommend you to not miss the “Gelateria di Piazza” managed by Sergio Dondoli in the central square “Piazza della Cisterna”. The Cream of Santa Fina is one of the flavors not to be missed but I assure you that is the only place where even the simple “stracciatella” is surprising.
Strollers in San Gimignano
The city center and the path around the walls are quite easy even with a stroller. A little more difficult is the path to reach the medieval springs.
Things to do in San Gimignano: Children’s Museums
We did not find museums dedicated specifically to the children, but we mark some ideas that might be interesting also for them:
The Archaeological Museum and the playroom: In addition to the museum (with the same ticket also gives access to the Town Hall) the garden and the playground of the museum can be a welcome stop for younger children.
The Museum of San Gimignano 1300: this museum is a miniature reconstruction of medieval San Gimignano.
The Museum of Torture: for older children (and not emotional ones) a stop at this museum medieval might be a way to get their attention!
So far, these are our impressions and some useful information for visiting San Gimignano with children and, if you stay on the Tuscan coast, this is place that you don’t absolutely miss! 🙂