So, you want to take a day trip from Florence to the medieval town of San Gimignano? A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Tuscan hill town is known for its 14 majestic towers and its famous white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
But what you might not know is that it’s not straight forward to get there. Unfortunately, there’s no direct, public transportation from Florence to San Gimignano.
Naturally, we think it’s easier and more fun to get there on a wine tour from Florence.
Let’s review the transportation options and you’ll see why.
Ways to get to San Gimignano from Florence
By car. If you’re comfortable with driving in Italy, you can get from Florence to San Gimignano in about an hour by car, depending on the traffic.
As you’re leaving Florence, take the Raccordo Autostradale and exit at Poggibonsi Nord, following the signs to San Gimignano from there.
However, you should know that San Gimignano is closed to car traffic, and you’ll have to park in one of four lots on the edge of town. Spots may be limited in the summer.
Florence to San Gimignano by train or bus
It takes two buses or a train and a bus to get to San Gimignano via public transportation.
In Florence, you can catch the bus to Poggibonsi (line#131) at the depot beside the Santa Maria Novella train station. In Poggibonsi, you’ll have to transfer to the line #130 bus to San Gimignano. It’s best to go early in the morning to avoid crowded buses.
Similarly, you can take the train to Poggibonsi and switch over to the bus to San Gimignano.
Either way, it takes about 90 minutes to travel from Florence to Sam Gimignano (and the same to get back).
Why a wine tour from Florence is the best choice
It’s your vacation. Why not avoid the hassle and let someone else take care of things for you? Plus, you’ll have a more memorable experience with a guided tour.
Our wine tour to San Gimignano is much more than a means of transportation. On the way, we’ll stop at an organic winery where you can taste Chianti, Super Tuscan and white wines and take a stroll through the vineyard with a view of the town’s towers. You’ll also talk with the winemaker about how he makes the wine.
Lunch at an exclusive organic farm will be a treat for the senses with traditional Tuscan dishes paired with a crisp, white Vernaccia and local red wines.
In the afternoon, we’ll walk through the narrow streets of San Gimignano and hear stories of its fabled past.
Join us for a fun (and hassle-free) experience you’ll never forget on our Chianti & San Gimignano red and white wine tour.