The wonderful hill town of San Gimignano is one of Tuscany’s most famous Medieval cities which has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its 13 high towers and city walls create a famous and beautiful skyline, visible for miles around. This city can be considered an open-air museum because when you walk through the streets it seems to be carried back to 1300’s when the towers were 72 indeed.
There are many must-see in San Gimignano: the Duomo and the Romanesque Church of Sant’Agostino which houses works of some of the main Italian Renaissance artists including Andrea della Robbia.
The town is also well-known for the fruity white wine Vernaccia, produced from the grapes grown exclusively in this area, which is exported and appreciated all over the world.
Did you know that San Gimignano is also famous for the saffron? This spice had a prime role in the economy of the town. In fact, in 1228, the Townhall, compelled to pay the debts undertaken during the siege of Castello della Nera, honoured its obligation not using cash, but saffron. Nowadays this spice is used in many dishes of the local cuisine, like for the risotto and the cantuccini.
San Gimignano is full of different location where to celebrate your ceremony and reception. There are many churches inside “the walls” and in the nearby countryside that offer incredible views of olive groves, vineyards and sunflowers.
This incredible town is a perfect location for those who wants to combine the wedding reception and a holiday in Tuscany; San Gimignano, in fact, has a real prestigious location since is a great base for visiting other cities and areas of Tuscany, as Siena, Volterra, Certaldo, Florence, Chianti and even the Tyrrhenian coast.