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Introduction

San Gimignano

San Gimignano

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San Gimignano isn't the easiest place to find in Tuscany but the driving in this part of Italy is almost always a pleasure. And San Gimignano is worth the effort. As with many other similar Italian towns, it's best to park outside and walk in, heading through the old streets towards the centre and the square. San Gimignano has an outstanding skyline that once boasted 72 individual towers. Unfortunately, their number has diminished to 13 or 14 but they remain distinctive. One of many Tuscan towns that are well worth a visit.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Agriturismo CesaniLocalita Pancole, 82/D San GimignanoGuesthouse-
Agriturismo Podere CappellaVia Monteoliveto 20Guesthouse-
B & B La Casa di GiovannaVia San Giovanni 58GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Il VicarioLoc. Sant'Andrea 1GUESTHOUSE-
La Croce Di BibbianoLoc. BIBBIANO 3Guesthouse96
Hotel L'Antico PozzoVia San Matteo 87Hotel-
Hotel Le RenaieLoc. Pancole 10/b PancoleHotel-
Hotel Le VolpaieVia Nuova 9 CastelHotel-
Hotel SovestroLoc. Sovestro, 63Hotel-
Il PianigianoVia Piano di Sotto 89 50052 Certaldo (FI)Guesthouse-
Il Vecchio ManeggioLocalità Sant'Andrea, 22; 53037 San GimignanoGuesthouse-
La Capanna di sovestroLocalità Sovestro, 29 - San Gimignano (SIENA)Apartment-
La Moraialoc. Talciona 37, 53036 Poggibonsi SienaApartment92
Le RomiteVia delle Romite, 31Guesthouse84
Le Tre Perle B&BVia Pieve in Piano 23 Colle di Val d'ElsaGUESTHOUSE-
Palazzo BuonaccorsiVia San Matteo 95Guesthouse93
Pillo Cancello B&BVia delle Colline 50 MontaioneGUESTHOUSE-
Antica DimoraLoc. San Donato San GimignanoGuesthouse87
Casolare di RemignoliLoc. Remignoli 26Guesthouse-
Da RosettaVia delle Romite 15Guesthouse87
Camping Boschetto Di PiemmaLoc. Santa lucia 38/cCAMPSITE-
Casa dei PotentiPiazza delle Erbe 10HOTEL82
Borgo Alto by One World88 Volterrana SudHostel-
Antico Borgo Il Cardinoloc. Il Cardino 3553030 San GimignanoGUESTHOUSE-
Casa AladinaVia Berignano 51GUESTHOUSE-
Al Pozzo dei DesideriPiazza della Cisterna 32GUESTHOUSE-
Donna NobileVia delle Romite 15GUESTHOUSE87
Locanda la MandragolaVia Diacceto 7GUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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