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San Gimignano Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

San Gimignano: Torre Grossa and Duomo Tickets

2. San Gimignano: Torre Grossa and Duomo Tickets

Enjoy this combined ticket and visit the best museums and churches in San Gimignano with an audio guide. See the Cathedral of San Gimignano, which is without a doubt one of the city's most important monuments, and climb up the Torre Grossa, San Gimignano's tallest medieval tower. See the splendid frescoes inside San Gimignano Cathedral, a real feast for the eyes. Look out for the famous Creation of Adam and Eve and Noah's arc, and listen as your audio guide explain the meaning behind the beautiful works on display. Discover the iconic 13th-century Palazzo Comunale. Walk around the Sala di Dante, which once hosted the poet Dante Alighieri. Admire the civic painting gallery, which holds masterpieces from the Sienese and Florentine schools.  Climb the 218 steps of the palazzo's 54m Torre Grossa for a spectacular view over the town and surrounding countryside. Walk around, listen to the history, and explore these impressive buildings at your own leisure. This ticket also includes a visit to the Romanesque church of St. Lorenzo in Ponte, Archaeological and Museum Contemporary Art Gallery.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

3. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

San Gimignano Cathedral Entry Ticket

4. San Gimignano Cathedral Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket and audio guide to the Cathedral of San Gimignano, one of the city’s most important monuments. The walls of the church are entirely lined with frescoes that recount stories of the New and Old Testaments painted by artists of the 14th-century Sienese school. Discover the wonders of the San Gimignano Cathedral immediately upon entering. Admire the interior of the church, characterized by 14 classical Tuscan stone columns, 10 of which are round and the other four octagonal. The cycle of frescoes of the New Testament on the church’s right wall is a masterpiece by Lippo and Federico Memmi. On the left wall, spot the Stories of the Old Testament, painted in 1367 by Bartolo di Fredi. The interior also presents polychrome decorations typical of medieval churches, such as the unique painted-blue cross vault and the intrados of the arches separating the nave from the aisles decorated with a striped motif typical of the Tuscan taste. The cathedral also holds a precious Renaissance jewel, the Chapel of Santa Fina, on which three famous Florentine artists worked: an architect, Giuliano da Maiano; a sculptor, Benedetto da Maiano; and a painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio. This piece is dedicated to San Gimignano’s best-loved saint. 

Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

5. Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

Visit three of the most famous and fascinating towns in Tuscany. Enjoy the comfort of a small group tour and learn from your expert English-speaking tour leader. First, discover the nearby town of Siena. Its historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at Piazza del Campo and the majestic Siena Cathedral. After a short drive through the enchanting countryside, stop in a small, family-owned winery. Enjoy an exquisite lunch of Tuscan appetizers, pasta, and desserts paired with local wines. Next, explore San Gimignano, also known as the town of towers. Discover the fourteen medieval skyscrapers which still remain perfectly preserved. Enjoy the last stop of the day in Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles, where you can find the iconic Leaning Tower. Spend some time snapping pictures of the famous Italian symbol. After your full-day visiting three of Tuscany’s highlights, return to Florence.

San Gimignano 2-Hour Private Guided Tour from Siena

6. San Gimignano 2-Hour Private Guided Tour from Siena

San Gimignano is an authentic gem amongst the small towns and villages in the Tuscan countryside. It's quite unique, due to its beautiful medieval architecture and the surprising preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses. For this and other reasons, the "Historic Centre of San Gimignano" has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. During this guided tour you'll see the most beautiful and important sites oft the village, such as Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino. You'll walk through the typical small streets of the village and see the pictoresque Piazza della Cisterna, Palazzo Pubblico and Torre Grossa. Guests are advised to bring their cameras along!

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What people are saying about San Gimignano Cathedral

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 1,155 reviews

Our tour guide Sara was lovely and very knowledgeable about the history of Tuscany. Bravo Sara thank you to our patient driver Gaspare. The tour was jam-packed but we got to visit Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa, ss well as a winery. It was hot and exhausting, but a fun day!! Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot!!

Very nice tour to the main sites of the beautiful Tuscany. Both Siena, the wine tasting, and Pisa was great. It was a very professional setup Both the driver and the guide was doing excellent jobs. Be aware that due to large scope the it is a full day tour with fairly short time per location.

I usually do not purchase tours and hesitated to do so. However, this tour was amazing! It was well worth it and we got to see places we would have not seen otherwise. The timing at each places were great and the lunch experience was so much fun.

Guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed the free time with recommendations of places to go. The lunch at the vineyard was really good and I felt it was worth the money!

Fantastic tour guide, lovely food and amazing scenery.