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One of the weekend excursions that we did from the school in Castelraimondo was to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano and Siena.


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This was my first visit to San Gimignano and I loved it as soon as we arrived there. I knew that I must return which I did just a month later.

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San Gimignano is a small fortified medieval hill top town in the province of Siena, Tuscany in north central Italy.


San Gimignano has managed to conserve fourteen towers of varying heights, for which it is known internationally.


You can travel to San Gimignano by car, train or bus from Milan in the north, Rome in the south or Florence. Travelling by train you come in to Florence. By air you can fly into Pisa airport or Florence airport and then connect to San Gimignano by train or bus

The main Piazza

The main Piazza

When we travelled to San Gimignano while staying in Florence we took the bus from the sita bus terminus next to the main train station in Florence. The station was a brisk walk from the monastery and only took about 15 mins.  There are regular buses from Florence and Siena. We took the bus to Poggibonsi where we had time for a coffee and dolce before taking the bus up to San Gimignano.


Our trip from the school was part of the full weekend excursion by very comfortable coaches.

We enjoyed a great lunch with wine in one of the great bars overlooking the valleys below.


Later we had gelato from the gelataria which makes the world’s best gelato.

DSCF2259On our second visit we had a fabulous meal in a typical Italian restaurant