Family Travel, Italy, Traveling With Kids

San Gimignano: What To Do In One Day

Make The Most Out Of Your Vacation in Tuscany

Are you looking for day trips from Siena or Florence? You must visit San Gimignano, an Italian hilltown in Tuscany, Southwest of Florence.

San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano

How To Get There

My husband, my toddler, and I took a direct bus from Piazza Gramsci in Siena. It takes around one a half hours to get there. On the return trip, we took the afternoon bus from San Gimignano to Poggibonsi, then transferred to a Siena-bound bus from there. The reason why we did this was the direct bus (San Gimignano-Siena) will leave at 7:00 P.M., which was far too late for us considering that we were traveling with small kids. Check the bus schedule in advance so you can plan your trip accordingly.

San Gimignano, Italy

Traveling With Small Children

Traveling with kids requires patience and preparation, and my husband and I like to keep things as simple as possible. We made sure to bring our Brevi stroller and our Ergobaby carrier. We also brought bottled water, light snacks, and a backpack-type diaper bag. A portable stroller organizer such as the Merry Milestones Stroller Organizer helps a lot! Also, keep your itinerary short and simple. You do not have to visit all the places in one day. Just choose three or four places to visit and enjoy the day.

Places To See in San Gimignano

The moment we stepped off the bus, we saw a street musician cranking an old school music machine, which my toddler really loved! We spent the day walking on the cobblestone streets while checking out the local shops. For lunch, we had a slice of pizza from one of the local pizzerias.

The highlights of our trip were the Piazza della Cisterna (a medieval square), the Torre del Diavolo (“the devil’s tower”), and the Sant’Agostino Church. My two-year-old was fascinated with the human skeleton outside the Museo della Tortura (Museum of Torture) because he was still on Halloween-mode in spite of the Christmas festivities at that time.


Have you been to San Gimignano, Italy? Tell me some of the highlights of your trip! Or, if you are planning on going there and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section and I will try my best to help you out.


Finally, are you planning a Trip to Italy with the kids? Check out my travel tips:

Pisa With Small Children

Venice With Small Children

Florence With Small Children

Siena With Small Children

Join A Food Tour In Italy






Hannah Carmela is the creator of Bellissimamma. She is a mama with a mission: to uplift, empower, and validate women by sharing her stories of self-love and joyful motherhood.


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  3. Such beautiful pictures. Looks like the perfect place to visit with the family. Love all your travel accessories too! Especially the red bag 😍

    1. Thank you so much, Jamie!

  4. I want to travel to Italy so bad! It looks so beautiful!

    1. Thank you Diana! It is very beautiful indeed!

  5. Wow, this looks like a beautiful place to visit! I am going to put this on my traveling bucket list. It looks like such a great experience.

    1. Thank you Echo! 🙂 I hope you get to visit Italy soon.

  6. Wow, such a beautiful little town! It looks like there’s so much to explore here!

    1. Grazie mille! Siena is a beautiful town indeed.

  7. Wow so jealous of your travels, I bet your kids are learning so much with these trips

    1. Thank you so much! <3

  8. Wow! This is so beautiful. I would love to go one day!

    1. Thank you, Brittney!

  9. This is very timely. So glad to get the assurance that the kids will have a great time in Italy. Will make sure to drop by Museo della Tortura — perfect to get the Halloween season started. We’re flying there in 5 months.

    1. Great advice! We just went to Museo della Tortura in Siena! It certainly was creepy, yet very informative.

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