San Gimignano Shopping and Districts
(San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy)
Although most visitors don't exactly come to San Gimignano for its shopping, there are quite a reasonable selection of local shops to sidetrack you whilst you sightsee around the town and the Piazza del Duomo. Every corner of San Gimignano is full of surprises and you can never be quite sure what you are going to encounter next, particularly around the Palazzo del Podestá and along the Via San Matteo.
Many people shopping for a souvenirs of their time spent in San Gimignano will find a number of stores selling locally produced Tuscan wines, and you will often be able to enjoy free wine tastings whilst you decide what to buy. However, wine here is rarely a bargain and so you will need to be careful not to taste too much and get carried away!
Where to Shop
A number of colourful markets in central San Gimignano provide a very enjoyable shopping experience and a great way to interact with the local Italians.
Every Thursday sees a bustling market staged on the town's Piazza del Duomo, offering many opportunities to pick up a bargain or two.
A further market takes place on Thursdays on San Gimignano's Piazza della Cisterna, and this really is a great place to soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying a coffee or snack at one of the surrounding cafes.
The Piazza della Cisterna also features more than its fair share of shops.