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By bus: To/from Florence (1 ¼ hours, 12 services daily; €6) departing from Florence’s bus station; to/from Siena (1 ¼ hours on average, 10 services daily; €5.20). From both towns buses change at Poggibonsi. The tourist information office displays the timetable. Some services are not direct, therefore it is necessary to change at Poggibonsi. To Volterra (1 ½ hours, 4 services daily except for Sun), changing at Colle di Val d’Elsa. Colle di Val d’Elsa and Poggibonsi (with its railway station nearby) are the terminals to change at (which affords a close railway station). Buses finish and start their journeys at Porta San Giovanni in San Gimignano. Tickets are purchased at the bar inside the gates or at the tourist information office. On Sundays buses are more sparse and busier. For further information link www.trainspa.it.

 

By car or motorcycle: The SS2 leads from Florence and Siena to Poggibonsi. From here go along the SS68, past Colle di Val d’Elsa. From Volterra, take the SS68 east and follow the signs to San Gimignano. As cars are forbidden inside the walls the pay parking lots are located outside them. Underneath and next to the Porta San Giovanni drivers find car parks rented per hour or day. Parcheggio Montemaggio allows one car in for every car that leaves its lot (€2).Only in the new San Gimignano a bit further away to the northwest of the historic centre is there free parking.
Bruno Bellini at via Roma rents mountain bikes or scooters.

 

By train: As San Gimignano lacks a train station, it is necessary to take a train from Poggibonsi and then a bus reading Poggibonsi-SG (services every 35 minutes approximately). Information and tickets are available at the Poggibonsi tourist information office situated to the right as you leave the railway station. Trains connect Florence and Poggibonsi, though the direct services are not very frequent. There are some linking both towns at Empoli.


On foot: As San Gimignano is a small town, this is good way to explore it. There is an electric shuttle bus journeying from Porta San Giovanni to Piazza della Cisterna and Porta San Matteo (€ 1). The tickets are available at the Tourist Information office or at the tobacconist's.




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