There are few places in Tuscany that offer better wine and views than San Gimignano. Discover our favourite bars dotted around this quaint, Medieval town.
San Gimignano’s local wine, vernaccia, is counted among the best in Italy, and there are plenty of places to sample it along the city’s narrow streets. As you do, you’ll discover the inimitable culture of Italian bars, which transition through the day from breakfast stops into cafes and ice-cream parlours, and then into late-night watering holes.
Named after San Gimignano’s most impressive feature, this bar is found right in front of the cathedral in the main square. Sit outside with an espresso and bask in the Tuscan sunshine, or kick back with an Aperol spritz or Italian craft beer. The prices are a little higher here, but they come with an astounding view.
Stop by the shady patio area at Enjoy and take in the sunset after a long day of exploring the town – it’s a short walk beyond the city walls with views back towards the towers. Expect a long list of expertly mixed cocktails, ranging from Italian favourites like Campari soda to long island iced tea. Billed as a ristopub, it also serves hamburgers, poke bowls and pizza.
Although it’s pretty much the first place you pass as you enter San Gimignano, this bar is worth a visit. As well as all the usual drinks, I Combattenti is famous for porchetta (traditional roast hog), which is often displayed in the window. A few slices wrapped in a fresh bread roll make the perfect foil to a glass of chilled beer on a summer’s day.
Gustavo Mescita Vini is a small, impeccably run wine bar with a large selection and expert advice on what to try. As always, the wine can be paired with local cheese, cold cuts, bread, olive oil and other products from Tuscany’s rich bounty. Make sure you buy a bottle to take home with you – it’s a great alternative to a wine tour if you don’t have time.
To explore more of Italy, discover the best villas in Capri, or the best hotels in Positano – they’re bookable with Culture Trip. During your stay, explore the best hiking trails in Sicily, and relax on the best beaches near Rome. Make sure to also visit at least one of the best bars on the Amalfi Coast for a drink with a view.