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»» Historic Festivals in Tuscany: San Gimignano Medieval Harvest

San Gimignano, one of the best known hill-top towns of Tuscany, hosts its medieval festival the third week-end of June.

San Gimignano, the town of the towers
(photo by IdéfixCC license)

The festival, “Ferie delle Messi” — Medieval Harvest Festival — features historical parade, medieval tournament and games and a Medieval Guild Fair displaying arts and crafts typical of the Middle Ages.

The delightful town of San Gimignano is well worth a visit all year round but it’s during th the Medieval festival you can better enjoy its Medieval atmosphere.

San Gimignao is 40km away from Siena and 55km away from Florence — directions by bus: take SITA or Tra-in bus from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station to Poggibonsi, then local bus to San Gimignano.

when: June 19 – 20, 2010 (annual)
where: San Gimignano


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»» Day Trips from Siena to Countryside of Tuscany

If you are planning day trips from Siena to the hill towns in the surroundings, renting a car is the way to go.

The other option you have, transfer by bus, will limit the number of towns or places a day you can visit.

If you are not afraid of driving there — driving there is easy if you use common sense driving habits — in a couple of days you could visit the major places in the surroundings.

Strongly suggested the following hill towns: San Gimignano, Colle Val d’Elsa, Volterra, Certaldo, and towns located along major wine roads such as Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano or in the Chianti area: Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti. (See map of Chianti area and countryside of Tuscany).


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»» Medieval Festival in San Gimignano

The Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano, will be hosting a Medieval festival, next week-end (June 13 – 15).

San Gimignano

The festival, locally called Ferie delle Messi, features a Medieval Guild Fair, a Corteo Storico — historic parade, and a Knights’ Tournament.

The town of San Gimignano — also called “town of towers“, is part of Unesco’s World Heritage List.

It was a major center in the Middle Ages and preserves a lot of interesting medieval sites.
(see also Day Trip to San Gimignano – Transportation Tips)

When: Jun 13 – 15 (annual)
Where: San Gimignano (Tuscany)
- See San Gimignano on the (interactive map).


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»» Day Trip to San Gimignano – Transport Tips

Transportation tips for those who are visiting Tuscany without renting a car.
This one is for those who are planning a day trip to San Gimignano from Florence or from Siena.

San Gimignano

It’s possible to visit San Gimignano in one day enjoying it and without rushing it up. You can go there early in the morning and coming back to Florence (or Siena) late in the afternoon.
Be advised that there is no train station in San Gimignano, so you’ll have do it by bus.

- From Florence, it’s around 1 and half hours ride. Look at the following timetable page http://www.sitabus.it/sita-toscana/Firenze-Siena07.pdf (look at the bottom of the page the Florence-S.Gimignano line)
- From Siena, it’s around 1 hour and 15 min. ride. Look at http://www.trainspa.it/EXTRAURBANO.htm (linea 130 A)

- San Gimignano interactive map.
- Browse accommodations in Tuscany.


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»» Wine, Olive Oil, and Zafferano in San Gimignano, Tuscany

The town of San Gimignano, Tuscany, will host “Una città bella e buona” through Sunday May 7.
This festival, intends to exhibit the main attractions that lead worldwide travelers to San Gimignano, the “City of towers”: art, architecture, countryside, wine, olive oil, and local gourmet specialties.

S.Gimignano-Tuscany

Among the events scheduled in this five days festival: gourmet market exhibit, photography exhibit, live performances in the town squares, guided excursions to the surrounding countryside, and tasting sessions of the local DOCG wine Vernaccia.

Besides the Vernaccia wine, among the S.Gimignano’s prominent specialties are taking the center of the stage: the Zafferano, and Dop extravergine olive oil brands produced in the area as “Terre di Siena” and “Igp Toscano” .
“Una città bella e buona” is a ‘preview’ of “Tesori di San Gimignano”, event taking place in the City of towers, in October (from 1st to 31st).

A tour in the area gives you chances to combine wine tasting and the typical sightseeing of Tuscany with its hills covered with olive groves vineyards, and ancient Renaissance towns.
Things to see in San Gimignano: Churches of Sant’Agostino and San Lorenzo, Piazza Duomo, Palazzo del Popolo, Palazzo del Podestà, and the towers which are the icon of the town.


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