Venture out of San Gimignano into the patchwork landscape of vineyards and woodland for a rewarding loop walk.
Vineyards as far as the eye can see on this beautiful walk with almost immediate stunning views of San Gimignano as you descend out of the town into the surrounding countryside. Walk through small residential hamlets before coming to a wine shop. After this enter deep into wine country with quiet country roads meandering through picturesque vineyards and even passing part of the ‘Strada del Vino Vernaccia di San Gimignano’, an area which produces the famous ‘Vernaccia’ dry white wine.
Do not miss a visit to the Geografico wine shop. Hopefully it will be open the day you are there. Here you can not only sample the wine but also purchase some should you wish. In particular try the Vernaccia white wine which is famous in this area.
You will be walking along rural roads and trails. The rural roads are quiet but nevertheless, please be careful to take care of any traffic that may pass by.
Tips, hints and links
Food & Drink ...
A lovely place to stop for a ‘light lunch’ is the rural farmhouse at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. Relax and soak up the views of San Gimignano from the terrace as you feast on bruschetta, pasta, fresh green salad, pecorino cheese, prosciutto, salami, red and white wine, rounding off with a sweet taste of vin santo and cantuccini biscuits. (Please check opening /closing times) Take your time winding the 5km back to San Gimignano. http://fattoriapoggioalloro.com/
Alternatively you can purchase provisions for a picnic lunch in San Ginignano before you leave should this fattoria not be open on the day you are there.
Some useful links ...
Strada del Vino Vernaccia di San Gimignano: This is a non- profit organisation that was founded in 1999 by local wine producers and enthusiasts to promote the local white wine producing territory in tourism as well as to protect the quality and integrity of the vernaccia wine of San Gimignano. This is a wine road which simply means the area has a high concentration of vineyards producing a particular kind of wine. In this case it is Vernaccia- a famous and protected dry white wine which can be a nice change for white wine fans amongst all the Chianti red wine mania of Tuscany!
(This route is used in the following itineraries: WItSClass)
Please be prepared by taking all necessary items. For example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants) and a sun hat and sunscreen (particularly essential during the hotter months).