Villa for rent in Tuscany between Florence and San Gimignano
The city of San Gimignano
Proudly dominating a hilltop west of Siena and south of Florence sits picturesque San Gimignano, a quaint medieval village often called “the Manhattan of Tuscany” after its skyline of tall towers. Today an incredible 12 of the original 72 stone towers still stand, reminding us of the power and wealth of the noble families that built them both for defense as well as competition with their neighbors.
Walking the tiny streets, hills and piazzas of San Gimignano is like going back in time since the town was not much modernized after the 14th century; among the many films set in this picture-perfect setting is Franco Zeffirelli’s film Tea with Mussolini. Beautiful panoramic views are everywhere, especially from the medieval tower visitors can still climb today, rewarded after a long climb by stunning vistas. Several of the town’s churches display delightful frescoes, and there are many shops and cafes to keep you busy. The local dry white wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano is worth a taste during a break as you stroll the vertical stone streets.