Visiting the Farmhouse “Il Paese delle Meraviglie”
- March 20, 2022
Today I took my son and a friend to visit the farm “Il paese…Read More
Many people have already visited Tuscany several times, especially attending the most famous circuits such as San Gimignano, Volterra, Florence, Pisa and Siena which are a must for a holiday in Tuscany. This time, however, I would like to take you to a lesser-known medieval town that is definitely worth a visit for its rare beauty: San Miniato. Also nicknamed the city of the XX Miles (about 33.5 km) for the distance that separates it from Pisa and Florence and from Pistoia and Lucca. Here I will give you some ideas on what I would do if I were a tourist in San Miniato for 48 hours .. presumably a weekend but this is not necessarily the case, even if it would take a week to fully appreciate it!
Considering that we assumed that you arrived late in the morning, it is time for a break: there are many restaurants for lunch in the center of San Miniato and offer different cuisines. I mention 3 for particularity:
After having refreshed yourself and being presumably in those parts (a few meters away) we continue the walk on via IV Novembre to admire, even only from the outside, some historic buildings of San Miniato: Palazzo Formichini and Palazzo Grifoni, headquarters of banking institutions admirable inside on the occasion of local events but deserving to be admired also externally. While walking through the streets of San Miniato do not forget to raise your eyes .. on many buildings you will discover the plaques that testify to the stay in the city of many historical figures, to name a few of great importance Carducci and Napoleone Bonaparte.
Once you reach Palazzo Grifoni, an imposing ocher-colored building, continue the descent until you reach the entrance to Vicolo Carbonaio on the left. The alley retraces the town but on the side of the countryside and was a road that connected the countryside to the city and the visit is a walk in nature made of roses and lush greenery. Along the way is the Via Angelica. Before leaving for Tuscany, book your visit because it is really worth it: via Angelica with the oratory of Sant'Urbano: https://www.terredipisa.it/attrazione/san-miniato-la-via-angelica/
You will go out at the Loggiati di San Domenico, an elegant building in which the MUME is located, then take the opportunity to visit a Modern Museum witnessing the Second World War, definitely innovative and worth a visit, for info and timetables: https://www.terredipisa.it/attrazione/san-miniato-museo-della-memoria/ Once you exit the Museum and turn right you will find yourself in Piazza del Popolo. Enter the Church of San Domenico on the right, it deserves to admire its allegorical frescoes and its peculiarities. After all these visits I imagine that you are hungry and we are at "snack time". If you like a slice of cake and a cappuccino I suggest you cross the street to go to Essenza http://essenzainsanminiato.it/ If, on the other hand, you want an ice cream or a yoghurt, I recommend "Camilla" located in front of the Loggetta del Fondo. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gelateria-Camilla/274505233197890 Walk to the Bucalossi gardens (same direction as the parking lot or in front of the Camilla ice cream parlor) to get to take the uphill road or Viale XXIV Maggio where the monument dedicated to Paris is located, the dog that in 1954 found a truffle of record weight: http://smartarc.blogspot.com/2012/11/il-monumento-al-tartufo-piu-grande-del.html The road will bring you back to Piazza del Duomo from which you can take the flight of stairs that will take you to the Torre di Federigo also known as "La Rocca", symbol of the city surrounded by a green lawn, destroyed during the Second World War and proudly rebuilt by the San Miniato people . Here the landscape speaks for itself. From here you can see 9 Tuscan provinces .. from here the look goes on to infinity .. From April to September the tower can be visited inside from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 to 18 .. you decide if you are more romantic to prefer than go there at sunset or on Sunday morning also visiting the inside of the tower.
Evening has come … it’s time for dinner, 3 proposals within walking distance: