San Gimignano, dominated by a skyline of Medieval towers, is a Tuscan village equidistant from Florence and Siena. We are sure you’ll have no trouble falling in love with this preserved town that is brimming with saffron and Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine. Get a new view of this hilly village with a stay at one of these top hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.
Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel
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Relais Cappuccina Ristorante gives new meaning to the phrase “eat, drink, and be merry”. The vernaccia wine from San Gimignano – among other Tuscan varietals – is paired with local dishes at La Cappuccina Restaurant. The Ossidiana Wellness Oasis has a dynamic pairing of its own: full-body treatments and a turkish bath with a sauna. Even your deluxe room, with its minibar stocked with Italian drinks and the terrace with views of the valley, offers more than enough opportunities to indulge in what makes up your merriment.
Hotel La Cisterna has been welcoming visitors since before San Gimignano was given its name. Once a resting place for pilgrims, the hotel is now your home for however long you please. A glass of Chianti wine in the reading room will help you settle in quite nicely. Many rooms offer views of San Gimignano, though savvy travellers can save a few extra dollars by choosing a No View Room – you can spend hours marvelling at the village for free by simply stepping outside.
Spend your time in San Gimignano right on the main square, Piazza della Cisterna, at Hotel Leon Bianco. You’ll find that there’s no better way to embrace the location than in the Settecento Fiorentino Room: the mosaics inlaid in the furniture were created by Florentine artisans, while the spa-like bathroom was built out of the building’s ancient tower and contains an irresistible jacuzzi. Your “do not disturb” sign is sure to earn its keep, thanks to the soundproof windows and doors of your room.
Convenience is commonplace at Hotel Bel Soggiorno. You’ll find unobstructed countryside or historic-centre views by simply turning your head towards the window in your room. The hotel’s parking lot is a mere 100m (328ft) from the hotel, giving you prime access to the pedestrian-friendly San Gimignano – with a quick escape if desired. You’ll taste reinvented Tuscan cuisine at the fifth-generation restaurant on site, and, when nothing but a pool day will do, you’re welcome to visit the cool waters at Hotel Pescille, only 3km (1,9mi) away.
Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse is your escape into Tuscany. The hotel’s 4ha (10-acre) park is surrounded by the Sienna Hills and Castelvecchio Nature Reserve, leaving you to enjoy the private park and swimming pool in peace. More natural splendour and privacy await you in the Olivo Apartment, which has a private paved garden. Anytime you need a little nourishment, slide into the Bruschetta Snack Bar, where the chef will gladly prepare charcuterie and cheese platters with local wine pairings.
As you sit in the two-storey tower room at Hotel Pescille, gazing at panoramic views of San Gimignano, you’ll see relaxation stretched out before you. The lounge chairs lining the pool beg for an afternoon spent with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Turn your attention in the opposite direction, and the shady garden chairs, pointing towards the valley, will entice you to sip a cup of tea and let your mind wander over the horizon.
The guest rooms of La Mormoraia, with their handmade terracotta floors, stone walls and exposed chestnut beams, are stunning – but you likely won’t spend much time admiring them. This organic farm will pack your schedule with hiking, massages, turkish bath soaks and wine tastings. In between, you’ll be petting the farm’s livestock and deciding whether an adventure on horseback or on an electric mountain bike will give you the best views of the countryside.
The towers of San Gimignano are delightfully close to your Tuscan-style room at Hotel San Michele. Only 1.5km (0.9mi) from the village centre, with a short walk along the Via Francigena, the Medieval fountain, Bastion St Francis, Piazza della Cisterna and more are only minutes away. When you return, Hotel San Michele has a quiet garden, relaxing pool and laid-back bar to welcome you back from a long day of sightseeing.
Slip on a courtesy set of slippers, and stroll out into the private garden right from your room every morning at Hotel Sovestro. Views of the countryside are also included, as well as a free shuttle to Porta San Giovanni in San Gimignano. Whether sightseeing or swimming in the hotel’s pool is on your agenda, you’ll want to return in time for a Florentine-style steak dinner and superb wine at Ristorante Da Pode.
Agriturismo Poggiacolle doesn’t mind if you bring your pets; that is, if you don’t mind them crossing paths with the pheasants, foxes, deer, hares and wild boar that roam the woods, pastures, vineyards and olive groves surrounding your guest room. You may find that the Tuscan wildlife outnumbers the guests of the farmhouse – making it all the more magical as you soak in panoramic views overlooking San Gimignano from the swimming pool.
These recommendations were updated on September 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.