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San Gimignano: one of the most beautiful towns in Italy

A holiday in Tuscany should definitely include a visit to San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful towns of Italy. San Gimignano is an ancient medieval town – one of the best preserved villages in Italy – and it has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come and get a closer look at the riches of this authentic jewel nestled among the colours of the Tuscan hills.

San Gimignano:
one of the most charming places of Italy

You will be amazed by the beauty of this town just by looking at it from afar. San Gimignano is famous for its towers all over the world: it has a unique skyline.

The ancient medieval village – which is UNESCO World Heritage Site – is perfectly preserved even today. This is due to the architectural and urban policies which have safeguarded the historical heritage. Such as its towers. There are 14 remaining towers today, but they were 72 originally – one for each wealthy family of the city.

Listed among the most beautiful towns of Italy, San Gimignano offers the atmosphere of a timeless place. Within its walls it is possible to experience history and perceive art. All of that is surrounded by the hills of Tuscany. Can you imagine a better setting for one of the most beautiful towns of Italy?

San Gimignano is the perfect destination for a holiday in Tuscany.

The riches of San Gimignano:
discovering art and history

The heart of San Gimignano is the famous Piazza della Cisterna. This triangular-shaped piazza dates back to the 13thcentury. It was named after the cistern located in the central part – a well dedicated to public use in the ancient times.

Just a few steps away from the cistern, there is the Duomo. It is worth a visit, in particular for the Chapel of St Fina, which was frescoed by Ghirlandaio.

The less known Church of St Augustine is well worth a visit, too. It contains great works of art: the Cappella di San Bartolo, the vault frescoed by Sebastiano Mainardi, the majolica floor made by Andrea della Robbia, and the frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli representing the life of St Augustine. You should visit also Palazzo del Popolo, the Civic Museum and Torre del Podestà. It is the highest tower of the town and the best preserved one.

For all these reasons this beautiful town has become UNESCO World Heritage Site.

San Gimignano:
flavours, traditions and typical tuscan products

One of the reasons to plan a holiday in Tuscany is the good food. San Gimignano is famous for several typical products that we suggest you to try.

First of all, the wine. The typical wine of San Gimignano is called Vernaccia. It is a white wine with a fine scent; it perfectly matches with Tuscan soups. Among the most famous local products there is saffron, a spice frequently used in cooking.

If you visit San Gimignano, don’t forget to taste the cold cuts –which are the symbol of the culinary tradition of Tuscany.

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San Gimignano,
a strategic position to visit Tuscany

San Gimignano is the ideal location for your stay in Tuscany.

It is perched on the green hills of Siena, offering postcard views and relaxing atmospheres. For this reason, too, it is one of the most charming towns of Italy.

San Gimignano is easily reachable from Siena, and from Florence and Pisa as well.

Moving from one city to another can be very fast and easy. And after a day of visits and activities, you can get back to the quietness of the hills.

If you want to choose the most convenient solution to plan your holiday in Tuscany autonomously, we recommend you to rent a villa with pool. If you travel with your kids or in a group, you will be perfectly independent, without losing any comfort and service.

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Discover wonderful hidden gems between Tuscany and Umbria

If you are looking for the perfect destination for a holiday in Italy, we recommend you to discover the hidden gems Umbria and Tuscany. Two regions where art and entertainment perfectly match with relax and good food. Thanks to their hidden treasures – San Gimignano, Orvieto and Perugia – they can offer you a unique and unforgettable stay.

Umbria and Tuscany, the perfect destinations for your holiday in Italy

Since Italy is a land of great history and culture, it is worth to be visited entirely, from north to south. Its treasures are famous all over the world.

Some of these are located in Umbria and Tuscany: two destinations which can’t be missed during your holiday in Italy.

That’s right where the heart of Italy beats and where time passes slowly, away from the confusion of crowded places. Strolling through art and history, culinary traditions and postcard views, wandering through museums and events, green hills and ancient villages.

Can’t you decide between Umbria and Tuscany? Come and discover them more closely.

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A holiday in Tuscany,
all the must-see hidden treasures

By choosing a holiday in Tuscany, it’s impossible for you to get bored. Tuscany is a region full of hidden treasures.

Florence is the best known city of Tuscany. The Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the famous Michelangelo’s David: it is a must-see destination for those who love art history.

Moreover, Florence is also appreciated for good food. Have a seat in one of the many restaurants of the centre and order a bistecca alla fiorentina, the traditional Chianina beefsteak, grilled over charcoal. Enjoy it with a glass of good Chianti.

If you are a vegetarian, forget about the steak and order a ribollita, which is another typical speciality of Tuscany based on vegetables, beans and bread: it won’t disappoint you!

