A UNESCO heritage site, San Gimignano is a medieval masterpiece whose architecture and urban features have remained unaltered for centuries. What’s more, its location at the centre of Tuscany makes it an excellent starting point for visiting other famous art cities such as Florence, Siena, Lucca or Volterra. A farm stay is the best option to discover Renaissance treasures while also enjoying genuine Tuscan food and the rural lifestyle.
Fattoria Voltrona opened 35 years ago to become one of Tuscany’s first agriturismos. Vineyards, olive trees and other crops stretch across its 100 acres of land, also patched with lush gardens and meadows. Icelandic horses run free in a large paddock, and horse rides are available to experts and beginners alike. Dinnertime is not only an occasion to experience the farm’s homemade cuisine, but also a convivial ritual in keeping with local traditions. Activities range from lake fishing to truffle hunting, while two swimming pools are open from early May to late October.
Poderi Arcangelo comprises three farmhouses, the oldest dating back to the 17th century. Each includes rooms, apartments, a swimming pool and private gardens. A certified eco-house inspired by the principles of feng shui is also available. Tasting sessions exploring the farm’s products are held on a panoramic terrace with views over San Gimignano, and then continue to the bariccaia (barrel room). The agriturismo is located halfway between Florence and Siena.
Il Palagione is a family-run agriturismo housed in a 16th-century farmhouse, located along the panoramic route linking San Gimignano and Volterra. Its extensive farmland includes 40 acres of vineyards as well as cherry, walnut and olive trees. The spacious rooms are furnished according to the local traditions, boasting a rural yet elegant style. Sleeping 10 to 12 people, the agriturismo aims to offer a discreet and relaxing stay deep in the Tuscan countryside.
Fattoria San Donato
Fattoria San Donato occupies an entire medieval hamlet overlooking San Gimignano. At the core of it is a fortified farmhouse, while the ancient watchtower has been repurposed as a tavern. The harvest of saffron takes place in October, but the farm’s products are available all year round. Be it at lunch, dinner, or via a tasting session, guests are presented with an authentic approach to homemade rural cuisine. Including both rooms and apartments, the accommodations combine rustic features with modern comforts. The amenities include a swimming pool and an ancient park.
Natura e Salute
Natura e Salute is surrounded by the pristine scenery of the Castelvecchio natural park. Its rooms can accommodate two to three people, while a bigger suite and an apartment are also available. The activities include horse rides through the park, trekking, olive oil massages and poolside leisure. Cooking classes are focused on traditional Tuscan dishes, which can also be discovered at breakfast or dinner. Flour, pasta, oil, cured meats and biscuits are some of the farm’s organic products.