Away from the tourist crowd of Florence lies the beautiful Tuscany. Spend a day trip away from Florence and visit the Tuscany region. The rolling hills of rural Tuscany surrounded by trees lining the curving roads and vineyards and forts. It’s difficult to not fall in love with Tuscany.
We visited the beautiful town of San Gimignano. The “Town of Fine Towers” – is a small, walled hill-town that captivates any visitor with its medieval architectures and beautiful views of the Tuscan wine region. Known to be the best preserved and most characteristic medieval feel to it.
This is “the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.” San Gimignano has the most unusual and unmistakable layout, thanks to its 16 towers looking at the sky. This town is of one of the patrician families who controlled the town during the middle ages built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Now only 14 of these towers have survived. Walking on the streets of San Gimignano can take you back in the middle ages surrounded by fine medieval houses and palazzos.
We also visited Montefioralle, one of the most ancient villages of the Chianti area and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The famous Chianti wine comes from this region. One can see vineyards, olive groves, old farms and green everywhere.
The best part here besides the Tuscan scenery is its wine. While enjoying a slice of pizza and gelato, you can discover varieties of local wines. We discovered the local white wine: Vernaccia di San Gimignano. This crisp, fresh wine was delightfully refreshing. and is about 5 euro/bottle! You can also plan a vineyard trip but will have to book this in advance.
Cars are not allowed in both the towns so you will have to park it outside. These Tuscan towns especially San Gimignano is usually overrun by day trippers from Florence or Sienna. So best is to come early morning or late afternoon and enjoy it all by yourself.