Last time we were in Italy on a road trip (in a rickshaw), one place I’d really wanted to visit was San Gimignano.

I had lots of people recommend it on Instagram and Facebook yet for some reason or the other, we never quite made it to San Gimignano.

Well this time, we had lots of time to spare and were only about 30 minutes away so once we were done with what-was-meant-to-be-breakfast-but-was-now-lunch…followed by a walk through our Tuscan farm (I make that sound like I own it 🙂 ) we hopped into the car and sped off in search of this glorious medieval Tuscan town.

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Long before you arrive at San Gimignano, you can see it from the distance sitting proudly atop the hill, which is a sight in itself and worth stopping the car to marvel at – even if just for a quick picture.

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Within a few minutes, we found ourselves in the town and in search of ice cream to go with that Tuscan sunshine (parking situation here is pretty good by the way – you can’t park in the town itself but you can just outside the walls).

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San Gimignano is one beautiful Tuscan town! It’s everything I imagined it would be and more. Tuscany is my favourite part of Italy and places like this are the reason why (well, that and those seemingly endless vineyards 😉 ).

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We slowly made our way through the town, stopping for even more gelato and a peruse at the local farmer’s shops for something to take home. (Okay, fine – I was looking for San Gimignano wine but to be fair, it comes very highly recommended by people here so I figured I might as well see what the fuss was all about 🙂 ).

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You couldn’t have picked a better day to explore this amazing town too – delicious sunshine and blue skies all add to the appeal of San Gimignano.

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Some of the best views (after the centre of the town, of course) are from its balcony which showcase the famed rolling Tuscan hills to perfection.

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Eventually, we decided to kick off our shoes (or flip flops in my case) and find a local bar where we spent the evening, people (and sunset) watching ably assisted by some of San Gimignano’s finest wines…

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Sheer Italian perfection! This is truly how summer days should be spent. 🙂


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  • MissLilly

    Such a gorgeous town!!!! Italy definitely has my heart

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ours too! It’s such a gorgeous country isn’t it! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Maria Salomonsen

    I’ve literally just been there! 😀 Loving your pictures. You definitely had the better weather.. Did you get ice cream at the world champion place..?
    Cheers,
    Maria
    My blogpost on San Gimignano and Siena: http://momentumtravels.com/san-gimignano-siena-tuscany/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      No way, Maria! Ahhhh, gotta love Italy and San Gimigano. We did get ice-cream, more than once (which I don’t like admitting) haha! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • great shots as usually! I’ve been here:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Tanja 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Taste of France

    I love San Gimignano. And it’s worth staying overnight or at least late into the evening–it feels different as the daytrippers leave. But that’s true of most small towns in Europe!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s a gorgeous town isn’t it! We fell in love with it. Good call about staying until the evening. We actually started to notice it getting much quieter as the day drew to a close. 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • kenza dwn

    Looks sooo nice ! I think Italy is my favorite country for the landscapes, the food, the people … basicaly everything !

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Us too! 🙂

      Italy is incredible isn’t it… and that pasta, my gosh!!! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I was there back in June! We climbed the bell tower, had the best saffron appetizer, and ate gelato at the place that won the Gelato World Cup. It was our favorite of the Tuscany hill towns we visited!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s such a wonderful place isn’t it, Jill. We’re desperate to go back already! 🙂

      Gelato World Cup…. say whaaaat! Okay, I think I need to visit during this time, it sounds delicious!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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