Best Place to Stay in San Gimignano?

Old Jul 21st, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Best Place to Stay in San Gimignano?

My husband and I are going to Italy in the Fall and unfortunately we only have 3-4 days in Tuscany. I've heard San Gimignano is many travelers favorite town in Tuscany so we are looking for somewhere to stay there. Does anyone have any reccommendations? We are trying to stay under 200 EUR per night and want an in-suite bath. Also, are there any other towns in Tuscany that you recommend? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Correction, we are going to Italy in the Spring (early May) not the Fall...
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 02:15 PM
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Google Fattoria Poggio Alloro. It's an amazing farm that produces its own wine, olive oil, beef, pasta. It is also an inn with VERY reasonable rates. We stopped there on our tour of Tuscany and were blown away.
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Hi; We stayed in this hotel that was in a great location. It is on the main street in the old town with 'much' foot traffic. We seem to be 'odd balls' on Fodor's because we like tourists/travelers. OK with us. But this was a lovely hotel and we spent three days. During the day we visited surrounding towns and returned later in the afternoon. www.anticopozzo.com/ Dick
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BTW, San Gimignano has become tourist central. We liked Siena better.
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 02:47 PM
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Thank you both! I've heard that it has become more touristy. What about Volterra?
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We like the rustic hotel just 3 miles south of San Gim. named Hotel Pescille. In town, we like the Hotel La Cisterna.
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 06:05 PM
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Dick - do you have any preferences on rooms at Antico Pozzo (i.e. Double Vs. Superior)? Is it worth it to get the private garage or is the parking lot OK? Thanks!
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To help you decide if it's the right place for you, I suggest you read this article, whether you decide to stay there or in the sutrrounding areas, I would choose this latter option, I would in all cases spend at least one day visiting the actual city, if you like read on to discover more
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Hi Lewissh; I don't remember the class of room we had, but it was looking out at the main pedestrian/car street. For us, it was a perfect location. Getting to the hotel was easy. Just looking at the map supplied, straight in thru the Porta Jacapa and perhaps a few hundreds yards to the main street. Then a left turn and you are there on the right. For parking, we parked just outside the other Porta, S. Giovanni where we always found a spot. So, you can drop your luggage by car and then park. We stayed three days, having come from Gubbio. Along the way, we visited a few towns, including Siena, arriving about 4pm. It is busy, with much foot traffic. We love it. Dick P.S On our second visit to this town, see my profile with my daughter and son-in-law in a very happy mood.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 06:32 AM
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Thanks Dick! I emailed them about availability but haven't heard back yet so I'm going to keep checking around until I do. However, it is on the top of my list. I'm also looking at Hotel Leon Bianco. They confirmed availability for our dates and are 105-135 EUR per night which I thought was very reasonable. Has anyone stayed there?

I think we have decided to stay in San Gimignano as our base for our few days in Tuscany and take day trips to places like Volterra to escape the crowds (after researching the threads on this site).
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lewissh3,

If you end up staying in San Gimignano, you might enjoy a meal at Osteria Enoteca I Quattro Gatti, at via Quercecchio, 9, very near the center of town. It's almost literally a hole in the wall. It's door is at street level, but once inside you walk down a set of stairs into a cave-like space with communal tables and benches. They serve very basic food but it's really very home made and good. I recall ordering a chunk of pecorino -- almost a brick, actually -- that was wrapped in pancetta and set on a grill. The pancetta got crispy, the cheese soft and it was delicious! It was also enough to feed 10 people, so I was glad for those communal tables. However, you can eat lighter meals there, since it's a enoteca, and it might be nice if you come back from daytripping and want something light.
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PS: The New York Times today has a fascinating article about a theatre troupe that is made up of inmates from Volterra's maximum security prison (which has existed in Volterra since medieval times).
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