Don’t miss Piazza del Campo in Siena, where the famous Palio is held twice a year; while in Pisa, you must visit the popular Piazza dei Miracoli, with its well-known leaning tower.

Tuscany and its hidden gems:
San Gimignano

However, Tuscany is not only made up of big cities. Actually, there are many medieval hill towns not to be missed, such as San Gimignano, which is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

San Gimignano is located on a hill with panoramic views over the beautiful Val d’Elsa. It is known as the Town of Fine Towers. In medieval times over 70 towers were built – one for each wealthy family of the village. There are only 14 remaining towers today. In spite of this, San Gimignano has succeeded in keeping its medieval charm almost intact: passing through its streets and piazzas is a sort of time travel.

San Gimignano is the ideal starting point for your travels throughout Tuscany and its attractions: easily reachable from the rest of the region.

Vallebuia:
the perfect solution for you

If you are thinking to stay in San Gimignano, Vallebuia is the perfect solution for you. It is a villa obtained from a Tuscan farmhouse of the 18thcentury and it can be rented for a family holiday. Vallebuia overlooks a green valley covering hectars of vineyards, olive groves and private woods. It’s located in the province of Siena, just a few steps away from the old Via Francigena and only 3,5 km away from the historic town centre of San Gimignano.

The luxury building is provided with every comfort: rooms with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, big-screen TV and kitchen equipped with the most useful and modern tools. The rooms (two suites and two chambers, each having a private bathroom) are smartly decorated with vintage furniture.

Opposite the house, above the cellar, a building where farm work used to take place has been transformed into a delightful two-person apartment. It is completely separate and comprises a double bedroom, bathroom and living room with dining table and fireplace.

Outside there’s a magnificent infinity pool overlooking the vineyards.

The farmhouse is equipped for dining “al fresco”. 

Vallebuia is also a certified biological farm.

Reasons for choosing
a holiday in Umbria

Umbria is known as the “green heart of Italy”, which is a good reason for planning a holiday here. Umbrian hills and old towns will offer you a stay made of history, culture, art and relax, in contact with nature, in a relaxing and mild atmosphere, without sacrificing great cultural events and entertainment. 

And without missing out on food, especially. Umbria is a land of great wines and typical products, with a remarkable culinary tradition. You can have fun enjoying the most interesting culinary experiences.

Umbria will amaze nature lovers: in fact, it has 7 regional parks, amongst which the Park of Trasimeno Lake. This lake itself is a very popular destination among tourists searching for hidden gems in Italy, where you can have a refreshing dip into its quiet waters or an excursion through the surrounding paths. You should definitely visit Marmore Falls, a breathtaking scenery.

Moreover, Umbria is the perfect destination for those choosing Italy for its beautiful monuments: it’s a casket of precious hidden gems of history and art, with archaeological remains of the Etruscan era, Byzantine mosaics and works of great painters, such as Giotto and Perugino. Enjoy a visit to the art cities of Assisi and Perugia.

In particular, don’t miss the Etruscan Arch in Perugia – which was the gate of the old city wall, the beautiful Piazza IV Novembre, the Gallery and the Fontana Maggiore – a real masterpiece.

Perugia is a city of good food and typical products as well, from wine to honey. If you are gluttonous for sweets, you can’t miss a guided tour of the Chocolate Museum.

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A holiday in Umbria,
in contact with nature

Just outside Perugia, we recommend you to visit Montone, an old medieval village perfectly preserved, which is worth a stop. Therefore, it is no surprise that it has been ranked among the 100 most beautiful villages of Italy.

In Montone there’s the magnificent Church of San Francesco – dated 1300, the Rocca D’Aries and the old Church of San Gregorio.

Montone is the ideal starting point for walks and natural routes to reach tourist locations, such as Gubbio and Assisi. Thanks to its strategic position, it is the ideal solution for your stay.

For a family holiday, we would recommend Pereto, an ancient villa at the feet of the famous Rocca D’Aries, which is composed of two houses (Stallina and Essiccatoio); they are for rent and smartly decorated. The building has also a wonderful pool with panoramic views over the valley.

While in Umbria for your holiday, arrange a visit to Orvieto, a beautiful hill town perched on a tuff cliff. You’ll be amazed by its gothic Duomo and by the famous St. Patrick’s Well, which is a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering, by its panoramic views from Torre del Moro, by the charm of its underground tunneling system: a complex labyrinth winding through caves, tunnels, wells and cisterns.

In Torre San Severo, near Orvieto, it is possible to stay in a wonderful villa with pool. Sambuco is an elegant farmhouse hosting up to 10 people. This villa is comfortable and tastefully furnished; it is located in a quiet and panoramic position. Thanks to its magnificent infinity pool, Sambuco is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday.