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San Gimignano: What To Do In One Day

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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

 

 

 

 


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3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Siena, Italy

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Are you planning to go on a trip to Italy? If you are, then I bet that you have already put Rome, Pisa, Milan, and Florence on your travel bucket list. But have you ever considered going to the medieval city of Siena in Tuscany? Siena is only an hour away from Florence, and it is a definite must-see! Read on to find out why.

Where is Siena, Italy?

Siena is an enchanting city in Central Tuscany. It is a definite must-see for its medieval architecture and charm. It is a small city (50,000) in the heart of Tuscany and lies between the Chianti area, the “crete senesi” (an area of rolling clay hills that change colour according to the season), the Mar Tireno and the Florentine area.

Siena, Italy

 

Main Attractions

The Piazza del Campo is where the world-famous, super exciting Palio horse race is held twice a year (July 2 and August 16). This magnificent shell-shaped square was laid out by the Consiglio dei Nove in the mid-14th century. Here you will also find the striking Palazzo Pubblico. The Torre del Mangia is one of the buildings overlooking the shell-shaped plaza. It is located within the historic centre of Siena, which was a nominated UNESCO protected site (1995).

What You Will Love About Siena

  1. You will love strolling through the cobblestone streets. The city center has many charming shops, restaurants, and cafes. Most cars are not allowed inside the city center so you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or early evening stroll with your family. I definitely recommend the evening walking tour where you can appreciate the beauty of the city at night! You will enjoy the picturesque view of the entire city if you go to the top of the wall (Fortezza).

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2. Another thing to love about Siena is the local Tuscan cuisine. The recipes are simple but the food is amazing! I am not an excellent cook, but my cooking has definitely improved just by using the fresh ingredients! I recommend dining at Bar La Favorita Siena at the City Center. Another favorite is the Orto de Pecci, a farm with a restaurant that serves authentic Tuscan cuisine. If you have small children, this is the place to go! Kids will enjoy seeing the ducks, goats, chickens, and peacocks in the surrounding areas.

3. Good news for parents with small children: Siena is a kid-friendly city! You will find many kid-friendly places such as parks and playgrounds all around the city center. Children can enjoy the wide open space at the Piazza del Campo while they play with the pigeons. The Siena Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico dell’Universita di Siena) is a must-see for nature lovers.

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How Can You Reach Siena?

By Air: The nearest airports are in Florence (Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci) and in Pisa (Aeroporto Galileo Galilei)

By Train: Trains are a reliable and convenient method of transport in Italy. There are several types of trains. Some stop at all stations, such as regionale or interregionale. Other faster trains, such as the Intercity (IC) or EuroCity (EC), stop only at major cities. Remember to buy your ticket and register it in the small yellow machines at the head of each platform before you enter the train.

By Bus: Bus connections to cities such as Florence, Grosseto, Milan, and Rome are provided by Train, Sita, Sena and Rama.

By Car (www.autostrade.it): Connections to the A1 Milan-Rome-Naples motorway:

From North: Exit Firenze Certosa, then proceed to the Firenze-Siena highway

From South: Exit Valdarno, then proceed on the 408 Chiantigana road in the direction Montevarchi-Gaiole-Siena. Exit Valdichiana, then proceed on the Bettole-Siena highway. Exit Chiusi, then proceed on the SS 146 and take the SR2.

 

Have you ever been to Siena? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments!

Grazie mille, Kristie, Jasmine and Kelly for this #DolceVitaBloggers January link-up! Read this to find out how you can join the monthly link-up for lovers of Italy.

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