San Gimignano the perfect summer destination in Italy for day-trippers
San Gimignano is a popular day trip Italian destination. The town of San Gimignano is called the ‘Manhattan’ of Italy with towers in the medieval town. San Gimignano is in the hilltown of Tuscany Italy with cathedrals, alleyways and shop windows filled with truffle, olive oil, wild boar salami and designer labels. The farm stays are replete with vineyards and olive groves. La Rocca di Monstestffoli has the ruins of 14th century fortress.
The main cathedral of the Collegiata has frescos from the Old and New Testaments. The Civic Museum has art including the 14th century Maestà Mary and Child on a throne surrounded by angels. It also has series of frescoes depicting the rewards of marriage and conjugal life.
The town had original 72 towers built by wealthiest families and only 14 towers still stand the tallest of which the Torre Grossa at 177 ft is open to public. The Day trippers from Florence visit the Tuscan countryside. The Museo della Tortura has a collection of chastity belt, knee splitters, guillotines, punishment collars and more. The ruins of the Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra is a ruin of the former mental asylum with graffiti art.
The Old wooden door in the courtyard of Palazzo Communale is a must see. Porta San Giovanni is an ancient door. Piazza della Cisterna is the must visit square with a cistern. Piazza del Duomo is at the heart of the town with cathedral and other medieval towers. Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo del Popolo and the Loggia are must visit sites.
Some of the must try meals are ribollita a comforting vegetable bean and bread soup, tortelli stuffed with pumpkin, sage, shallots cooked in amaretto and Parmesan cheese and ribbon noodles in saffron sauce with Tuscan sausage. Cantucci almond biscuits accompanied coffee is a must have with the dessert wine Vinsanto. A wine tour of Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a must do to do the sampling of signature wine of the region.
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